NORMAN — Six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn leads the list of world-class jazz and blues artists for the 29th annual Jazz in June music festival June 21-23.
Inspired by the celebrated Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis, saxophonist Sanborn has released 24 albums, including eight that went gold and one that went platinum. He has worked in many genres that blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz.
Sanborn will headline Jazz in June’s “Jazz in the Park” on June 23 at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.
Carolyn Wonderland, whose multiple talents include luxurious vocals, fine guitar work, trumpet and piano playing, and the ability to whistle on key, is set to perform during “Blues Under the Stars” on June 21 at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson St.
On June 22, The Bert Dalton Brazil Project brings samba and bossa nova rhythms, fiery percussion and top-flight jazz and Latin improvisations to “Jazz Under the Stars” at Brookhaven Village.
Other artists slated to perform at this year’s festival are Steve Coleman & The OBS All-Stars on June 21, What’s That on June 22, Ivan Peña on June 23, the Norman High School Jazz Combo on June 23 and the Norman North High School Jazz Choir on June 23.
Jazz in June was founded by the Norman Arts and Humanities Council and the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company in 1984 to bring high-quality blues and jazz acts to Norman.
The festival has since developed into an annual event attended by some 50,000 people.
Jazz in June is supported, in major part, by the following by grants and donations from the following:
· Festival underwriters: Oklahoma Arts Council: Organizational Support Program (with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts)
· Festival funders: Norman Arts Council Transient Tax Grant Program, Brookhaven Village, Republic Bank & Trust of Norman and The Friends of Jazz in June
· Major funders: Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Harold and Sue Hamm, Kerr Foundation, Embassy Suites of Norman, Sooner Legends Inn & Suites, MidFirst Bank and Tyler Media
· Day funders: Target Stores, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma Gazette, Cafe Plaid, Shevaun Williams & Associates, E. Frank Gilson and Jaci McAfee Williams
· Additional funders: Chuck and Gina Thompson, Glen Brown, Nancy McClellan, the Performing Arts Studio and Abbey Road Catering
· Legacy founders and donors: Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma City Community Foundation and The Jazz in June Legacy Founders.
For more information about the festival and performing artists, visit www.jazzinjune.org.