OKM nominates jazz and classical artists for Americana-themed music festival

It’s a bit of classic, a bit of jazz, swing and more at this year’s all-genre, Americana-themed OKM Music Festival, June 9-13.

During Friday’s artist reveal, OKM announced headliners including gifted and Grammy-winning jazz singer Catherine Russell, Cowtown’s Western Swing Trio Hot Club, and acclaimed chamber ensemble, the Verona Quartet.

“It was quite difficult when we were trying to get everyone signed in January when there was a fear of illness, but we really pulled it off and we’re really excited to show everyone what we have,” said said OKM spokeswoman Isabel Zielenski. “We hope it will be the ‘normal’ festival compared to the last two years and that everything will finally fall back into place.”

Cowtown Hot Club

Russell was born into jazz royalty as the daughter of Luis Russell, pianist, composer and musical director to the legendary Louis Armstrong. With a voice that has been described as satiny, magical, captivating, warm and comforting, Russell has recorded with Steely Dan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm and Rosanne Cash.

She was featured on the 2012 Grammy-winning “Boardwalk Empire” soundtrack and performed at major jazz festivals, including Monterey and Montreal, while charting on Billboard and reaching No. 1 on the charts. itunes jazz. Her albums “Harlem on my Mind” and “Alone Together” received Grammy Award nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Albums.

Verona Quartet

To boost local and regional tourism, OKM artists will appear on stages at multiple venues throughout the festival, including the Bartlesville Community Center, Unity Square at Price Tower and Ambler Hall, in addition to Woolaroc and the Museum. Philbrook in Tulsa.

Other major stage acts include the Balourdet Quartet, the Tulsa Honors Orchestra, which is a youth string orchestra in its 42nd year, the bluegrass Amanda Cook Band and Sarah Maud + Band. Maud is originally from the Tulsa area and has performed with renowned jazz artists including Benny Golsen, Jason Marsalis and Walter White.

Zielenski said they were also excited about the up-and-coming artists who will also perform, including Tulsa singer Madi McGuire, who will open for the Hot Club of Cowtown in Woolaroc, and incredible harpist Lorelei Barton.

“We really tried to bring the (Americana) theme to life through the artists we selected, so all iconic musical genres will be at this festival,” Zielenski said.

For the full list of artists for the 2022 festival, go to okmmusic.org.

Gerald R. Schneider