Sunday, April 21 Jazz Vocalist Heather Patterson

Heather Paterson studied music at SMU where she received a degree in vocal performance and pedagogy.   After graduation she taught voice in the Dallas area and performed with several jazz-pop groups. She then added a second career in pediatric nursing. In the pursuit and practice of this endeavor she has earned two Associate Degrees, one Bachelor Degree, and her Masters Degree in Science and Nursing while accumulating a more than twenty five years career at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Most of this has been in the Intensive Care Unit. She currently is Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care and Chair of the Nurses Peer Review Committee at Children’s and is one of only 69 nurses in the USA certified in pediatric hospice and palliative care (CHPPN).  In the mid ‘80s she resumed her musical career as cofounder of The Straight Ahead® Jazz Quintet (aka Straight Ahead®) with saxophonist Walter Pearson and pianist Jody Binford. In addition to the Straight Ahead®, Heather freelances with other jazz groups and local big bands. She has been a featured individual performer at the Sammons Center Jazz Series and was honored in being named that organization’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011 and has conducted forums for the vocal division of the Department of Jazz Studies at UNT. With the band she performs at corporate events, private parties and area restaurant/clubs. The group has played at the WinStar Casino and at jazz festivals in Corpus Christi and Lake Texhoma, the Dallas Jazz Society’s Salute to Duke Ellington, The Denton Arts and Jazz Fest, Fort Worth’s Main Street Art Fest  and the Taste of Dallas in The West End.The band’s name says it all about its favorite jazz form. Heather’s inspirations are the famed practitioners of the Great American Song Book and most particularly the late Ella Fitzgerald.


Sunday April 7 , 2013 Latin Vocalist Frank Obregon

There is no way to describe the romance that haunts Frank Obregon … but when you’re born in Mexico, a place filled with the splendor of romance, it can be understood.Frank Obregon was, surrounded by a family in Mexico City with an international musicalsensibility… where music filled his house with strange languages, and beautiful melodies; music from the USA, Latin America, Italy, France, England, Portugal, and Greece.  After migrating to the U.S. and learning English, Frank could at last understand the meaning of the beautiful words he mimicked as a child… the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Domenico Modugno, Charles Aznavour,Tony Bennett, Antonio Carlos Jobin, Dean Martin, Paul Anka, The Platters etc. in the bathroom … because as Frank says:  “The echo was fabulous!”.  Frank dedicated his life in the USA to business; establishing with his family the only Hispanic fur company in the US, Obregon’s Furs. Soon after, he established Quadra Spectrum Color Separations; the company distinguished itself by reproducing fine art work for museums… simultaneously, Frank became the commercial voice for many different companies, through the Talento Hispano and The Kim Dawson agencies … He was then hired by The Hispanic television Network to host the TV show “De Todo un Poco”, hosting more than 600 live one hour shows, where he sang in different lenguages.  Frank has performed at Harrahs Casinos, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, plus many, clubs, events, conventions and private parties. Presently, Frank is owner of Obregon & Associates Advertising and hosts his own radio show entitled, “Music For Higher Sensibility.  Frank Obregon loves to interpret the love songs; because, as Frank says: to sing a love song is like giving flowers to a lady.

February 17, 2013 DJO Swing Night with Drenda Barnett

Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, Drenda Barnett has never wanted to do anything but sing.  And Sing, she does.  She has earned her elite standing in the “Who’s Who” in the Dallas Jazz Scene.  Drenda is an exquisite singer who brings her style and elegance to a song that is uniquely her own.  Drenda’s extensive repertoire is filled with delightful cool swing, obscure ballads and of course the all time favorite standards.
With deep roots in country music and blues her career has centered mostly on Jazz.  But whatever she’s singing, wherever she’s singing, Drenda Barnett makes wonderful music that touches both the casual and serious music listener alike.
 The Texas native started singing professionally at the early age of 12 years old at which time she formed her own group.  That ensemble, “The Sunset Star Lighters” worked regularly at the old Majestic Theatre in down town Ft. Worth.  There Drenda met and shared the stage with a long line of country music stars including Patsey Cline.  Cline was so impressed with her, she asked Drenda to come to Nashville to record an album with her.  Soon after that letter was written Cline was killen in a plane crash.
 Nevertheless her career has flourished.  She has made two extended tours in Japan working the Tokyo club circuit where she opened for Andy Williams.  She also has done many USO tours of Greenland, and worked extensively out of the United States.  She has also shared the stage with Brenda Lee  at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
 The well known Dallas based Jazz Singer has performed with and on the same stage with greats such as Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCray, Patsey Cline, Bob Hope, Roy Clark, Charlie Pride, Ruda Lee, Louie Premia with Sam Buteria and the Witnesses.
 Drenda has also performed with the following Big Bands: Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony, Texas Christian University Jazz Ensemble, others to include are Movie stars Norma Alden and Betty Lynn Buckley. 


Celebrate with DJO “Big Birthday Bash!”

You are cordially invited to a Celebration!  Galen Jeter’s “Dallas Jazz Orchestra’s 39th  Big Birthday Bash” featuring The Dallas Jazz Orchestra with Guest Bobby Shew.  Concert date is April 20, 2013 at 7pm at The Lakewood Theater, Dallas, Texas.  For more information please see the “Birthday Bash” Page.

DJO’s February 10th Stand Kenton Night – a tribute to the music of Stan Kenton and his orchestra

Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 August 25, 1979) led a highly innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was widely active as an educator.

Stan Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised first in Colorado and then in California. He learned piano as a child, and while still a teenager toured with various bands. In June 1941 he formed his own band, which developed into one of the best-known West Coast ensembles of the Forties.

Kenton’s musical aggregations were decidedly “orchestras.” Sometimes consisting of two dozen or more musicians at once, they produced an unmistakable Kenton sound—as recognizable as that of the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, or Count Basie. So large an orchestra was able to produce a tremendous, at times overpowering, volume in the dance and concert halls of the land; among musical conservatives it developed a reputation for playing strange-sounding pieces much too loudly, and indeed one comical MC introduced Stan Kenton as “Cant Standit.”
A Kenton specialty was Afro-Cuban rhythm, as exported to North America by such bandleaders as Machito (whose brass and reed sound, in turn, began to show the influence of Kenton). Translated into the Kenton idiom, however, the Latin rhythms might be scored for a full panoply of percussion instruments: tympani, bongos, conga, timbales, claves, and maracas. This component of Kenton’s work may be heard on the 1947 recording “Machito” and on the album Cuban Fire, still in print after more than fifty years of ceaseless change in popular music.

Enjoy below – 1962-63 with Dallas Jazz Orchestra’s own Allan Beutler on Bari Sax with The Stand Kenton Orchestra

Stan Kenton – Malaguena

Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm