Kyle Reid and The Low Swingin’ Chariots were the Winter Wind Member’s Choice artist selection for the 2017-18 concert season. The band will be at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, on December 17, 2017, featuring Kyle Reid, guitar and vocals; Steve Boaz, drums; Johnny Carlton, bass; Kevin Stringfellow, trumpet; and David Leach, keys. This is the third in this year’s collaborative series between The Depot and Jazz in June. Music begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.
Depot Board President and Winter Wind Chair Trisha Bunce says “The Depot strives to not only bring in the best quality touring artists but to also support the wonderful talent right here in Oklahoma, and with Kyle Reid, we have the opportunity to do both. We are very excited to welcome him back to our stage.” Depot members voted in agreement!
Kyle Reid has made himself a student of classic American music, from New Orleans jazz and blues to gospel musings on his homemade cigar box guitars. His 2014 full band release “Alright, Here We Go...” featuring his band, the Low Swinging Chariots, was named best Okie Album of 2014 by The Daily Oklahoman. That album was followed by his self recorded, self released EP “Don’t Be Afraid…” featuring tunes performed on his home made cigar box guitars. Kyle performs regionally with his band and solo at festivals and venues large and small.
After a year living in Kansas City, and a Summer recording his next album in New Orleans, Kyle has returned to Norman, his “musical home,” to continue writing, recording, collaborating and performing with his Okie musical brethren.
Collaborative Concerts produced by Jazz in June and The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from The Norman Arts Council, The Oklahoma Arts Council, and by the numerous sponsors of and donors to both Jazz in June and The Depot. Both are non-profit organizations serving the people of Norman and surrounding communities with great musical programming.
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 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 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.