“The Jazzmen are an up and coming young trio all the members of which have a high level of musicianship. Whether playing in their Oscar Peterson style trio format--piano, guitar, bass--or with added drums, their technical prowess and love for melody really shine as they groove from swing to bebop. Over the next couple of years we'll get to see this band mature and it will
be impressive.” says PAS Jazz committee member Mark Mitchell.
Originally composed of University of Oklahoma jazz students, The Jazzmen seek to provide standard and progressive jazz approaches to music making. The Jazzmen core includes Jon Butler on guitar, David Leach on upright and electric bass and Anthony Nagid on keyboards.
Nagid is a pianist and composer from Dallas, Texas. Originally trained as a jazz pianist, Anthony now studies classical and jazz piano along with music composition and music technology at The University of Oklahoma. After OU Anthony will apply his skills as a score/audio designer for film.
Butler is a performer, composer, and teacher of music for the guitar. He has recently moved to Oklahoma from northern Minnesota to study Guitar and Music Composition at the University of Oklahoma. He began playing the guitar when he was 12 years old and enjoys performing a variety of different musical styles. He often performs around Norman and Oklahoma City as a singer and guitarist, “trying to make money to buy food, musical books and equipment.”
Leach is a junior English Education major from Southlake, Texas. He has been playing electric and double bass for two years and has plans to finish school, teach English, and continue playing gigs.
This concert is a part of the Jazz Concert Series offered throughout the year by The Performing Arts Studio. The series is made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Performing Arts Studio (PAS) is housed in the Norman Train Depot, 200 S. Jones. Gallery and office hours are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 1:00 to 5:00 most Sundays. For additional information on PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.