Brian GorrellBrian Gorrell & Jazz Company will fill The Depot, 200 S. Jones, with the sounds of traditional and mainstream jazz at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 8.  Tickets are $10 ($7 student.)  Light refreshments will be served.

Admission: $10 ($7 Student) Buy Now

Brian Gorrell & Jazz Company has been a mainstay in the OKC Metro music scene since 1995, always delivering a first rate performance featuring a wide variety of jazz styles.  In addition to Gorrell on saxophone, the quartet features Dennis Borycki on piano, Stephen Schultz on bass, and Mike Walker on drums.

Brian Gorrell currently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the UCO Jazz Lab, a division of the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music. A former pianist for the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, he also manages operation of the Jazz Lab Recording Studios, directs the award-winning "UCO Jazz Ensemble I", teaches Applied Saxophone, Jazz Theory & Analysis, Computer Music Tech, Advanced Recording Tech, CD-Album Production, and is the graduate advisor for UCO's Master of Music in Jazz Studies. 

Mr. Gorrell completed a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received a master's degree in saxophone performance from Oklahoma City University, studying with internationally acclaimed classical saxophonist Dr. Gail Hall. Equally proficient on saxophone and keyboards, Gorrell has produced many album projects including "In Some Other World" (1995), "Soulmates" (1999), "In The Swing of Christmas" (2002), and "Live at the UCO Jazz Lab" (2008). In addition to the Welk Orchestra, Brian has performed on saxophone and/or keyboards with such diverse notables as The Manhattan Transfer, Louie Bellson, Phil Woods, Bill Trujillo, Jay Migliori, Jay Daversa, Clark Terry, The Lennon Sisters, Ralna English, Patti Page, Slide Hampton, Kay Starr, Steve Allen, Jim Nabors, Ty England, Diane Schuur, Christopher Cross, The Temptations, The Drifters, Gil Goldstein, and many others. 

Gorrell has always been passionate about music education and has been aggressive in developing new programs at UCO including the Minor in Jazz Studies and Oklahoma's only Master of Music in Jazz Studies, with majors in both performance and music production.

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

Jazz at The Depot is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council and generous individual donors.  

Tickets are available online by clicking the Buy Tickets link above.  Tickets are also available at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320 (hours 8 to 2, M-F.)

  • 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

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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

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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 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