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 ticket to The Genius of Oscar Pettiford: A Tribute by the Richie Pardo Quintet presented by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at the Jazz Depot, good for reserved-table seating. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 (a $20 value). Doors open at 4 p.m.
The Richie Pardo Quintet's namesake tunesmith brings over three decades of mellifluous manpower to his swinging aural homage to renowned jazz double bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford. Backed by a practiced band of skilled string pluckers, brass blowers, and tummy tappers, Pardo will engage earlobes with a slew of velvety instrumentals purloined from their 2010 collection, including I Get The Message, Volume 1: The Genius of Oscar Pettiford.
The 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 dodgeball fights between rival blues bands.
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