Jazz in June and Winter Wind feature Oklahoma artists Adam & Kizzie in the fourth showcase of the joint 2016-2017 American Heritage Concert Series. Adam, with his keyboard wizardry, and Kizzie, with her melodic voice, transcend jazz, soul and classic R&B in spectacular fashion, offering yet another unique example of how musical traditions can bend and blend to become part of this country’s rich artistic legacy. Tickets are $20 for the April 2, 2017 concert in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Music begins at 7:00 pm.
Adam & Kizzie’s paths first crossed in Oklahoma City when, as youngsters, the pair attended the same school for the arts. Their shared love of music led them to become and remain good friends through school.
After graduation, their paths separated with each setting out on his and her own --Adam sharing his gift on the piano, and Kizzie performing on stage. Thirteen years later, their paths crossed again, and in the midst of rekindling their friendship, love blossomed. The two later married, consolidating their lives and musical passions.
Their unique sound makes it hard to claim whether their album The Book of EEDO: Vol. 1 is an R&B, soul, jazz, or hip hop form of musical art, but it is agreed that the art is excellent. “EEDO is frEEDOm with the fewest number of consonants” the couple explains. “As music, eedo is a way of synthesizing all of our influences into one unified approach: the freedom to express, feel, and inspire growth, joy and love.”
The couple have been featured on a number of programs including a recent episode on Food Network's Season 8 of Restaurant Impossible titled, Face the Music, Season 4 of the Chevy Music Showcase documentary series, and KSBI 52's Oklahoma Live. Their most recent album, The Book of EEDO Vol. 2, was released at the end of 2014 on Ropeadope Records.
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 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.