Defined by its hypnotically irresistible rhythms, jazz music was created during Prohibition to distract bar owners from their gin-free glasses, vast bushels of uneaten cocktail onions, and mandatory daily readings of the 18th Amendment. Immerse yourself in syncopated distractions with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one reserved-table-seating ticket to jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa (a $20 value).
Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson follows in the footsteps of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, keeping the post-bop fires burning during an evening of jazz with the help of the TU Big Jazz Band. From reserved table seats, listeners absorb auditory cleansing in the form of impassioned renditions of works by tunesmiths that may include Maria Schneider, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, and more. As the night's featured soloist, Watson draws from his experience as a performer and composer, serenading audiences with smooth sax solos, dynamic horn-punctuated accent patterns, and jazz-backed readings of the day's horoscopes.
Tulsa’s historic Union Depot building will be transformed into a jazz-packed emporium of educational artifacts and programs; the self-declared “Jazz Depot” has become a regular stop for legendary performers. The sleekly decorated ballroom-meets-concert-hall pits dark furniture against sandstone-colored archways, with an expansive, slightly elevated stage area large enough to accommodate full ensembles and dodge-ball fights between rival blues bands.
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