Harumph, Americana jazz

  • Monday, February 20
    @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    25 S Oklahoma Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Join Art Moves for a performance by Americana jazz band, Harumph!

Harumph is a polished gem of Americana and jazz extracted from a time machine – featuring the smokey vocals of Kate Dinsmore and punctuated by an all acoustic rhythm section and melodic trumpet. A splash of innovation inside a musical culture of revivalism. The band is under the musical direction of David Leach (upright bass/piano) – who performs regularly with Travis Linville, Samantha Crain, and has also appeared on The David Letterman Show with John Fullbright.

Seeing them in person, you’d almost expect your eyes to shift the picture to black and white. All original, gaining steam and just getting started, the band released its self-titled EP in 2015, recorded by Red Dirt Legend Travis Linville. After an active year of performances, the band visited 115 Recording in Norman, OK and recorded a full-length album with Grammy-nominated producer Wes Sharon and Grammy-nominated artist John Fullbright – expected release, fall 2016.

It’s jazz-influenced, but it’s not jazz. It’s Americana and pop, but it’s not that either. Harumph has all the musicality of a studied jazz ensemble with an emphasis on the words themselves. With songs like “Speak Clear” and “Last Call,” the band exhibits its penchant for the clever. As Leach himself would say, “It’s the sound of Lake Street Dive meets the songwriting of Randy Newman.” It’s a new band, steeped in musical history and it’s beginning to write its own. One catchy, smokey masterpiece at a time.

Art Moves is Arts Council OKC initiative that provides free arts events in downtown OKC each work day from Noon-1:00. Events may include artist demonstrations or musical performances, and take place in various downtown locations. The daily line-up features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more!

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