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OCU-Led OKC Jazz Orchestra to Kick Off Second Season

The Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra will kick off its second season Oct. 19 with a twilight concert against the city skyline. The 7 p.m. show at the Petroleum Club, 100 N. Broadway, will feature music from the libraries of Count Basie, Maria Schneider, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman.

Michael Anderson, professor of trumpet and director of brass studies at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, is co-founder of the 20-member ensemble, which includes fellow OCU faculty Cory Gavito, keyboards, and John Allen, trombone. Kent Kidwell is music director.

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for students. Casual dress; no food or drink minimum. A $20 buffet is available beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. For reservations, contact the Petroleum Club at 405.232.1184. 

Additional concerts for the 2010-11 season are planned for Jan. 18 and April 11. 

The jazz orchestra debuted last year, bringing live performances of full-scale, concert-style, big-band jazz arrangements back to the Oklahoma City area for the first time since the 1980s. 

The orchestra is pursuing nonprofit status in the hopes of attracting individuals and corporations to help sponsor future concerts. For more information, contact Michael Anderson at 405.488.5749, or