Route 66 Linear Music Festival at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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*Encore Performance Tonight August 1, 2014, 8:00 pm*



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.

Produced by Rifftime on Route 66 (, the event is the world’s first mobile, interactive, music festival. Bands, led by the famed cowboy-jazz group Cow Bop, will play for two weeks along the 2,500 miles of America’s Highway, with Rifftime live-streaming the shows so that anyone in the world can participate.

“Being able to stream live video is what inspired this whole tour,” says Bruce Forman, Cow Bop’s leader and the music director of Rifftime on Route 66. “Rifftime supplies a central place for all of us to be, making it a connected festival. Otherwise, we’d just be all these different bands out on the road, doing our thing. Because Rifftime gives us a place on the Web, everybody can find us. That place is our digital Woodstock.”

The concept, he explains, involves the digital highway meeting the asphalt highway – in this case, America’s Mother Road and the musicians along it during the fest.

“We’re all out there by ourselves on this 2,500 mile ribbon of highway, but online, we have this connectivity that creates a festival. More than anything, to me, this whole thing is about the philosophy of going out and creating your own space. It’s taking responsibility for what’s happening, creating it, investing in yourself, taking a chance, reaching out to new people.”cow bop 3

Forman and Cow Bop have been down this road – literally as well as metaphorically – before. Ten years ago, in 2004, the band traveled the length of the Mother Road, starting out with only $100 and no bookings. That was the year the California-based group not only played the Jazz Depot for the first time, but released its first CD, Swingin’ Out West.

“Now, of course, I’m setting up things in advance, whereas the challenging thing we did [in 2004] was just to see if we could sort of live just by the flow of everything,” says Forman. “But the beauty this time is that I’m sharing this information and this linear community of Route 66 with all my fellow musicians and friends.

“Back in the day, when people were going down Route 66, there would be a lot of these roadshow revues, pop-up concerts where people would entertain,” he adds. “That’s what we’re trying to do: a roadshow revue, a kind of variety show on the road.”


Joining Cow Bop and the New York-based Duchess, an act Forman describes as “three great jazz singers from New York who have a love for the Boswell Sisters and that particular style of music,” for the three Oklahoma dates are the Heath Ham Jazz Band, keyboardist-vocalist Prentice Vincent, and the Tulsa Jam’bassadors, the all-city group that was one of the four finalists for the Charles Mingus High School Competition last year.

All of those acts have headlined their own shows at the Jazz Depot, as has Cow Bop.

“This festival is a wonderful way to celebrate great Oklahoma music along the Mother Road and to bring it to people all over the world via the digital highway,” says Oklahoma Jazz Hall of FameCEO Jason McIntosh. “Thanks to Rifftime and Bruce Forman for including us in the celebration.”

“You know, Route 66 was always a migratory road, with people going to new places, all the way back to the Dust Bowl,” notes Forman. “Things were moving. People were going west for something new. And it was always a migration not just of people creating new things and new lives, but also a migration of culture.

“That’s what we’re doing with this festival,” he adds. “We’re all kind of embarking on this road together. It’s a very Route 66 thing, conceptually.”

The Route 66 Linear Music Festival stops off at Miami’s Coleman Theatre on Tuesday, July 29, and the Jazz Depot on Thursday, July 31. Showtimes are 7:00 p.m. for both the Miami and Tulsa concerts. Tickets are $10 for the Tulsa show, and $5 for the Miami concert.  Tickets can be purchased at the venues or from

For more information or to join the Rifftime community, visit

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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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Edward L. “Ed” Goodwin Jr 1936-2014


Edward L. “Ed” Goodwin Jr., retired publisher of the Oklahoma Eagle newspaper, died Friday July 25, 2014. He was 78.

There aren’t enough words to describe the impact Ed Goodwin’s life has had on many of us here in Tulsa. He was a warm, kind and giving person who was always willing to share his vast knowledge and life experience with anyone that would take the time to listen.  Ed was “living, walking, history” and the information he shared was priceless.

Ed loved music and was an avid supporter of jazz and local jazz artists, you would see Ed’s smiling face and here that gravely voice on any given night at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and other venues around the city. Our community will not be the same without you Ed but we are all better off because you shared your life with us.

We shall truly miss you my friend…God bless you Ed.

John Taylor

Tulsa Jazz

Darell Christopher Performs Live at Main St. Tavern


The smooth, velvety, voice of Darell Christopher will be enjoyed by all at Main St. Tavern this Wednesday July 30, 2014.
Darell has performed in various venues throughout the city including the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Bluestone Steakhouse but this will be his first appearance at Main St. Aaron Hendersom, an incredibly talented and accomplished musician will be accompanying on keyboard.

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

Date/Time: Wednesday July 30, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

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

Phone: (918) 872-1414

This show is presented by www.TulsaJazz.Com.

The Center of the Universe Festival: Tulsa, Oklahoma July 25-26, 2014

This may not be all jazz but it’s all good! Please support this wonderful event and all these incredible artists…

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“Blues, Brews & BBQ” at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Three art forms to which Oklahoma has made significant contributions—jazz, blues and barbecue—will come together on Friday, July 25th, when the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame hosts “Blues, Brews & BBQ” at the Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the concert—including feature performances by blues greats Junior Markham and Little Joe McLerran—starting at 6:30. It’s sure to be the “bluesiest” celebration in Tulsa.

Barbecue will be served during the course of the evening, with diners able to enjoy blues, brews and barbecue.

To make your reservation, please call Bettie Downing at (918) 281-8609 or purchase your ticketsonline or at the door. General Admission tickets are only $10.00.

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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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The Live Jazz List For the Week of 7/16/2014

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The Live Jazz List

For the Week of 7/16/2014


Jim & Jeanine


Brought to you Courtesy of the

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame


July 16



Olivia Duhon and the Frank Brown Duo – Main Street Tavern, Broken Arrow, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Amanda Preslar with Shelby Eicher and Mark Bruner – Full Moon on Cherry Street, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


7 Blue – Hey Mambo, 114 N Boston, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.


Mike Cameron CollectiveFeaturing Scott McQuade on keys, Dean DeMerritt on bass, Jared Johnson on drums and Mike Cameron on sax – Cellar Dweller, 417 W. 7th, 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.


July 17



JazzwichBrown Bag or Food Truck Lunch and Jazz with Tim Shadley, Jordan Hehl and Nicholas Foster – Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street, Upper Level, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., FREE!


Rebecca Ungerman – Atlas Sings, Atlas Grill, 415 S Boston, 11:30 a.m.


Third Thursday Jazz Night – Zarrow Center, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  No charge for admission.


Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland – Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Hefner Grill Trio with Nathan Eicher – Hefner Grill, Oklahoma City,6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Jordan Hehl Duo: featuring Jordan Hehl on bass - The Vault, 620 SCincinnati, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Duo Sonics –Tallgrass Prairie Table, 313 E. 2nd, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.


July 18



JazzwichBrown Bag or Food Truck Lunch and Jazz with Tim Shadley, Jordan Hehl and Nicholas Foster – Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 East First Street, Upper Level, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., No Cover!


Hefner Grill Trio with Nathan Eicher – Hefner Grill, Oklahoma City,6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Diffident Rebel Benefit Concert: The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes Paul Rossler and Diffident Rebel in a benefit concert featuring their very own original Okie-grown Americana music. The band will debut a number of new songs as well as a few new, stripped-down versions of songs from their debut album, Red Dirt Reggae. Special guest singer-songwriter Grant Ragsdale will open.  Band proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will go to the Ami Whitlow-Brown Fund. Ami Whitlow-Brown is a wife, mother of three, and Jenks special education teacher who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on June 19, 2014. She is currently at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,Texas receiving treatment. For more details on the Fund, please visitPraying for Ami Whitlow-Brown on Facebook and its companiondonation site. Show starts at 7:00, with local food trucks on site before the show. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance


Mike Cameron Collective: Featuring Stephanie Oliver on vocals, Frank Brown on guitar and Jim Bates on bass – Daily Grill, Hyatt Regency Hotel,7:00 to 10:00 p.m.


7 Blue – Hey Mambo, 114 N Boston, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.


Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe: Featuring Sarah Maud on vocals, Scott McQuade on keys, Mike Cameron on sax, Michael Bremo on drums and Dean on bass – Pepper’s Grill 91st & Delaware, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.


Reggae and Jazz Jam – Hibiscus Caribbean Grill, 3316 S Peoria, 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  $5 cover includes entry and one beer.


July 19



Hefner Grill Trio with Nathan Eicher – Hefner Grill, Oklahoma City,6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Pete and Jennifer Marriott Blues Band – Pepper’s Grill 91st &Delaware, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.


July 20



Myron Oliver – Jazz Brunch at Infuzion Ultra Lounge and Bistro, 101st and Mingo, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Mark Bruner – Sunday Brunch, Polo Grill, Utica Square, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Youth Showcase –  Pepper’s Grill 91st & Delaware, 2:00 p.m.


Cindy Cain: Summertime Blues: The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famewelcomes vocalist Cindy Cain to the Jazz Depot stage in her unforgettable show: Summertime Blues. Jazz Hall favorite Cindy Cain is joined in concert by bassist Dean DeMerritt, Scott McQuade on piano, Charles Tuperville on guitar, and drummer Wade Robertson. –Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E First, Upper Level.  Sunday,5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets at the door or call Bettie Downing at (918) 281-8609.   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.  This event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s Summer Concert Series.  Free parking.


Mark Bruner and Tommy Crook – Full Moon Café on Cherry Street,6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Stephanie Oliver and the Frank Brown Duo – Bodean’s, 51st and Harvard, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.



July 21



Rebecca Ungerman with Jordan Hehl – Musical Mondays at Whole Foods, 41st and Peoria, Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Sandy and Chuck Gardner – Musical Mondays, Cascia Hall PerformingArts Center, 2600 S. Utica, 7:00 p.m.


Cypher 120 with Written Quincey – Creative Room, 1317 E 6th, 8:00 p.m. to midnight.


Mike Cameron Collective: Scott McQuade on keys, George Toumayan on drums and Mike Cameron on sax – Hodge’s Bend, 815 E 3rd, 9:00 to 11:30 p.m.




July 22



Jazz Depot Jazz Jam Session: Featuring Mike Leland – Oklahoma JazzHall of Fame, 111 E First, Upper Level, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.   Come play, come sing or come listen – FREE


Jazz Depot Blues Jam SessionFeaturing Jack Wolfe – Oklahoma JazzHall of Fame, 111 E First, Upper Level, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.   Come play, come sing or come listen – FREE


Rebecca Ungerman – The Tulsa Sound Sampler at Whole Foods, 41st andPeoria, 6:00 p.m.


Mark Bruner – Ridge Grill, 9999 S. Mingo, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Kings of Musica 7 piece band that plays every Tuesday for ballroom dancing – Moose Lodge, 11106 E. 7th Street, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.


Dean DeMerritt and the Frank Brown Jazz Duo – Centennial Lounge, VFW, 1109 E. 6th, 9:00 p.m. to midnight



Please support clubs and restaurants that hire jazz musicians!


Jim and Jeanine


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501© (3), non-profit, cultural and educational organization. It exists to provide a system in and for the State ofOklahoma to preserve, promote and illuminate the true art forms of jazz, blues and gospel music; also identify, document and honor the artists who have made a significant contribution locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to its development. Additionally, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall ofFame promotes learning, training, classes, performances and cultural events with and on behalf of disadvantaged youth of all races, creeds, religions and ethnic heritage and provides scholarships to graduating students. We celebrate the music of America.

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Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society Presents: The Sons of Brasil


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The season’s second concert features The Sons of Brasil at Bentonville’s 21C Hotel on Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 pm. “This matinee performance is another first for NAJS,” said Ginsburg. “After all, some people prefer to swing in broad daylight.” The Sons of Brasil are six Kansas Citians who’ve mastered the sensual rhythms and intricate instrumental harmonies of Latin jazz.  “Their music has savory style that has delighted audiences worldwide since 1991,” Ginsburg said. “If you like Bossa Nova, don’t miss this one.”

Blending Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova and Samba through both traditional and original compositions, this group plays Latin jazz with passion. Their style can flow sensuously smooth or swing hard to a Brazilian beat. This year, the Sons of Brasil turns 23, and there is hardly another Kansas City jazz ensemble that matches its longevity. A Midwestern band playing Brazilian music is very unique, but what is more unique, is the authenticity that these musicians bring to this music.

“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto… this is Rio, Sugarloaf, Corcovado, Samba, wild percussion, great melodies with sophisticated harmonies, and subtle but driving pulse of Bossa Nova guitar—Oscar Castro Neves


“Led by trumpeter,bandleader,educator and clinician Stan Kessler, The Sons of Brasil is a core sextet drawn from the talent- rich musical community in the Kansas City area.The band includes Danny Embrey on guitar, Greg Whitfield on bass, Doug Auwater on drums, Gary Helmon percussion and Roger Wilder on piano. For While You Were Out, the band adds the talents of percussionist Luiz Orsano, who performs on “Salvador” and the title track”.  Edward Blanco, All About Jazz online mag