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The legendary Tommy Hooker will headline a Country/Jazz Fusion concert | Community

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The legendary Tommy Hooker will take the stage at Cameron University’s University Theater for the annual Country/Jazz Fusion Concert, joining the CU Jazz Ensemble and Lawton Jazz Orchestra for a raucous evening of dance hall music and jazz standards . The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, military, and K-12 students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU-ID. To reserve a spot, call (580) 581-2346 during business hours.

Hailing from Pecos, Texas, Hooker has been making music in honky tonks and dancehalls for over 50 years, luring even the most timid boots to the dance floor. Recognized in Western Swing circles for his unmistakable voice and love of traditional country music, he has shared the stage with legends such as Leon Rausch, Darrell McCall and Hank Thompson. Hooker has appeared at music festivals around the world, including the highly regarded International Country Music Festival in Caithness, Scotland, which was shown live on BBC Television.

In 2008 his recording of “Texas In My Soul” was named Western Swing Song of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, and in 2016 he won Pure Country Album of the Year for “It Should Be Easier Now”.

No stranger to dance halls across Texas, Hooker also hosts annual events such as the Spicer Gripp Memorial Roping in Hereford, TX and the Western Swing Festival in Snyder, TX. He also appears on Thursday nights at the Grove Events Center at Hidden Oaks Golf Course in Granbury, Texas, and at the legendary Stagecoach Ballroom in Fort Worth on Sunday nights. In addition to his solo releases, Hooker performs regularly with his son, Jake Hooker.

The Cameron University Jazz Ensemble, made up mostly of UC music students, will open the concert with “Almost Like Being in Love” by Lerner and Lowe and “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin, both featuring vocalist Emmalee Hamilton . The ensemble will also perform “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham and “Arnge Drank” by Paul Baker.

Hooker would then join the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble for such classics as “Turn Me Loose and Let Me Swing”, “Please Don’t Talk About Me”, “Fly Me To The Moon” and “My Home in San Antone”.

After a brief intermission, the Lawton Jazz Orchestra, made up of musicians from the Lawton/Fort Sill community, will collaborate with Hooker on a selection of popular standards. They will perform “Night Life”, “In The Mood”, “Secret Love”, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Milk Cow Blues” and “Fraulein”.

This concert is made possible through a generous contribution from Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.