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Oct 13, 2014 - WORLD-FAMOUS COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA PLAYS JAZZ DEPOT SUNDAY

Eighty-seven years ago this past summer, a piano player from New Jersey named William “Count” Basiestirred in his bed at Tulsa's Red Wing Hotel, awakened by what he first thought was a phonograph record. It turned out to be a big jazz band called the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, playing off the back of a flatbed truck in order to drum up business for a dance that night. Basie was in town playing the Dreamland Theatre on Greenwood Avenue with a touring vaudeville act, and he hurriedly dressed and went out to see the group for himself.

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Oct 03, 2014 - VOCAL JAZZ GROUP SHERIDAN ROAD ENCORES SUNDAY AT JAZZ DEPOT

Just about four months ago, Jazz Depot patrons met Sheridan Road for the first time. It was only the second public performance for the three-man, three-woman vocal-jazz group, whose members all came out of Tulsa Signature Symphony's 40-voice chorale.

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Sep 29, 2014 - “Too Darn Hot” Cole Porter Revue Features All-Female Vocalists

        Although there are a lot of factors that go into making a show a hit, it's hard to go wrong with a concert full of Cole Porter music. In his four-plus decades as a songwriter and composer, the Indiana native contributed scores of classic tunes to the Great American Songbook, including such evergreens as “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick out of You,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” and “Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love.”

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Sep 28, 2014 - Abate and Friends Swing the Jazz Depot

             If Wynton Marsalis’s perception that jazz is a conversation among musicians, then they were talking up a storm Sunday night (September 28) at the Jazz Depot.

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Sep 26, 2014 - German Unity Day Celebrated with Big Band Sound of Blaskapelle at the Jazz Depot

        It may be the best entertainment deal in or around the Brady District's First Friday Art Crawl this month. Not only will the German-American Society of Tulsa's Blaskapelle band be playing a free concert inside the Jazz Depot, but there'll also be a dance instructor on hand to give lessons beginning an hour before the show – also at no cost whatsoever to patrons.

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Sep 19, 2014 - INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN JAZZ SAXOPHONIST MAKES OKLAHOMA DEBUT

         Although jazz saxophonist and flutist Greg Abate works well over 200 engagements a year, traveling to venues all across the world, Sunday will mark his first time ever to play in this state.

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Sep 17, 2014 - HALL OF FAME GUITARIST TOMMY CROOK RETURNS TO JAZZ DEPOT STAGE

Tulsa guitar legend Tommy Crook, honored as an inductee into both the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fameand the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, returns to the Jazz Depot Sunday. Scheduled to appear with him is the veteran bassist Jim Bates.

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Sep 12, 2014 - OLIVIA DUHON BRINGS '60S AND '70S MUSIC TO JAZZ DEPOT SUNDAY

    At her last Jazz Depot concert, which she gave in October 2013, vocalist Olivia Duhonemphasized material from the 1920s – which, of course, meant she was doing songs written long before she was born.

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Sep 04, 2014 - Keyboard Extravaganza

 How many piano players does it take to create a Keyboard Extravaganza?

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Aug 17, 2014 - SARAH MAUD CELEBRATES SARAH VAUGHAN SUNDAY AT JAZZ DEPOT

            As one of the most prominent of the young musicians currently impacting Tulsa's jazz scene, vocalist Sarah Maud can be seen and heard around town in varied musical settings. One of the most engaging is Maud Squad, an inventive avant-garde trio that features Maud exploring the use of her voice as an instrument, in tandem with Jordan Hehl's bass and Nicholas Foster's drums.

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Aug 10, 2014 - TULSA MUSICIANS JOIN FORCES THURSDAY FOR JAZZ HALL APPRECIATION SHOW

 

             Unofficially, it's being called Pam & Annie's Hootenanny.

             Officially, according to co-organizer and performer Pam Van Dyke Crosby, “it's about musicians banding together in support of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, because the Jazz Hall has done so much for us, giving us work and getting our music out there.”

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Aug 05, 2014 - DEAN DEMERRITT PUTS ON HIS BASS FACE FOR SUNDAY'S JAZZ DEPOT SHOW

 

          First of all, here's the reason for the unusual name of the Sunday concert featuring veteran bassist Dean DeMerritt and his group of equally top-notch jazz players:

            “I'm calling it Bass Face, because I met a great bass player out of Detroit, Ray McMurtry, in Atlanta one time, and he asked me to sit in,” explains DeMerritt. “I was kind of nervous, because he was a great musician. So after I got done playing with him, I asked him what he thought about my playing. And what he said to me was, `I've finally met someone who makes uglier faces than I do whenplay.'” He laughs. “So, you know what? I'll take that.”

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Jul 26, 2014 - NEW JAZZ SUPERGROUP DEBUTS SUNDAY AT JAZZ DEPOT

                                                   A group called Left Side Right, Right Side Left plays its first official gig at the Jazz Depot this Sunday. 

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Jul 22, 2014 - WORLD'S FIRST LINEAR MUSIC FESTIVAL HEADS FOR JAZZ DEPOT

 

Spreading out around the road from Chicago to L.A., the Route 66 Linear Music Festival is scheduled to make several stops in Oklahoma during late July and early August – including one Thursday, July 31, at Tulsa's Jazz Depot.

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Jul 16, 2014 - Cindy Cain Brings the Summertime Blues

Cindy Cain has dubbed her new show Summertime Blues, but it could just as easily be called Back to My Roots.

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Jul 15, 2014 - Paul Rossler's Diffident Rebel Plays Jazz Depot Benefit Friday

    One of the characteristics of the Oklahoma-spawned music known as Red Dirt is an emphasis on strong, clear, and intelligent, relatable lyrics. While the musical component can be a mélange of all sorts of styles, from folk to rock to country and blues, it usually serves as the underpinning for deeply felt observations and storytelling.

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Jul 15, 2014 - Amram—Am-azing at Jazz Depot

 

David Amram can make a penny whistle sound like a million dollars.
                  He proved that time after time Sunday (July 13) at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot with a virtuoso performance with a tableful of instruments that have earned him justifiable international renown.
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Jul 07, 2014 - Oscar Pettiford Tribute Sunday w/ David Amram & Washington Rucker

 Sunday, Amram returns to the Jazz Depot, where he'll be joining another famous name on that wall – the innovative Tulsa-born jazz-drummer Washington Rucker – to pay tribute to a third Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer, the double-bassist and bandleader Oscar PettifordPettiford, one of the pioneers of bebop, was from Okmulgee; he passed away in 1960.

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Jul 06, 2014 - ~You are Invited to the 47th Monthly Musicale~?

 

Monthly Musicale is bringing the community together to celebrate local talent and a variety of music in a relaxed setting with food and wine.

This coming Monday, July 7, 2014 ?-Food, desserts and wine served at 6:30 p.m. featuring pianist Rick Fortner. Program from 7-8:45 p.m.at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street, downtown Tulsa.

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Jul 02, 2014 - PRENTICE VINCENT MAKES SINGING DEBUT WITH THE COLORS OF ME AT SUNDAY'S JAZZ DEPOT CONCERT

Known for years as a keyboardist and songwriter, Prentice Vincent is now ready to show the world that he can sing, too. In his debut concert as a vocalist as well as a keyboard player, Vincent's offering Jazz Depot patrons a show aptly described by its title, The Colors of Me.

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Jun 23, 2014 - HAM & HAM ON MENU AT SUNDAY'S JAZZ DEPOT SHOW

One of Oklahoma's musical treasures, trombonist and vocalist Steve Ham has been a high-profile, first-call player in the Tulsa area for decades, 

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Jun 22, 2014 - DR. JOEY CRUTCHER CLOSES JUNETEENTH WITH GOSPEL- MUSIC CELEBRATION

           Dr. Joey Crutcher—accompanied by Leon Rollerson—is planning a big finish for his gospel-music show this Sunday. In fact, he wants nothing less than to turn the Jazz Depot into one big church.

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Jun 10, 2014 - Denny Morouse Band Features Annie Ellicott in Sunday Father’s Day Show

            For world-class saxophonist Denny Morouse, Sunday's Jazz Depot concert is a chance to pay tribute to the man who got him started on the road that would lead to stages and recording studios shared with Michael JacksonArt BlakeyStevie WonderEtta James, and John Lennon – among many others.

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Jun 01, 2014 - New Vocal-Jazz Act Sheridan Road Plays Jazz Depot Sunday

 

            The six-voice group known as Sheridan Road may be performing only the second engagement of its young life Sunday at the Jazz Depot, but if you're at all aware of the Tulsa music scene, chances are you know the name of at least one of its members.

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May 27, 2014 - International Music Star Ester Rada Plays Jazz Depot Sunday

 

            Rising international star Ester Rada, an Israeli-born Ethiopian vocalist and songwriter, is set to perform in concert Sunday, June 1, at the Jazz Depot. Her Tulsa visit, during which she will also conduct musical workshops, is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

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May 25, 2014 - WWII veteran gives back with music in Memorial Day 'Salute to Veterans'

 

World War II veteran Joe Wilkinson isn’t surprised by his love and only a little by his natural aptitude for music.

After all, his grandfather was still playing the piano when he died just before turning 95, and his father played by ear.

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May 20, 2014 - Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Presents Memorial Day Salute to Vets: Produced by Joe Wilkinson

 

Anyone who can produce a show like Monday's Salute To Veterans, featuring a large roster of vocalists and instrumentalists, deserves kudos for getting it all together and out onto the Jazz Depot stage. If that person is actually performing as well as producing, the feat is still more impressive.

But if the producer-performer recently celebrated his 90th birthday, it's not just impressive – it's pretty much unparalleled.

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May 18, 2014 - Three Oklahoma Stars Set to Shine at the Jazz Depot

Jana Jae stops short of saying that the Great Minds Play Alike (Occasionally) concert, set for next Thursday night at the Jazz Depot, has taken her outside her comfort zone – and for a very good reason.

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May 14, 2014 - Tulsa Klezmer Band Opens for Ungerman's Sunday Show

If the recording of a live disc is always an event, then Rebecca Ungerman's Sunday Jazz Depot concert is going to be doubly special.

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May 11, 2014 - Rebecca Ungerman’s Way Broad Revue Debuts this Weekend at Jazz Depot

 

Singer-songwriter-producer Rebecca Ungerman make an impressive return to the Tulsa music scene this weekend at the Jazz Depot, debuting her new musical production Way Broad Revue on Friday and Saturday, and appearing with an entirely different show for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Spring Concert Series on Sunday.

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May 09, 2014 - Starr Fisher's Mother's Day Production

At the age of 15, Starr Fisher was already making a name for herself as a vocalist, singing with the late Tulsa saxophonist Earl Clark and his band, Spectrum. 

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May 06, 2014 - Israeli Musicians Conclude Tulsa Trip with Free Jazz Depot Concert

            In addition to providing a regular venue for local and regional jazz and blues artists, Tulsa's Jazz Depot has regularly hosted touring performers from outside the area. Few, however, have come as far to play as the quartet of musicians set to take the Depot stage Wednesday evening. All four hail from the Sovev Kinneret region of Israel, an area of about 400 square miles that includes Tiberias, Tulsa's sister city, and they're in town thanks to the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. That organization is co-sponsoring the free concert with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

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May 04, 2014 - Pam Van Dyke Crosby Celebrates Friends and Family at Jazz Depot

 

          “Have you ever read that thing that George Carlin wrote about birthdays?” asks Pam Van Dyke Crosby with a chuckle. “It's about how, when you're real young, you just love every birthday and you have to tell everybody how old you are. Later on, you go through a stage where you don't tell anybody how old you are, and you don't really look forward to celebrating your birthdays.

            “Then, after that, when you get to my age, every birthday is like, `Wow. Not another birthday.'”

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Apr 22, 2014 - Jazz Depot Features Ryan and Ryan Piano Improv Sunday

 

Back around the dawning of this century, Holland Hall middle-school student Barron Ryan collaborated with his father, pianist Donald Ryan, in a concert celebrating the school's receipt of a new piano.

As Donald remembers it, that's the first time they played together in public. 

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Apr 08, 2014 - Annie Ellicott Says Farewell to Tulsa with Saturday Jazz Depot Show

         If all goes according to plan, five days after playing her goodbye concert at the Jazz Depot on Saturday, April 19, top Tulsa vocalist Annie Ellicott will be on the road – heading 1700 miles westward to continue her music career in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Apr 02, 2014 - NSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE SHOW, FEATURING SCOTT MCQUADE

            As far as first-call saxophonist and Northeastern State University director of jazz studies Tommy Poole is concerned, his contemporary Scott McQuade  is a great example of “the perfect working musician.”

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Apr 01, 2014 - TPS Metro Jazz Honor Band Tonight at the Jazz Depot

 

Not every kid wants to grow up to be the next Justin Beiber or Taylor Swift. Some Tulsa students would rather follow in the footsteps of Miles Davis or Ella Fitzgerald.

The Tulsa Public Schools Metro Jazz Honor Band performs tonight at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

The students have quite a reputation.

"These students are the best of the best,” said Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO.  “There will be exceptional talent showcased tonight at the Jazz Depot.”

Tulsa Public Schools students audition for spots in the high school and middle school jazz bands each year.

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Mar 30, 2014 - Tulsa Christian musician Barbi Cottingham dies at 63

 

Before passing out another Bible, Barbi Cottingham always prayed that it would go to the right person. After all, putting one in the wrong hands could have major consequences.

It might even land her and her team in jail.

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Mar 28, 2014 - Midnight Social Club Brings Musical Farewell to Jazz Depot Friday

          The SummerStage theater festival, that Tulsa audiences first met the four fictional ladies who provided the entertainment at a not-quite-first class 1930s bistro called the Midnight Social Club. Played by top Tulsa vocalists Cindy Cain (as club owner Violett Redd), Rebecca Ungerman (Garnett McGee), Pam Van Dyke Crosby (Stella Moon), and Annie Ellicott (Little Ruby) in a production called Backstage at the Midnight Social Club, the characters proved to be so popular that they appeared in a second production, Onstage at the Midnight Social Club, and have performed occasionally in various configurations at Tulsa venues ever since.

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Mar 26, 2014 - Basses Wild with Nathan Eicher

 

            It's been a little over a month since Nathan Eicher accompanied Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker in a Jazz Depot concert. But it's clear that the experience, and Rucker himself, continue to impress the young bassist.

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Mar 18, 2014 - Begonias Return to Jazz Depot Sunday

Rick Bentley has long been a musical innovator. Some longtime observers of the area music scene may, for instance, remember a time years ago when he played banjo with vocalist E.G. Kight and fiddler Rick Morton, creating one of the most unusual blues bands to ever take a stage.

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Mar 11, 2014 - Darell Christopher Brings Spring Break Show to the Jazz Depot

 

            For a while there, vocalist Darell Christopher thought about calling Sunday’s Jazz Depot show March Madness.

            Instead, he settled on Spring Break. After all, it’s about happiness, not madness. And it’s also about finally getting a break from what has sometimes seemed like an interminable Oklahoma winter.

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Mar 05, 2014 - Nathan Eicher Quartet Maiden Concert Set for Sunday

 

 Bassist Nathan Eicher has shared the Jazz Depot stage with a number of top-notch musicians, playing there twice with his string-jazz band Mischievous Swing and, most recently, making a big impression alongside Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker, an experience Eicher calls "really a special evening for me."         

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Mar 01, 2014 - Diffident Rebel Debuts New Red Dirt Reggae CD at Jazz Depot

 

            To hear Paul Rossler tell it, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot is the perfect venue for launching the first CD from his group Diffident Rebel – a new aggregation that combines the approach of the Oklahoma-grown music known as Red Dirt with a reggae beat.
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Feb 27, 2014 - Washington Rucker Wows Again

 

As he welcomed the near-capacity audience at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot Sunday evening in his second concert in the last eight months, Washington Rucker issued a warning. 

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Feb 25, 2014 - JAZZ DEPOT PRESENTS “SUPER BLUES SUNDAY” ON MARCH 2

Three of the four headlining bluesmen on the Jazz Depot’s big Super BluesSunday show will be playing off a musical relationship that stretches back for decades. The other one brings with him a stellar musical resume that began in the early 1950s, when, as a teenager, he began accompanying Tulsa blues legend Jimmy “Cry Cry” Hawkins.

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Feb 23, 2014 - Fifth Annual Harmonica Summit Set for Jazz Depot Saturday

            David Berntson, an organizer, performer, and instructor for Tulsa’s annual Harmonica Summits, thinks it’s important for the event to offer patrons something different each year.

            For the fifth and latest installment, you can begin with its very structure, which has for the first time been divided into two parts.

            “We’ve gotten feedback, and some of our feedback said the perception might be that it’s a very collegial event [for harmonica players], with all these workshops and then a concert,” Berntson explains. “So we decided to promote the evening’s program as a big show and dance, with the bar open and people getting a very fun, entertaining evening of jump jivin’ blues.

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Feb 14, 2014 - Hall of Famer Washington Rucker Returns

People are still talking about the concert Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker

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Feb 11, 2014 - Kinky Friedman Returns To Jazz Depot Wednesday

When multifaceted musician, writer, and political figure Kinky Friedman hits the Jazz Depot stage for his upcoming show, it’ll be one of the rare non-Texas stops on his “Seeds of Change” tour, which began early last month. The tour’s name refers to Friedman’s current primary run for Agriculture Commissioner of Texas, on a platform of legalizing marijuana and hemp, which he believes “could be the great new cash crops of Texas.”

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Feb 09, 2014 - Keyboard Concert Celebrates 22 Years By Honoring Founder

            From the very beginning, the annual Jazz Keyboard Concerts in Tulsa were Gayle Williamson’s baby. A founding member of the Tulsa Jazz Society as well as an active jazz pianist and bandleader, Williamson produced the first one at Saied’s Music back in 1992, as a way of celebrating an early TJS anniversary.  As the event grew, Williamson stayed at the helm. And even after 17 years, when he had to step away from the production duties because of health issues, he continued to be a part of it.

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Jan 26, 2014 - Campbell, Sweney & Glazer Combine with Jon Glazer Trio for Encore Jazz Depot Performance

A dozen years ago, following a stint as Wynonna Judd’s keyboard player that took him all over the country and into the studios of network television shows, Jon Glazer returned home to Tulsa, where he began exploring anew the local music scene. Among the people he found were vocalists Jim Sweney and Chris Campbell, two of the best-known exponents of what has come to be known as the classic Tulsa Sound. Since the ‘70sSweney had been performing and recording as a solo act and with a dizzying variety of groups (including such well-remembered aggregations as Tulsa County and the Cream Cheese & Jive Band), while Campbell had led one of the city’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll acts, the Mystery Band.

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Jan 07, 2014 - GUITARIST HEATH HAM DEBUTS QUARTET AT SUNDAY JAZZ DEPOT SHOW

       As is the case with most of the working musicians around Tulsa, guitarist-vocalist Heath Ham has learned to play in a lot of different styles and genres, from hip-hop to bluegrass, western swing to reggae. But when he talks about his influences, it’s clear that jazz is very close to his heart.

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Jan 01, 2014 - Steven Schrag & The Ghost Quartet Return

Tulsa's jazz scene lost a good one a few months ago, when pianist Steven Schrag began graduate studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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Dec 27, 2013 - Swing in the New Year

If it’s true that a great rhythm section makes for great swing music, then those who attend the New Year’s Eve event at the Jazz Depot this year ought to be able to swing until the cows come home.  According to the well-known trumpeter and vocalist Jeff Shadley, who’s fronting the group, his rhythm players are going to be the best around. 

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Dec 24, 2013 - Darell Christopher Presents

 Although he’s well known around the Tulsa area as a singer and musical-theater performer, Darell Christopher believes that there may be a few local music fans who only know him as the host of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Sunday shows at the Jazz Depot.

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Dec 15, 2013 - ‘Tis the Season for Jazz Depot’s Christmas Gospel Celebration

            As he’s done since the year before his 1991 induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, gospel artist Dr. Joey Crutcher is staging a Christmas concert that showcases, as he says, “the different styles that gospel music can really bring.”

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Dec 08, 2013 - Vocalist Cynthia Simmons Celebrates the Season with Jingle Bell Jazz at the Jazz Depot

            As the co-producer and star, with fellow vocalist Pam Van Dyke Crosby, of last month’s Tribute to Cole Porter concert, Cynthia Simmons was looking forward to presenting a few Porter songs to the Jazz Depot crowd.

            But then, things happened.

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Dec 01, 2013 - Award-Winning Vocalist Angie Cockrell Headlines December 8 Jazz Depot Show

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.

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Nov 28, 2013 - Former Tulsan back in town to perform

The last time Harold Sanditen was onstage in Tulsa was in a high school musical in 1973.

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Nov 26, 2013 - Long-Lived Jambalaya Jass Band Begins Jazz Depot’s Winter Concert Series

         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. 

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Nov 21, 2013 - Transplanted Tulsa Harold Sanditen Brings British Cabaret to the Jazz Depot

        Harold Sanditen, who grew up in Tulsa, did his first solo cabaret show in 2008, following a long run as a theatrical producer in both New York and London. He debuted his cabaret act in New York, then took it to London; its success marked the beginning of a new career for the former investment banker, who now creates and performs in a new UK production of his own just about every year. 

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Nov 17, 2013 - Pianist Donald Ryan Celebrates ‘60s at Jazz Depot Sunday

 

            For many, the jazz music of Henry Mancini conjures up memories of the old Peter Gunn television show, a classic private-eye series that featured cool Mancini compositions in practically every episode.  One of those was the exquisite “Dreamsville,” which will always be associated with Peter Gunn and Lola Albright, the show’s singing star. 

            Although the noted pianist Donald Ryan loves “Dreamsville” and plans to play it at his Sunday Jazz Depot concert, Celebrating the ‘60s, he wasn’t introduced to the song via Peter Gunn. In fact, he’s not even sure if the series played in his home country, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation off the northern edge of South America. As he recalls, he first heard “Dreamsville” well after he’d moved to America to pursue his music, settling in the Tulsa area and receiving degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. 

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Nov 12, 2013 - Harold Sanditen – Shades of Blue

Passion is contagious.  It really doesn’t matter the subject.  As a for instance, a few months back I was visited by a woman from the landlord’s office who was there to check on the faucets.  Mine, as it happens, were dripping just enough to send her over the moon.  She explained in graphic detail that this sort of thing was not only wasteful, but it was an environmental calamity.  She did what needed to be done to the faucets, talking all the while.  So passionate was she that I was tempted to tag along when she visited other apartments just to soak up some of that energy.

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Nov 11, 2013 - Vibraphonist Jay Garrett and Vocalist Sandy Gardner Featured in Jazz Depot Concert

            Tulsa’s Sandy Gardner started singing pop and jazz professionally some four decades ago, when she joined a Colorado Springs-based organization called the Charlie Westfall Orchestra, following a year as a student entertainer at Oklahoma State University. That job indirectly led to another one, singing with a trio at the USAF Academy Officers’ Club in the same city, where she met her future husband, 2013 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer Chuck Gardner, and the two began a life in music that continues today.

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Nov 07, 2013 - Keys to Success

Mention musician Amy Cottingham's name and most people automatically think, "She's the jazz lady."

After all, Cottingham has made a name for herself as a regular performer at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Signature Symphony and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

But the down-to-earth, award-winning pianist is also a composer, music transcriber, arranger, orchestra conductor, teacher and recording artist. She is recording her most recent compositions and plans to release an album this spring.

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Nov 03, 2013 - Veteran Jazz Saxophonist to Receive Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Highest Honor

            Ninety-four-year old bandleader and saxophonist Hal Singer, a Tulsa race riot survivor who lives and works out of Paris, France, is this year’s recipient of the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Singer plans to attend and perform at the Jazz Hall’s Induction Galaon Saturday, November 16.

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Nov 02, 2013 - Cole Porter Tribute Brings Top Tulsa Performers to Jazz Depot

            A half-century after his death, Cole Porter still sells tickets.

            That’s certainly true at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, anyway, whose regular tributes to the famed American composer consistently draw some of the biggest crowds of the year. The 2013 version is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, and features singers Angie Cockrell, Cindy Cain, Sandy Gardner, Larry Cochran, and Darell Christopher, along with co-producers Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Cynthia Simmons. Crosby says one or two more vocalists may be added to the group, which will perform with a trio composed of Bill Crosby on bass, Tony Yohe on drums, and 2013 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Gardner on piano.

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Nov 02, 2013 - Frank Wess, jazz saxophonist with the Count Basie Orchestra, dies at 91

Frank Wess, who helped anchor the saxophone section of the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1950s and ’60s and who pioneered the use of the flute in jazz during a career that spanned more than 70 years, died Oct. 30 in New York. He was 91.

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Nov 01, 2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Hal Singer Headlines Annual Induction Gala and Ceremony

            Hal Singer—a nonagenarian bandleader and saxophonist who’s still a force on the international jazz scene, a hitmaking keyboardist-vocalist of the ‘50s and ‘60s, an architect of the musical style known as the Tulsa Sound, and a veteran pianist and bandleader well known to area jazz fans—is among the inductees to be honored at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s 2013 Induction Gala, set for Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Oct 27, 2013 - Grammy-Nominated Trombonist John Fedchock Joins NSU Jazz Ensemble for Sunday’s Jazz Depot Show

       Saxophonist Tommy Poole, director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, says there’s no reason trombonist, arranger, and bandleader John Fedchock should remember the last time they played together.

            Poole, however, will never forget it.

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Oct 20, 2013 - Tulsa Guitar Legend Tommy Crook Plays Jazz Depot Sunday

            Those happy to have the legendary guitar player Tommy Crook doing a whole show in a listening environment like the Jazz Depot should know that they have Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO Jason McIntosh to thank. After decades of playing five and six nights a week all over the area, Crook prefers to do private parties and other low-profile gigs. But McIntosh’s perseverance finally won him over.

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Oct 14, 2013 - Junior & Little Joe Bringing Blues

 

 

The way things are going for Jimmy Markham, people who want to see him play better get out to the Jazz Depot Friday, before he has to hit the road again.

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Oct 13, 2013 - Mike Cameron Presents Tribute to Oklahoma Sax Man Don Byas Sunday at Jazz Depot

 

           As far as fellow saxophonist Mike Cameron is concerned, Oklahoma jazzman Don Byas was the one big-band era sax player who “best synthesized the swing styles and the bebop styles.”

            Explains Cameron, “He was an extreme virtuoso as far as getting around bebop [chord] changes, but he did it with that old swing mentality.”

            It’s fitting, then, that the Byas tribute show Cameron’s producing for the Jazz Depot Sunday will feature a blend of those two musical styles – swing and bebop. In doing it, Cameron will be joined by three musicians well known to Depot patrons: keyboardist Scott McQuade, drummer Jared Johnson, and saxophonist Tommy Poole. Other reed players, including the University of Tulsa’s Bobby Kitchen, are expected to sit in during the course of the evening.

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Oct 06, 2013 - Duhon Takes Jazz Depot Stage Sunday

            If you’re a jazz lover who enjoys live music, chances are pretty good that you’ve seen Olivia Duhon performing in an area venue. Winner of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Legacy Tribute Award in 2009, the striking vocalist has been a high-profile artist on the local scene for a few years now.

            But even if you’ve seen her, you may never have seen her do the kind of show she’ll present at the Jazz Depot on Sunday. There, she’ll not only be accompanied by her trio – Frank Brown on guitar, Ron Adams on bass, and Jim Karstein on drums – but also by a couple of other noted musicians: Mike Leland on piano and Mike Moore on trumpet. For Duhon, that all adds up to a rare concert with what for her is a big band.

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Sep 29, 2013 - Blaskapelle Band Presents Free Jazz Depot Concert Friday

 

            Look up “blaskapelle” in a German-English dictionary or Google it on the Web. You’ll find several definitions, all referring, generally, to an instrumental ensemble. And of all the translations, the one that seems to pop up the most is, simply, “brass band.”

            However, says Larry King, band manager and trombonist for the German-American Society of Tulsa’s Blaskapelle, that definition falls short for their particular aggregation.

            “I wouldn’t call it just a brass band, because it’s more than that,” he explains. “We also have woodwinds, drums, and an accordion. It’s really a concert band.”

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Sep 28, 2013 - Saxophonist Morouse Celebrates CD Release with world-class talent

Tulsa-based saxophonist and composer Denny Morouse refers to the players on his new disc as “world-class,” and he’s not wrong.

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Sep 22, 2013 - Miss Blues Brings 78th Birthday Bash to Jazz Depot Saturday

 

After making it through exactly 78 years on this planet, some people would choose to celebrate that fact quietly.

One of them is definitely not Dorothy Ellis, the Oklahoma City-based vocalist known to music fans around the globe as Miss Blues. In honor of the occasion, she’s headlining the Miss Blues 78th Birthday Bash Saturday night at the Jazz Depot, following a similar show in her hometown.

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Sep 15, 2013 - The Brothers Shadley and Friends Celebrate September With Sunday Jazz Depot Show

 

For his first-ever production in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Sunday Concert Series, pianist-trombonist Tim Shadley promises nothing short of a celebration.

In fact, there’ll be two celebrations.

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Sep 08, 2013 - 7 Blue Spotlights the Music of Armstrong and Baker in Sunday’s Jazz Depot Show

     Louisiana’s Louis Armstrong and Oklahoma’s Chet Baker were just about as well known for their singing as for their trumpet playing. That fact may go a long way toward explaining why those two jazz giants had a major influence on 7 Blue’s David Brennan, who possesses both those musical skills – and plays drums as well. He and his bandmates plan not only to feature songs made famous by Baker and Armstrong in Sunday’s Jazz Depot concert, but also to offer a visual presentation along with the music that will, as Brennan puts it, “show pictures in the background about the times when these songs were written and performed.”

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Sep 01, 2013 - Luisza Cornelius Debuts Own Show Sunday at the Jazz Depot

 

Vocalist Luisza Cornelius may be a newcomer to the Jazz Depot stage – and to the rest of the Tulsa jazz scene as well – but anyone who hears her sing will realize immediately that she’s hardly a rookie. In fact, as recently as last year, she was a featured performer in a jazz show at the House of Blues on L.A.’s Sunset Strip.

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Aug 27, 2013 - The Begonias Debut at the Jazz Depot on Sunday, September 1

            If you've been around the Tulsa music scene for a while, you'll probably remember the Sisters of the Sun, a duo best known for a long-standing regular engagement at St. Michael's Alley. And you may recall the top-notch bluegrass band, the Sons of the Boutonnieres, as well. The origin of The Begonias - the trio making its Jazz Depot debut on Sunday - can be traced back to a mid-'90s marriage between members of those two acts.

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Aug 21, 2013 - Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and NPR Radio Staple, Dies at 95

Marian McPartland, the genteel Englishwoman who became a fixture of the American jazz scene as a pianist and, later in life, hosted the internationally syndicated and immensely popular public radio show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95.

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Aug 18, 2013 - Janet Rutland and Friends Bring “A Song is Born” to the Jazz Depot

 

           Although her youthful image and demeanor suggest otherwise, singer Janet Rutland has been a mainstay of the Tulsa-area music scene for decades. And it’s been nearly 10 years since she first branched out into creating and performing cabaret shows, all of which concentrate on a particular composer or musical theme.

            For her latest, A Song is Born, Rutland came up with the idea of a show focused on contemporary, living songwriters, taking that route after looking over a list of numbers she’d always wanted to perform in a cabaret setting.

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Aug 16, 2013 - Mischievous Swing CD Release Party Friday at the Jazz Depot

This time, the entire evening belongs to Mischievous Swing.  

The four-man string-jazz group made a nice impression on the Jazz Depot crowd July 23, when it opened for the touring West Coast-based Cow Bop. The group member even returned to jam with the headliner in a memorable second set.

            Now, exactly one month later, Mischievous Swing is the headliner. And while the concert marks the players' first official CD release party, they've actually moved a substantial number of their eponymously named discs already. Not only were the CDs brisk sellers at the Cow Bop event; the band members also found a ready market during their recent appearance at the East Coast Django Gypsy Fest in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.           

A big outdoor event celebrating the style of gypsy jazz popularized by French guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, its performers included the noted New York-based duo of guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo, along with guitar players like Finland's Olli Soikkeli and Hot Club of Detroit founder Evan Perii.

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Aug 12, 2013 - Annie Ellicott, Mike Cameron Trio Team Up for Sunday’s Jazz Depot Show

           For Sunday’s Jazz Depot show, the latest offering in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Summer Concert Series, high-profile vocalist Annie Ellicott is set to appear with saxophonist Mike Cameron’s trio, which features Scott McQuade on keyboards (and keyboard bass) and Jared Johnson on drums. Although this will only be the third official pairing of Ellicott with the Mike Cameron Trio, they’ve been doing a substantial amount of jamming together, making Sunday's show a logical extension of the informal musical alliance that began several months ago.

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Aug 11, 2013 - Amina Figarova Quintet Takes Jazz Depot Stage Thursday, August 15

 

            Internationally known jazz musician and composer Amina Figarova, a native of the former Iron Curtain country of Azerbaijan, has been playing the piano since 1968.

            Not bad, when you consider she was born in 1966.

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Aug 05, 2013 - THREE TOP ACTS COMBINE FOR JAZZ DEPOT DOUBLE FEATURE SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

 

            Plans call for Sunday’s Jazz Depot show to be split neatly down the middle, with pianist-vocalist Joe Wilkinson and singer Luisza Cornelius featured in the first half, and vocalist Darell Christopher and his band in the second. That’s according to the veteran performer Wilkinson, who’s also producing the first segment of this two-parter. And while he’s still considering whether or not to sing a song or two himself – he’s leaning toward a performance of “Lush Life” -- he’s happy to be playing for Cornelius, who’s getting her splashiest Depot showcase to date after impressing at the Tuesday night jam sessions and appearing in the Wilkinson-produced Memorial Day show. After her performance in the latter, she earned the approval of a critic very close to Wilkinson’s heart.

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Aug 02, 2013 - JAZZ DEPOT SAYS “SCHRAG VOYAGE” WITH BIG FAREWELL SHOW FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

 

             A youthful linchpin of Oklahoma jazz circles is leaving the scene. Pianist and University of Tulsa graduate Steven Schrag will soon be heading to the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where he’ll pursue his masters and doctorate.

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Jul 21, 2013 - Cindy Cain and Pam Van Dyke Crosby Bring Two of a Kind to Jazz Depot

      It’s been just about a decade since Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Cindy Cain first began singing duets in public, when, for their debut, they fronted a band called Strawberry Blonde and the Swizzle Sticks.

      “I was Strawberry, she was Blonde,” remembers Crosby with a laugh.

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Jul 17, 2013 - Cow Bop’s Route 66 Tour Hits Jazz Depot Tuesday

 

            Those who catch Cow Bop’s show Tuesday, July 23, at the Jazz Depot may be in on the ground floor of something revolutionary.

            The concert, according to Cow Bop guitarist and founder Bruce Forman, is part of what he terms “a linear music festival.”

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Jul 16, 2013 - Amy Cottingham and Friends Take Jazz Depot Stage Sunday

 

            There’s only one amy.org site on the entire World Wide Web, and it belongs to the first Amy in the world to claim it: Tulsa musician and composer Amy Cottingham.

            Actually, she didn’t claim it herself. It was her forward-thinking father who got it for her, “years and years ago,” she explains, “when the Internet first took off.”  And while she admits that it’s sometimes not kept as up-to-the-minute as it could be, even a cursory visit to the site shows that the young artist is a significant musical force in the community, and has been for quite a while.

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Jul 05, 2013 - Singer-Songwriter Kristen Hemphill Sets CD Release Party Saturday at the Jazz Depot

 

           When Tulsa native Kristen Hemphill found herself torn between William Shakespeare and bluegrass, she went for the music without realizing that she’d made a conscious choice. And while, she says, “I still love Shakespeare – he’s definitely still in my heart,” these days she’s far more likely to be performing her own words on stage instead of those penned by the Bard of Avon.

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Jul 02, 2013 - NASHVILLE’S DARA TUCKER PLAYS JAZZ DEPOT JULY 5

                Several years ago, Tulsa native Dara Tucker was living in Switzerland, working as an au pair and beginning to seriously write songs, when she saw a story on CNN International that changed the direction of her life.

            “It was an interview with Wynonna Judd, and she was kind of complaining,” recalls Tucker. “They asked her why she hadn’t put out an album in so long, and she said, `It’s just songs. I’m waiting for great songs. We need more great writers in Nashville.’

          

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Jul 01, 2013 - Legendary Drummer Washington Rucker Featured at Jazz Hall

 

            Many years ago, Washington Rucker’s European tour with Stevie Wonder took him to Paris, where he found himself being interviewed by a local writer.

            “The first thing this guy asked me was, `Where are you from?’” Rucker recalls.

“I said, `Tulsa, Oklahoma.’ He said, `Well, you’re too young to have played with Ernie Fields, so you must’ve played with Jimmy “Cry Cry” Hawkins’.”

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Jun 30, 2013 - BLUES, BREWS & BBQ BLOWOUT RETURNS TO JAZZ DEPOT JULY 3

 

            For a couple of examples of how good things come in threes, look no further than the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot on Wednesday. The event is described in its three-word title: Blues, Brews, & BBQ. And it’s in its third year.
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Jun 28, 2013 - Jay Garrett’s Vibra-Hawks Premier This Sunday

 

 

           Sunday’s entry in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Summer Concert Series features the Vibra-Hawks Swing Band, a quintet made up of area musicians that features Jay Garrett on vibraphone.

            With this show, the Vibra-Hawks make their debut on the Jazz Depot stage.

It is, however, far from their first Jazz Depot appearance. The Vibra-Hawks had a standing weekly gig in that building during the spring months that quickly garnered a reputation among swing dancers and fans. The difference between those shows and this one is that they’re in slightly different locations.

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Jun 24, 2013 - Ryan Tedder’s Going-Away Extravaganza to Feature Four Bands

One of Tulsa’s leading young jazz players is relocating to Chicago, leaving the area scene significantly poorer.

At least -- with apologies to T.S. Eliot -- saxophonist Ryan Tedder is going out with a bang and not a whimper.

Friday’s farewell show takes place at the Jazz Depot, where Tedder has been a mainstay for the past few years. It’s billed as Ryan Tedder’s Going-Away Extravaganza, and with four bands and other entertainment on the docket, it looks as though it’ll live up to the billing.

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Jun 19, 2013 - Lion King Cast Presents “From the Hart” at Jazz Hall

            It’s members of the touring cast of Disney’s The Lion King as you’ve never seen them before. 

            In fact, they’re doing a show that nobody’s seen before – and they’re staging its world premiere it Monday evening, June 24, at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St., with proceeds benefiting the Day Center for the Homeless.

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Jun 18, 2013 - Playin' Favorites

It’s been just about 36 years since Sandy and Chuck Gardner first played music together. And given the way they felt about one another at the time, it’s surprising that they didn’t pull the plug on their musical partnership after that one performance.

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Jun 11, 2013 - Jazz Depot Presents, “Father’s Day Salute: Thanks, Dad!”

Quite a while ago—Mike Moore isn’t sure exactly when—plans were floated for a band composed entirely of father and son musicians to play a show for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. That idea sounded great to Moore and his son David, both of whom are highly regarded trumpeters. 

“We heard about it, and we were excited about it,” Mike recalls.  Given the logical opportunity of Father’s Day this year, Mike and David thought it would be good to resurrect the family-band notion, and front a Jazz Depot show.

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Jun 04, 2013 - Oklahoma-Israeli Exchange Announces Winner

Sunday, for the first time ever, the past three winners of the Oklahoma Israel Exchange's Young Artists Competition will perform on the same stage. Also for the first time ever, the newest winner is a bass player.                                                      

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Jun 02, 2013 - Jazz Giving Moore (All-Star Benefit on Thursday, June 6th)

 

Trumpeter and vocalist Jeff Shadley has dubbed the band assembled for Thursday’s benefit show the Disaster Relief Orchestra.

That name aptly describes his and the group’s mission, which is to aid victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes by raising money for the Tulsa Chapter of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  But area jazz fans who know their players could just as easily give the aggregation another title: the A Team.

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May 30, 2013 - Oklahoma Jazz Camp Talent Showcased This Sunday

 

 Each one of the four jazz combos set to perform this Sunday at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot features some of the top young musicians in Oklahoma, all coming off an intensive week of intense instruction and practice at the 4th Annual Oklahoma Jazz Camp, a program of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall. 

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May 18, 2013 - Memorial Day Tribute Honors Veterans

        Like many jazz and swing performers, eighty-nine-year-old singer-pianist Joe Wilkinson know a lot of the classic songs from World War II. The only difference is, he was playing them when they were new.

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May 13, 2013 - LEON ROLLERSON, TSAS JAZZ ENSEMBLES THIS SUNDAY

    During his decades as a music-business professional, Leon Rollerson has dealt with just about any situation you can imagine.

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May 03, 2013 - Sandy Gardner and Pam Van Dyke Headline Celebration of Mother’s Day

One had a musical mom, one didn’t. But both Sandy Gardner and Pam Van Dyke Crosby are

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May 01, 2013 - Ron Radford Master of Flamenco Guitar Plays Jazz Hall

    Like many of his musical contemporaries at Will Rogers High School in the late ‘50s..

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Apr 27, 2013 - Live Cinco De Mayo Celebration this Sunday

The bands Grupo Salsabor and Mundi Live, along with a performance by members of the Tulsa Folkloric Dance Theater, headline an expanded Sunday evening Cinco de Mayo celebration at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot.

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Apr 23, 2013 - All-Star Benefit Set for Friday at the Jazz Depot

At first glance, the event taking place on Friday, April 26, at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot looks a lot like the Monthly Musicales that pianist/vocalist Amy Cottingham has been producing in Tulsa for more than three years now.  At 6:30 p.m., food and wine will be served to the accompaniment of a string quartet, and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., there’ll be entertainment from a variety of top-notch musicians, working in a variety of genres.

The difference is, this event is a benefit for someone close to Amy Cottingham’s heart. Money raised will help her mother, the music teacher and pianist Barbi Cottingham, travel to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston at the end of the month.

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Apr 21, 2013 - Pam Van Dyke Crosby & Friends Bring Summer to the Jazz Depot

 

Summer may be a couple of months away, but jazz fans can get a jump on the season Sunday, when Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Friends bring their Jazz on A Summer’s Night – Late CD release party to the Jazz Depot.

Recorded live on June 10th of last year at the late Tulsa restaurant and jazz venue Ciao Baby, Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Late is a companion piece to Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Early, which debuted at a similar Depot event last October.

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Apr 14, 2013 - Annie Ellicott Shines with Jay Garrett at Jazz Depot Encore Performance

When it comes to combining two jazz acts on the same stage, Jim Rhea is batting a thousand. 

For a show held in November of last year, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Trustee got the idea to combine the jazzy Jon Glazer Trio with Sweeney, Campbell, and Glazer—the rock and soul-oriented act that features Glazer and veteran Tulsa Sound vocalists Jim Sweeney and Chris Campbell. The result was a packed house and a memorable concert. 

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Apr 07, 2013 - Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe Takes Depot Stage

            A few hours after taking his last final exam at the University of Tulsa, bassist Dean DeMerritt jumped into his station wagon and headed for Austin, where he had a job waiting with the hard-touring western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel. He spent four years playing and recording with that venerable group, and although it’s been decades since he was a member, he still uses some of the things he learned during those years.

            How to read a crowd, for instance.  And why that’s important.

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Apr 02, 2013 - Mike Bennett Joins NSU Jazz Ensemble Sunday at Jazz Depot

As director of jazz studies at Tahlequah's Northeastern State University as well as a noted professional jazz saxophonist, Dr. Tommy Poole has been able to bring in guest artists from all over the country to perform with and instruct the students in his NSU Jazz Ensemble. With trumpeter Mike Bennett, however, he gets something the out-of-towners can't give.

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Mar 24, 2013 - Jazz Depot Swings Saturday with Tulsa Praise Orchestra and Special Guest Mike Williams

            According to its founder, trumpeter and former Tulsa jazz promoter Bob Archer, the Tulsa Praise Orchestra is “a group of Christian musicians who just happen to love playing all kinds of music, like big-band music.” The latter is exactly what they’ll be doing at 1:00 p.m. Saturday on the Jazz Depot stage, where they’ll be joined by the Count Basie Orchestra’s Mike Williams, who has played lead trumpet for the Basie band for well over a quarter of a century.  

            “With Mike being a screaming, high-note trumpet player,” chuckles Archer, “we’ll be doing things like `MacArthur Park’ and `Begin the Beguine.’ It’s mostly a secular concert, but we’ll do a couple of gospel numbers, too.”

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Mar 17, 2013 - Kansas City Jazz Diva Millie Edwards Makes Tulsa Debut

For the past quarter-century or so, vocalist Millie Edwards has been a fixture on the Kansas City jazz and blues scene. She’s been a featured performer on Jazz Cruises. She’s a member of the famed Wild Women of Kansas City vocal ensemble. She’s played festivals. And in her earlier life with a touring band, she sang in clubs and hotels throughout the middle part of the country for several years.

 

Sunday’s show, however, will mark her first-ever appearance in Tulsa.

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Mar 10, 2013 - Cynthia Simmons Honors the High Priestess of Soul in a Jazz Depot Tribute Concert

            For her third concert as a headliner at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot, popular vocalist Cynthia Simmons is stepping out into a whole new place.

            “The last two shows I did were my own,” she explains. “All I had to do was go out and sing songs I liked to sing. This one is the first time for me to have an artist—who is one of the jazz greats—and a theme.”

            The idea for a show featuring the music of iconic performer and composer Nina Simone came about several months ago, Simmons says, during a conversation with Jazz Hall CEO Jason McIntosh.         

           “Jason said, `You know, we should do a Nina Simone concert, and I think you should produce it,’” she recalls with a chuckle. “And I said, `yes.’ I was familiar with a lot of her tunes, especially some of the later things, and I also knew her from her activist years in the civil rights movement.”

   

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Mar 02, 2013 - Donald Ryan's Salute to Ragtime

The acclaimed Tulsa pianist Donald Ryan, who began playing at the age of three in his native Trinidad, grew up aware of ragtime music. He just didn’t play it.

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Feb 27, 2013 - 21st Annual Keyboard Concert This Sunday

  With the exception of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Concert and Induction Ceremony, which began in 1989, you’d be hard-pressed to find another annual Tulsa jazz event that’s been around as long as the Keyboard Concert, which celebrates its 21st incarnation this Sunday.

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Feb 25, 2013 - Award Winning Tulsa Jam’bassadors Return Home with Honors

Tulsa Jam'bassadors Return Home from NYC with Honors

After months of rehearsals and hours of practice the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's all-city band, the Tulsa Jam'bassadors, returned from the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival in New York City taking first place in three categories.

 

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Feb 24, 2013 - Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Although not one of them was even born when Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon LP first jumped into the national consciousness, the musicians involved in Friday night’s “Dark Side of the Moon Revisited” concert at the Jazz Depot have all been influenced by that famed rock album, which ended up staying on the Billboard magazine album chart for an unprecedented 741 weeks. That also goes for the show’s producer, Nathan Wright. While the composer, guitarist, and vocalist won’t be taking the Depot stage Friday with those players, Wright is – in the words of participating saxophonist Ryan “Chips” Tedder – “spearheading the whole thing -- conducting, directing, and helping us put our arrangements together.”

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Feb 18, 2013 - Depot Stage Welcomes Patti Page Tribute

Mike Cameron’s approach to Sunday’s Tribute to Patti Page comes from a couple of different places. First, he’s toured and performed with the musical play Flipside: The Patti Page Story for more than a year. Second, he’s learned from his Wednesday night shows at Tulsa’s Cellar Dweller that people enjoy knowing a little bit of information about the songs they’re hearing.

“Hearing something about the writers, the inspiration for the tune, when it was written, any stories behind it – that engages the audience,” says the saxophonist. “I’ve been doing that at the Cellar Dweller, and that’s what I’m going to do in the Patti Page show as well. Because I’ve been in the production, I’ve gotten a real understanding of Patti Page, her life and her attitude and her desire to maintain her own identity with a manager who wanted her to be something else. She really yearned to retain her personal touch in these tunes, to keep her own voice.”

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Feb 11, 2013 - West Coast Duo Afton Hefley and Nick Mancini at the Jazz Depot Sunday

 

            The British pop duo Tears for Fears scored its biggest hits in the mid-‘80s, right around the time Tulsa native Afton Hefley was born. Yet, rather improbably, the act that gave us “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “Head over Heels” also figures into the musical voyage that brings Hefley back to her hometown Sunday for a Jazz Depot show with her frequent collaborator, Los Angeles-based vibraphonist Nick Mancini.

            First, the backstory:

            Growing up in Tulsa, Hefley recalls, “I took piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar, flute, and when I was at Union [High School], I was in choir and did a lot of musicals. I was a part of a lot of church music communities.

            “Then, I started writing songs. I wanted to be able to record them, so I began looking around. I had a lot of male friends in high school who tinkered around with computers and things, but the only way it seemed to me I could really find out about recording was to go to school.”

          

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Feb 08, 2013 - Swing, Dance and Romance with Jeff Shadley and His Big Band at the Jazz Depot February 14th

            The golden age of the swinging big bands may have peaked more than seven decades ago, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’ve all gone away. Instead, they’ve just become a little harder to find – especially the ones capable of performing in the authentic swinging style of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

            For that reason, Thursday’s Jazz Depot show is a special one. That’s when Jeff Shadley and his Big Band are scheduled to take the stage for a Valentine’s Day event that will include, among other attractions, numbers faithfully played from the World War II-era charts of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

            “We have 18 people,” explains Shadley, “It’s a big band in the traditional sense, with that big-band lineup of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, and a three-piece rhythm section [piano, drums, and bass]. It’ll be awesome in that hall, too, because the acoustics there work really well with a big orchestra.”

           

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Feb 04, 2013 - GUITAR SUMMIT BRINGS FOUR NOTED SOLO GUITARISTS TO JAZZ DEPOT FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH CONCERT

Tommy Crook says that there are a lot of “fine guitar players” around the Tulsa area, and he should know. When the great ones get mentioned, Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer Crook is usually at the top of the list.

“But,” he adds, “a lot of ‘em work with a bass player and a drummer, or in a band, or they sing. The reason Ron Radford chose the people he chose for this deal is that we can play solo, and that’s it. When I play, I don’t even talk.”

Organizer Radford is a former Tulsan who’s achieved an international reputation as the American master of Flamenco guitar. Now based in St. Louis, he’s scheduled to close Sunday’s show, following performances by Tulsa music veterans Crook, Mark Bruner, and Randy Wimer.

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Jan 25, 2013 - Tulsa Jam’Bassadors Chosen as Finalist for Mingus Foundation Competition

            In its very first year to enter the national Charles Mingus High School Competition, the Tulsa Jam’bassadors All-City Band has rocketed into the finals. The 18 young musicians, chosen from several Tulsa public schools as well as from the charter Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences, are set to travel to New York City on the weekend of February 15th. There, they’ll play against two other finalists, the SFJazz High School All-Stars Orchestra from San Francisco, California and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Big Band from New York, New York.

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Jan 14, 2013 - Eicher & His Band Of Gypsies present

            Although its roots stretch back to the 1930s and the Paris-based Hot Club of France, built around violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt, Shelby Eicher’s Band of Gypsies took shape far closer to Tulsa. The location was Winfield, Kansas, and the event was the Walnut Valley Music Festival.

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Jan 12, 2013 - Darrell Christopher Presents: People Get Ready

As Darell Christopher notes, just about every song ever written has a story behind it. But when he and his band kick off their Sunday show with Marvin Gaye’s “People Get Ready” at the Jazz Depot, the tune will carry a special resonance for the well-known Tulsa vocalist and actor. Years ago, when that building was still an actual depot, he and his aunt had to wait for her train in an area cordoned off from the rest of the crowd.

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Jan 10, 2013 - Ryan Tedder Is Jazzing Up The Local Scene


Despite sharing a name with the front man for OneRepublic, "the other" Ryan Tedder is probably a better example of what's up and coming from Tulsa's local music scene. The band leader from OneRepublic may be an ORU grad, but in reality he's far from a Tulsan through and through. Now based in Los Angeles, he still claims Colorado Springs as home and only visits T-Town when the touring schedule dictates.

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Jan 07, 2013 - Jazzman Ryan “Chips” Tedder Headlines January 13th Jazz Depot Show

When jazz saxophonist Ryan Tedder takes the Jazz Depot stage on Sunday, January 13th, he’ll not only be introducing some brand new compositions, he’ll also be floating a new nickname. It comes courtesy of longtime Tulsa music figure Charlie Redd, of the R&B band Full Flava Kings, with whom Tedder has been playing for some time.

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Jan 02, 2013 - Patti Page, Honey-Voiced Pop Sensation, Dies at 85

by Anita Gates, NYTimes.Com
Patti Page, the apple-cheeked, honey-voiced alto whose sentimental, soothing, sometimes silly hits like “Tennessee Waltz,” “Old Cape Cod” and “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” made her one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950s, died on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85.
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Dec 24, 2012 - Dave Brubeck Memorial Tribute Concert

For the past month, ever since his Dec. 5 death (a day before his 92ndbirthday), musicians and fans the world over have been remembering the jazz giant Dave Brubeck with concerts, special radio and television programming, and other tributes. The reaction to his passing reflects, among other things, the fact that there probably wasn’t another artist who did more to thrust jazz into the mainstream consciousness than Brubeck.

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Dec 21, 2012 - Cynthia Simmons & Tavis team Up for New Year's

Want to know what to expect at the Jazz Depot’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza this year? Just ask its two headliners.

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Dec 16, 2012 - Dr. Crutcher and the Gospel Music Workshop Choir featured for the Holidays

 The encounter happened a couple of years ago at the Jazz Depot. Dr. Joey Crutcher had just finished leading the Gospel Music Workshop of America/Tulsa Chapter through its annual holiday show when a member of the audience got his attention.

 

“She told me she was from Russia,” Crutcher recalls. “She said, `I’m not a Christian, but I’d always heard people talk about gospel music, and I wondered what it was.’

 

“`Now,’ she said, `I know.’” 

     

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Dec 09, 2012 - Cindy Cain Brings Love for the Holidays

            Back in March of this year, taking the stage for her first Jazz Depot show as a headliner, singer Cindy Cain added some new lyrics to Cole Porter’s classic tune “Don’t Fence Me In” to explain how her concert wouldn’t be strictly jazz-oriented.

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Dec 08, 2012 - Bucky Pizzarelli to be inducted

When Bucky Pizzarelli takes the Jazz Depot stage Saturday night during the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Induction Gala, it’ll mark the first time in a long time that Oklahomans have had a chance to see the award-winning jazz guitarist.

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Dec 07, 2012 - Brave Combo Brings Holiday Show to Jazz Depot

 In its well over two decades as a working band, Brave Combo has, for starters, won Grammys, appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, played the wedding reception for the Talking Heads’ David Byrne, and recorded a disc with the late Tiny Tim. Recently, the group’s also done several well-received appearances with Drew Carey at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in addition to its usual touring and recording schedule.

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Dec 05, 2012 - Legend and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passes at age 91

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

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Dec 01, 2012 - Celtic Christmas by Dually Noted to Benefit The Tulsa School of Arts & Science

Dulcimer Christmas Show scheduled for December 6

A couple of summers ago, at the Silver Dollar City amusement park in
Branson, Mo., Wendy Songe fell head over heels in love.
 

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Nov 29, 2012 - George & Ira Gershwin Song Book Begins Winter Concert Series

George & Ira Gershwin Song Book Begins Winter Concert Series

Scott McQuade and Friends Featured This Sunday at Jazz Hall

 

            With the Yuletide season just about upon us, producer Scott McQuade – last seen at the Jazz Depot playing piano with Steve Ham’s Jambalaya Jass Band -- decided it might be a good idea to do a little tweaking to his George & Ira Gershwin Jazz Depot show. So those who attend Sunday evening’s concert can expect not only a nice helping of Gershwin tunes, but also a few seasonal favorites written by people not named George or Ira.

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Nov 28, 2012 - Renowned Trumpeter Eric Brooks Joins Ernestine Dillard this Friday

RENOWNED TRUMPETER ERIC BROOKS JOINS ERNESTINE DILLARD & THE TULSA PRAISE ORCHESTRA FOR FRIDAY JAZZ DEPOT SHOW

“To me,” says Ernestine Dillard with a warm chuckle, “you don’t have jazz without gospel music – and the blues.”

The acclaimed Tulsa-based vocalist promises a little of all of those musical styles – and much more – when she joins with trumpeter-arranger Eric Brooks and the twenty-piece Tulsa Praise Orchestra in a Friday concert at the Jazz Depot .

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Nov 27, 2012 - Kinky Friedman Hosts Benefit for Oklahoma Jazz Hall Annual Holiday Show Scheduled for December 3

Kinky Friedman says his favorite two words in the English language are “sold out.” That’s what he hopes will happen again when he returns to Tulsa for his annual benefit concert for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on December 3rd. And it’s what did happen during his recent tour of Australia with Van Duke Parks, the musician and composer best known for his lyrics to the Beach Boys hit “Heroes and Villains.” (In the ‘70s, Parks had played several Texas dates as a member of Friedman’s notorious outlaw-country band, the Texas Jewboys.”

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Nov 19, 2012 - Blossom Dearie Tribute This Saturday

      Blossom Dearie Tribute This Saturday at The Jazz Depot

            A Blossom, Dearie, featuring Annie Ellicott and Sarah Maud singing the songs of New York chanteuse Blossom Dearie, is “a concert version” of the musical that debuted several months ago at the Tulsa PAC’s annual SummerStage Festival.

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Nov 17, 2012 - Campbell, Sweney & Galzer Return

   To hear keyboardist-vocalist Jon Glazer tell it, this was all Jim Rhea’s idea.

            Rhea, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Trustee, is a longtime fan of the Jon Glazer Trio, which recently wrapped up a five-year run as house act at the Hard Rock Casino’s C-Note venue. Rhea is also a booster of the trio Glazer has with two other legendary Tulsa performers, singers Chris Campbell and Jim Sweney.

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Nov 16, 2012 - “SWEET & HOT TURKEY TROT” SET

    If you’re looking for someplace to take your Thanksgiving company on the day after the big feast – and, really, who isn’t -- Cindy Cain has at least three good reasons for you to bring them to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot on Friday night.

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Nov 09, 2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TULSA JAZZ COMBO TAKES JAZZ DEPOT STAGE NOV. 11

 

 

            Drummer and percussionist George Toumayan is no stranger to the Jazz Depot stage, playing there, with, among others, the internationally known jazz guitarist from Tulsa, Pat Kelley. In addition to backing Kelley in two separate concerts, Toumayan also played percussion behind the legendary Aretha Franklin, when the Queen of Soul appeared at the Council Road Casino in Newkirk a year ago.

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Nov 05, 2012 - TU Jazz Combo

TU Jazz Combo This Sunday At The Jazz Hall 

Show Produced By George Toumayan & Steven Schrag  

To Feature Standards & Originals             

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Oct 29, 2012 - Piano Jazz Virtuoso Benny Green & NSU Jazz Ensemble this Sunday

 

Dr. Tommy Poole, who knows a thing or two about jazz, calls Benny Green "kind of the Doogie Howser of jazz piano."

            "He started playing with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at a very young age," explains Poole. "And when I think about the big swinging jazz piano players, I think of Gene Harris, of Geoffrey Keezer -- who replaced Benny in Art Blakey' band - and Benny Green himself."

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Oct 26, 2012 - Myron Oliver produces “Friday Night Showcase” Thank You Concert for Jazz Hall Fans and Patrons

 

            Few jazz acts have risen to the top of the local scene as quickly as saxophonist Myron Oliver.

            Although he arrived in Tulsa a few years ago, brought to town by his employer the Union Pacific Railroad, his first appearance at the Jazz Depot didn’t come about until November of last year, when he sat in at one of the Tuesday evening Depot Jams. A graduate of Memphis’s Overton High School -- a performing-arts institution -- the responsibilities of being a husband and father and working two jobs had led him to put his saxophone away after graduation. It was nearly a decade before he picked it up again.

            However, thanks in great part to the Depot Jams, he got his chops back pretty quickly. “[I] found a home there, a place for meeting other musicians, for having a good time, and for getting better at my craft,” he says.

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Oct 15, 2012 - Air Force Hot Brass Band in a Free Concert!

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents Air Force Band Mid-America's Hot Brass Ensemble in a free, all ages show on Thursday, October 18th. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO Jason McIntosh calls the members of Hot Brass “some of the most professional musicians we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with – some really talented players. And, he adds, “They had such a great experience last time that they’re coming back.”

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Oct 01, 2012 - Tommy Poole Quartet on October 7th

Tommy Poole -- saxophonist, composer, arranger, and director of Jazz Studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah -- believes that the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame “is not only very important for jazz and the jazz community, but for art in general.” And for quite a while now, he’s been backing up that sentiment with action.

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Sep 30, 2012 - Leon Rollerson Presents A Show For All Ages

September 30

         There’s going to be a remarkable range of performers taking the stage Sunday at the Jazz Depot. Young, seasoned, and in-between, instrumentalist or vocalist – and often both – they’re connected by their relationship to the man who’ll be running the show.

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Sep 23, 2012 - Rebecca Ungerman's Cy Matters

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents Rebecca Ungerman's "Cy Matters" on Sunday, September 23rd at the Jazz Depot. The way singer, songwriter, and producer Rebecca Ungerman sees it, she always has “these vast fields of music” looming in front of her, begging to be explored.  And when she does, the result is often a brand-new concert experience, celebrating the work of an entertainer or composer who has caught her ear.

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Sep 07, 2012 - Tulsa Jazzfest Benefit Scheduled September 14-16

Musicians and Community Rally in Support of Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with Big Jazz Weekend

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Sep 06, 2012 - Pam Van Dyke Crosby Accentuates the Positive

Pam Van Dyke Crosby Accentuates the Positive With Here Tribute to Johnny Mercer

            Over the years, the OklahomaJazz Hall of Fame has offered well-received musical tributes to some of America’s greatest songwriters, including Duke Ellington, George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter. Missing from that list is Johnny Mercer – and Pam Van Dyke Crosby doesn’t think he should go missing any longer.

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Aug 28, 2012 - Justin Echols Trio kicks off Jazz Depot's Autumn Series

 When it comes to jazz, singer-pianist Justin Echols was a late bloomer. But he caught up fast – thanks to a turn of events that could’ve just as easily spelled tragedy.

In the early part of this century, Echols – a member of the Oklahoma City police force currently serving as a school resource officer – began training soldiers to be military policemen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A member of the Army Reserve, Echols was also slated for deployment to Iraq.

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Aug 27, 2012 - Groundbreaking Music School Opens at Jazz Hall

Sankofa School builds on longtime education partnership

According to the well-known veteran educator and innovator Deborah Brown, the Ghanian word sankofa means respecting tradition – looking back while moving forward. And it’s clear why she’s connected the word sankofa to the name of the new school.

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Aug 20, 2012 - Eicher Family Debut New CD at Jazz Depot

Eicher Family Debut New CD this Sunday at Jazz Depot

"Dance of the Gypsies" Is One Hot Mess Of Picking

If you need to put the Eichers in a category, says Shelby Eicher, there are a few that would fit. “’Acoustic’ would be one, `instrumental’ would be another, and ‘jazz’ would be the third one,” he notes. “This band has one foot squarely placed in the world of jazz.”

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Aug 14, 2012 - Annie & Jay Team Up For August 19 Show

On August 19, a young veteran of the area music scene joins with an experienced Tulsa newcomer for an evening of jazz and standards at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot. Those two artists are, in order, Annie Ellicott and Jay Garrett. Ellicott, the young veteran, has been singing around town for nearly a decade, making her first big splash as the new singer with pianist Gayle Williamson’s Soundz Good group. Nineteen years old at the time, she had already appeared in more than 20 local stage plays and musicals. 

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Aug 09, 2012 - "Return From France" Concert With Allison Linde and Don Ryan

Sunday's Jazz Depot show represents two big milestones in up-and-coming jazz vocalist Allison Linde's career. It's her very first solo American concert, and it's the first one she'll sing in English.

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Jul 31, 2012 - Oklahoma Jazz Ambassadors Headed To Israel

Oklahoma Jazz Ambassadors Headed To Israel

Young Artists Competition Winners Featured At Jazz Depot                               

            Young Tulsa jazz pianists Barron Ryan and Steven Schrag are about to become international artists. Before that happens, they’ll be playing an Aug. 5 show together at the Jazz Depot, with Schrag opening for Ryan. It’s a job they’re both looking forward to.

            “Of course, I’ve heard Barron play,” says Schrag, “but we have never played a gig together. Pianists don’t often get to play with other pianists.”

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Jul 23, 2012 - Multi-Instrumentalist to Showcases Standards & Originals

  Unusual as it may seem, two current young musicians named Ryan Tedder were both born in Tulsa, a few years apart. Ryan Benjamin Tedder, the older one, is a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter who fronts the band OneRepublic. “He’s pretty famous,” says the younger one, up-and-coming jazz saxophonist Ryan Wayne Tedder. “My whole life on Facebook and all the social media is affected by him – I get stuff like `I love your new song, mate,’ messages from Indonesian girls. When they see the picture of me holding the saxophone, maybe they’ll figure it out.

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Jul 21, 2012 - Harpist Becky Nissen Featured this Thursday

On Thursday, July 26, the South Carolina-based harpist Becky Nissen is set to take the stage at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot, 111 E, First Street, in downtown Tulsa. Prior to her 7:30 p.m. concert, she’s scheduled to participate in a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m.,

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Jul 18, 2012 - Saxman Myron Oliver Headlines First Sunday Show

 

Just a few days ago Jazz Saxophonist Myron Oliver won $500 and studio recording time in a long-running event billed as the Ultimate Karaoke Competition at Tulsa’s Blue Rose Café.

It may surprise area jazz fans to know that Oliver won it not for his skills as a saxophone player – but as a rapper.

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Jul 08, 2012 - Noted guitarists Pat Kelley and Stephane Wrembel to perform at Jazz Depot

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will be all about guitars and the next generation of jazz this week.

Sunday's concert, 5 p.m. at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St., will feature guitarist and Tulsa native Pat Kelley. Kelley, a Hall of Fame inductee in 2003, will perform with a combo made up of Tulsa musicians Steven Schrag on piano, Jordan Hehl on bass and drummer George Toumayan.

Then, on Wednesday, guitarist Stephane Wrembel will perform in concert at the Jazz Depot. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

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Jul 02, 2012 - Pat Kelley Returns Home for Jazz Depot Show

       A week or so ago, Tulsa native and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer Pat Kelley went from a job with a 65-piece symphony orchestra to playing in a duo at rest stops beside the interstate highway—all in the space of a weekend. Just about any musician would see this as a precipitous drop. For the veteran jazz guitarist, however, it’s hardly that.

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Jun 25, 2012 - Aaron Goldberg Plays Tulsa's Jazz Depot

 

Billboard magazine called him “a talented artist whose calling card is unadorned musicianship.” The Chicago Sun-Times added, “A bright young talent. . . telepathic. . . a first-rate pianist.” And, according to the Edmonton Sun, “Goldberg is one of the most impressive pianists on the scene . . . especially good at creating intricate, haunting chamber music.”

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Jun 25, 2012 - Camp the Right Key to Success

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the University of Tulsa are once again joining forces to present Oklahoma Jazz Camp, a week-long day camp held Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 and culminating in a 3 p.m. showcase concert on Saturday, July 14. The camp is for instrumental and vocal music students ranging in age from ninth grade through college and in all levels of musical experience and skill, and will be held on campus at the University of Tulsa.

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Jun 20, 2012 - Oklahoma Jazz Camp for young musicians set for July 9-14

 

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Oklahoma Jazz Camp has been around only for a couple of years, but already some terrific talent has emerged. 
 
Now in its third season, the weeklong camp is held at the University of Tulsa under the direction of TU jazz professor and musician Vernon Howard. The day camp is open to all music students from ninth grade through college. Singers and instrumental musicians, at any level of skill and experience, may attend. This year's camp is set for July 9-14 at TU
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Jun 20, 2012 - Saxophonist Brian Gorrell Brings "Scene" To Jazz Depot

Given its reputation as the best-known “sweet” (as opposed to “hot”) band from the Big Band Era, you might not expect the Lawrence Welk Orchestra to have been a hotbed of great jazz players. But good musicians take good gigs, and the Welk outfit, given its lasting impact and financial strength as a television and concert attraction, provided employment for some of the best.

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Jun 15, 2012 - Ernestine Dillard's Celebration of Our Fathers

You don’t have to be around Ernestine Dillard long to realize that she’s a genuinely inspirational person whose demeanor is reflected in the songs she chooses to perform. 

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Jun 08, 2012 - Seeking Jazz Pianists for the Young Artists Competition

 

 

           For the first half-dozen years of its existence, the Young Artists Competition presented by the Oklahoma Israel Exchange, or OKIE, gave classical pianists between the ages of 21 and 28 the chance to play a series of concerts in Israel, with travel and accommodations provided. The winner was also spotlighted in a special Oklahoma performance.

            This year’s contest offers the same chances to perform. However, the genre has shifted. Now, the musicians will be playing jazz.

            “When we first started it, we went to classical music because, for the first three years or so, our host was the OK Mozart Festival [in Bartlesville],” explains Manuel Prestamo, the chairman of cultural programs for OKIE. “Then, the festival was much more classical than popular music, although that’s shifted in recent years.”

             “I had the good fortune of running into [the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s] Jeff Kos at the Oklahoma Arts Council’s annual meeting, which was being held in Tulsa. He said, `I’m interested in what you’re doing,’ and I said, `Well, I’m interested in what you’re doing.’

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Jun 01, 2012 - Educator schooled scores in music as well

Whether slipping off to the band room to lead another session of the student jazz ensemble or breaking out his own saxophone at a school assembly, Principal Richard Cox was never shy about showing off his musical side. 

Mostly, though, he saved it for after school. 

Throughout his nearly 50-year career in education, the distinguished Tulsa Public Schools administrator, who was the principal at Edison and Rogers high schools, moonlighted as a musician and orchestra director. 

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May 31, 2012 - Joy Harjo Releases New Memoir CRAZY BRAVE

 

Join us at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in downtown Tulsa, from 7-10PM on Tuesday, June 12, for the kickoff of hometown writer/musician Joy Harjo's new memoir, CRAZY BRAVE, published by W.W. Norton. She will be selling and signing copies of CRAZY BRAVE, along with her other books and CDs. The event will also have food, drinks, and live music, so come help us celebrate! Donations to the Jazz Hall of Fame are suggested.

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May 28, 2012 - Concert At Jazz Depot Honors Veterans

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame was filled with the sounds of the "Greatest Generation" Sunday evening.

Jazz musicians played tunes from World War II to honor veterans who served then and the men and women who are serving now.

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May 27, 2012 - Memorial Day Weekend Salute To Our Veterans

 

            Thea Hill, singer and co-producer of Sunday’s Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Our Veterans at the Jazz Depot, knows she’s got her work cut out for her.  “I participated in last year’s show, and it had a tremendous attendance, just about standing room only,” she says. “The turnout was great, it was certainly one of the biggest shows of the year for us.”

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May 20, 2012 - Charles V. Gardner at The Jazz Depot

 

Sunday, May 20th

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May 11, 2012 - Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Jazz Depot

There's a brand-new look to the greenery around the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, thanks in great part to an Eagle Scout project undertaken by high-school sophomore and Eagle Scout Garrett Parks and Troop 26.

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May 10, 2012 - Songs From Mom's Biggest Fan

         To a young girl growing up in Pond Creek, Okla., New York City must’ve seemed as distant as another galaxy. But when Pam Van Dyke Crosby decided she wanted to navigate the distance and take a shot at being a star in that firmament, it was her mother that helped propel her.

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May 01, 2012 - Angie Cockrell's Versatility Keeps Her on Track

Angie Cockrell's Versatility Keeps Her on Track

A lot of promising musical careers get snuffed out by the realities of simply growing up and taking care of life’s business.Jobs and children and making ends meet take precedent over microphones and stages, and youthful dreams are derailed forever.

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Apr 25, 2012 - Matt Nightinghale & Cheryl Bocanegra @ the depot

 
  As would be the case with any performer, vocalist Matt Nightingale is hoping for a big crowd Sunday, when he appears with pianist Cheryl Bocanegra, bassist Cortez Johnson, and drummer Arthur Thompson at the Jazz Depot. 

 

 
 

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Apr 22, 2012 - Jazz Depot Composers Series

On Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes our newest series to come to the Depot, our Jazz Composers Series. This week the Depot showcases vibraphonist Jay Garrett, a Tennessee native who’s now playing and teaching in the Tulsa area.

Coordinated by local jazz composer Tim Shadley, the series is intended to play to our Tulsa music scene. Locally, we’re abundant in jazz musicians who create their own compositions, but who don’t have a lot of places to play them.

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Apr 05, 2012 - Cole Porter Review

As would be the case with anyone who’s spent most of his life as a professional jazz musician, pianist-bandleader Chuck Gardner – who settled in Tulsa with his vocalist wife Sandy some years ago -- has more than a passing acquaintance with the music of Cole Porter. Since he’s long been a mainstay on the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame stage, it’s also natural for Gardner to have been involved in their Cole Porter shows along the way.

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Apr 02, 2012 - Bruner, Eicher & Ellicott @ Depot

As is the case with any city boasting a vibrant music scene, Tulsa’s a town with its own shining musical stars. Three of those are guitarist Mark Bruner and multi-instrumentalist Shelby Eicher – who’ve been around for nearly three of decades performing in a dizzying variety of genres – and vocalist Annie Ellicott, close to a generation younger, whose youth belies her onstage experience.

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Mar 28, 2012 - New Faces & Voices of 2012

Sunday will mark the first time ever that the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame has hosted a “new faces” show.
    That, however, does not mean that the Jazz Hall hasn’t introduced dozens of new faces -- and voices, and players -- over the years.
    “This is the first time we’re actually calling it `new faces,’ but we’ve exposed a lot of new talent to our audiences,” says Jazz Hall of Fame artistic director Chuck Cissel, who’s producing the show. “That’s part of the mission of the Jazz Hall – to keep finding and showing the talent we have here in Tulsa, to keep building rapport between our performers and our audiences, so the artists will stay here and not run off to Kansas City or Chicago or Fort Worth.

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Mar 17, 2012 - Barron Ryan at the Jazz Depot SUNDAY, MARCH 25

 

            More specifically, he’s the winner of the 2011 Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Israel Exchange, or OKIE, a group dedicated to developing joint projects between Israel and Oklahoma. Limited to pianists between the ages of 21 and 28 who are enrolled in or have graduated from one of the state’s institutions of higher education, the 2011 Young Artists Competition attracted classical performers from all across the state. Playing “about an hour’s worth of music,” he says, onstage at the University of Tulsa, Ryan emerged victorious in April, and since then he’s been honing the repertoire he plans to perform later this year, when he plays in Israel as the competition’s winner.

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Mar 04, 2012 - Portrait of Jazz Exhibit Opens

Lovers of music or art – and, especially, lovers of both – should make plans to head to the Jazz Depot Monday, March 12, when artist Michael Reilly’s Portraits of Jazz exhibit will be unveiled to the public. The opening is held in conjunction with the 22nd monthly Musicale, which begins with food, drink, and live jazz at 6:30 and the featured performers beginning at 7 p.m.

 

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Feb 29, 2012 - Student choir kids back up their teacher

Students in the Lee Elementary School choir learn music through performance as they support their teacher, Tavis Minner, at his album release concert at the Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Feb 28, 2012 - Just What the Doc ordered

Severinsen and his Big Band at the Depot this Tuesday.

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Feb 27, 2012 - Cindy Cain at the Jazz Depot, March 4

 

When vocalist and songwriter Cindy Cain steps onto the stage for her genre-hopping show, don't fence her in.

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Feb 27, 2012 - Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration

Featuring "Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie," composed and conducted by David Amram, at Lorton Hall, University of Tulsa, March 8.

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Feb 21, 2012 - Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Presents the Third Annual Blues Harmonica Summit

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25th as the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents the third annual Blues Harmonica Summit. After the workshops, at 6:30, the concert portion of the event begins with the Tulsa Harmonica All Star Showcase, followed, at 8:00 p.m. by  national and international artists. Rudy Scott, a Texas native whose resume includes stints with Ike and Tina Turner and Tulsa's Ernie Fields, lead things off. Admission for everything is $15. For more information, call Betty Downing at (918) 281-8609.

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Feb 13, 2012 - Mardi Gras with Steve Ham's Jambalaya Jass Band

 

Although those familiar with Tulsa’s music scene know that Steve Ham’s Jambalaya Jass Band is probably the longest-lived Dixieland outfit in the area – and certainly the best-known -- it’s hard to put a date on exactly when it got underway. Even for its originator and namesake.

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Feb 08, 2012 - Sweet & Hot's Valentine's Day dance at Jazz Hall

 

True to their collective name, the vocalists of Sweet & Hot Productions plan to offer songs both sweet and hot for their Valentine's Day dance at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Jazz Depot. Those whose tastes run to the sour, however, should look elsewhere this time around. "We'll emphasize love songs," says Pam Van Dyke Crosby with a chuckle. "We won't be doing `Mean to Me,' or any `What are you doing, you cheat?' songs. It's Valentine's Day." 
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Dec 27, 2011 - Sam Rivers, Jazz Artist of Loft Scene, Dies at 88

Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee Sam Rivers, an inexhaustibly creative saxophonist, flutist, bandleader and composer who cut his own decisive path through the jazz world, spearheading the 1970s loft scene in New York and later establishing a rugged outpost in Florida, died on Monday in Orlando, Fla. He was 88.

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Nov 01, 2011 - The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2011

TULSA—The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will honor several outstanding musicians at its 2011 Induction Gala and Ceremony. Inductees Dorothy “Miss Blues” Ellis of Oklahoma City and Theodore “Rudy” Scott of Tulsa will be inducted in the Blues category; Donald “Don” Cherry, James “Jim” Pepper, and Charles E. “Pee Wee” Russell will be posthumously inducted in the Jazz category; Sharel Cassity will receive the Legacy Tribute Award; Dr. Terry Segress of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Dr. Ron Predl of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Kent Kidwell of the University of Central Oklahoma will receive Zelia Breaux Educator Awards. We are also honored to have conductor, musician, composer and writer David Amram on hand to receive the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Sep 30, 2011 - Living Legend of Modern Jazz Returns-KWGS Studio Tulsa Interview

He first hit the jazz scene in the late 1950s in Detroit, playing his bass behind such headliners as Dinah Washington and Paul Winter. Click here to listen to the KWGS interview.

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Sep 29, 2011 - McBee Homecoming Concert

 Jazz Depot to host a special homecoming show for Cecil McBee.

McBee, a Tulsa native, will perform with his band at 8 p.m. Friday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St.

Tickets are $9-$39, and available by calling 918-596-7111, or online at tulsaworld.com/mytix

McBee attended Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School, where he played clarinet before switching to the double bass, the instrument on which he has built an impressive career as band leader, sideman, composer, educator and recording artist.

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Sep 23, 2011 - Jazz Depot hosts 1950s-theme dance with Sweet & Hot Productions

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is letting the ladies take the lead this weekend with two concerts featuring some of the city's finest female musicians and singers.
The Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St., will transform itself into a 1950s-era dance hall on Saturday for "Dance to the Hits," the latest show by Sweet & Hot Productions.
Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Sep 06, 2011 - Jazz Hall of Fame reveals Fall Series lineup

We are excited to announce the lineup for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Autumn Series!  From September through December, the Depot will host a talented performer or group every Sunday evening. The Autumn Series features locally and nationally acclaimed artists, bringing you the best jazz in Oklahoma!

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Aug 26, 2011 - Tulsa teacher, 'pop bottle' musician and longtime Jazz Hall patron Wilma Cummins dies at 83

TULSA WORLD (08/26/11): It wasn't exactly how the old adage went, but it was just as true, insisted Wilma Cummins, whose unusual hobby - playing tunes on Coca-Cola bottles - once earned her a little fame. Her conviction that some things get better with age didn't end there. In her later years, the former Tulsa Public Schools elementary school science teacher not only enjoyed acting on stage, but she was also, with her husband, Joe Cummins, a champion dancer. 

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Jul 18, 2011 - Jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson passes at 75

Joe Lee Wilson (December 22, 1935 - July 17, 2011) was an American gospel-influenced jazz singer, originally from Bristow, Oklahoma. He is known for singing affecting ballads.

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Jul 07, 2011 - Legendary Sideman

To put Curly Lewis’ remarkable career in perspective, consider that he first began his association with popular music icon Bob Wills back in 1936 – four years before the hit song “San Antonio Rose” took the Wills band “from hamburgers to steaks,” as Bob famously said, and only a couple of years after the bandleader had landed in Tulsa, following stops in his native Texas and Oklahoma City.

After establishing a Tulsa presence, fiddler-vocalist Wills and his Texas Playboys, including his brother Johnnie Lee, would hone and perfect the then-new Southwestern musical stew known as Western swing.

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Jun 17, 2011 - Civil rights leader Clara Luper has died

Luper died Wednesday night in Oklahoma City after a long illness, family members confirmed.

Luper has been the face of the Oklahoma civil rights movement since 1958, when she led a sit-in protest inside Katz Drug Store in downtown Oklahoma City, where the owners had refused to serve black customers.

Roosevelt Milton, 66, president emeritus of the NAACP's Oklahoma City and Oklahoma chapters, said she was a primary groundbreaker in the movement.

“I think that Clara was the last great civil rights icon in Oklahoma,” Milton said. “She was a very passionate and fearless person when it came to the NAACP mission.”

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Jun 08, 2011 - Jazzwich lunch a weekly stress reliever at Jazz Hall of Fame

By SCOTT CHERRY World Scene Writer

The jazz quartet 7 Blue was shuffling through a satiny treatment of "The Girl From Ipanema" in a most appropriate setting, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

We were listening to the music while dining on a crisp, fruity summer salad and a pulled pork wrap from Eats 2U Catering.

During the course of the lunch we had a pleasant conversation with Jason McIntosh, the jazz hall CEO, and sipped perfectly sweet-tart lemonade from plastic cups.

By the time 7 Blue completed an entertaining finale of "St. James Infirmary" I almost had forgotten I needed to get back to the office - and pronto.

It turned out that was the point.

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May 26, 2011 - Jazz Depot hosts Memorial Day tribute concert for WWII veterans Read more from this Tulsa World

J.R. Proctor served in the U.S. Army under famed General George S. Patton.

That was during World War II, when he was one among approximately 16 million men and women who served during the war, said Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa - J.R. Proctor's grandson.

"He raised me," said the younger Proctor, who honors his grandfather and other veterans as coordinator of Oklahoma Honor Flights, an initiative that helps transport Oklahoma veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit World War II memorials.

"It really means a lot to them," Proctor said. "A lot of these guys have never had a big thank you, a big celebration to honor their service."

Helping celebrate, as well as send more vets to D.C. in order to see the memorials dedicated to their service, will be the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Memorial Day tribute concert 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jazz Hall, 111 E. First St.

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Apr 26, 2011 - 'Swing Low' signed into law as Oklahoma's official gospel song

OKLAHOMA CITY — “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” will be the state’s gospel song effective Nov. 1.

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Feb 25, 2011 - 'Senate passes bill to establish official state gospel

OKLAHOMA CITY - "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is on its way to becoming the state's official gospel song.

Senate Bill 73 by Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 46-1 with no debate. The bill now heads to the House, where Rep. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, is the sponsor.

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Jan 23, 2011 - Spirit of Jazz concerts start Sunday

Tributes to everything from mothers to military heroes, great song writers and winter weather, along with performances by some of the city's top jazz musicians and vocalists, make up the "Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz" concert series at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. For tickets go online.

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Jan 07, 2011 - Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 89

Billy Taylor, a pianist and composer who was also an eloquent spokesman and advocate for jazz as well as a familiar presence for many years on television and radio, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 89 and lived in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

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Dec 25, 2010 - Official state gospel song proposed

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Tulsa lawmaker wants to make "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" the state's official gospel song.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, said some board members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame made the suggestion. "I decided that is a good idea," McIntyre said. Senate Bill 73 says "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was written and composed by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory before 1862.

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Dec 25, 2010 - Official state gospel song proposed

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Tulsa lawmaker wants to make "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" the state's official gospel song.

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, said some board members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame made the suggestion. "I decided that is a good idea," McIntyre said. Senate Bill 73 says "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" was written and composed by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory before 1862.

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Nov 14, 2010 - Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame to honor pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin, whose wife was born near Tulsa, said he has a surprise planned for the 2010 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
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Oct 29, 2010 - Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2010

TULSA — The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will honor Oklahoma jazz legends Sam Rivers, Terry Woodson, Joe Lee Wilson Brenda Johnson and Dr. Lowell Lehman. Dr. Stephen and Ellen Adelson will be honored with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Excellence in Community Spirit Award. This year's Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Lalo Schifrin. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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Jul 10, 2010 - Tulsa native returns to celebrate 100th birthday

Coming home to Tulsa for her 100th birthday, Wavel Ashbaugh remembers horse-drawn buggies on Main Street. Now she wonders: "Where are the people?" ... read more

Jun 29, 2010 - Oklahoma music legend Passes

Tulsa Saxophonist Earl Clark Dies

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa has lost an Oklahoma music legend. Saxophonist Earl Clark died Monday night at Tulsa's Saint Francis Hospital of what's believed to be a massive heart attack. 

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Apr 26, 2010 - Tulsa chapter of The Links Honors Five Tulsans

Five Tulsans will be honored with Friends and Service Awards when the Tulsa chapter of The Links Inc. holds its annual Spring Into Jazz Gala on Thursday at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Singer-songwriter Leah Joelle will perform in concert beginning at 7:15 p.m.

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Apr 03, 2010 - Entrepreneurs invited to Spirit Award kickoff

Tulsa World
Saturday, April 03, 2010

The official kickoff for the SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award 2010 Competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.


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Mar 11, 2010 - Tulsa 'stars' shine for Palmer programs

Tulsa 'stars' shine for Palmer programs

by: DANNA SUE WALKER
World Staff Writer

Thursday, March 11, 2010

 
The conversation is sure to be entertaining for those who won a private dinner during the third annual Dining with Tulsa Stars held recently at the Jazz Hall of Fame. ... read more

Feb 28, 2010 - North Tulsa Heritage Foundation Honors Chuck Cissel

THE NORTH TULSA HERITAGE FOUNDATION PRESENTS
18th ANNUAL IMAGE BUILDER AWARDS BANQUET

Tulsa, OK - The North Tulsa Heritage Foundation presents its 18th Annual Image Builder Awards Banquet, February 25, 2010, at the Greenwood Cultural Center. This year’s Image Builder Award Recipients are recognized for their outstanding contributions in the areas of Community service, entrepreneurs, outreach, education, youth mentoring, and humanitarian service.


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Feb 14, 2010 - Rudy Scott- The Quiet Melody

by: KAREN SHADE Tulsa World Scene Writer Sunday, February 14, 2010 2/14/2010 7:02:55 AM "You've never heard me play?" Most people late to Tulsa or born after a certain decade have not had the pleasure, unless they're musicians or singers. That's how Rudy Scott is floating in a pool of sound and rhythm, just waiting to be cued for his solo. Everybody wants a better view of the man with the deep voice in the black dress hat and long, dark leather coat behind the keyboard. ... read more

Feb 01, 2010 - Unity through music at Tulsa's Jazz Depot -Tulsa People

Trading train whistles for saxophones. by John Hamill

For years it reflected a divided community and separate societies. Water fountains and facilities labeled colored and water fountains and facilities for whites only. While it was a gateway to a community, it was also a statement of a segregated time and place. ... read more

Sep 16, 2009 - Tulsa World: Tisdale, Wills to be inducted in state jazz hall

Western swing pioneer Bob Wills and Wayman Tisdale are among the 2009 inductees to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. ... read more
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