West Texas, being the center of cowboy nation, might be not the primary place one would guess the place the longest operating jazz celebration in america would happen however certainly, Odessa continues to be the host of the efficiency.
Since 1967, jazz music has discovered a house within the hearts and ears of music-loving West Texans within the Permian Basin and this 12 months’s fifty fifth annual Jazz Social gathering can be held over the course of three days at each the Odessa Marriott and The Ector Theatre.
This 12 months’s celebration will start with a efficiency from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday on the Odessa Marriott Ballroom.
Friday will function a free live performance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Ector Theatre, which is sponsored by the Odessa Arts Council’s Scorching Summer time Nights.
Saturday’s performances can be again on the Odessa Marriott Ballroom 11 a.m. to three p.m. and seven p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively.
Thursday and Saturday’s performances will go for $25 per individual.
Over 20 performers will sq. off every day to play.
“That is the fifty fifth efficiency and it began a few years in the past and now could be the longest operating jazz celebration in america,” CVA Promoting and Advertising and marketing President Craig Van Amburgh stated. “That’s what makes this so very particular. Since we needed to cancel it final 12 months due to the COVID scenario, each artist that we’ve requested to return again this 12 months jumped on the chance. This 12 months, realistically, that is an all-star 12 months. We’ve a few of the biggest jazz gamers on the earth that can be right here.”
The performers this 12 months will embody Harry Allen on tenor sax, John Allred on trombone, Peter Anderson and Will Anderson each on reeds, Dan Barrett on trombone, Rebecca Kilgore as a vocalist, Ricky Malichi on drums, Eddie Mertz Jr. on drums, Nate Najar on guitar, Nikki Parrot on double bass and vocals, Russ Phillips on trombone, Brian Piper on piano, Chuck Redd on drums, Randy Sandke on trumpet, Richard Simon on double bass, Daniela Soledade as a vocalist, Rossano Sportiello on piano, Frank Tate on bass, Warren Vache Jr. on trumpet and cornet and Johnny Varro on piano.
Van Amburgh weighed in on this 12 months’s lineup, together with the Anderson twins who’re among the many finest woodwind gamers within the nation and are additionally no strangers to the Odessa space.
“I used to be lucky sufficient to see the Anderson twins once they have been right here in ’19,” Van Amburgh stated. “They have been youngster prodigies taking part in woodwind devices they usually’re very energetic and enjoyable to observe. They’re very proficient. They’re a few of the youthful expertise that can be coming to the celebration so we’re all the time excited to see them come again.”
Peter Anderson obtained his bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from Juilliard and has carried out on the Lincoln Heart Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and was featured within the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.
Will Anderson, who’s been referred to as a “virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone” by the New York Occasions, was a featured soloist on the 2020 Newport Jazz Competition.
Identical to Peter, he has carried out on the Lincoln Heart Orchestra and was additionally heard within the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack.
Alongside together with his twin brother, Will has headlined at Carnegie Corridor, the Blue Notice, and the New Orleans Jazz Competition, simply to call just a few.
One other highlighted performer consists of Parrot who’s a celebrated bass participant and vocalist from Australia.
“Nikki sings like a chicken and performs the upright double bass whereas singing,” Van Amburgh stated. “She’s Australian and has spent the final a number of years in New York Metropolis and she or he was the bass participant for Les Paul at his membership in New York Metropolis referred to as the Iridium. She performed for Paul for a few years and she or he is a superb solo artists.
Like lots of the performers this 12 months, Parrot has performed in Odessa up to now.
“She was right here in 2018 and is coming again,” Van Amburgh stated.
Discuss an excellent performer.”
Taking part in on guitar, Najar is making his return to the Jazz Social gathering after a two-year absence.
“Najar is one other good artist that can be right here,” Van Amburgh stated. “Nate is an unimaginable guitar participant. He was right here on the final jazz celebration in 2019 however I additionally noticed him in 2018. What’s cool, he’s married to Daniela Soledade. She’s an unimaginable singer from South America. She sings bossa nova like no one else’s enterprise. It’s so a lot enjoyable.”
Van Amburgh stated that an attention-grabbing function of this present is that the 20 artists will rotate about 5 to seven at a time on stage and play a 15-20 minute set earlier than the following group follows.
“The band is consistently altering and also you get to see these unimaginable gamers,” Van Amburgh stated. “It’s one of many occasions of the 12 months the place they will jam with different jazz musicians and actually let unfastened. This can be a massive thrill.”
The Jazz Social gathering’s historical past has included flopping places backwards and forwards between Odessa and Midland.
“Over time, every metropolis has hosted the Jazz Social gathering,” Van Amburgh stated. “However when it started, it was a celebration that was nearly for jazz lovers solely. It was nearly like a non-public celebration.”
Nevertheless, within the final 20 years, Van Amburgh stated it has transitioned to the place it opened as much as most people.
“This 12 months, that is what makes it very particular, two of the nights are going to be within the Marriott Lodge in Odessa after which Friday evening, it’s fairly specifically as a result of it’s a part of summer season nights with the Odessa arts affiliation. They’re placing on the jazz celebration on the stage at Ector Theatre and it’s free to anybody who desires to attend. They might want to get a ticket however they will log on and get that or drop by the Ector Theatre. They’re free and they’re going to be capable to see all these unimaginable jazz gamers Friday evening without cost.”
For extra info, go to https://www.wtjs.org/.