Saying Ciao’ to Ciao!…

This is a very sad post for me to write, Ciao’ on Brookside in Tulsa  Ok, closed it’s doors for the last time October 15,2012. I sat in The Primo Room the night before listening to the wonderful Janet Rutland sing, having no idea that it would be the last time there. The impact of this is enormous  especially since they played such a major role and invested so much into Tulsa and it’s jazz community. For example: Ciao’ was one of the few if not only place locally that offered live jazz every weekend night which was free and open to the public but a paid gig for the performing artists and dedicated an entire wing of the restaurant to jazz and live music. That’s quite a commitment!

If you never had the pleasure of visiting or dining there here is a taste of what you missed, the following was taken from their website:

Ciao Baby! In Italian it means “Hello!”

In Brookside it means great food, wine,

 music & service.
Ciao features classic Italian favorites like Veal Piccata, Chicken Marsala, hand made pizzas or a variety of authentic home-made regional pastas, fresh seafood, perfectly grilled steaks, handmade desserts, and artisanal bread baked fresh every day.
You can also savor original recipes like the Handmade Lobster Raviolis in a
Lemon Cream Sauce or Warm Balsamic Strawberries topped with a sweet Mascarpone Cream.Many courses may be ordered as full or half portions, allowing you to create a menu to suit your taste
 and appetite. Weekly menu specials offer even
 more variety to your dining options.
Variety also extends to your choice of where to dine. Ciao offers full service in the main dining room, at the snazzy red leather topped bar or dine al fresco at
one of the outdoor tables. You can even reserve one
of our private rooms for your next dinner.
The Secundo Room seats up to sixteen guests and
the Primo Room can accommodate up to fifty guests
and has its own private bar!
Sounds delicious doesn’t it? That’s because it was!
Equally delicious was the music coming from the Primo Room on the weekends! It was a veritable who’s who of local, national and international artists , here is the final line up of artists that were scheduled to perform October 2012:
Jazz Calendar
Appearing in the Primo Room
Music starts at 9pm Fri & Sat & 7:30pm-Sun
Thursday-October 4 – Special Performance
Ginger Leigh
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Friday-October 5
Mike Cameron Quartet
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Saturday-October 6
Salsa Quatro
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Sunday-October 7
Rebecca Ungerman
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Friday-October 12
The Begonias
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Saturday-October 13
Rebecca Ungerman
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Sunday-October 14**
Janet Rutland
_______________________________________
Friday-October 19
Olivia Duhon
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Saturday-October 20
Archer Trio
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Sunday-October 21
Cynthia Simmons
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Friday-October 26
Jay Garrett
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Saturday-October 27
Sarah Maud
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Sunday-October 28
Quasimojo
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Here is Pam Crosby singing “All Blues” at Ciao’
 
Tulsa won’t be the same without Ciao’, the wonderful moments, friendships, and incredible music that was made there can never and will never be duplicated, Thank you Ciao’ for being a part of our lives for the last nine years, you maybe be gone but never forgotten.
May jazz continually enrich your life,
John Taylor
**Janet Rutland was the last performer at Ciao’ , the remaining shows were cancelled due to their immediate closing.
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