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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Race Riot Suite

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will release their 21st album Race Riot Suite on August 30th. Conceived, written and arranged by the band's lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the recording is a long form conceptual piece that tells the tragic story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. JFJO's core line-up, which in addition to Combs includes Brian Haas (piano), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and Josh Raymer (drums), is accompanied by a five-piece horn section featuring Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and baritone saxophone), Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Mark Southerland (tenor saxophone) and Matt Leland (trombone). The album was produced by Costa Stasinopoulos and recorded at Tulsa's legendary Church Studio less than a mile from where the riot happened.
In 1921, Tulsa was home to a powerful and affluent African-American community. In one of the largest racial conflicts and cover-ups in American history, massive race riots resulted in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of the entire Greenwood city district, including "Black Wall Street." With jittery melodies, propulsive rhythms and swirling improvisations, JFJO reflects on one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow-era. As the Race Riot Suite unfolds, however, the music ultimately offers light amid the darkness, celebrating the resiliency of community and offering a prayer for the terrible mistakes of the past to never again be repeated. Through the process, the album becomes part of a long lineage of jazz recordings to bring awareness to civil rights issues.
"We felt obligated as Oklahomans to shine a light. What played a big part in the creation of the suite was that it wasn't talked about in Tulsa or taught in schools. So it's kind of this weird looming thing around a really comfortable middle-class suburban community," explains Combs. "As a Tulsan, there was this weird darkness that was still looming. It wasn't talked about. It was deliberately covered up by the local government and press. The idea came from me as a jazz musician and a Tulsan having an emotional reaction to what I learned."
JFJO debuted Race Riot Suite in its entirety with a live performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this past May. They will embark on a U.S. tour to support the album's release in the Fall. The band performs at Festival International De Jazz De Montreal on Friday evening.

DSO: Gratefulfest & New Fall Tour Dates

Today's the first full day of summer - time to swim in clear waters, lay in the grass under the long twilight, dance in the starlight to your favorite bands, and experience "fireworks, clowns, skydivers, fire performers, swimming, cliff diving, Grateful vendors, family, friends..." Gratefulfest has it all: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus Keller Williams, Rusted Root, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Railroad Earth, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, BoomBox and more! We can't wait to share the awesome park with you. Join us - check out the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park here!

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The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

The Last Rose of Summer

Come September, when the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain and the stars seem to splatter in the sky, we'll be singing our songs in the Southwestern sun, up and down the California coast and through the desert into the rolling green hills of Texas. San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura; Salt Lake City; Denver; Tulsa, Dallas and Houston, here we come. It's the Last Rose of Summer Tour, and we hope to see you there. Visit the tour page for details.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Hearts of Summer Tour
06/24 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, NY
06/25 Piere's Fort Wayne, IN
06/26 Park West Chicago, IL
06/27 Weesner Amphiteater Apple Valley, MN
06/29 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
07/01 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/02 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/03 Gratefulfest 12 Garrettsville, OH TICKETS
07/06 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
07/07 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre Wilmington, NC
07/08 Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC TICKETS
07/09 Lincoln Theatre Plaza Raleigh, NC TICKETS
07/10 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
07/13 Veteran's Park Amphitheater Springfield, OH
07/14 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/15 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach, DE TICKETS
07/17 All Good Music Festival Masontown, WV TICKETS
07/20 Papermill Island Amphitheater Baldwinsville, NY TICKETS
07/21 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
07/22 Bergen PAC Theatre Englewood, NJ
07/23 Hilton Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ TICKETS
07/31 Fuji Rock Festival Nigata, JP TICKETS
08/11 Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM TICKETS
08/12 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/13 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO TICKETS
08/14 State Bridge Lodge Bond, CO TICKETS
08/16 Quixotes *Terrapin Nation* Denver, CO TICKETS
08/18 Bear Tooth Theater Anchorage, AK TICKETS
08/19 49th St Brewing Company Healy, AK TICKETS
08/20 Blue Loon Fairbanks, AK TICKETS
09/10 Werk-Out Festival Bellefontaine, OH TICKETS
Last Rose of Summer Tour
09/22 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA
09/23 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
09/25 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA
09/27 Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
09/29 River Theater Guerneville, CA
10/01 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA TICKETS
10/02 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival San Francisco, CA
10/04 Montbleu Resort and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV
10/06 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
10/07 TBA TBA
10/08 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
10/09 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
10/11 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK TICKETS
10/13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
10/14 Moody Theater Austin, TX
10/15 House of Blues Houston, TX
Jam in the Dam VI
03/14 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/15 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
03/16 Jam in the Dam VI Amsterdam, NL TICKETS

JFJO Record Store Day Exclusive 7-Inch "The Sensation Of Seeing Light"

Tulsa, OK's Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will release "The Sensation Of Seeing Light" on limited edition 7-inch vinyl, available exclusively at Record Store Day, on Saturday, April 17. The track offers a sneak peak into the band's forthcoming new album, Stay Gold, due June 22 on Kinnara Records/Royal Potato Family.

JFJO also appear for two in-store performances on Record Store Day. The first at Starship Records in their Tulsa hometown and then later in Norman, OK at Guestroom Records. The sets mark the first public performances with new double bassist Jeff Harshbarger who was recently welcomed into the JFJO fold. Residing in Kansas City, Harshbarger is a prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, and has recorded and performed across the globe with a variety of musicians from the likes of Bobby Watson and Curtis Fuller to Mike Dillon, Mark Southerland and Eugene Chadbourne.

In other JFJO news, the band is putting the final touches on Ludwig, a reinterpretation of Beethoven's 3rd & 6th Symphonies. Orchestrated by Noam Faingold and arranged by Faingold and JFJO for a 44-piece orchestra plus jazz quartet, Beethoven's 3rd & 6th have been re-conceptualized in a modern light. The band will debut the Ludwig project in full orchestral form live at the OK Mozart Festival in June 2010.

Upcoming JFJO tour dates are:

April 17 | Starship Records | Tulsa, OK
April 17 | Guestroom Records | Norman, OK (7pm)
June 12 | OK Mozart Festival | Bartlesville, OK
June 17 | Rochester International Jazz Festival | Rochester, NY
June 18 | Chris' Jazz Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
June 19 | 92Y Tribeca | New York, NY
June 22 | Mill Hill Saloon | Trenton, NJ
June 23 | Parima | Burlington, VT
June 24 & 25 | Outpost 186 | Cambridge, MA
June 26 | Mass Moca | North Adams, MA
July 9 | Festival Lent | Maribor, Slovenia

JFJO Announce West Coast & Europe Tour Dates

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have announced Winter 2010 tour plans. The band will head out for a 12-date West Coast run in February marking the hard touring quartet's first shows since selling out The Eclipse on New Year's Eve in their hometown of Tulsa. In March, JFJO makes a return trip to Europe for ten dates spanning eight countries, including their second appearance at the prestigious Turku Jazz Festival in Finland.

JFJO will be touring behind their critically acclaimed 2009 EP release One Day In Brooklyn, however, work is already well underway on a follow up, full length album. They spent seven days in December tracking at acclaimed engineer/musician David Teegarden's Natura Digital Recording Studios just outside of Tulsa. The album, tentatively scheduled for a June release, will reflect JFJO's first year of touring and writing together since founding member and pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer revamped the line-up last January with the addition of lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes.

Upcoming tour dates are:

February 2 | The Deli | Norman, OK
February 4 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
February 6 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA
February 10 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
February 11 | Beatnick Studios | Sacramento, CA
February 12 | Coda | San Francisco, CA
February 13 | Hopmonk Tavern | Sebastopol, CA
February 14 | Red Fox Tavern | Eureka, CA
February 17 | High Dive | Seattle, WA
February 18 | Eastside Club | Olympia, WA
February 19 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR
March 3 | A-Trane | Berlin, Germany
March 6 | Jazz Dock | Prague, Czech Republic
March 9 | Nya Perspektiv | Vasteras, Sweden
March 11 | Fasching Jazz Club | Stockholm, Sweden
March 13 | Turku Jazz Festival | Turku, Finland
March 15 | Cafe Wilhelmina | Eindhoven, Netherlands
March 19 | Cafe Alto | Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 22 | Teatro Alfierri | Cagliari, Italy
March 31 | The Jazz Bar | Edinburgh, Scotland
April 1 | Vortex | London, United Kingdom