Angie Cockrell in Concert
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes Angie Cockrell to the Jazz Depot stage, performing her favorites jazz songs, with a splash of country, soft rock, and gospel.more
Cynthia Simmons Presents Jingle Bell Jazz
Jingle all the way with powerful vocalist Cynthia Simmons as she presents Jingle Bell Jazz at the historic Jazz Depot. Get in the holiday spirit with the songs of the season and all your favorite holiday tunes.more
Christmas Gospel Celebration
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame gospel inductee, Dr. Joey Crutcher, brings the Gospel Music Workshop of America to the Jazz Depot stage.more
Jam Session at the Depot
Check out Depot Jams every Tuesday @ 5:30PM!more
Live Music during Lunch
@ 11:30 at the Jazz Depot.more
Pee Wee Russell
Pee Wee Russell was one of the giants of jazz. A highly expressive and unpredictable clarinetist, Russell was usually grouped in Dixieland-type groups throughout his career, but his advanced and spontaneous solos (which often sounded as if he were thinking aloud) defied classification. A professional by the time he was 15, Pee Wee Russell played in Texas with Peck Kelley's group (meeting Jack Teagarden) and then in 1925 he was in St. Louis jamming with Bix Beiderbecke. Russell moved to New York in 1927 and gained some attention for his playing with Red Nichols' Five Pennies. Russell freelanced during the era, making some notable records with Billy Banks in 1932 that matched him with Red Allen. He played clarinet and tenor with Louis Prima during 1935-1937, appearing on many records and enjoying the association.
After leaving Prima, he started working with Eddie Condon's freewheeling groups and would remain in Condon's orbit on and off for the next 30 years. Pee Wee Russell's recordings with Condon in 1938 made him a star in the trad Chicago jazz world. Russell was featured (but often the butt of jokes) on Condon's Town Hall Concerts. Heavy drinking almost killed him in 1950, but Russell made an unlikely comeback and became more assertive in running his career. He started leading his own groups (which were more swing- than Dixieland-oriented), was a star on the 1957 television special The Sound of Jazz, and by the early '60s was playing in a piano-less quartet with valve trombonist Marshall Brown whose repertoire included tunes by John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman; he even sat in with Thelonious Monk at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival.
Although she’s been a shining star on the Jazz Depot’s roster of performers for several years now, singer Angie Cockrell is just as well known in gospel and contemporary-Christian music circles. In fact, Urban Tulsa Weekly recently named her Christian Artist of the Year.... read more
If you’ve ever wondered why trombonist Steve “Hambone” Ham and trumpeter Mike Bennett play so uncannily well together, it’s because they’ve had plenty of practice. As Ham recalls it, the two played their first job as a duo back in 1976 – on a stage light-years away from the listening-room atmosphere of the Jazz Depot, where they’re performing with Ham’s Jambalaya Jass Band on Sunday.... read more