Dennis Borycki leads a special jazz quintet at 7:30 p.m. on April 10, 2011 at the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue. Joining Mr. Borycki on piano will be Mitch Bell (guitar), Joe Gillian (bass) and Addi Panter (vocals), and Mark Giammario (drums). Admission to the concert is free but voluntary donations by attendees are accepted and encouraged. Refreshments will be provided.
These days Mr. Borycki, who earned degrees from San Jose State University and the University of Oklahoma in organ performance, is well known in Oklahoma as an inspiring teacher, recording artist, composer and arranger, and piano wizard. After performing countless hours on the organ and piano in churches and recital halls and as many or more on the road with Nashville legend Jerry Reed, Billie Jo Spears, and 1995 Grammy jazz nominee Jeff Kirk and in the studio with national artists such as Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Connie Ellisor, and David Davidson, he has been jamming and recording with many artists who call Oklahoma home, including Chris Hicks, Watermelon Slim, Byron Berline’s Western Swing Band, Beatrice Cole, among many others.
Mr. Bell, graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma’s esteemed Jazz Studies program, has led his own ensembles at Oklahoma City venues and regional festivals for many years. He has also supported national artists, including Jimmy Webb, Michael Feinstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Shane Henry, and Katrina Elam. Currently he’s a faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO and performs with the Jeremy Thomas Quartet and the newly formed Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Gillian, also a graduate of UCO and affiliated with the UCO’s Academy of Contemporary Music (bass department head), has been a professional bass player for over twenty years. He currently performs with the Groove Merchants and Powerhouz.
Native Oklahoma Addi Panter has enjoyed singing music from many genres since a very young age. She will be graduating from the first class of performance vocalists at the Academy of Contemporary Music this spring. Ms. Panter is an active member of the Chris Hicks Band and The Groove Merchants and teaches private vocal lessons in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Mark Giammario is a drummer/percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience in the Philadelphia, New York City, and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas in a wide variety of genres and styles including but not limited to jazz, orchestral, rock, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban and seventeenth century Spanish music. Mr. Giammario is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma and works professionally as a freelance musician with faculty members from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma, and with several local groups and artists. Mark is currently an accompanist for the OU School of Dance, and teaches privately at Sondor Music and his home studio.
With this band, don’t expect anything less than magic.
The Performing Arts Studio Gallery and office in the Norman Depot are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information about PAS programs.
Jazz Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from sponsors Mark Williams, Nancy McClellan, Mark Mitchell, Fred Overstreet, and Fred Schneider.