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Jul 08, 2012 - Noted guitarists Pat Kelley and Stephane Wrembel to perform at Jazz Depot

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will be all about guitars and the next generation of jazz this week.

Sunday's concert, 5 p.m. at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St., will feature guitarist and Tulsa native Pat Kelley. Kelley, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2003, will perform with a combo made up of Tulsa musicians Steven Schrag on piano, Jordan Hehl on bass and drummer George Toumayan.

Then, on Wednesday, guitarist Stephane Wrembel will perform in concert at the Jazz Depot. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Wrembel composed the Academy Award-nominated theme to Woody Allen's acclaimed movie "Midnight in Paris" and performed the song with Esperanza Spalding and Pharrell at this year's Academy Awards broadcast. Wrembel also wrote music for Allen's film "Vicky Christina Barcelona."

The French-born guitarist started out playing piano, picking up the guitar in his teens. A visit to a Django Reinhart festival sparked an interest in jazz that Wrembel continues to pursue, although his most recent album, "Origins," explores a wider spectrum of musical influences and styles.

Kelley and Toumayan will also be among the instructors at the third annual Oklahoma Jazz Camp, open to young musicians from ninth grade to college.

The camp, sponsored by the University of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, will take place Sunday through July 14 at TU's Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Place, and the Jazz Depot.

Participants will receive instruction in music theory, ear training, improvisation, performance and jazz history, along with group lessons and master classes.

Faculty members include bassist Jim Bates, vocalist Brenda Johnson, pianist Julie Bonk, trumpeter Walter White, vocalist Andrea Baker-Wilkerson, saxophonist Steve Wilkerson and pianist Mark Meadows.

Vernon Howard, director of jazz studies at the University of Tulsa, created the Oklahoma Jazz camp, modeling it after a similar program he led for more than 30 years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

"Our Jazz Camp students are the next generation of great jazz performers," said Jason McIntosh, CEO of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. "Our No. 1 mission is to foster new talent. (It's what) drives our programming at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame."

Tickets for the Pat Kelley and Stephane Wrembel concerts are $15-$20 and are available by calling 918-281-8600 or at the door. 


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