The Depot and Jazz In June, Inc. pooled their respective expertise in folk, jazz and roots music genres in 2015 to expand the traditional ten concert Winter Wind series to include four additional concerts highlighting America’s rich musical traditions. The two groups celebrate America’s Musical Heritage together again this year beginning with 2016 Depot Member's Choice Concert selection Victor & Penny, followed by concerts by Guy Forsyth & The Hot Nut Riveters, The Claudettes, and Adam & Kizzie.
Victor & Penny, with their Loose Change Orchestra, bring their swing-infused folk-jazz, in the band’s signature high-energy style, to The Depot, 200 South Jones, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2016 bringing joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. Tickets are $20.
Victor & Penny feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work, and a fiery ukulele. This corset-tight group brings a modern Kansas City voice to their original tunes and prohibition era jazz with sterling musicianship. When joined by their fine band, Loose Change Orchestra, the red-hot horn section and upright bass bring sparks a-plenty and virtuosic musicianship. Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks and they are an “absolute rollicking blast.”
Since 2010, Victor & Penny (aka Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane) have been thrilling audiences nationally with their deft blend of originals, hot jazz, and swing. They were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists.
The group released a new full-length CD, “Electricity” (March 2016) which debuted on the Folk Radio DJ charts at #12 with the #3 song. “Electricity” crackles and sparks with joy and regret; truths and dares; love and love gone wrong, all set to a score of vibrant, rhythmic swing and virtuosic musicianship. Electricity is the culmination of 180,000 miles, 5 years and nearly 1,000 performances and is a testament to the incomparable vivacity of Victor & Penny’s live show, with newly added sophistication and rich instrumentation.
To learn more about Jazz in June programs, visit www.jazzinjune.org. Winter Wind/Jazz in June collaborative concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by numerous corporate and individual Jazz in June and Winter Wind sponsors.
The Depot, located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, produces Summer Breeze, Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts, Gallery Exhibitions, Second Sunday Poetry Readings, and manages the rental of the Norman Depot for weddings, meetings, parties and other events. The Depot, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to creating and presenting excellent and innovative fine arts programming for the enrichment and education of the community.
Jazz In June Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of jazz and related musical forms. Jazz In June was founded in 1984 by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera. The Jazz in June festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event, featuring three evenings of outdoor concerts, related artist clinics, public radio programs and public jazz and blues jam sessions attended by a total of some 50,000 people per year. Past performers include David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Duke Ellington Small Band.