Sunday Jazz at The Depot will feature the warm styling of guitarist Maurice Johnson and the Peace, Love & Jazz Band. Tickets for the March 8 concert, held in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, are $10 ($7 student.) Music begins at 7:30 pm.
Admission: $10 ($7 Student)
With Peace, Love & Jazz, Maurice brings to the foreground some of the area’s finest musicians. With a collective energy and undeniable style, the group features Maurice Johnson on guitar; Jeremy Thomas on keyboards; Walter Taylor lll on drums; Tobias Fredrick on bass; and Larry Banks on sax. Experience a compelling performance of lush jazz standards, smooth contemporary jazz, R&B, Latin, originals and more, in the intimate listening room setting of The Depot.
Jazz Musician/Composer/Entrepreneur/Author/Producer/guitar veteran Maurice Johnson first gained notice in 1985, shortly after forming Oklahoma City’s “After Five” Band. Considered the young lions of jazz, After Five gained a great deal of popularity sharing the stage with major acts like George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Al Green, Alex Bungon, Stanley Turrentine, Little Melton, Ronny Laws, Jennifer Holiday, Freddy Jackson, Larry Coryell and Barney Kessel. In 1991 the group signed with New York label Warlock Records and released an album titled “Expressions,” but after ten years disbanded.
Maurice Johnson still had the desire to perform, but his sense of obligation as a father and husband was even greater and he pursued other avenues. As the early 90’s unfolded, Maurice found himself at the helm of a unique industry as co-founder of D’Leco Acoustic Instruments with luthier, partner James W. Dale. The two built and marketed handcrafted archtop guitars. Working closely with the family of legendary Jazz great Charlie Christian they designed and licensed two exclusive lines of Charlie Christian guitar models to American manufacturer Gibson Guitars and Samick Musical Instruments in Korea.
Maurice also developed the popular Windows-based Gigorama software, and authored three nationally published music related books with Mel Bay Publishing, Mix Books, and Artist Pro Press.
Once his children were grown the stage was set for a new chapter in his story to begin. In 2010 Maurice reemerged as an independent jazz artist with his debut release Tonight under the indie label Jazz Drops Records. His second release titled Peace, Love & Jazz came out in 2013.
Maurice’s music currently plays on a growing number of internet based radio stations and industrial music services including iTunes Radio, Pandora Radio, Muzak and the Weather Channel. A recent addition to the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster, Maurice Johnson and his group play throughout the metro area and the state.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking the Buy Now button on this page, or by phoning The Depot at 405-307-9320. Office hours are M-F 8am-2pm.
Jazz at The Depot is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and generous individual donors.