T.E.G. International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank
Friday, June 2nd, 2022, 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Okla. This is a free event.

Official Hotel: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tulsa Downtown
Use this link to reserve your room: https://bit.ly/2023TEGInternationalJazzFest

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.

Featured Artists:

Guitarist Adam Hawley-https://adamhawley.com/

Saxophonist, Flutist, and Vocalist Paula Atherton: https://paulaatherton.com/

Saxophonist/Multi-Instrumentalist Dr. Mike Cameron and the NSU Jazz Ensemble: https://www.mikecameronmusic.com/  https://academics.nsuok.edu/music/jazzlab/JazzEnsembles/JazzEnsemble.aspx

Jazz Vocalist Cynthia Simmons: http://wwwcynsingsjazz.com

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.


A special thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: SpiritBank

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

Sponsors:  Sisserou’s Restaurant, Tyler Media-Tulsa, Jazzman Music, Marketing, and Promotion Worldwide, La Z Radio, Tulsa Go,  Ritmo 107.9, Univision 25, Jazzology with Keith G, So’ Jazzy Radio, Telemundo 25.2, Guthrie Green, So’ Jazzy Radio, Tulsa FMAC, Visit Tulsa, TheCoffeeCupLife Apparel Company,  Jazzman Music, and The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Downtown Tulsa. You are all greatly appreciated!


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Featured Artists Line-Up


Adam Hawley

Guitarist and Producer Adam Hawley who has burst onto the USA scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Handpicked by Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) he first debuted on the legend’s label Kalimba Music. In all, Adam’s four albums and work as a producer has spawned an incredible Twelve Billboard #1 Hits. In it’s first week, the 3rd record “Escape” was the #1 Selling Album in the Nation, outselling every other contemporary jazz album as per Nielsen. Adam performs a dynamic combination of scintillating original contemporary jazz selections (12 Billboard #1 Hits) combined with some of your favourite selections from Stevie Wonder, EWF, Demi Lovato, Gap Band, Chris Brown, John Legend, and more.

Paula Atherton

Saxophonist/vocalist/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.
Paula has had multiple #1 singles on Billboard and Mediabase. The Billboard year end 2022 chart had Paula as the #3 Airplay Artist of the year, as well as “Keep it Comin’” as the #3 Song of the Year! Her record label “Dream On Records” also ended the year on Bilboard’s Top 10 listing at # 8!

The NSU Jazz Ensemble

NSU Jazz Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing group of the NSU Jazz Studies & Commercial Music program. Highly qualified students are selected by audition for placement in the group each semester. The band performs two concerts per semester at the Jazz Lab. All university students are invited to audition. Audition information is posted the first week of classes each semester in the Fine Arts Building and at the Jazz Lab. The instrumentation consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass, piano, drums, and guitar. Photo by Patrick Witty.

Mike Cameron

Mike Cameron is a freelance saxophonist, composer and educator based in Tulsa, OK specializing in improvisation that spans many musical genres. He leads and writes original music for the Mike Cameron Collective, the nine-piece funk band Count Tutu, and the Swunky Face Big Band. He has had the opportunity to perform professionally with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bartlesville Symphony, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Signature Symphony and The Tommy Dorsey Ghost Orchestra. He recently traveled to New York City in February 2022 to perform the world premier of Ethan Iverson’s “Ritornello, Sinfonias & Cadenzas”.
As leader of the “Mike Cameron Collective” he has performed original music and standards every Monday night at Hodges Bend for nine years and has held many other weekly residencies at clubs throughout Tulsa. He has been a featured performer at The Gathering Place, Low Down Jazz Club, Guthrie Green and Tulsa Signature Symphony.

Cynthia Simmons 

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 with one of the city’s finest jazz pianists. Through this connection she was introduced to the Tulsa Jazz community, and the rest as the saying goes, is history.

Cynthia has performed in many local venues including the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Northeastern State University PAC, Kansas City’s Blue Room, Low Down Jazz Club and many others.

She has also been featured in several festivals such as the TEG International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank, the Chet Baker Festival, the Rose Festival of Broken Arrow, the International Jazz Day Celebration, the Feel Good Festival, and the PostOak Wine and Jazz Festival.

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.


The 2022 Global Concert will be hosted at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Global Concert will return to the UN General Assembly Hall in a nod to the inaugural International Jazz Day Sunset Concert in 2012, symbolizing jazz’s continued important role as a force for dialogue and diplomacy.

Scheduled for worldwide webcast at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT/11 pm CET, the 2022 All-Star Global Concert will make a powerful statement in support of peace, healing and unity through a diverse series of performances by leading jazz artists from around the globe.

With Herbie Hancock serving as Host and Artistic Director and John Beasley as Musical Director, the program is set to showcase the extraordinary potential of jazz as a medium for peaceful collaboration and constructive dialogue. Participating artists will include vocalists Shemekia Copeland, José James, Youn Sun Nah (Republic of Korea), Gregory Porter, Alune Wade (Senegal) and Lizz Wright; pianists Joey Alexander (Indonesia), Helio Alves (Brazil), Laurent de Wilde (France), Hiromi (Japan), Ray Lema (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Tarek Yamani (Lebanon); drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Brian Blade; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Linda May Han Oh (Australia); saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, David Sanborn and Erena Terakubo (Japan); guitarist Mark Whitfield and trumpeters Randy Brecker and Jeremy Pelt, among others. Also joining the global ensemble will be harmonicist Grégoire Maret (Switzerland), harpist Edmar Castañeda (Colombia), percussionist Pedrito Martínez (Cuba) and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Syria).

In the lead-up to the 2022 All-Star Global Concert, a series of free education programs featuring renowned artist-educators will be streamed via jazzday.com, YouTube and Facebook.

In parallel, a vast array of International Jazz Day events are slated to take place in more than 180 countries worldwide.

Watch the International Jazz Day 2022 All-Star Global Concert streamed live from the UN General Assembly Hall in New York featuring dozens of acclaimed artists affirming the importance of jazz as a means of achieving unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy. Tune-in 5 pm eastern, 4 pm central on YouTube. https://youtu.be/VF9pu7H3CMo

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