OKC Musician ventures out and brings World-class talent to the Plaza District, OKC.

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OKC Musician ventures out and brings World-class talent to the Plaza District, OKC.

Raul Reyes Quartet ft. Quincy Davis at Saints Dec. 16th at 8:30pm.

Earlier this year, Cuba-born bassist Raul Reyes graduated from UCO, OKC’s top jazz school. During 4 years of undergrad, he ascended not only to the top band at his school, but he was also one of the most highly sought-after bass players in OKC. Everyone wanted Raul in their band.

Flash-forward to December, Raul is finishing the first semester of his Master’s in Jazz Performance at the highly-competitive University of North Texas (in Denton), widely considered one of the top jazz programs in the world. Because the faculty and student body at UNT is so accomplished and driven, one semester at North Texas can take a musician to a whole new level of skill. As a result, OKC’s jazz scene has been highly anticipating Raul’s return.

Raul is headlining at Saints Pub in the Plaza District Saturday, December 16th, and he’s bringing some serious firepower with him for his OKC friends to enjoy. Quincy Davis is UNT’s Assistant Professor of Drumset, meaning he teaches all the prodigious percussionists at UNT. Quincy plays in Raul’s combo as a rhythm section member and as a mentor.

Quincy Davis is the real deal. After studying at Interlochen Arts Academy and graduating from Western Michigan University, Quincy started a career in NYC that had him playing with all the young cats that gained notoriety in NYC in the early 2000s: Peter Bernstein, Roy Hargrove, etc. in addition to legends like Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D’Rivera.

Quincy played with the best and made a name for himself in Manhattan, he cut over 30 records with big names in jazz, and now he will be featured, alongside Raul, in the Plaza District. The rest of the band? OKC-based Grant Goldstein (guitar) and Jared Cathey (sax).

Grant and Jared have both been Featured Artists at Saints Sessions flagship first-Thursday sessions, and were two of Raul’s first friends in jazz when he moved to OKC.

The jazz scene has tremendous respect for everyone in the House Band, and Raul bringing Quincy takes the whole event to another level. One of the most exciting elements of Saturday night’s show will be seeing the reunion of musicians in the room.

Doors will open for the Raul Reyes Quartet at 8:00 p.m. at Saints, and the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are sold at the door, and the event is put on by OkSessions.

 

Article by Christian Pearson, co-founder of OkSessions. Join OkSessions email list at OkSessions.com to stay in the know about live, local music in OKC. Follow on Instagram: @OkSessions, @SaintsSessions

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