Via recent news release: As November turns into December, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street (Upper Level) in Tulsa, OK, is keeping attendees warm
on wintery nights with hot concerts and performances. For three nights in a row, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame brings you the best excuse to brave the cold and join us downtown at the historic Jazz Depot.
Then, Cynthia Simmons and the Scott McQuade Trio reunite at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5:00 p.m. in another timeless performance for our Sunday Night Concert Series. This powerhouse vocalist, coupled with Mr. McQuade’s stellar piano stylings, are sure to make for an evening of smooth, classic jazz.
Never a man to be outdone, Kinky Friedman commands the stage at the Jazz Depot to benefit the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s educational programming. At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Mr. Friedman’s trademark satirical snap takes on Tulsa.
Jazz vocalists Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh have joined forces to produce their latest project “Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider”that compliment the multi-Grammy Award-winning composer’s musical techniques. The album was released on March 16, 2010. Using their two voices via studio multi-tracking, Dollison and Marsh created a virtual vocal orchestra by wordlessly singing the brass and woodwind parts in Schneider’s lush, harmonically deep and rhythmically complex compositions. The tracks are all-new improvised solos featuring Dollison and Marsh, which reflect their personal vocal character and expression. According to a news release, Dollison was the first vocalist to perform wordlessly with the Maria Schneider Orchestra at New York’s Jazz Standard in 2000, singing “Hang Gliding,”“Journey Home” and “Allegresse.” According to her bio, she has performed under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and Erich Kunzel as well as with Ben Folds during his performances with the Boston Pops Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra. Dollison can be heard on the Academy Award-winning Vera Drake film trailer and on film scores for The Stepford Wives and The Corpse Bride. Marsh, also a beneficiary of Schneider’s guest artist visits to the Universities of Kansas and North Texas, became one of the very first project participants in ArtistShare history when he joined the 2003 Schneider recording project that became Concert in the Garden. Schneider’s influence on Kerry’s composition and arranging techniques during his studies helped earn him a DownBeat Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz arrangement later that same year. According to his bio, Marsh has most recently worked as a vocal arranger and choirmaster for indie-pop singer/pianist Ben Folds, performing alongside Folds with major symphony orchestras on tour. Kerry’s arrangement of Folds’ “Selfless, Cold and Composed” was featured on the 2009 Epic Records release Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella. Regarding the “Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider” project, Schneider says in the news release, “I was a bit skeptical at first because of the enormous range of my pieces, the intricacy of the lines and the general extreme demands of the repertoire, but I decided to give it a shot. Julia was extraordinary! Her range, her sound, her ability to blend with the instruments and her absolutely perfect pitch just blew me away! She was nothing short of amazing.” For more information on the project, go to http://www.artistshare.com/home/project_experience.aspx?projectID=225&artistID=108.
Tulsa’s Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents two shows this weekend that promises to be a heartfelt one for its attendees.
Brenda Johnson and her jazz Rhapsody Trio will headline the performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Jazz Hall, 111 East 1st Street (upper level) in Tulsa, OK. Included is special musical guest vocalist Tavis Minner. There will be complimentary desserts, roses for the ladies, dancing and sumptuous romantic music. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
On Sunday, Feb. 14, vocalist, trumpeter and band leader Jeff Shadley presents “Big Band, Big Hearts” featuring jazz vocalist and Oklahoma Jazz Hall inductee Olivia Duhon at 5 p.m. at the Jazz Hall. Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors and $20 for table seating.
For tickets or more information, call the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at (918) 281-8600 or go to okjazz.org. Gift shop and concessions are available. All major credit cards are accepted.
Soprano vocalist Donna Cox will open Black Liberated Arts Center Inc.’s (BLAC) 2010 Carol Brice Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Douglass High School Auditorium, 900 N. Martin L. King in Oklahoma City, OK. Cox is an assistant professor of Voice at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, where she teaches Applied Voice at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a pedagogue, she has facilitated vocal master classes in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina and New York. Cox has performed as the soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Salome Orchestra and conductor Ken Hakoda in Kansas with Academia Phil harmonica and Chorale. She has performed the soprano solos in Vivaldi’s “Dixit Dominus,” Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” “Theresan Messes,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” In February 2007, she performed with Dave Brubeck in his mass “To Hope” with the Canterbury Choral Society under the direction of Russell Gloyd. As a recitalist, Cox has performed on numerous university campuses in the United States. She has also toured extensively throughout Germany, featured in recitals focusing on Mozart opera, oratorio and Lied. Cox’s Feb. 20 performance will focus on three African Americans – Robert Owens, Margaret Bonds and John Carter. Poets Owens and Bonds often compared to none other than poet Langston Hughes. The music is quite sophisticated with its lush harmonies and unexpected contrast which is an Owens’ trait. It is also spiritual and includes John Carter’s arrangements as well as Cox’s arrangements. The program is supported by the Ad Astra Foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Capitol Square Station, Charlie’s Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Store, KM66 and Learning Tree Toy Store in the Oklahoma City metro area. For more information or to buy tickets, call BLAC Inc. at (405) 524-3800.