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.