Introducing The Local Authors Corner Presented by TulsaJazz.Com


We are so excited to announce our recent collaboration with various local authors to create Local Authors Corner Presented by TulsaJazz.Com. This is a wonderful way for the Jazz  and  writting communities to work together to promote the vast array of talented writers here in the Tulsa area. Many of these authors are nationally and internationally known, their passion for their work seems to jump right off the pages at you as you read. While visiting Local Author Corner check out the author bio pages, click the links to their sites, purchase their books, and be sure to visit regularly to see which new authors have been added.

If reading is fundamental the Local Authors Corner is a fundamentally sound choice for shopping this Christmas, what better way to tell someone you love them than giving the gift of reading. Additionally, throw in some wonderful recordings by  local jazz artists to complement your gift and shucks, you would be the…bees knees! Yeah, I said that :-)

Click the picture or the  link below to  explore and experience The Local Authors Corner Presented by,  you’l  be glad you did.

Local Authors Corner

Mike Cameron Collective Performing at Hodges Bend

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Mike Cameron, Ed Garcia, and Jeremy Thomas will be tearing it up at Hodges Bend Monday night  November 24th, 2014 starting at 9 pm.

Every Monday night Mike and his friends delight the crowd with a fantastic performance which features standard jazz tunes, original music, and something a little funky just to stir things up! This should be a regular event on your calendar and if it’s not I will pause for a moment so you can add it right now (pause for effect)………’re welcome :-)

*Pictured above are Mike Cameron (sax), Scott McQuade (keyboard) and Dean Demerritt (bass) during  a recent Hodges Bend performance.


For more info about tonight’s performance or Mike Cameron click the links below:

Date/Time: November 24th, 2014 9 pm-11:30 pm

Location: Hodges Bend  823 E 3rd St, Tulsa, OK 74120

Phone: (918) 398-4470


Mike Cameron Website:


Sandy Gardner “In Her Shoes” at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame



 According to vocalist and bassist Sandy Gardner – who should know – the title of her Sunday Jazz Depot show can be taken a couple of different ways.

“It seems like every time I’m on stage, people want to see what shoes I’m wearing,” she says, laughing. “I guess over the years I’ve collected a pretty cool set of snazzy high-heeled shoes. But beyond the cute-shoe angle, it really refers to the music I’ve selected for this concert, because it encompasses music, from a lot of different eras, which has meant a lot to me in my life.


“Everybody expects us to do music from the Great American Songbook,” she adds, referring to herself and her husband, Chuck, a pianist, arranger, composer, and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee. “Clearly, we have that on the docket this time. We’re doing a hit of Judy Garland’s, and it’s not `Over the Rainbow.’ It’s `Get Happy.’ I just love that tune, and I’ve wanted to do it for a long time. And we’re doing Doris Day’s `At Sundown,’ another great tune I’ve always wanted to do.”

However, she notes, those classic numbers come from only one of the musical eras she intends to spotlight in the show.

“We’re doing some songs from the sixties, my era. I don’t often try to put on the arranger hat – why should I, when I have the incredible Chuck Gardner to do that for me? But I’ve come up with an arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s `Scarborough Fair’ that starts out with Miles Davis’s `Milestones.’ I was lying in bed one night, thinking about `Scarborough Fair’ and that Miles Davis thing, and I thought, `Oh, that’llwork.’ So I shared it with Chuck, and he was kind of skeptical at first, but I think I convinced him.”TooHot_026

She also came up with another inspiration for a two-song medley, thanks in part to her friend and jazz activist Jeanine Rhea.

“One of her favorite tunes is `Everything Must Change’ by Bernhard Ighner, a beautiful, beautiful tune, and I got the inspiration to put it with `A Song for You’ by Leon Russell,” Sandy explains. “So it’s got a real Tulsa connection.”

She also plans to put her own spin on such 1960s chart toppers as the Classics IV’s “Traces” and the Turtles’ `Happy Together’ – songs that she and her husband have seldom performed together in their decades of working together onstage.

“We didn’t really do any of that material back in our heyday, I guess you would say, in the ’80s,” she says. “That was when we were working six nights a week and twice on Saturday. We were the society band in San Antonio, playing in private dining clubs and all that sort of thing.”

“We always enjoy a Sandy and Chuck show here at the Jazz Depot,” says Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “It is always heartfelt to witness this lifelong romance shine through in their incredible musical talent.”chuck and Sandy web Lg

In addition to Chuck on piano, Sunday’s ensemble includes Mike Bennett on trumpet, Jim Bates on bass, and Tony Yohe on drums, with Bates planning to switch to guitar for a couple of duet numbers with Sandy.

All of those are very familiar names to area jazz fans. Add to them a special guest whose name isn’t well-known. At least, not yet.

“Sam Troxel is a young man, a sophomore at Union High School. He’s been studying piano about 10 years with Diana Franchini, who happens to be a member of our church,” says Sandy. “She called Chuck and said, `This kid is amazing, and I’ve taken him as far as I can take him in jazz.’ So she asked if Chuck would work with him.

“They’ve been studying together a month or so, and Chuck is just so impressed with him. So we invited him to be a part of the concert. He’s going to do a solo piece called `The Eternal City,’ and then he and Chuck are going to do `Pick Yourself up’ as a duet – on one piano. One piano, four hands. We thought it would just be really neat to introduce this young talent and give him an opportunity to play on the big stage.”

Sandy Gardner “In Her Shoes” is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the Depot, from or by calling 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.

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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:

Bluestone Steakhouse Website:

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



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, 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:

Bluestone Steakhouse Website:

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889