September 24-29, 2018

The UCO Jazz Lab will host the third UCO Edmond Jazz Festival Sept. 24-29. This year we are thrilled to host a wide variety of Jazz Music from its roots to modern trends, from young students to seasoned professionals. Please join us as we celebrate the diversity of jazz music. 

Monday, September 24 @ 7pm · $15

UCO Student Jazz Ensembles II and IV w/ Guest Choctaw High School

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We are thrilled to have the Choctaw High School Jazz Band and Director Cameron Burton open up for Jazz Ensemble IV - Director Zac Lee, and Jazz Ensemble II - Director Jeff Kidwell. It will be a great evening of Big Band Jazz music featuring a wide variety of student talent.


Tuesday, September 25 @ 7pm · $15


UCO Student Jazz Ensembles I and III w/ Guest Southmoore High School

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Southmoore High School Jazz Band with Director Geoff Clifton will open up for Central's Award winning Jazz Ensembles III (Director - Ryan Sharp) and I (Director- Brian Gorrell). Last year's group won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Don't miss the first opportunity to meet and listen to all of the talented new faces of the UCO Jazz Ensembles.


Wednesday, September 26 @ 7pm · $10

The Civilized Tribe

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Comprised of Central graduates, from an era when Jazz was America's popular music the group will bring the roots of Jazz to life as they perform traditional standards. Favorites include 'Honey Suckle Rose', 'Five Foot Two', and 'When the Saints Go Marching In.'

On January 8, 1986 The University of Central Oklahoma's 'Civilized Tribe Dixieland Band' boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles in hopes of doing what no other Dixieland Band had ever done before - capture the title of Southern Comfort National Collegiate Dixieland Champions for a second time. Three days later they did just that! The competition was held annually in conjunction with the convention of The National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE). The first time the 'Tribe' won this prestigious title was in 1983! Dr Kent Kidwell, Jeff Kidwell, Lee Rucker, and several other talented alumni from The University of Central Oklahoma have been largely responsible for keeping the tradition of this great band going strong now for 35 years! Thank you Dr. Kidwell for everything you have done for so many in the Central community and beyond.


Thursday, September 27 @ 7pm · Free

Oklahoma Christian Jazz Ensemble w/guest Mark Galloway

Free and Open Seating · Hideaway Concessions


The Jazz Lab welcomes Dr. Heath Jones and the Oklahoma Christian Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Mark Galloway. Galloway will be featured singing the music of Frank Sinatra and on Guitar. The OC Jazz Ensemble has received superior ratings at the Temple, Red Bud, Wichita, Clark Terry, and JENerations Jazz Festivals. The ensemble has performed as an Honor Group at the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention and has performed frequently at the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Workshop. Other performances include: Carnival Cruise line ship "Fantasy;" Royal Caribbean's ships "Navigator of the Seas" and "Splendour of the Seas;" the "Legends in Concert" show at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre in Branson, Missouri; and Silver Dollar City.  



Friday, September 28 @ 8pm · $20

Headliner: The Russell Malone Quartet

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Russell Malone is an amazingly versatile jazz guitarist that embodies the spirit of the 2018 UCO Jazz Festival. When you hear him play you hear the past, present, and future of Jazz Guitar and Jazz Music. From the traditional lines of Oklahoma native Charlie Christian to the modern compositions on his latest Album, “Time for the Dancers” (2017) he proves that jazz is a living art form that relies on its history to propel it forward.

Saturday, September 29 @ 8pm · $10

Miss Brown to You: Featuring Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg

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Miss Brown to you has been a staple at the Jazz Lab since it opened in 2002. From smooth vocal lines to intense solos Mary and Louise have developed music that refuses to be confined to one style, or one time period. A folk ballad from the misty hills of Kentucky. A sophisticated jazz standard, heard through a New York doorway. Steamy blues from New Orleans, circa 1920. A swinging two step at the dance hall, where Bob Wills is on the stand. A samba igniting the hills of Rio de Janeiro. Colorful original songs. Oklahoma City talent at its best.


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Brian Gorrell

Clint Rohr - Jazz Lab Director


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