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T.E.G. International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank
Friday, June 4th, 2021, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Okla.

Three huge names in jazz– one of them a local darling– will bring jazz from all over the country to Tulsa’s own Guthrie Green for the 2021 T.E.G. International Jazz Fest Friday, June 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Jazz giants Willie Bradley and Paula Atherton will travel to Tulsa for the event and will be joined by the Cynthia Simmons Quintet, an outfit Tulsa jazz lovers already know well.
Taylor Entertainment Group (T.E.G.) brings the event to Tulsa as a part of International Jazz Day, a worldwide day recognized by the United Nations and UNESCO and dates back to 2011. While International Jazz Day is traditionally observed on April 30, the T.E.G. International Jazz Fest is an official International Jazz Day event.

Willie Bradley is a jazz trumpeter from South Carolina. He had a recent number one hit on Billboard’s jazz charts and will bring his smooth tone to the Guthrie Green stage, as will another Billboard charter, saxophonist Paul Atherton, who brings New York roots to Tulsa. Both are big names in the jazz world, so Tulsans will be in for a treat. Local favorite Cynthia Simmons will join them with her quintet made up of Tulsa jazz musicians many audience members will recognize.

At first glance, Tulsa may seem an unusual choice for top-tier jazz artists to drop by, but organizer Taylor said it really isn’t.
“When someone mentions Oklahoma or Tulsa, it brings to mind country, rock, or indie music,” he said. “But jazz has deep roots here.” He mentioned some jazz legends who hailed from Oklahoma, including Jimmy Rushin, Frank Mantooth, and of course, the inimitable Chet Baker.
“Jazz is a big part of our state and our heritage, and we believe being involved in events like International Jazz Day will help keep it that way,” Taylor said.

The T.E.G. International Jazz Fest is presented by SpiritBank and will coincide with the Tulsa Arts District’s monthly First Friday Art Crawl, an event that often draws nearly 3,000 people each month. This, coupled with the event’s free admission, will likely ensure big crowds to take in some truly great jazz performances.
Tulsa began participating in International Jazz Day Events in 2016.

Websites:
https://internationaljazzfest.com/
https://www.jazzday.com/

Featured Artists:
The Cynthia Simmons Quintet
Trumpeter Willie Bradley
Saxophonist Paula Atherton

A special thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: SpiritBank

Supporting Sponsors: International Jazz Day, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, UNESCO

Sponsors: Tulsa Global Alliance, Sisserou’s Restaurant, Tyler Media-Tulsa, Jazzman Marketing and Promotion, Cox Business Convention Center, ASM Global, La Z Radio, AHHA, Ritmo 107.9, Univision 25, Jazzology with Keith G, PostOak Lodge, Telemundo 25.2, Guthrie Green, and TheCoffeeCupLife Apparel Company. You are all greatly appreciated!

Links:

International Jazz Day Organization

www.jazzday.com

Jazz Appreciation month April 2021:

http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz/jazz-appreciation-month

Taylor Entertainment Group LLC:

http://www.bookwithTEG.com

Tulsa Jazz:

http://www.tulsajazz.com

TEG International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank: (Event Website)

http://www.internationaljazzday.com

TEG International Jazz Fest Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/842095789676129

Featured Artists Line-Up

The Featured Artists Line-Up:

 

 

The Cynthia Simmons Quintet

Cynthia’s jazz career is an example of the wonders of social media. Several years ago while relatively new to the Tulsa area she made a chance connection on Facebook to one of the city’s finest jazz pianists, Scott McQuade. Through Scott she was introduced to Chuck Cissel, The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and through there, many other people who have been influential in her life….the rest as the saying goes, is history.

Cynthia has performed in many local venues including the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Ciao, Smoke. on Cherry St, Main St. Tavern-Broken Arrow/Cherry St, Lefty’s on Greenwood, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Juniper, 624 Kitchen, Doc’s Wine and Food, Kirin Asian Fusion, Harwelden Mansion, Sisserou’s and various others.

She has also been featured in several festivals such as the TEG International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank, Big Bands, Big Voices:The Concert!, The Chet Baker Festival, The Rose Festival, The International Jazz Day Celebration, and the PostOak Wine and Jazz Festival just to name a few. Cynthia has connected with the Tulsa jazz community and over the years, has become one of the more recognized and popular jazz vocalists in the area.

When she’s not singing, Cynthia is a wife, mom of two young adults, and employed as a human resources professional. But music, especially Jazz, is never far away.

The Cynthia Simmons Qunitet features Clark Gibson on Sax, Matt Hayes on Bass, Scott McQuade on Keyboard, John Dellavadova on Drums, and Cynthia Simmons is the Vocalist.

 

Willie Bradley It's My Time CD Cover

 

 

Willie Bradley

Willie Bradley is a native of Orangeburg, SC and a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned his BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career he has become a go –to musician for many of soul music’s greats over the years. Willie’s stage presence includes performances with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows.
 
In 2014, Willie released his debut Contemporary Jazz CD “Another Day & Time” produced and co-written by keyboardist/Recording Artist Nicholas Cole. Tracks from this CD made the Smooth Jazz Billboard Charts and have been added to Smooth Jazz Radio Stations worldwide to include Music Choice, Pandora, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.
 

Willie has performed at high profile shows around the country including Catalina Island Jazztrax, Denver’s Premier Jazz Room, The Soiled Dove Underground, Magic City Smooth Jazz in Birmingham, Spaghettini Lounge, Ocean City Jazz Fest, Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Carson Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz & R&B Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Coalition Jazz Festival. He is also known for being part of the brass section with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring abroad in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival.

 

 

 

Paula Atherton

Saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Brian Simpson, Althea Renee, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci.

Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. . Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.

Atherton has enjoyed 5 Billboard Top 30 charting singles ( prior to her #1 May 2020 hit “Can You Feel It”), being, “Sassy Strut,” “Herbie,” “Between You & Me,” (from “Ear Candy”), “My Song For You,” and “Into the Night.” Atherton was also featured on Cindy Bradleys’ single, “Girl Talk,” which hit #2 on Billboard.

International Jazz Day!

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

2021

Streaming live on jazzday.com on April 30 beginning at 5 pm EDT/4 pm CDT, the 2021 All-Star Global Concert will feature an historic lineup of performances by some of the world’s greatest jazz masters. For the first time ever, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of International Jazz Day, the 2021 Concert showcases artists joining from an array of locations around the world–demonstrating the global reach and appeal of this special music. Click here for more information:  https://jazzday.com/global-concert-2021/

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