An absolute musician, Dean Demerritt’s roots are in jazz, blues, classical, rock, and country and western. Growing up as the son of a jazz pianist in Tulsa, he learned the roots of jazz from performing in his father’s band in high school. Dean’s teen years were spent learning jazz standards from an older generation of venerated artists. Dean went on to study classical and jazz bass at the University of Tulsa, graduating with a degree in music.
While in college, he performed with various local jazz groups and shared the stage with jazz heavyweights including Stanley Clarke, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, Stan Kenton, and also performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony. After graduating, Dean went “on the road” with the renowned western swing band “Asleep at the Wheel”. During this 4-year gig, the band recorded several albums when not on major concert tours with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and George Strait among others. Along with winning a Grammy for “Best Country Instrumental Performance”, there were numerous TV and movie appearances including Austin City Limits, The Mike Douglas Show, and the movie “Roadie”.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sean Al-Jibouri has been a dedicated student and teacher of music for over ten years. He began playing guitar at the age of fourteen, learning rock and blues. His studies continued on where he soon learned stylings of jazz and classical guitar. Sean has played in many venues throughout the Tulsa scene as a sideman and front man to various musical projects. His abilities, whether it be his quick learning or his passionate teaching, have made him a sought after musician around Oklahoma. His credentials prove him to be capable of performing as a soloist or alongside fellow artists. His music constantly evolves and his talents showcase him as not only an excellent player, but a gifted composer as well.
Scott McQuade has had the opportunity to perform alongside such world-renowned jazz artists as Louis Bellson, Randy Brecker, Cleveland Eaton, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hamption, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany, Lenny Pickett, and Clark Terry.
He has also performed with faculty and students from Florida State University,Florida A & M University, Northeastern State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Florida, University of North Florida and University of Tulsa.
The concert is free and the dress is casual, so grab your friends and join us for a wonderful mid-day jazz adventure with the Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe!
This is a TulsaJazz.Com Production.
Wednesday April 1st, 2015, 12:10 pm-1:00 pm
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
Kathleen Westby Pavilion
110 East 2nd Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103-3212