TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cindy Cain Performing at Main St. Tavern



Sassy, Sultry, Sexy, are all adjectives used to describe Cindy Cain. This incredible Jazz and Blues singer is bringing all of that and more when she makes her debut performance at Main St. Tavern in Broken Arrow’s Rose District this Wednesday.

She will be accompanied by the one and only Scott McQuade one of the most gifted and talented keyboardist in the area. This dynamic duo will delight your ears with many of your favorite jazz standards and sass it up with some down home blues tunes…this is a must see event!

Bring your friends, neighbors, relatives and enemies (they get to sit in the back) and enjoy some fantastic food, pallet pleasing wines, and wonderful music, show goes from 6-9 pm, reservations are not required.

This is a TulsaJazz.Com Production

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22, 2014  6-9 pm

Location: Main St. Tavern

200 S Main St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Phone(918) 872-1414

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

Count Basie Orchestra Performs at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Oct 19th

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Eighty-seven years ago this past summer, a piano player from New Jersey named William “Count” Basie stirred 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.


In his autobiography, Good Morning Blues (written with Albert Murray), Basie described the unforgettable impression the Blue Devils first made on him. “I just stood there listening and looking, because I had never heard anything like that band in my life. . . There was such a team spirit among those guys, and it came out in the music, and as you stood there looking and listening you just couldn’t help wishing that you were a part of it.

“Everything about them really got to me,” he added, “and as things worked out, hearing them that day was probably the most important point in my musical career so far as my notion about what kind of music I really wanted to play was concerned.”

Basie went on to join the Blue Devils, and, later, Bennie Moten’s outfit in Kansas City, which eventually metamorphosed into the Count Basie Orchestra – the big band that epitomized Kansas City jazz. And some 79 years after Basie started his own group, it’s still an active and vibrant part of American’s pop-music scene. Currently on a national tour, the Basie Orchestra stops off Sunday at the Jazz Depot, playing a show only a few blocks south of the street where Basie first heard the band that changed his life.

“Count Basie’s sound wouldn’t be the same without the Oklahoma roots,” says Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “We are thrilled to have the Count Basie Orchestra back in Tulsa for the show, where it all started.”

Basie’s music is the only thing that’s returning, as the Count himself died in 1984. But it’s in the hands of people who know and appreciate its creator’s history. That includes the orchestra’s current leader, trumpeter Scotty Barnhart. He knows how important Tulsa was to Count Basie, and so do the rest of the members. Or, at least, they’d better.

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“Everybody in this orchestra has a responsibility to know the whole 79-year history of the Basie band,” Barnhart says. “When people come in and don’t have that awareness, they end up leaving, or being asked to leave, because it’s too much of a problem.

“What it really comes down to is that you’ve got to have the right musicians who understand the history of the music. You have to have the right bass player, who knows how all the other bass players played. You have to have the right drummer, who knows how the other drummers played. It’s the same thing with the horn players in each section.  For example, our lead alto, Marshall McDonald, knows exactly how the lead players in the orchestra played up until the time he became the lead player. If he didn’t know that, he wouldn’t know when to bend notes. He wouldn’t know when to hold notes a certain way, or do vibrato, or whatever. We’ve got to hold onto those things. We’ve got to keep doing the right thing.”

And the right thing – the Basie thing – has a lot to do with the blues.

“No matter what Basie played, you could still hear the blues in it,” explains Barnhart. “That’s the key. Basically, it’s all about the blues. No other orchestra in history can play the blues the way we play it. Basie had a very distinct way of playing – sophisticated and precise. It was never sloppy. It was never haphazardly put together. The orchestra kept playing the right music, and that’s part of my job today, to see that we keep playing the right things the right way.

“The older I get,” he adds, “the more I see that Basie was a genius. When you think about it, about what he was able to do, and the fact that his orchestra is still on the earth 30 years after he left – I mean, that’s incredible. When you close your eyes and hear us play for two seconds, you know it’s us. You don’t say, `Well, they kind of sound like . . .’ No, that’s us. And it’s a testament to him. He knew exactly what to do.”Count_Basie_in_Rhythm_and_Blues_Revue

Publicity for the group separates the Basie Orchestra into two periods: The “Old Testament” band, which existed between 1935 and 1955, and the “New Testament band,” beginning in the 1950s. One of the biggest differences in the two was the fact that the older group relied on “head” arrangements rather than written charts. And while the current band follows the New Testament style, Barnhart says he thinks it’s time to mix in a little of that Old Testament approach as well.

“I thought when I first became leader, and even before, we ought to go back [to head arrangements] on special occasions,” he notes. “Just start a riff going – it’s easy to do when you’ve got the right musicians, and we’ve got the musicians to do it. I think we can work it out well enough to make it a part of our regular concerts. And we just might be doing that in Tulsa.”

The Count Basie Orchestra is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 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 www.eventbrite.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-928-JAZZ. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $25, or VIP table seating tickets can be purchased for $45.

The show is a 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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame


TulsaJazz.Com Presents Darell Christopher and The Ingredients at the Back Alley BBQ & Burger Competition Collinsville, OK

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Back Alley BBQ Cookoff w/ a Side of Blues!

Backyard barbeque masters, as well as, competitive cooking teams from all over Green Country will work to perfect the thrill of the grill at the 2nd Annual Back Alley BBQ Cook-Off in historic downtown Collinsville on October 18th.

Coordinated by Collinsville Downtown, Inc. as a fundraiser for the downtown revitalization organization, the Back Alley BBQ hopes to bring 20 plus teams to Collinsville to compete for money and bragging rights. This non-sanctioned event is open to anyone wishing to compete no matter what their experience level.

Back Alley BBQ CookoffRibbons will be given to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places in each category and one Best All Around will be chosen from all BBQ categories and will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy. Adding to the excitement of the BBQ competition, a Gourmet Burger competition has been added this year. This first year competition hopes to fire up the creative juices of local chefs to dream up unusual burgers that look and taste great. The Gourmet Burger Competition will be proof that not all burgers are created equal. Winner of the Gourmet Burger Competition will receive a $250 cash prize, as well as a trophy.

The Feed Store will be the Premier Sponsor for this event but additional sponsorship opportunities are still available to any businesses or individuals who would like to be a part of this event concept pairing the enthusiasm of barbeque cooking with the new found popularity of our downtown shopping district.

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The event will be free to the public, and those wishing to purchase a “Tasting Kit” for only $10 will be able to sample the wares of those competing and vote for the People Choice Award for their favorite entries.

The site of the cook-off, will be as the name represents, off of Main Street, as to not disrupt downtown shopping activities taking place. Event organizers will be using the City Plaza and surrounding parking areas and even space provided by the back allies of downtown Collinsville.

For more information call the C.D.I. office at (918) 371-5530.


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

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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. Thursday night, October 16th, 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.

Date/Time:  Thursday October  16th, 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 October 15, 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 October  15, 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 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.

Date/Time:  Thursday October  9th, 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.

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

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: October 8th, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

Cynthia Simmons:


Cyn Sings Jazz on Facebook

Scott McQuade;


Main Street Tavern:

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