NORMAN — The 30th annual Jazz in June festival kicks off Thursday at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W Robinson St.
Singer/songwriter Parker Millsap will take the stage at 7 p.m., followed at 9 p.m. by guitar great Duke Robillard and his band.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and refreshments for the outdoor performances.
The festival continues Friday at Brookhaven Village with A Taste of Herb opening at 7:15 p.m., followed by Fareed Haque and Math Games! at 9:15 p.m.
On Saturday, The Paseo Street Walkers will open with a performance at 6 p.m. at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St., followed at 7 p.m. by The Justin Echols Jazz Trio. The Norman High School Jazz Combo will perform during intermissions.
The headliner event, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, will begin at 9 p.m.
For more than three decades, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has incorporated funk and bebop into traditional New Orleans jazz to produce a unique and lively sound.
The band's latest compact disc, “Twenty Dozen,” features a seamless blending of such genres as rhythm and blues, jazz and funk, Afro-Latino grooves, Caribbean and even a Rihanna cover.
Robillard, who will headline the Thursday concert, has been lauded by B.B. King as “one of the great guitar players.” Besides King, Robillard has played alongside such music legends as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Jimmy Witherspoon.
Friday's headliner, Haque, is a jazz guitarist and instructor who combines his many influences and technology to craft a sound he calls “jazztronica,” with the help of his band.
All Jazz in June performances are free, and jam sessions are planned after each night's concert.
Additionally, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jazz in June will feature “Clinics with the Artists” at the Performing Arts Studio, 200 S Jones Ave.
Participating artists will include Haque, Echols and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
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