Oklahoma City University News
20-Member Jazz Orchestra to Play Chase Tower Jan. 18
The Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra will perform Jan. 18 against the city skyline on the 34th floor of the Chase Tower, 100 N. Broadway. The 20-member orchestra features Oklahoma musicians led by Kent Kidwell, winner of a 2006 Governor’s Art Award. Orchestra members on the faculty of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University are Michael Anderson, John Allen and Corey Gavito.
Music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students. Dress is casual; there is 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. It’s an opportunity to hear OKC’s best jazz musicians all at once, playing classic and contemporary jazz ensemble music.”
Works to be performed include music made famous by the orchestras of Count Basie and Woody Herman and by The Tonight Show Band.
Kidwell serves as the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra’s music director. Other members are saxophonists Brian Gorrell, Chris Hicks, Heath Jones, Jared Cathey and Gary Riley. The trombone section features Jeff Kidwell, Eric Leonard, Reger Nunn, Paul Compton and John Allen; trumpets are Kirk Palmer, Lee Rucker, Joel Mott, Jay Wilkinson and Michael Anderson. The rhythm section is comprised of Dave Hardman, drums; Larry Moore, bass; Cory Gavito, piano; and Mitch Bell, guitar.
For more information on the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, call 405.488.5749.