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For Release: September 22, 2017
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PIANIST BARRON RYAN OPENS JAZZ IN JUNE & WINTER WIND COLLABORATIVE SERIES
NORMAN… The Depot and Jazz in June, continuing their collaborative partnership, welcome Barron Ryan, “classic meets cool” pianist, to the Winter Wind stage in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Doors open on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 6:30 for the 7:00 pm concert. Tickets are $20.
Barron Ryan’s choice of playing the piano as a profession is no surprise. At age four he began piano lessons with his father and has been no stranger to the stage since. He performed throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, then distinguished himself in piano studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has been a featured soloist at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, among many other venues, and is a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions.
The son of two musicians, Barron grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to James Brown. Subsequently, he has never been content drawing on just one influence
His musical influences were further broadened when Barron discovered the joy of jazz
and ragtime-inspired concert music while touring Israel in 2011 after winning the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artists Competition. His debut album, Classical with Attitude, reflects the broadened influence.
On The Masters’ Apprentice, his recently released second album, Barron has transcribed and replayed the solos of great jazz pianists, including the impossibly fast “Tiger Rag” by Art Tatum, “Makin’ Whoopee” by Oscar Peterson and “My One and Only Love,” by Ryan’s father, jazz pianist and composer Donald Ryan.
“Ryan’s boogie woogie chops will floor you, but what he does with stride and ragtime really seals this deal,” says Jim Johnson, Jazz In June Program Chair & host of “The Weekend Blues” on KGOU radio. “Hearing Barron Ryan do what he does on a Steinway baby grand in the newly renovated Santa Fe Depot is gonna be an unforgettable and exquisite beginning to this year’s collaborative series of shows.”
To purchase concert tickets, or to learn more about Depot programs, visit www.normandepot.org or phone 405 307-9320. To learn more about Jazz in June programs visit www.jazzinjune.org.
Winter Wind/Jazz in June collaborative concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by numerous corporate and individual sponsors of both organizations.
Jazz In June Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of jazz and related musical forms. Jazz In June was founded in 1984 by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera. The Jazz in June festival has since developed into a much-anticipated annual event, featuring three evenings of outdoor concerts, related artist clinics, public radio programs and public jazz and blues jam sessions attended by a total of some 50,000 people per year. Past performers include David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Duke Ellington Small Band.
The Depot, a non-profit organization located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, is dedicated to creating and presenting excellent and innovative fine arts programming for the enrichment and education of the community and produces Summer Breeze, Winter Wind and Whistle Stop Concerts, Gallery Exhibitions, Second Sunday Poetry Readings, and also manages the rental of the Norman Depot for weddings, meetings, parties and other events.