“Be prepared to be amazed,” says music producer and jazz bassist Michael Fields Jr. of the lineup for the second annual Jazz on the Green this month in downtown Tulsa.
The free, family-friendly event features world-class talent, including award-winning smooth jazz, gospel recording artist and saxophonist Jazmin Ghent, and LA-based guitarist Adam Hawley, who has performed and/or recorded with artists as diverse as Lil’ Wayne, Jennifer Lopez and the Backstreet Boys, says Fields, the festival’s founder.
In addition to top billboard artists like Ghent and Hawley, Fields says the festival will showcase up-and-coming musicians. In fact, that’s one of the original inspirations for creating the festival.
“It’s kind of hard for a newbie like myself to get on the festivals,” says Fields, a touring musician. “The guys who’ve been in the industry a long time are the most sought after, so I just had the idea to create my own festival for artists like me that may not have a chance to do a festival.”
Although Jazz on the Green is in its second year, due to the pandemic the inaugural event in 2020 was virtual. By all accounts, it was a big success, with the livestream garnering close to 10,000 views that night. Fields already has plans to grow the festival next year.
“My goal is to go two days,” he says. “I want to introduce a Sunday jazz thing. There are a lot of good gospel jazz artists.”