Internationally known country fiddler Jana Jae has teamed up with opera/theater mezzo soprano Barbara McAlister and jazz pianist Don Ryan in a concert designed to appeal to just about everybody. Country girl Jae started out as a classically trained violinist and still appears with a chamber ensemble and symphony orchestras. McAlister started out in country and theater and wound up singing opera with a company in Germany for ten years and in productions all over the world. Ryan, one of the most accomplished jazz pianists in the world, also began his career as a classical musician.
Combine these three talented musicians performing the music they are both best and least known for, and you will be delighted by the variety of combinations that surprise and please. The concert event may include Orange Blossom Special, Take Five, Flight of the Bumblebee, Cherokee Lullaby and many country, jazz, and classical pieces.
JANA JAE—From playing country fiddle on television shows including The Tonight Show and Hee Haw, to performing classical violin pieces in the Bach Double Concerto with symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Sacramento and Houston, Jana Jae has proven she knows how to entertain an audience. As a jazz artist, she has appeared at the Monteaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Wembly Festival in England, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
BARBARA MCALISTER—Starting out as a trophy-winning, barrel-riding, country music singer may seem an odd beginning for a career as an opera singer, but that is exactly how Barbara McAlister began her musical journey. Her opera career began with the Santa Fe Opera and took her to the San Diego Opera, Central City and Washington Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and onto stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Her concerts often include songs she identifies with her Cherokee heritage, and she is a recent inductee into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
DONALD RYAN—Known on three continents as a virtuoso jazz pianist, Don Ryan is classically trained and a past winner of the International Chopin competition in Poland. He began his career with a radio program in his native Trinidad and Tobago, and went on to collaborate with well-known artists including Simon Estes and Leona Mitchell, to Diahann Carroll and Henry Mancini. Ryan’s concerts often include his own compositions.
To enjoy the jazz, on Thursday May 29th at 7;00pm, call Bettie Downing at (918) 281-8609 and purchase your tickets. General Admission tickets are only $10.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.