“I hired people of color, for the most part, who didn’t have the training to be a journalist,” Russell Perry said. “I trained them.”
Band founder Johnny Iguana has learned from some of the jazz masters.
“Walter and I get all kinds of crazy ideas in our heads,” O’Dell said. “We’ve done several programs with him here. He’s always calling me up and saying, ‘You need to interview this guy.’”
“I look at these shows as a way for us all to put matters out of our minds that day — including myself — and give ourselves over to the music,” he said.
“When I write melodies, it’s very simple, something you could pluck out at the piano with one finger,” he said.
Taylor has been drumming in jazz and blues clubs since he was a teenager.
Hands-on art projects, a film screening and a special dinner are among Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s New Year’s Eve activities.
Turtle Island Quartet released its Grammy-winning album A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane in 2008.
Banjo Fest coincides with the museum’s Hall of Fame weekend.
The Happily Entitled combines rock, jazz and pop sounds on a project that bodes well for future efforts.