By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
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
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.
Their favorite places to perform are the Stillwater Arts Festival and Brooklyn’s Restaurant. Carlton said each provides outstanding hospitality as well as a great venue for our performances — they have been fortunate to get the opportunity to play at more venues.
WHERE DO WE GO TO HEAR YOU NEXT?
Friday from 8-11 p.m. at The Cellar in Brooklyn’s Restaurant
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the OSU Jazz Ensembles Concert in the Seretean Center
Feb. 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Stillwater Country Club
Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Friends of Music Musicale “Jazzing Up Winter” (Drop by Seretean Center Room 132 until Monday to make a reservation)
Feb. 27 from 8-11 p.m. at Louie’s Grill & Bar
BOOKING INFO: 318-426-8390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
— Elizabeth Keys