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TEG’s International Jazz Fest Presented by Spirit Bank! Takes place Friday June 6th, 6:00-9:00 pm at the Guthrie Green. This incredible free concert is part of the Tulsa Arts District’s monthly 1st Friday Art Crawl which averages 2000-3000 attendees per event!

This is an official 2020 International Jazz Day event! In 2016 Tulsa Jazz.com had the honor of being the producer of Tulsa’s first official participation since the event’s inception in 2012. (See www.jazzday.com for additional details).

Featured Artists are:

Jazz/Blues Vocalist: Chanda Graham

Smooth Jazz Artist: The Max Groove Trio

A Jazz Battle Royale Featuring: The Tulsa Community College Jazz Ensemble, and the Northeastern State University Jazz Ensemble featuring guest Vocalist Cynthia Simmons.

“International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout the month of April.

Our Founder/CEO John Taylor states that “Right now,  jazz is a growth music. By that I mean we have an opportunity to reach a whole untapped generation with this wonderful music, and International Jazz Day is an incredible awareness tool.”

“I want the world to see how this wonderful music can bring unity to people from different countries and backgrounds…that it’s possible to truly come together for a common cause. We need this in the world right now.”

 

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.” (Taken from jazzday.com)

 

Links:

www.jazzday.com

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

http://www.bookwithTEG.com

http://www.tulsajazz.com

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.

2020

Cape Town, South Africa has been designated the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2020, with an extensive program of education and community outreach activities planned. Further details on the Cape Town celebration will be available in the coming months. To learn more about the designation, view the official press release.

Line Up

Introducing the 2020 International Jazz Fest Presented by SpiritBank Featured Artists:

6:00 pm Chanda Graham:  “With her deep origins in gospel music, Chanda Graham breathes life into an eclectic exploration of authentic Jazz and Blues. Whether the haunting melody of a love song or the rough edged contours of 12-bar Blues, Chanda weaves her personality throughout each stanza to create a tapestry of musical magic.” Tulsa World
Chanda resides in Oklahoma City, OK

 

 

7:00 pm The Max Groove Trio:  One of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years. Proclaimed a “Missouri State Jazz Treasure” in 2007 by then Gov.Blunt, He has twelve internationally released CDs, three in the top twenty Billboard Jazz.  His CD “Night Owl” has his signature urban smooth jazz sound while showcasing his innovative Funky jazz structures. In 2019 Max was signed to Unisoul Records and has a single “Love’s Waiting” released in time for Valentine’s Day 2020!

 

Along with Terry Hancock on drums, Clay Johnson bass. They bring their world of sound, melody, and emotion to the stage, a refreshing combination of original and contemporary jazz that guarantees to satisfy the most avid fan.

 

Over the years, national tour appearances with performers such as Joe Sample & the Crusaders, the Temptations, Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Joan Armatrading, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, and many other greats have added to the reputation of “The Groove”.

 

8:00 pm TCC/NSU Jazz Battle Royal:  In the tradition of the famous Duke Ellington, Count Basie Band battle we will have our own version featuring two award-winning Jazz programs, the Tulsa Community College Jazz Ensemble, and the Northeastern State University Jazz Ensemble. This incredible performance will also feature Tulsa favorite Cynthia Simmons as guest Vocalist!

 

8:00 pm 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 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, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Juniper, 624 Catering, Doc’s Wine and Food, Lefty’s on Greenwood, Harwelden Mansion, Sisserou’s, Duet, and various others.

She has also been featured in several festivals such as the International Jazz Fest, Big Bands, Big Voices:The Concert!, The Chet Baker Festival, The Rose Festival, 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.

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