Oklahoma City University News
3 Bass School Faculty Anchor New OKC Jazz Orchestra
The Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra will make its premiere appearance Oct. 20, performing against the city skyline on the 34th floor of the Chase Tower, 100 N. Broadway.
The 17-member orchestra features Oklahoma musicians led by Kent Kidwell, professor emeritus at the University of Central Oklahoma and winner of a 2006 Governor’s Art Award, and Oklahoma City University faculty members John Allen, Michael Anderson and Cory Gavito. Concerts also are planned for Jan. 18 and April 27.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students. Casual dress; no food or drink minimum. For reservations, contact the Petroleum Club at 405.232.1184.
“This will be an amazing night for Oklahoma jazz,” said Michael Anderson, trumpeter with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra. “There is nothing like this in the city. Having a chance to hear a full, professional concert big band is very rare these days. October 20 is an opportunity to hear OKC’s best jazz musicians all at once, playing classic and contemporary jazz ensemble music.”
For its debut, the orchestra will perform music from Charles Mingus and Count Basie, the improvisatory “Salute to the Bands,” the saxophone feature “Early Autumn,” and “A Little Minor Booze,” spotlighting the trombones.
In addition to Kidwell, other members are saxophonists Brian Gorrell, Chris Hicks, Heath Jones, Jared Cathey and Gary Riley. The trombone section features Jeff Kidwell, Eric Leonard, Paul Compton and John Allen; trumpets are Kirk Palmer, Lee Rucker, Jay Wilkinson and Michael Anderson. The rhythm section is comprised of Dave Hardman, drums; Ed Garcia, bass; Cory Gavito, piano; and Mitch Bell, guitar.
For more information on the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, call 405.488.5749.