Wednesday 23 Jul
 
 

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 
$20-$40 

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Rock steady

Tesla
7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
frontiercity.com
478-2140
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 
conservatoryokc.com 
607-4805
$7 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 
myriadgardens.org 
445-7080
Free 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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John Ellis-By a Thread


None November 2nd, 2006

byathread

Hyena Records

This is some solid jazz. When he's not been collaborating with guitar maestro Charlie Hunter, saxophonist John Ellis has found time to start recording albums with his own quintet, lately for Hyena Records.
 
On "By a Thread," his second album for the New York label, Ellis and his crew weave elements of Blue Note post-bop with Headhunters-style funk, and make additional nods to countless past jazz masters, all with modern-day flair. This five-piece outfit has got groove-laden guitar, spicy electric and acoustic piano, and a punchy rhythm section, as well as Ellis' own easygoing yet thorough horns to lead the way.
 
One can't help but be impressed that Ellis, like Hunter, typically gives us all-original material (in fact, Ellis has either written or co-written many of the cuts on Hunter's recent albums). But what is most impressive about Ellis is that the original material he gives us is so good! Recommended.
 
- Dave Bond

 
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