Throughout his decades-long career, Hicks has combined elements of those genres with influences from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits and others to create a sound he refers to as “folk jazz.” Hicks describes the music as a blend that starts out with a folk music sound to which a jazz beat, solos and singing are added. “It’s kind of light in nature. It’s not loud,” he said. “In a way, it’s carefree.”
The band is slated to headline Jazz in June’s “Jazz in the Park” Saturday, June 21, at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.
Kansas City blues singer/guitarist Samantha Fish, whose 2011 debut album Runaway was honored with the prestigious Blues Music Award, brings her special brand of roadhouse blues for “Blues Under the Stars” Thursday, June 19, at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson St. In 2013, Fish released her sophomore CD, Black Wind Howlin’, which was heavily influenced by the music of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes.
The Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo, which pairs renowned guitarist Hunter and drummer Amendola, is slated to headline “Jazz Under the Stars” Friday, June 20 at Brookhaven Village. Known for bringing intense grooves, sensual melodies and ingenuous back-and-forth between strings and sticks, the pair has recorded five albums together, most recently 2013’s Pucker, which followed their critically acclaimed 2012 album Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead.
Other artists slated to perform at this year’s festival are:
June 19: Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, which captures the spirit of the Oklahoma blues scene, from the powerfully soul-drenched vocals to the funky harmonica
June 20: Edmond Jazz Orchestra, a 25-piece orchestra that features trumpets, trombones, mellophones, saxophones, drums, percussion, bass and piano
June 21: Boyd Street Brass, which boasts a blend of New Orleans-oriented blues, jazz and funk; Pidgin, known for its psychedelic approach to afro-soul music with a powerful horn section; and the Norman High School Jazz Combo, a group of next-generation jazz artists.
In addition to the concerts, Jazz in June holds clinics with the artists and after-concert jams. This year’s schedule is:
Clinics with the Artists: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, The Performing Arts Studio, historic Norman Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.
- “Two = One Very Big Sound (The Non-traditional Jazz ‘Band’),”Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
- “History of Hick Jazz,” Dan Hicks
- “The Cigar Box Guitar: Inspiration Through Limitation,” singer, songwriter, guitarist and guitar-builder Kyle Reid
Blues Jam: 10 p.m. Thursday, June 19, Tres Cantina & Grille, 305 E. Main St.
Jazz Jam: 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Hotel Norman (formerly Holiday Inn Express), 1000 N. Interstate Dr., hosted by members of Boyd Street Brass and Pidgin.
Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman. The festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event attended by some 50,000 people.
Jazz in June is supported, in major part, by grants and donations from Festival Underwriters:
Oklahoma Arts Council (with the National Endowment for the Arts); Festival Funders: Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program, Friends of Jazz in June, Republic Bank & Trust, Brookhaven Village; Major Funders: Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Sue Ann Hamm, Harris Foundation, Embassy Suites of Norman, MidFirst Bank, Tyler Media; Day Funders: Target Stores, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Shevaun Williams & Associates, Prosperity Bank, Oklahoma Film & Music Office, S&S Promotions; Legacy Founders/Donors: Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Bob and Carol Stoops, Rob Arvine, and Greg Heiple.