Greater Woodward Northwestern Alumni to play host to Jazz on the Patio

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Greater Woodward Northwestern Alumni to play host to Jazz on the Patio

Northwestern Foundation Release

April 26, 2012 – Northwestern Oklahoma State University alumni and friends are invited to an evening of live music Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the patio of the Woodward Conference Center.

Hosted by members of the Greater Woodward NWOSU Alumni Task Force, Jazz on the Patio is an opportunity for alumni and friends to reconnect while enjoying wine, cheese and the sounds of Max Ridgway and T.Z. Wright.

Ridgway graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1990. He earned his master’s degree in music education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he currently teaches as an adjunct music instructor. He performs in a variety of musical contexts ranging from jazz standards to avant-garde free improvisation.

Wright, a musician from northwest Oklahoma, is known for playing rock ‘n’ roll, blues, western swing, bluegrass, acoustic folk, gospel and even Cajun music. He maintains and develops his musical interests with activities such as songwriting, organizing the Northwest Oklahoma Bluegrass Association, entertaining at banquets, and performing at private parties, dances and clubs with various musical groups all over Oklahoma.

Admission to the event, sponsored by the Woodward Industrial Foundation and OG&E, is free. In addition to wine and cheese, nonalcoholic beverages will be available. The Woodward Conference Center is located at 3401 Centennial Lane in Woodward.

The Greater Woodward NWOSU Alumni Task Force includes Bart Bouse, Charlie Burns, Kevin Evans, Ashley Ferguson, Dr. Deena Fisher, Trudy Hoffman, Karen Stephenson, Scott Ware and Michelle Williamson.

To RSVP or for more details, please contact Lizabeth Richey, Northwestern Alumni Association director, at 580-327-8594 or