About the OKC Jazz Fest

Al Jarreau, Color Me Badd and The Gap Band will headline the 3rd Annual OKC Jazz Fest May 31-June 4 in Bricktown and Deep Deuce in downtown Oklahoma City.

The 2016 festival will feature jazz, jazz rock, hip hop, rhythm & blues and other genres of music. Local and national artists will perform on both indoor and outdoor stages during the five-day festival run.  Festival headliners Jarreau, Color Me Badd and The Gap Band will perform at the new Criterion Music Hall located in the Bricktown Entertainment District.

“The OKC Jazz Fest is excited to showcase this impressive group of award winning headliners, as well as other accomplished musicians as we continue to grow this event into a major music festival for Oklahoma City,” said Mike McAuliffe, OKC Jazz Fest founder.

The official kickoff event for the festival will be on Tuesday, May 31 at the Aloft Hotel, where a new outdoor stage is being constructed to accommodate music fans. 

“Jazz on Deep Deuce” will take place on Saturday, June 4 with bands performing throughout the day at various Deep Deuce and Bricktown establishments including Deep Deuce Grill, The Wedge, WSKY, Slaughter’s Hall, Urban Johnnies and WXYZ Lounge at the Aloft Hotel.   

Al Jarreau is the only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories including jazz, pop and R&B. His long list of hit songs includes “We’re In This Love Together” and he is also recognized for the popular theme song for the television show “Moonlighting.”

The Gap Band, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an American R&B and funk band that rose to fame in the 70’s and 80’s.  The band is known for such songs as “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” and “Early In The Morning.” Local singer Darla Z will also be performing with the band.

One of the highlights of the 2016 jazz fest is the homecoming of “Color Me Badd” as part of their 25th Anniversary National Tour.  Formed in Oklahoma City in 1991, Color Me Badd is an American contemporary R&B group that has sold over 12 million records worldwide. 

The music festival will also feature Los Angeles violinist, singer, songwriter and actress Lucine Fyelon. 

Major supporters of the festival include the Chickasaw Nation, Saint Anthony, Criterion Music Hall and Aloft Hotel.

Tickets for the OKC Jazz Fest are available through Ticketmaster beginning May 9.   For sponsorship information contact Mike McAuliffe at 405-630-7668.