Kyle ReidThe Depot welcomes Norman based Kyle Reid and his Low Swinging Chariots on November 9 to open the 2014-15 Sunday Jazz season.  Tickets for the 7:30 concert are $10 and are available on line using the Buy Now link below, or at the Depot, 200 S. Jones, Norman.

Kyle Reid leads the Low Swinging Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending elements of these classic American forms with contemporary attitude.  The low sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section. 

The band's new album Alright, Here We Go... is a rambunctious romp through the trials of a young man making trouble for himself and praying to the gods of swing (Armstrong, Reinhardt, Prima, Waller, et. al.) to once again save him from the depths of despair. The music, time and time again, lifts the band members and listeners out of the mire of everyday drudgery into a tent revival of glorious swinging sound. 

Kyle Reid (guitar/vocals) and band members Steve Boaz (drums) Johnny Carlton: (bass), John Calvin Abney (guitar), Kevin Stringfellow (trumpet) and Mike Cameron (clarinet/ tenor saxophone), are in the business of uplifting their listening audience and compelling them to have as much fun as the band itself.

Links:
Website: http://www.kylereidmusic.com/
Video: Treat Me That Way  

For the full Jazz season schedule, or for information about other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320.  Office and Gallery hours are 8 to 2 M-F.

Jazz Concerts at the Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, together with generous individual donors.

  • Advance tickets are available now by clicking on the Buy Now links below or by going to our tickets page.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the concert provided that seats are available.  We recommend advance purchase of tickets.
  • All tickets are general admission.
  • All concerts start at 7:30pm.  The doors open at 7:00pm.

 


Kyle ReidSunday, November 9 - Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots

Kyle Reid leads the Low Swingin’ Chariots for the opening concert of the 2014 Depot Jazz Series in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes, classic New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing. The group consists of nationally touring musicians with the low, sonorous quality of Reid’s voice well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

Links:
Website: http://www.kylereidmusic.com/
Video: Treat Me That Way


 

Sisters of Swing

Sunday, December 14 - Sisters of Swing
Now a holiday tradition at The Depot, The Sisters of Swing musical collective have “always enjoyed singing Christmas music: ancient and beautiful, modern and fun, some of it just plain silly.” They concentrate on giving their audience a fun time with numbers from the swing era, the rock and roll years, and ancient times. Mary Reynolds and Mary Freeh arrange all the music and are joined by Louise Goldberg, Elyse Angelo, Joanne Trombley, Christine Freeh and, Rosalind Cravens.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

Links:
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheSistersOfSwingOklahomaCity
Video: Snow Man

 


 

Mitch BellSunday, January 11 - Mitch Bell Group
A graduate, and now a faculty member, of the University of Central Oklahoma’s celebrated Jazz Studies program, Mitch Bell discovered his love for the guitar at the age of ten. In the years since, Mitch has performed and recorded in intimate clubs to Broadway tour productions. The Mitch Bell Group, in its various configurations, has performed at numerous jazz festivals across the Midwest and performs regularly at a variety of venues in the Oklahoma City area.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

 


Brian GorrellSunday, February 8 - Brian Gorrell & Jazz Co
Brian Gorrell & Jazz Company was formed in 1995. The group performs a wide variety of styles including traditional & mainstream jazz, fusion, & latin styles, focusing on original compositions as well as material by diverse composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Michael Brecker, Victor Young, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny, and many others. Brian Gorrell currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the UCO Jazz Lab.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

Links:
Website: http://www.briangorrell.com/page2.htm
Video: Stella by Starlight

 


Maurice JohnsonSunday, March 8 - Maurice Johnson Quartet
Jazz Musician/Composer/Entrepreneur/Author/Producer Maurice Johnson first gained notice in 1985 shortly after forming the Oklahoma City based, “After Five” band, considered the young lions of jazz, After a nearly ten-year stint, “After Five” would ultimately disband, but Maurice Johnson and his guitar play on, undiminished.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

Links:
Website: http://mauricejohnson.com/
Video: Let Me Touch Your Life

 


Larry Pierce ComboSunday, April 12 - Larry Pierce Combo
The Larry Pierce Combo feature the best in eclectic standards and user friendly jazz. Whether tripping the light fantastic or kicking back and listening to the gorgeous saxophone and flute playing of Earl Hefley, audiences have delighted in the Oklahoma City based Larry Pierce Combo for 20 years. Larry's unique vocal stylings have been compared to Randy Newman and Doctor John.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

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Video: Big Time Woman