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Jazz in June in Norman, OK
(Published: March 03, 2014)

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks will bring a one-of-a-kind sound that fuses swing, jazz, folk and country when headlining the free, three-day 2014 Jazz in June music festival scheduled for June 19-21.

Throughout his decades-long career, Hicks has combined elements of those genres with influences from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits and others to create a sound he refers to as "folk jazz." Hicks describes the music as a blend that starts out with a folk music sound to which a jazz beat, solos and singing are added.

"It's kind of light in nature. It's not loud," he said. "In a way, it's carefree."

The band is slated to headline Jazz in June's "Jazz in the Park" June 21 at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.

Kansas City blues singer/guitarist Samantha Fish, whose 2011 debut album Runaway was honored with the Blues Music Award, brings her brand of roadhouse blues for "Blues Under the Stars" June 19 at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson St.

In 2013, Fish released her sophomore CD, Black Wind Howlin', which was heavily influenced by the music of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes.

The Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo, which pairs guitarist Hunter and drummer Amendola, is slated to headline "Jazz Under the Stars" June 20 at Brookhaven Village.

The pair has recorded five albums together, most recently 2013's Pucker, which followed their critically acclaimed 2012 album Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead.

Other artists slated to perform at this year's festival are:

June 19: Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, which captures the spirit of the Oklahoma blues scene, from the powerfully soul-drenched vocals to the funky harmonica

June 20: Edmond Jazz Orchestra, a 25-piece orchestra that features trumpets, trombones, mellophones, saxophones, drums, percussion, bass and piano

June 21: Boyd Street Brass, which boasts a blend of New Orleans-oriented blues, jazz and funk; Pidgin, known for its psychedelic approach to afro-soul music with a powerful horn section; and the Norman High School Jazz Combo, a group of next-generation jazz artists.

In addition to the concerts, Jazz in June holds clinics with the artists and after-concert jams. This year's schedule is:

Clinics with the Artists: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave.

"Two = One Very Big Sound (The Non-traditional Jazz ‘Band'), "Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola

"History of Hick Jazz," Dan Hicks

"The Cigar Box Guitar: Inspiration Through Limitation," singer, songwriter, guitarist and guitar-builder Kyle Reid

Blues Jam: 10 p.m. June 19 at Tres Cantina & Grille, 305 E. Main St.

Jazz Jam: 10 p.m. June 21 at Hotel Norman (formerly Holiday Inn Express), 1000 N. Interstate Dr., hosted by members of Boyd Street Brass and Pidgin.

More Information: http://jazzinjune.org

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