Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

January 17, 2014

Hood to be special guest of NSU’s Jam-Balaya

TAHLEQUAH — Featuring smooth music and great food, Northeastern State University’s Jam-Balaya dinner and concert returns to the Jazz Lab Friday, Jan. 31 as part of the 2013-’14 Green Country Jazz Series.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the NSU Jazz Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Special guest is trumpeter Al Hood.

Dr. Tommy Poole, director of jazz studies at NSU, said Jam-Balaya is always a popular concert in the series.

“We have held this event for several years, and people often ask me when Jam-Balaya will happen and who will be the guest artist,” Poole said. “It has been great to be able to make this fundraiser coincide with visits by guest artists. Great music and food - what could be better?”

Poole said many of the jazz program’s biggest supporters make a point of attending Jam-Balaya.

“These donors know what a special thing it is to have a nationally recognized jazz studies program with a fantastic guest artist roster right here in Tahlequah,” he said. “They also know that these NSU students, who they hear getting more proficient every year, go on to have prolific careers in jazz or commercial music. They see Jam-Balaya as an opportunity to show their support.”

Hood, a native of Pumpkin Hook, N.Y., is a trumpet performer and music educator. He has toured with the Phil Collins Big Band and performed onstage with Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinson, Natalie Cole and Ray Charles.

He also has appeared in the Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras. He’s an associate professor of trumpet at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.

He directs the school’s jazz ensemble and performs with its artist-in-residence ensembles, the faculty brass quintet Aries, and the faculty jazz combo Climb.

“Al was working on his doctorate in the 1990s at the University of Texas in Austin when I was there getting my bachelor’s degree,” Poole said. “We played in the UT-Austin Jazz Orchestra together. I remember being a young punk in the band listening to Al play the most beautiful jazz solos.”

Prior to teaching at the University of Denver, Hood also taught at UT-Austin, the University of Miami and the University of Richmond.

“When you meet him, in two seconds you know that this is a guy with tremendous love for music,” Poole said. “And when he plays, you’re just blown away.”

Hood will perform onstage with the NSU Jazz Ensemble and Poole during Jam-Balaya. The dinner will include a serving of jambalaya as the main course. Beverages include lemonade, iced tea and coffee, and dessert is bourbon sugar bread pudding. The event also includes a silent auction, and winning bids will be announced near the end of the evening. Admission is available at the door, but reservations are recommended.

YOU’RE INVITED

The NSU Jazz Lab is at 315 N. Muskogee Ave. Tickets for the dinner are $35 per couple or $20 for individuals. For reservations or more information, call (918) 444-4603, write to lutzm@nsuok.edu. The Jazz Lab is also online at nsujazzlab.com or facebook.com/jazzlab.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • jn cvbc fire.jpg Church catches fire after burglaries

    Authorities are looking for the person accused of breaking into the Crescent Valley Baptist Church two times this week and likely causing a fire that damaged the youth building early Wednesday morning.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw Humane photo.tif More volunteers needed to house strays, help with spay-and-neuter

    Furry friends may seem like the perfect addition to round out a family.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marijuana, seeds lead to four arrests

    Four people were arrested on marijuana related charges early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop on South Muskogee Avenue.

    July 24, 2014

  • Sex offender found living in tent at river

    Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators arrested a convicted sex offender this week when they discovered he has been living in a tent along the river.

    July 24, 2014

  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-TCP-jump.jpg Tahlequah Community Playhouse revving up for new season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse is kicking of its 41st season with a nod to friendship and aging.
    TCP finished auditions for its first play of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” on Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Infant mortality dropping in county

    When a mom-to-be is expecting a healthy, happy baby, every week of pregnancy is crucial.
    Short gestation, or premature births, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Any child born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature.

    July 23, 2014

  • Board considers combining tourism, chamber positions

    Members of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local Tourism Council are discussing the possibility of combining two jobs into one.
    Chamber President Steve Turner encouraged board members Tuesday morning to be prepared next month to decide how it will begin a search for a new executive director.

    July 23, 2014

  • New chamber board members nominated

    Three new board members will likely be installed during the regular August meeting of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    July 23, 2014

  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Stocks