NORMAN – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which revolutionized the New Orleans brass band sound by incorporating funk and bebop into traditional New Orleans jazz, leads the list of world-class jazz and blues artists for the 30th annual Jazz in June music festival.
The free, three-day event is scheduled for June 20-22, according to a news release.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is slated to headline Jazz in June’s “Jazz in the Park” Saturday, June 22, at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St.
For more than three decades, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has produced a unique and lively sound. The band’s latest CD, “Twenty Dozen,” features a seamless blending of such genres as R&B, jazz and funk, plus Afro-Latino grooves, some Caribbean flavor and even a Rihanna cover. Baritone sax player Roger Lewis calls “Twenty Dozen” classic Dirty Dozen.
“It’s got something for your mind, body and soul,” he said in the release. “We’re gonna get you one way or another.”
Guitar great Duke Robillard is scheduled to headline “Blues Under the Stars” Thursday, June 20, at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W Robinson St. Called “one of the great (guitar) players” by BB King, Robillard has played alongside such other music legends as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Jimmy Witherspoon.
On Friday, June 21, Fareed Haque and MathGames! is bringing its innovative sound and style to headline “Jazz Under the Stars” at Brookhaven Village. Haque, a renowned jazz guitarist and instructor, combines his many influences and technology to craft a sound he calls “jazztronica” with the help of his band.
Other artists slated to perform at this year’s festival:
June 20: Parker Millsap, whose blues-inspired song-writing is likened to Robert Johnson-meets-John Prine
June 21: A Taste of Herb, offering a rousing tribute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
June 22: Justin Echols Quartet, led by jazz crooner Justin Echols, touted by Wynton Marsalis for his smooth vocal interpretations of material from “The Great American Songbook”; The Paseo Street Walkers, which promises to deliver a contemporary jazz-meets-rock-influenced “jam”; and the Norman High School Jazz Combo, a group of next-generation jazz artists.
Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman. The festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event attended by some 50,000 people.
Jazz in June is supported, in major part, by grants and donations from Festival Underwriters: Oklahoma Arts Council (with the National Endowment for the Arts); Festival Funders: Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program, Friends of Jazz in June, Republic Bank & Trust of Norman, Brookhaven Village, Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Hudiburg Subaru; Major Funders: Embassy Suites of Norman, Sooner Legends Inn & Suites, MidFirst Bank and Tyler Media; and Day Funders: Target Stores, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Shevaun Williams & Associates, and S&S Promotions.
For more information about Jazz in June and the 2013 festival’s performing artists, go to www.jazzinjune.org.