TEG’s International Jazz Fest Presented by Spirit Bank! Takes place Saturday October 24th, 6:00-8:00 pm, this incredible free concert will be virtual for the first time! This event was created to celebrate International Jazz Day and to educate the public about this wonderful genre we call Jazz!

Our outdoor concert normally happens in Tulsa, OK during the Spring or early Summer and features a mixture of local, regional, and international Artists.  It has also been official part of the Jazz Day celebration since 2016. This year has been quite challenging due to the Covid -19 virus and our event, originally scheduled on June 6 will now take place virtually on Oct 24.  


Featured Artists:

The Max Groove Trio

The Clark Gibson Quintet

Paula Atherton


Spotlight Artists:

Wilfred Frelix, Cyn Simmons, Audley Reid, Elizabeth Speegle, The Artist DeLise, Gina Kronstadt, Castella Castella, David Howard, Nara Noian, Sophia Ripley, Laila Biali, Lee Hernan, and Tony White.


TEG/Tulsa Jazz CEO John Taylor states “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.

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).

The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.” (Taken from jazzday.com)


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, The 1619 Black Authors Writing Challenge, SJR Multimedia, Jazzman Marketing and Promotion, Tulsa Air and Space Museum, La Z Radio, AHHA, Ritmo 107.9, Univision, Jazzology with Keith G, PostOak Lodge, In Good Taste Wines, Telemundo, Tulsa Jazz, and TheCoffeeCupLife Apparel Company. You are all greatly appreciated!






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.


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.

Note: In light of the Covid 19 Pandemic the 2020 International Jazz Day Celebration was held virtually.

Featured Artists Line-Up

The Featured Artists Line-Up:


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”.

Clark Gibson Quintet

The Clark Gibson Quintet is a star-studded original music jazz ensemble featuring original compositions and arrangements compositions by Gibson, the tremendous B3 organist Pat Bianchi, legendary trombonist Michael Dease, the fantastic tenor player Jim Pisano and OKC native drummer Jeremy Thomas.

The group has a history that is tied in the history of the Denver, CO jazz scene. Saxophonist Clark Gibson grew up as a native of Denver, CO, spending his formative years in clubs such as Dazzle, Sambuca’s, the Mount Vernon Country Club, Herb’s Hideaway, and ran a jam session for several years in downtown at the Blues Ice. His favorite jazz hang was at the El Chapultepec where he met organist Pat Bianchi. Active in booking gigs around town, Clark hired Pat Bianchi on multiple occasions forging a musical relationship that seeded the roots for what eventually has become the Clark Gibson Quintet.

In 2018, the Clark Gibson Quintet recorded their first album “Tri-Colored Eyes” which was released in August of 2019. Celebrated in numerous reviews from the US, Russia, Japan and Europe, the album is an hour long journey of original music with a unique instrumentation, three horns, organ and drums. The newest addition to the band, Michael Dease provides all the firepower necessary to match Bianchi’s exhilarating power behind the B3 organ. This band is sure to provide an exciting performance for all.

 Paula Atherton

Sax player/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.

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.

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