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November 19
OSU Jazz Orchestra with Tommy Poole & Seamus Blake

5:00 p.m.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes Dr. Tommy Poole back to the Jazz Depot stage alongside the OSU Jazz Orchestra and special guest Seamus Blake.

Dr. Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and an assistant professor of music at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is an active saxophonist and woodwind doubler in a variety of genres. He has recorded as a saxophonist on numerous commercially available CDs ranging in style from classical, to jazz, to pop. He has performed professionally with Ramsey Lewis, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Andy Montanez, Glenn Monroig, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Dianne Reeves among many others.

Poole has composed and arranged works for a variety of settings from commercial showbands, to jazz big bands, to full-sized studio orchestras. His orchestrations have been featured on at least seven commercially available CDs. His first two CDs as producer, On Cue-the Music of Seamus Blake (2012) and Out Front (2015) featured arrangements, compositions, and performances by Poole and received critical acclaim from AllAboutJazz.comJazzEd MagazineCurrentland, and Oklahoma Magazine.

Poole has presented workshops, or served as guest artist/performer, guest conductor, clinician, and/or adjudicator at California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Eastfield College, Northeastern State University, Los Angeles Community College, Pittsburg State University, Slippery Rock University, Tulsa Community College, and The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). He has served in similar fashion for countless regional high school conferences, honor bands, and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations in jazz has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. He serves as President of Oklahoma Jazz Educators (OKJE) and is a member of the Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.

Winner of the 2002 Thelonious Monk Jazz Award, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Seamus Blake is a forward-thinking musician focused on modern creative jazz and swinging post-bop. Born in England in 1970, Blake grew up in Canada and eventually studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, he relocated to New York City and quickly established himself as a regular performer and in-demand sideman. During this time, he recorded with several name artists including drummers Victor Lewis and Billy Drummond, pianist Darrell Grant, and others. He has also toured with John Scofield, and is a regular member of the Mingus Big Band. As a solo performer, Blake has recorded a steady stream of albums including his 1993 solo debut, The Call, on Criss Cross; 1997's Four Track Mind; 1999's Stranger Things Have Happened; 2000's Sunsol; 2001's Echonomics; 2007's Way Out Willy, and 2009's Bellwether. He is also a co-leader of the collective jazz, rock, and funk ensemble Bloomdaddieswith whom he has recorded several albums including the band's 1996 self-titled debut, 1998's Racer X, and 2001's Mosh for Lovers. A consummate live performer, Blake has also released a handful of well-received concert albums including 2001's Live au Cabaret, which featured him performing in Montreal in 1999, and 2008's double-disc Live in Italy, which showcased him over several nights in Palermo, Senigallia, and Cesenatico. In 2010, Blake released the concert album Live at Smalls, featuring such longtime bandmates as drummer Bill Stewart, guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Matt Clohesy, and pianist Dave Kikoski. A member of drummer Adam Nussbaum's BANN ensemble, Blake appeared on the group's 2011 debut album, As You Like.

The OSU Jazz Orchestra is the premier performing group of the OSU Jazz Studies program. Highly qualified students are selected by audition for placement in the group at the start of each academic year. Instrumentation consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bass, piano, drums, and guitar. All university students are invited to audition. Averaging 7-8 concert per year, the OSU Jazz Orchestra regularly premiers arrangements and compositions specifically written for the group for its on and off campus concerts and/or CD recordings. Averaging 2-3 guest artists annually, recent guest artists have included Christian McBride, Geoffrey Keezer, Gillian Margot, Wycliffe Gordon, Conrad Herwig, Bobby Shew, and Randy Brecker.

To enjoy the jazz, call (918) 928-JAZZ or visit www.JazzHallTickets.com. Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each.  General Admission tickets are only $15.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating. High school and middle school students admitted for only $5.00.

The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2017 Autumn Concert Series.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.