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Dave Bennett to provide unique twist to swing classics

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Dave Bennett, the jaw-dropping clarinet prodigy alongside jazz singer, Carol McCartney and Bennett’s All-Star Septet will mix Benny Goodman’s big hits and swing-era classics on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the NSU-Tahlequah Center for the Performing Arts in the third show of this year’s Galaxy of the Stars Series.

Unlike other clarinet virtuoso’s, Bennett’s musical influence is not just that of Goodman and Roy Orbison, but also Alice Cooper, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Chris Isaak. The combination of artistic inspiration found in a multitude of artists gives Bennett the creativeness to fuse serious jazz improvisation with a host of modern pop, thus creating his signature sound. 

Bennett who is known for covering some of the most famous hit records of the 1930s, such as Goodman’s hits: "Moonglow," "I’ve Got Rhythm," "Body and Soul," "Slipped Disc," "Sing, Sing, Sing" and updating them with his own twists and surprising new arrangements; will bring to life the music of “The King of Swing” with incredible technique, expression and sensitivity. The result is a performer that blazes his own path, while still acknowledging his predecessors. Bennett creates a spotlight of the jazz clarinet for a new generation.

Do not miss your chance to go “Beyond the Stage” with a Master Class with Bennett himself. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Sequoyah Institute at 918.458.2075 or visit  

Published: 11/21/2013 3:50:46 PM

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