May 20, 2011
01:03 PM
Tulsa Sound

JFJO at the PAC tonight!

JFJO at the PAC tonight!

People will talk about tonight’s debut performance of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s “Race Riot Suite” with reverence. It will be etched in memories between first kisses and last cigarettes, in the special place for transcendental moments that bridge the chasm between beauty and heartbreak.

This is a moment in time that is not just about music but also dealing with the better (and worse) angels of our nature. It is one of the most important nights in Tulsa’s musical lexicon.

The “Suite” covers the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, the deadliest race riot in American history. The PAC (110 E. Second St.) is half a mile from the site of it. And tonight’s performance is about a week from the event's 90th anniversary. And from the selections I have heard, you might get yourself ready for an emotional ride of epic proportions.

Tickets are still available for the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the John H. Williams Theatre. Purchase online at

Thank you, JFJO.

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