NORMAN — The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which revolutionized the 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 event is scheduled June 20-22, according to a news release.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is scheduled to headline Jazz in June's “Jazz in the Park” on June 22 at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St.
For more than three decades, the band has produced a lively sound. The band's latest CD, “Twenty Dozen,” features a 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” on June 20 at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W Robinson St.
Called “one of the great (guitar) players” by B.B. King, Robillard has played alongside such music legends as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Jimmy Witherspoon.
On June 21, Fareed Haque and MathGames! will bring 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 scheduled to perform at this year's festival:
June 20: Parker Millsap, whose blues-inspired songwriting has been 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.
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Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera in 1984 to bring high-
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