Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Jazz in June Festival to go online this weekend
NORMAN – The 37th Annual Jazz in June Festival will go online due to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
"The Jazz in JuneTember" live-stream event will broadcast from the Norman Music Institute and can be seen from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the Jazz in June Facebook page. KGOU also will carry the event live, according to a news release.
As previously reported, the venerable festival was initially postponed to fall, but has been converted to a virtual event as the pandemic has lingered. For the first time in its 37-year history, Norman's Jazz in June isn't taking place in June this year.
“We worked through every idea possible for keeping the festival live this year,” said Jim Wilson, board president, in a statement. “But ultimately, we must put the health and safety of our community first. Now we are focused on producing a live-stream event that will thrill the most loyal devotees of Jazz in June along with new audiences.”
- From 6 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, modern-day, powerhouse blues band Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers will kick off the evening with a “down and dirty” style of blues that defines the band’s style. A tight rhythm section, a wailing blues harp, jaw-dropping guitar licks and the unmistakable charm and soul of the towering blues-man called “Dirty Red” will make sure listeners are dancing in their living rooms.
- From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., the mood changes to the smooth, classic sounds of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, performing their take on nostalgic classics. The ensemble features musicians hailing from all over the state and representing a half dozen universities.
- From 9 to 10:30 p.m., multiple Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Shaun Martin. Original keyboard play for Snarky Puppy has played all over the world with some of the biggest artists from R&B, jazz and gospel.
“The pandemic is changing our concept of live music and we are meeting the challenges with enthusiasm,” said Eric Walschap, program chair, in a statement. “Ultimately, 'the beat goes on' and we all are excited about working with and supporting all of these talented artists.”
Jazz in June is a nonprofit organization and remains a local, free, family-friendly institution.