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Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0

Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
03/18/2014 | Comments 0
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Edmond's UCO Jazz Lab thriving after five years


Charles Martin February 1st, 2007

The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab is doing its part to keep jazz in the public eye and foster young talent.   Currently, the Edmond-based venue is undergoing renovations and continues to bri...

The University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab is doing its part to keep jazz in the public eye and foster young talent.
 
Currently, the Edmond-based venue is undergoing renovations and continues to bring in big-name talent. It will celebrate its fifth anniversary in March.
 
EDUCATE & ENTERTAIN
"We are consistently making money on our ticket sales and we're getting tremendous support from the community," said Brian Gorrell, director of recording services. "On the education end, we've added a master of music in jazz studies and a minor in jazz studies."
 
Tres Amigos is a group that brings in larger acts to the Jazz Lab.
 
"We don't make a dime on these things. We bring them in and hope to break even," said David Hornbeek of Tres Amigos.
 
CALCULATED RISK
If the show loses money, Tres Amigos takes the hit, not the Jazz Lab. If the show makes a profit, they put the windfall toward a scholarship.
 
It all goes toward keeping jazz vital within the community.
 
"One of the things that people don't know about Oklahoma City is the number of amazing players here," Gorrell said. "There may not be as many venues, but there's also not an overwhelming number of players. It's one of the advantages of being a medium-sized city." "Charles Martin
 
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