Maurice JohnsonSunday 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) Buy Now

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.

Links:
Website: http://mauricejohnson.com/
Video: Black Coffee Please

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.  

  • 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: Black Coffee Please

 


Larry Pierce ComboSunday, April 26 - 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.

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Video: Big Time Woman