Concerts feature famous B-3 jazz organist

Oklahoma Christian University’s Department of Music will feature world-renowned jazz organist Tony Monaco in a pair of free events next week.

A jazz recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Adams Recital Hall will feature Monaco, guitarist Mitch Bell, drummer Willie Peterson and saxophonist Dr. Heath Jones.

Jones, a professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, has played saxophone with the Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Jim Neighbors, Leslie Gore, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

The jazz quartet will perform works by Monaco, Pat Martino and Duke Pearson, as well as a commissioned piece by Steve Million.

Monaco also will appear with Oklahoma Christian’s Jazz Ensemble at the Fall Instrumental Concert on Thursday, Nov. 15. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The Jazz Ensemble set will feature works by Louis Bellson, Duke Ellington, Les Hooper, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including include Mike Tomaro’s setting of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.”

OC’s Symphonic Band will perform Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Nelhybel’s Trittico, and Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace. 

The Chamber Orchestra will play J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Gustav Holtz’s Chaconne.

For more information about both free events and the OC Department of Music, call (405) 425-5530.