Blue Wisp's Ed Felson says he is no longer the owner

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CINCINNATI - Ed Felson announced Thursday that he is no longer the owner of the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in downtown Cincinnati.

Felson posted on one of the Blue Wisp's Facebook pages Thursday night about the news:

"I want to let everyone know I am no longer an owner of the Wisp. Please direct booking inquiries to the new manager, Ken Moore at the same email address. The only thing I left behind are the bands that I have already booked. The new management has said they will honor all the bookings currently on the calender (sic)."

Felson is also an attorney in his own private practice at Felson and Felson Atty at Law, according to his LinkedIn page. Felson describes his job there as "Atty in private practice with emphasis on Criminal law incl DUI, Drug cases, traffic cases; experienced in all criminal matters including juvenile cases; also Family Law."

Moore is the general manager of the jazz club, but will now take over its operations, according to Felson's post.

Concerns that Cincinnati's preeminent jazz club would close this year spread rapidly in January after then-owner Felson sent out a newsletter that stated the venue's lease would end in February, but no action has been taken in the direction toward the club shutting down.

The almost 40-year-old business, which has had four homes in its history, currently resides at the corner of Seventh and Race streets. The Blue Wisp has only been at its present location for a year and a half and Felson had said previously he would rather not move again.

While the property's management company discussed the potential of rent being raised, it had said it would still like the Blue Wisp to remain a permanent feature at the location.

Felson said when he was owner that the only way the club would close for good is if it were forced to relocate to a fifth home.

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