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Nov 14, 2018 - Kay Benyarko to Play Jazz Depot

Kay Benyarko was born in Ghana, West Africa and has a great love of African music and jazz, organically fusing both influences into his music. Through listening to and studying the history and fundamentals of both schools of music, Benyarko is able to fuse them seamlessly in his performances. He counts artists like Oscar Peterson, Koo Nimo, Thelonious Monk, and Fela Kuti as his influences. While he’s mostly self-taught, he has had the opportunity to study with some the great jazz masters like Barry Harris and Johnny O’Neal in New York City. Benyarko is also the owner of his own music lable, SenkuMuzik, LLC.

Benyarko is also renowned for coining the Kay Benyarko Approach, a method he invented and teaches that harmonizes African songs and styles. The Approach was inspired by his tutelage under Barry Harris, but is based on the mixolydian scale which has the same notes as the West African highlife scale.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is happy to welcome Benyarko to the stage in his much-anticipated Jazz Depot debut as the Kay Benyarko Quartet celebrates the songs of the Great American Songbook. The Kay Benyarko Quartet includes leader Kay Benyarko, bassist Edwin Garcia, drummer Spike Gore, and Bishop Marsh on trumpet.

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 are admitted for only $5.00.The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2018 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 artform.


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