Cameron University Jazz Festival to feature Funky Fresh Trio, local high school bands

The Cameron University Department of Music will present the 2016 Jazz Festival with special guests, performances by high school bands and free concerts on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29. The Denver-based Funky Fresh Trio bring their new and different approach to jazz to the festival and will appear with a variety of local performance ensembles.

On Monday, March 28, The Funky Fresh Trio will be joined by the OozleFinch Big Band from the 77th Army Band. On Tuesday, March 29, the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron University/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble, both under the direction of Dr. Andrew Stonerock, will join the Funky Fresh Trio. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre and are open to the public at no charge.

In addition to presenting their unique jazz perspectives, the members of the Funky Fresh Trio will adjudicate performances by area high school bands and will also present a public master class for high school students on Monday, March 28. The Frederick High School Jazz Band and the Tuttle High School Jazz have already confirmed their participation; additional areas bands are expected to finalize plans for participation soon.  

“Providing high school students with the experience of working with a professional musician gives them the opportunity to improve as both ensemble and individual musicians,” says Stonerock. “In addition to revitalizing jazz in the Denver area, the Funky Fresh Trio has been touring across the U.S., Central America and South America. It is a pleasure to bring their inspiring jazz stylings to southwest Oklahoma.”

The Funky Fresh Trio is composed of Josh Quinlan, saxophone/keyboards; Patrick McDevitt, bass and Alejandro Castaño, drums. The ensemble draws influence from musical sources including Miles Davis' early 1970's fusion groups, Hard Bop, Medeski Martin and Wood, James Brown, the Bad Plus, modern jazz, Bob Marley and more. playing groove, melody and improvisation driven music that maintains the organic nature of jazz, but with a blend of modern musical impressions.

The 2016 Jazz Festival is made possible by a grant from Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.

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March 11, 2016

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