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.
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"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.
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