Tujunga Resident to be Inducted into Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame

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Kent Washburn, a member of the legendary ’60s dance band The Shadow Lake Eight, is scheduled to be inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on Nov 16. Following the induction, the band will perform in concert.

The ceremony and concert will be held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (The Jazz Depot).

Washburn joined The Shadow Lake Eight in the fall of 1960, becoming the last addition to what is commonly referred to as The Original Shadow Lake Eight. He remained with the group functioning as the leader from 1962 through 1967. He then began traveling, playing in various lounge acts in such places as the Stardust in Las Vegas, and Harrah’s Club in Reno and Lake Tahoe. He eventually became a successful record producer, cutting artists for RCA (Charles Drain and a girls group called The Love Set), Warner Bros. (The Hypnotics), and Motown (Hi Inergy, Major Lance). He hit pay dirt with Hi Inergy when they topped the R&B charts in 1977 and their album “Turnin’ On” achieved gold record status in 1978.

Kent left Motown in 1979 and started a Gospel label, Command Records. Through the years Command Records garnered Billboard’s Album of the Year Award (Gospel) for “Dedicated.”

He is married to Barbara and has a daughter, Sandy, and a granddaughter Taylor. He currently lives in Tujunga and works for Milan Entertainment in L.A. as senior VP of Finance and Royalties.