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Details announced for OKC Jazz Festival, including Byron Berline benefit featuring Lucine Fyelon

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Lucine Fyelon. Photo provided
Lucine Fyelon. Photo provided

The Sixth Annual Oklahoma City Jazz Festival will celebrate OKC's rich jazz history throughout the month of April at various locations around the city. 

As previously reported, the festival will include a special performance by jazz and hip-hop violinist Lucine Fyelon April 13 at the Auditorium at Douglass to benefit Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer Byron Berline. 

Fiddle player Byron Berline carries out damaged items from his Double Stop Fiddle Shop, which was destroyed by a Feb. 23 fire in Guthrie, Okla. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. The fire on Saturday destroyed two businesses in historic downtown Guthrie. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives
Fiddle player Byron Berline carries out damaged items from his Double Stop Fiddle Shop, which was destroyed by a Feb. 23 fire in Guthrie, Okla. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. The fire on Saturday destroyed two businesses in historic downtown Guthrie. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives

Also as previously reported, Berline's iconic Double Stop Fiddle Shop was destroyed in a devastating fire on Feb. 23 in historic downtown Guthrie. Losses from the fire included his personal memorabilia, a collection of priceless violins and his performance venue.  

Based in Los Angeles, Fyelon is a genre-crossing violinist, opera singer, songwriter, producer and actor. She received worldwide acclaim after her video “Pound Cake” went viral with more than 21 million Facebook views. She recently finished a tour with Cirque du Soleil. She has performed and recorded with musical greats Madonna, Quincy Jones, Miley Cyrus, Lauryn Hill, Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears.

Fyelon appeared on the television show “Glee” for five seasons and has made appearances on “Entourage” and “House of Lies.” She also had a lead role in the movie “The Black Hole.” She is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky School of Music in Armenia and received her master’s degree from UCLA with a double major in opera and violin performance. As an opera singer she sings in eight languages.


The OKC Jazz Fest's Byron Berline Benefit Concert also will feature Oklahoma singer Olivia Kay and The Jeremy Thomas Quartet & Friends.  Tickets for the concert are available online at www.okcjazzfest.com.  The OKC Jazz Fest will contribute a portion of tickets sales from the benefit concert to the Byron Berline Fund established at the Interbank in Guthrie, according to a news release. 

As previously reported, the Tower Theatre also is hosting a benefit show for Berline March 31, with a lineup featuring Jana Jae, The Bonhams, Steelwind, Red Dirt Rangers, K.C. Clifford, Alan Munde, Barry Patton, Cowboy Jim Darling, Joel T. Mosman and Byron Berline Band. 

The OKC Jazz Fest is a multiweek celebration of Oklahoma City's jazz history: The historic Deep Deuce was not only the city’s birthplace for jazz, but also served as a training ground for jazz artists in the 1930s and '40s.  The city produced several notable jazz artists who reached national acclaim including Jimmy Rushing, Henry Bridges, Charlie Christian and Don Cherry. 


OKC Jazz Fest schedule:

MONDAY, APRIL 1
“JAZZ ON WESTERN”
Featuring Tacit Jazz Fusion
VZD’s Restaurant & Bar, 4200 N Western Ave.
7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 8
“JAZZ ON WESTERN”
Featuring Jessica Tate & The Flat Fifths
VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
“JAZZ FOR A CAUSE”
Byron Berline Benefit Concert
Featuring jazz and hip-hop violinist Lucine Fyelon
The Jeremy Thomas Quartet & Friends
Olivia Kay
The Auditorium at The Douglass, 600 N High Ave.
8 p.m. 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14
“JAZZ ON THE PATIO"
Featuring The Burton Band, Born In November & Replay
Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar at Chisholm Creek, 13230 Pawnee Drive, No. 200
1 to 6 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 15
“JAZZ ON WESTERN”
Featuring Melton Bolton & The Tough Enough Band
VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 22
“JAZZ ON WESTERN”
Featuring Jeremy Thomas Quartet
VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
“JAZZ ON THE GREENS”
Featuring Goldie Lahr & The Union
The Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Drive
7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 29
“JAZZ ON WESTERN”
Featuring David Hooten & Edgar Cruz
VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
7:30 p.m.

Major sponsors for the OKC Jazz Festival include the Chickasaw Nation, Riverwind Casino, OG&E, Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings, Anheuser-Busch and MindsEye Advertising. For additional information, go to www.okcjazzfest.com.

-BAM 

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Lucine Fyelon. Photo provided

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Brandy McDonnell

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