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Jazz in June
June 14 2017 - June 17 2017Free
The city of Norman will host the 34th annual Jazz in June Festival June 15-17, 2017, at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park. OF+MO hosted a call for musicians to open on Friday and Saturday evenings in which Claire Piersol was invited to open Friday evening at Brookhaven Village and Ardent Spirits will open the final evening at Andrews Park. Caleb McGee, Mike Hosty & Jamie Oldaker, the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Victor & Penny and the Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio will also perform. In addition to the concerts, Jazz in June will host Clinics throughout the three-day event at the Norman Public Library West.
Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman.
Because the partnership was ineligible to receive grants, in 1990 a separate non-profit organization, Jazz in June, Inc., was formally created with the Norman Arts Council, Cimarron Circuit Opera Company and KGOU as partners and other members at large.
In the nearly three decades since, the festival has developed into a highly anticipated annual event attended by an estimated 50,000 people. The three-evening Jazz in June series today comprises “Blues Under the Stars” in Brookhaven Village on Thursday, “Jazz Under the Stars” in Brookhaven Village on Friday and “Jazz in the Park” at Andrews Park on Saturday.
Among the artists to have graced the Jazz in June stage over the years are Beatrice Cole, Chuck Mangione, Oklahoma Panhandlers, T.S. Monk III, Miss Brown to You, Larry Coryell, D.C. Minner and Selby, The Airmen of Note, Larry Hammett Quartet, Edgar Cruz, Poncho Sanchez, the Ellis Marsalis Quintet and Pinkie & the Snakeshakers.