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Arts & Entertainment

February 7, 2014

The Carlton 5 jazzes up the live music scene

STILLWATER, Okla. — MUSICIANS SPOTLIGHT

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

NAME: The Carlton 5, also known as the

Oklahoma State University Jazz Combo Orange

MEMBERS PLAYING FROM:

Saxophonist T. Jarred Carlton, Barstow, Calif.

Drummer Ryan Fyffe, Dallas, Texas

Pianist Sean Gartner, Owasso

Trumpeter Luke Hernandez, Edmond

Bass Guitarist Patrick Lewis, Kansas City, Mo.

Guitarist Shane Owens, Wagoner

Saxophonist Eric Stults, Oklahoma City

BEGINNINGS:

The core started in August 2012 with others added over time to enhance the group dynamic, feel and experience of the combo.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC:

The combo likes to play all kinds of music with a foundation in jazz. They play old school jazz, rhythm and blues, nu-jazz, funk, down home blues, swing, meringue and Latin. One of the group’s favorite things to do is add their own spin to a song, giving it a fresh interpretation, style and feel to it.

FAVORITE SONGS TO PLAY:

Each member of the combo has their favorites:

T. Jarred Carlton: “My Little Suede Shoes”

Ryan Fyffe: “Naima”

Sean Gartner: “If I Aint Got You”

Luke Hernandez: “My Funny Valentine”

Patrick Lewis: “Freedom Jazz Dance”

Shane Owens: “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free”

Eric Stults: “Softly as a Morning Sunrise”

Together they enjoy performing “Ale House Rock.” It is a liquid jazz chart that has a blues feel. The arrangement allows everyone in the song to have an essential and fun part to play.

ARTIST QUOTE: “What makes us different from other groups, is that you, as the listener, will never know what we will play next. We like being versatile and diverse, but at the same time we won’t ever cut our jazz roots. We love to play, perform and have fun, which is what we want our listeners to hear in our playing. If they aren’t dancing, laughing and goofing around then we are obviously not doing our jobs. So we perform every song like it will be the song to change someone’s mood for the better.” - T. Jarred Carlton.

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