13th Annual Taste of Collinsville – “A Little Bit of Food and ALL THAT JAZZ”!

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Taste of Collinsville Bringing Jazz Greats to Main Street

13th Annual Event to Feature Regions Greats Jazz Musicians


Collinsville, Oklahoma:  This year’s Taste of Collinsville fundraising event has taken yet another new twist this year.  This year’s event titled the 13th Annual Taste of Collinsville – “A Little Bit of Food and ALL THAT JAZZ” will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 5:30 – 8:00 in the evening.  Collinsville Downtown, Inc. is pleased to announce the partnership with Tulsa Jazz, OKC Jazz and the Tulsa Jazz Group, the largest promoters of Jazz in the area in order to bring the greatest jazz musicians in the region to play on Main Street. The musicians will be stationed along the three-block corridor from 12th to 9th Street, entertaining patrons to who will also be sampling signature dishes from some of the area’s finest eateries.  Main Street Merchants will play host to notable restaurants such as Olive Garden, Logan’s Roadhouse and Wings To Go, to name just a few.  Collinsville restaurants will also be showcased at the event.  The event is an exciting way to introduce the public to all of the great Collinsville businesses who may have otherwise gone unnoticed.  Local favorite Silver Dollar Café will be filling a souvenir cup with your favorite non-alcoholic beverage for the evening.


“We are honored to be part of such a great event and partnered with such a wonderful organization as Collinsville Downtown, Inc.,” commented Tulsa Jazz promoter John Taylor.  “We are looking forward to a great evening of entertaining Collinsville.”


“It seems as if each year we try to come up with a new idea that will out do what we did the last year.  I think we’ve done it again this year by bringing Jazz to Main Street for the 13th Annual Taste of Collinsville.”  Said C.D.I. Board President and Promotion Chairperson, Sherry Campbell.  “I have a feeling this years event will go down in Collinsville event history!”


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Along with great music and delicious food, ticket holders will also be able to engage in a musical scavenger hunt.  There will be several jazz instruments placed among the Main Street Merchants for patrons to find and record in order to be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the night.  The Grand Prize is valued at over $800 consisting of gifts donated by all participating merchants and area restaurants.


Those wishing to attend this year’s event would be wise to order tickets online, as there are only a limited number of tickets available.  Tickets can be purchased online from now until the morning of the event on September 18 at http://www.collinsvillegowntowninc.com/taste2014.htm.  Tickets ordered online can be picked up at the event at the will call table or in the C.D.I. office after September 4.   Beginning September 5, Collinsville banks including Premier sponsor RCB Bank; along with V.I.P. sponsor American Bank of Oklahoma and Valley National Bank will be selling tickets in their businesses.  Tickets may also be purchase at the C.D.I. office located on the northeast corner of 12th and Main.  Cost of this year’s tickets are as follows, individuals $12 each, seniors (65+) $9, couples $20, and a family of four (2 adults & 2 children 12 and under) for $25.  Members of the Main Street organization will receive a discount when purchasing tickets at the Main Street Office.


Sponsorship opportunities are also still available for those wanting to be a part of history in the making.  Sponsors will receive FREE tickets to the event and recognition both leading up to and at the event.  For more information about becoming a sponsor of this year’s event contact Program Manager, Shelley Nachtigall at (918) 371-5530.

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Collinsville Downtown, Inc. is the downtown revitalization organization.  Their mission is to be instrumental in directing the restoration of historical Collinsville to it’s original nostalgic appearance, business fervor, public attraction, and profitability to fit the needs of our contemporary community.  It is partly because of fundraising efforts such as the Taste of Collinsville that they are able to continue to do just that.  For more information about this years event, including ways to win FREE tickets, or how you can get involved in the Main Street organization, please follow them on Facebook, as well as check the website at www.collinsvilledowtnowninc.com for details.

Olivia Duhon and Friends Perform at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Olivia Duhon and Friends bring the music of the 60’s and 70’s to the Jazz Depot Sunday


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

For her Sunday show, Olivia and Friends, the winner of the 2009 Legacy Tribute Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame plans to perform music that still isn’t of her time. She has, however,  moved everything up about a half-century.

“We’re really focusing on songs from the ’60s and ’70s,” she says, “taking some classic songs from that era, kind of jazzing them up, and putting in our own twists and spins.”

The “we” here is guitarist Frank Brown’s trio, which includes bassist Ron Adams and drummer Jim Karstein. All three are Duhon’s frequent musical cohorts. And for them, the music of that period hits closer to home; Karstein, in fact, helped create some of those songs as a West Coast session drummer and member of the hitmaking rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys. But while she herself may not have experienced them first-hand, Duhon feels that the music associated with those two decades constitutes what she describes as “a burst of genius.”

“The other night, we were doing a private party, and while we were setting up, someone had a radio playing and this 1990s song came on,” she says. “I was a youngster in the ’90s, so there’s a lot of that music that speaks to me, because it was a part of my youth. I said to Frank and Ron, `Oh, the ’90s were so great. That was just the greatest era for singers and songwriters.’  And Ron said, `No. It was the ’60s and ’70s.’ And I completely agree with him.

“A song has to speak to me in order for me to really want to sing it,” she adds. “For the ’20s show, I did a couple of songs simply because they were from the ’20s. But for this show, all the tunes really speak to me. That’s actually how we got the ['60s and '70s] theme. We had started picking songs, and then we noticed there was a pattern – lots of them were from the ’60s and ’70s. And I really, really love those tunes.”

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Although she says that she can be attracted to a song for a number of reasons, including the melody and the arrangement, more often than not it’s the lyrics that end up selling her.

“Usually, I find I gravitate to lyrics that speak about something I’ve experienced,” she explains. “I think that’s true with anyone when it comes to music: you like songs that speak to you or speak about something you’ve been through. But I’m also drawn to lyrics about things other people have been through.  It’s kind of hard to describe, but it’s all absolutely about emotion.”

As is the case with many of her concerts, this one will also be  – at least in part – about performing a song or two that she doesn’t think has been heard enough.

This time, she says, “There’s a George Harrison tune that’s very obscure. I’m pretty excited about that. It’s an original that he did on one of his own albums.”

That’s about all she wants to say about her Sunday repertoire, except to once again emphasize the era she’s drawing from. She does promise to feature some “surprise guests,” including a keyboardist, joining her on stage during the evening.

“So it’s Olivia and friends – just kind of a `Kumbayah’ with ’60s and ’70s music,” she notes with a chuckle.

Olivia and Friends is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 14, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.

Tickets can be purchased at the Depot, from www.myticketoffice.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $20. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10, and high school and junior high students for $5.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The show is part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 Autumn Concert Series.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents Sean Al-Jabouri Performing at The Local Authors Book Fair Sept 13, 2014

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Sean Al-Jabouri


The Local Author Book Fair is just around the corner! Come join us on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 1:30-4:30 where the fair will be featuring Jim Stovall, author of the bestselling book “The Ultimate Gift,” which is now a major motion picture. Stovall will speak at 2 p.m. in Connor’s Cove, and following his presentation, Stovall and more than 40 local authors will sell and sign copies of their books in Frossard Auditorium.

Prior to his presentation, treat yourself to the music of the fabulous  jazz guitarist Sean Al-Jibouri. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tulsa City-County Library’s “Tulsa Central Library Renewed” Capital Campaign.


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Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse September 11, 2014


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This lovely lady with her “buttery” voice  will be performing with the incredible Mike Leland at  Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood Thursday September 11th  from 6-9 pm. They will perform many of your favorites as you dine on the the wonderful offerings of the Bluestone menu and relax in an elegant, intimate, atmosphere.

Are you a wine lover? Bluestone has a great selection to choose from as well as offering a wonderful wine “experience”.

Owner  Bill Tackett  says: Wine lovers will appreciate the Bluestone’s dedication to the best wine drinking experience. Wine is decanted in lead-free crystal  imported from Reidel, a 300-year old Austrian crystal maker. “The serious wine person ,” says Tackett, “can taste the difference between wine served in glass and wine served in crystal. It tastes different. It tastes better.” Wine seminars and wine dinners will be added to their calendar in the very near future.

Come out bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening of good music, good food, and good fun :-)

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

Date/Time: September 11th, 2014

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade at Main St. Tavern

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If you mention local jazz artists, Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade’s names will likely come up somewhere during the conversation, but if you mention the Rose District, one might have to think just a bit. Main Street in Broken Arrow’s historic downtown is being revitalized and the progress is very exciting, here is an excerpt from the Rose District’s website describing this wonderful gem in our community:

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“Early civic leaders saw the need to beautify the city’s original landscape of sparse prairie land and called on residents to adorn it with bushes, trees and flowers. Rose bushes were a popular choice and soon travelers nicknamed Broken Arrow the “City of Roses.”

Today, civic leaders are once again transforming the landscape by reviving the historic downtown area to breathe new life into the heart of Broken Arrow and return it to a gathering place for all residents.”

Main St. Tavern is part of this revitalization and provides a wonderful venue for families to enjoy good food, good atmosphere, and good music. Every Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 pm is Jazz and Wine Night and this week showcases Cynthia and Scott, if you’ve  been to one of their shows and heard her velvety smooth voice and his incredible keyboard skills, you know it’s going to be a special evening.

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Reservations are not required, but while there, please let the staff know how much you appreciate Jazz and Wine Night and their continued support of local Jazz artists like Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

For more information about Cynthia Simmons, Scott McQuade, Main St. Tavern, or The Rose District in Broken Arrow, OK click the links below:

Date/Time: September 10, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

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National Artist Spotlight Presents: Rodney Block



See Rodney and many other artists at The Jazz Eureka Festival, Eureka Springs, AR September 9th-14th!

Rodney Block, a Dumas native who has been thriving in the local music scene for the past couple of years will release his long anticipated album, Outside the Box, in mid-June. Block, a trumpeter who has been featured and performed in various venues across the region ranging from corporate to social, has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop.

Notable artists he has shared the stage with include Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Wynton Marsalis, and Eric Roberson. In 2007, Block’s televised jazz feature, AETN Presents: Front Row with Rodney Block, was nominated for a Regional Emmy. Block’s backing unit, The Real Music Lovers, features Oliver Thomas (bass), Sam Carroll (piano), and Michael Chandler (drums).

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National Artist Spotlight Presents: Brandon Mezzelo


See Brandon and many other artists at The Jazz Eureka Festival, Eureka Springs, AR September 9th-14th!

Brandon Mezzelo is a professional saxophonist and composer living and working in Springfield, Missouri. Brandon has also just recently joined the team at Palen Music as a saxophone/clarinet instructor.  He has been featured annually in the Springfield Jazz Festival and also performed on Ozarks Live! KOLR10.  Brandon lived abroad in Budapest, Hungary performing with the top tier of Hungary’s jazz elite for two years.  His band did a reissue of the classic jazz song “Moanin” and was featured on the ‘Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show BBC 6’ in London.  After returning  to Missouri in 2012 he has been a mainstay of the growing jazz scene in Springfield.  The ‘Triptet’ has also played in Kansas City and is plays a monthly show on First Fridays, at the Springfield Brewing Co.

brandon mezzelo 1 Brandon Mezzelo was born in Peoria, Ill. He began his career playing with jazz and blues bands at the age of 16. After a brief apprenticeship with local bands and the legendary drummer Buddy Miles in Chicago, he joined the U.S Army band in 1992. During the next eight years he would be the lead tenor player for 3 Army bands; Wurzburg, Bamberg, Weisbaden: Germany. He has traveled most of Western and Eastern Europe playing hundreds of concerts for large audiences. During this time he co-founded the Acid Jazz group “Superfro” with his long time friend and trumpet player Keith Moyer. This band had success in venues that many jazz bands were unable to perform in, dance clubs and festivals specifically. This group is still together today carried on in great tradition by the other three original members.  it was also in Germany that he built a life long friendship and musical partnership with well known German guitarist/producer Uwe Bossert (Stereolove, Reamon)

Brandon was one of the regular monthly hosts of the prestigous jam session at the Budapest Jazz Club, playing with the top tier of Hungary’s jazz scene, such artists include; Tzsumo Arpad, Balazs Elemer, Balazs Joseph, Boglarka Csemer, Emilio and Janos Egri.  He is also a special guest at the very popular ‘Random Trip’ music event held on Tuesday nights at the ‘Instant’ and on the ‘A38′, hosted by Delov Javor (Turbo).  This modern and ecletic series have gave Brandon a chance to play with some of Budapest’s hippest and up and coming artists, such as Julianna Fabian, Pely Barna and Greg Note.  In his own jazz groups Brandon led a quartet, trio and duo.  These formations include; Deszo Olah, Hars Viktor, Szalay Gabor and Kalmar Zoltan.

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