Sunday Jazz presents The Dennis Borycki Group
Sunday Jazz at the Depot welcomes The Dennis Borycki Group on March 9 for a 7:30 pm concert. Tickets are $10 for adults ($7 for students) and are available at the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue.
With his keyboard wizardry, Dennis Borycki brings a wealth of musical creativity and sonic adventure to jazz fans in the Oklahoma City area. His current collective of players known as the Dennis Borycki Group explore the colorful and varied boundaries of the jazz world, both in their individual creative writing styles, as well as their interpretations of the modern jazz classics. The group moves seamlessly through colorful Latin grooves, hard swinging standards, sensitive ballads, and catchy jazz funk with an intuitive communication that is easily recognizable in onstage smiles and nods. “The overriding aim of this musical troupe is to have fun, and bring the audience along for the ride”, says Borycki.
Currently on the faculty of the University of Central Oklahoma, Dennis teaches jazz piano and improvisation at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond. With degrees in classical organ from The University of Oklahoma and San Jose State University, Dennis’ background covers a wide musical landscape, and serves him well when working with his students. Past musical collaborations include touring with Grammy winning Nashville country artist, Jerry Reed, as well as performances with artists including Dave Douglas, Kenny Garrett, and Donny McCaslin.
Dennis is excited about the musicians currently playing with the Dennis Borycki Group saying, “This is an extremely talented group of friends with whom I am privileged to share the stage and unfold these musical tapestries for our audience”.
On tenor and alto sax is Chris Hicks. Chris has played both sax and guitar with Reba McEntire, Restless Heart, and other Nashville artists, and is currently the Director of Production at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Oklahoma City. Chris is a prolific composer, as well as a master of sax and guitar, and a studio production guru.
Mitch Bell, who along with Chris works at the ACM as the Director of Performance, will be playing guitar with the group. Mitch’s command of the jazz guitar idiom is virtually unmatched in the Oklahoma City area, and his original compositions are both challenging to play, as well as quite interesting to hear. Mitch also plays regularly around OKC in his retro dance group, 80’z Enuf, and is a graduate of the UCO jazz program in Edmond. He includes guitarists Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Lage Lund as musical influences in his playing.
Edwin Canito Garcia holds down the bass duties for the group, and is also a graduate of the UCO jazz program. Ed has a special connection to Latin and Salsa music, and has worked both in New York and Oklahoma with notable salsa artists. He currently lives in Tulsa where he runs a productions studio and plays jazz around the area, as well as with his group Mezclave Salsa.
Michael Bremo rounds out the group on drums and percussion. Michael is a native of Aruba, a graduate of Codarts, The Conservatory of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and is currently a student at the UCO Jazz Lab majoring in Music Production. Bremo has played internationally with world class musicians such as Alex Han, Alex Pernell, and Oscar Stagnaro. He brings with him a wonderful, warm Caribbean sensibility, both in his conversation and his musicianship. The musical craftsmanship of Garcia and Bremo together bring the colors of salsa and island rhythm to the atmosphere of group.
Tickets are available at the Norman Depot prior to the concert or at the door. Office and gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday.
For additional information on this and other Performing Arts Studio programs, phone 405 307-9320.
Sunday Jazz at the Depot is made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and by donors Mark Williams, Nancy McClellan and Fred Schneider.