Jazz Studies Division Head
Jazz Ensemble I
M.M. Jazz Graduate Advisor
Brian Gorrell serves as Head of the Jazz Studies Division for the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music. Gorrell, a former pianist for the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, also manages operation of the Jazz Lab Recording Studio, serves as Graduate Advisor for the Master of Music in Jazz and teaches a number of performance and recording technology-related courses. Mr. Gorrell completed a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received a master’s of music degree in Saxophone Performance from Oklahoma City University. Equally proficient on both saxophone and keyboards, Gorrell has produced many album projects including In Some Other World (1995),Soulmates (1999), In The Swing of Christmas (2001), and The Jazz Company Live @ the UCO Jazz Lab (2008 release). In addition to the Welk Orchestra, Brian has performed on saxophone and/or keyboards with such notables as The Manhattan Transfer, Louie Bellson, Phil Woods, Bill Trujillo, Jay Migliori, Jay Daversa, Clark Terry, The Lennon Sisters, Ralna English, Patti Page, Slide Hampton, Kay Starr, Steve Allen, Jim Nabors, Ty England, Diane Schuur, Christopher Cross, The Temptations, The Drifters, and many others.
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