TulsaJazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse


If you ask Angie Cockrell what the biggest lesson she’s learned about having a passion for music is, it can be boiled down to one simple ideology: if you try to put it on the bottom of your proverbial “to do” list, the music will get louder until you put it at the top.

Angie’s voice – a rich, soulful, smooth, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures up comparisons to icons Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, and Whitney Houston. Growing up with heavy influences of such a variety of artists like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, The Beatles, Bread, The Eagles, The Carpenters, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and the list goes on and on and on…… Her love affair with all styles of music has never ended.

Joining Angie will be the incredible Mike Leland on keyboard, with this duo in house a good time is guaranteed to be had by all. So 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.


Wednesday November 19th, 2014 6 pm- 9 pm

Thursday November 20th, 2014 6 pm- 9 pm

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

TulsaJazz.Com Presents Darell Christopher Performing Live at Main St. Tavern



The smooth, velvety, voice of Darell Christopher will be enjoyed by all at Main St. Tavern this Wednesday November 19th, 2014.
Darell has performed in various venues throughout the city including the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Bluestone Steakhouse, and Cain’s Ballroom.

Aaron Hendersom, an incredibly talented and accomplished musician will be accompanying on keyboard.

Grab some friends and join Darell and Aaron at Main Street Tavern for a night of good food and good music.

This concert is a Tulsa Jazz.Com production.

Date/Time: Wednesday November 19th, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

Location: Main St. Tavern 200 S Main St, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012

Phone: (918) 872-1414

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarellChristopherBand


TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cyn Sings Ella: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame


This Show Has Been Postponed Due To Inclement Weather Reschedule Date To Be Announced Very Soon…



The late Ella Fitzgerald remains one of the most high-profile and beloved jazz and pop singers in history, selling more than 40,000 records, winning 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even appearing on a postage stamp in 2007, celebrating the 90th anniversary of her birth. In addition, she’s popularly known as “The First Lady of Song,” a title that’s hardly thrown around.

So shouldn’t it be more than a little intimidating for a vocalist to produce and sing a show full of Ella’s songs?

“Absolutely,” says Cynthia Simmons with a laugh. “But, you know, I went into it with the same mindset I had with the Nina Simone show, which I did back in March of last year. I’m not Ella Fitzgerald. I’m not going to sound like Ella Fitzgerald. But I’m going to give the best tribute I can to a musical phenomenon, somebody who had a fifty-year-plus career in music, who kept going even after major illnesses. She was awesome, I love her, and I’m going to give her my best possible tribute.”ella-fitzgerald

That five-decade career began for Fitzgerald in 1934, when she won an amateur-night contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Four years later, she had her first No. 1 hit, “A-Tisket A-Tasket,” which she recorded with Chick Webb’s big band. Throughout the 1930s, she worked extensively with both Webb and the Benny Goodman Orchestra, as well as with her own band. Then, in the mid-1940s, during a stint on the road withDizzy Gillespie, she began scat singing during a stint on the road with Dizzy Gillespie. That wordless vocal style soon became a major element in her music.

“I think my biggest challenge was to do an Ella show when I’m not a scatter,” says Simmons. “A lot of people compare my voice to hers, but I don’t scat. I’m working on it, though.”

In the 1950s, Fitzgerald broke into the mainstream in a big way, recording a number of big-selling albums as a solo performer. She was a double winner at the very first Grammy Awards event, in 1958, scoring Best Individual Jazz Performance honors for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book and Best Female Vocal Performance for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book. For the next three decades, she also toured extensively and was a regular guest star on national television, which is where Cynthia Simmons first encountered her.Ella F singing

“I remember being a kid and seeing her on variety shows,” Simmons recalls. “She was this very elegant older lady, just standing there and singing, and as I got older, I just kept watching her age in front of the world, still doing her music. It was one of those things that just struck me. I always thought, `Oh, yeah, Ella Fitzgerald. She sang jazz.’

“The very first show I did for the Jazz Hall was three or four years ago,” she adds. “It was two other gentlemen and me, and I spotlighted Ella in my part. So I’ve been performing her songs for my entire jazz career.”

For Sunday’s Jazz Depot show, which she’s titled Cyn Sings Ella: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Simmons will be backed by a trio of musicians very familiar to area jazzfans: Scott McQuade on piano, Dean Demerritt on bass, Mike Bennett on trumpet and Wade Robertson on drums. She also plans to have another well-known Jazz Depot performer, Darell Christopher, on hand to recreate a few of the famous duets Fitzgerald did with Louis Armstrong.

And along with all the music, Simmons says that she’ll present a few biographical facts about Ella that will help the audience see her as a person in addition to a great performer.

“She did fabulous music,” notes Simmons. “Everyone listens to her, but most people don’t learn about her. I’ve been learning about her, so I’m going to share a lot of what I’ve learned.”Cynthia 50

Cyn Sings Ella: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s JazzDepot, 111 E. First Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the Depot, from www.myticketoffice.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-928-JAZZ. 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.

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


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fameis 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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

TulsaJazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse



Angie Cockrell is one of the most versatile singers in the Tulsa area. Country, Folk, Blues, Christian, Jazz, you name it, not only can she sing it all, but she sings it well!

This is evident by her “Absolute Best of Tulsa” award from Urban Tulsa Weekly, in the Christian music category this past year. Every Wednesday and Thursday night, this award winning singer brings her smooth, silky, voice to Bluestone Steakhouse for an incredible night of jazz. Accompanied by the renown and incredibly talented keyboardist Mike Leland this duo will treat your ears to some jazz deliciousness as they serve up many up your favorites and some tantalizing new tunes.

Come have dinner and enjoy an evening of wonderful music, Angie and Mike’s performance starts at 6 pm, reservations are recommended but not required.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.


 Wednesday November 12, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

Thursday November 13, 2014 6 pm- 9 pm

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

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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Main St. Tavern 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 Simmons and Scott McQuade. 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.

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  and Scott. Join us for an incredible night filled with good food, good fun, and really good jazz…you’ll be glad you did :-)

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Scott McQuade

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

For more information about Cynthia Simmons, Scott McQuade, or Main St. Tavern, click the links below:

Date/Time: November 12th, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 912-872-1414

Cynthia Simmons:


Cyn Sings Jazz on Facebook

Scott McQuade;


Main Street Tavern:

Main Street Tavern on Facebook


TulsaJazz.Com Celebrates Veterans Day!


 VeteransDayNov2013Proud of our nation,
they answered her call -
Defending the freedom
and safety of all.
On land
or on sea,
or in jets high above,
They went out of duty
and honor and love.

God bless you for serving
when America needed you.
You are greatly appreciated.


Jerome Dabney Performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Cynthia Simmons web sm (1)Dear Jazz Hall Friends,

My Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame tribute to Ella Fitzgerald-originally scheduled for this Sunday-has been moved to next Sunday, November 16. I’m recovering from an unfortunate bout of laryngitis, so Jerome Dabney and the Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribehave graciously stepped in to take over this Sunday’s show.

Vocalist Jerome Dabney–headlining his first Jazz Depot performance–has been delighting audiences all over the world for the last thirty six years, as he has performed on stage, in film, on world tours, and aboard cruise ships. Dabney performs alongside the Dean DeMeritt Jazz Tribe, featuring Scott McQuade on keys, Wade Robertson on drums, and DeMeritt on bass.

To enjoy the jazz, call Bettie Downing at (918) 928-JAZZ or purchase your tickets online. Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each. General Admission tickets are only $15.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating. High school and middle school students admitted for only $5.00.

Yours in jazz,

Cynthia Simmons




          Last month, Tulsa’s Jerome Dabney celebrated 30 years as a cruise-ship performer. And as he’s sung for those crowds over the past three decades, the entertainer known in the cruise industry as “Mr. Motown” has made quite a few adjustments to his repertoire.

“It’s really been one of those evolving situations,” he explains. “When I first started, I was doing a tribute show – not impersonations, but tributes to the music of Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, those artists. And then as the years passed, the audiences changed, and now there are a lot of really big Motown fans out there. I would say that in two years, if you’re going to be an entertainer in the cruise industry, it might be your best bet to do a lot of disco-type stuff. The people who have the time and money to cruise are usually older people, so you want to be able to appeal to the majority of your crowd.”

For the past decade or so, both on sea and on land, Dabney has done a lot to earn that “Mr. Motown” tag – which, he notes, is “a monicker one of the cruise directors I worked with gave me, and it kind of stuck.” Over the past decade, he’s toured internationally with Tribute – A Salute to the Temptations, branching out from Las Vegas to dates in England, Japan, and South America, as well as other spots around the globe. He also does a regular Motown show, a Stevie Wonder show, and, in 2012, toured Asia with the World Famous Platters, playing dates in the Philippine Islands and Singapore and appearing on a cruise ship in Malaysia.

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Sunday, however, Mr. Motown becomes Mr. Standards, as Dabney returns to the music he began performing on ships back in the mid-’80s.

“What I plan to do on Sunday are the traditional jazz standards,” he says. “I was talking to Dean DeMerritt the other day, and I was telling him there are a lot of jazz tunes out there that are quote-unquote `jazzy-jazzy’ – like `Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most.’ That’s a jazzy-jazzy song; your jazz connoisseur is going to know that song, but someone who just enjoys jazz music may not. I don’t think a lot of effort is being spent on the basic jazz standard. When’s the last time you heard someone singing `Misty’? So I told Dean, `I’m just going to offer up as many classic standards as I possibly can.’

“The show I do now is called An Evening of Motown Classics,” he adds. “But this show is going to be An Evening of Jazz Classics. I have a Nat King Cole medley I’m going to offer, and some of the really basic standard songs: `Satin Doll,’ `Misty,’ `Tenderly.’ I’ll do a couple of `jazzy-jazzy’ songs, too.”

“Tenderly,” in fact, was the tune that brought DeMerritt and Dabney together. As DeMerritt remembered it, he and guitarist Frank Brown were hosting a jazz jam session in the Centennial Lounge of Tulsa’s VFW Post 577. It was July, and DeMerritt had just returned to his native Tulsa after spending several years on the Atlanta scene.

“We saw this guy who was intently listening to us play, and then he came up and said, `I’d love to do “Tenderly” with you,’” remembers DeMerritt. “We thought, `If he wants to do “Tenderly” here, in this VFW hall, we’d better go ahead and let him do it.’ And from his first chorus, we both knew he was something special.”

In addition to DeMerritt on bass, Sunday’s Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe lineup includes Scott McQuade on piano and Wade Robertson on drums.

“I went to the jam session at the Jazz Depot about a month ago on a Tuesday evening, and I did one or maybe two songs,” says Dabney. “But this will be my first time on the main stage. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be great.”

An Evening of Jazz Classics with Jerome Dabney and the Dean DeMerritt JazzTribe is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall ofFame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at JazzHallTickets.com or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-928-JAZZ (5299). 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.

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


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fameis 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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame