UCO Jazz Invites Audiences to Spend an Evening on the Dance Floor

The UCO Jazz Division will present an evening of big-band era music featuring Frank Sinatra aficionado Wade Tower and the UCO jazz faculty band directed by Floyd Haynes at The Central Jazz Dance Band Fundraiser, 7 p.m. March 31 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Doors open at 6 p.m.

March 25, 2016

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752, amorris11@uco.edu

UCO JAZZ INVITES AUDIENCES TO SPEND AN EVENING ON THE DANCE FLOOR

The UCO Jazz Division will present an evening of big-band era dance music featuring Frank Sinatra aficionado Wade Tower and the UCO jazz faculty band directed by Floyd Haynes at The Central Jazz Dance Band Fundraiser, 7 p.m. March 31 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Doors open at 6 p.m.           

Tower, a native Oklahoman, has performed 20th-century favorites in the musical style of Frank Sinatra nationwide. He is no stranger to Haynes and the UCO jazz faculty band — the combination is a crowd favorite, having frequently come together on stage for Oklahoma City metro audiences.           

“This musical combination really captures the spirit of the era’s dance tunes and enables folks to participate in the resurrection of ballroom dancing to a live big band sound,” said Jeff Kidwell, trombonist and assistant director of jazz at Central.

All proceeds from the event will be matched four-to-one by a benefactor and support UCO’s Jazz Studies Division Support Fund.           

“The UCO Jazz Division is recognized internationally as one of the top university jazz programs in the United States, and this feat is due in part to such support,” explained Kidwell.

“This support provides our students with scholarships to attend school, trips that expose them to performing on a national and international level and various other necessities for a successful program.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased with cash or check at the door.

For more information, contact Jazz Lab Director Clint Rohr at 405-359-7989 or crohr@uco.edu.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, including those at the UCO Jazz Lab, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Cutline: The UCO Jazz Division will present an evening of big-band era music featuring Frank Sinatra aficionado Wade Tower and the UCO jazz faculty band directed by Floyd Haynes at The Central Jazz Dance Band Fundraiser, 7 p.m. March 31 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond. Doors open at 6 p.m.