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February 13, 2013

Brass band to headline Jazz in June

NORMAN — The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is leading the list of world-class jazz and blues artists during the 30th annual Jazz in June music festival scheduled for June 20-22.

The free, three-day festival is annually attended by approximately 50,000 people. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is slated to headline Jazz in June’s “Jazz in the Park” on June 22 at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.

For more than three decades, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has produced a unique and lively sound. The band’s latest CD, “Twenty Dozen,” features seamless blending of such genres as R&B, jazz and funk, plus Afro-Latino grooves, some Caribbean flavor and even a Rihanna cover.

Guitar great Duke Robillard is scheduled to headline “Blues Under the Stars” on June 20 at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson St. Called “one of the great (guitar) players” by BB King, Robillard has played alongside such other music legends as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Fareed Haque and MathGames! is bringing its innovative sound and style to headline “Jazz Under the Stars” at Brookhaven Village on June 21. Haque, a renowned jazz guitarist and instructor, combines his many influences and technology to craft a sound he calls “jazztronica,” with the help of his band.

Other artists slated to perform at this year’s festival include Parker Millsap, A Taste of Herb, Justin Echols Quartet, The Paseo Street Walkers and the Norman High School Jazz Combo.

Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and Cimarron Opera in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman.

For more information, visit jazzinjune.org.

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