“This was just one of those moments in time where you just wished time would stand still and this would go on forever”. That’s how several people in attendance described Cynthia Simmons and the band’s performance Sunday night at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. This was a much anticipated event and it didn’t disappoint, once the downbeat hit the magic began. The night started with one of Ella’s most popular songs A Tisket A Tasket and then took you on a melodic journey through Ella’s life. You may have hopped on the A Train , In a Sentimental Mood, but that didn’t last long because the show was Too Darn Hott!
One of the reasons this show was so successful was the all-star line up of musicians. Dean Demerritt, Frank Brown, Wade Robertson, and Dr. Mike Moore made the music come to life. Each musician, highly talented and respected in the jazz community, could have headlined this or any other show, but the crowd was treated to the collective sounds of this incredible group…and a treat it was.
The Ear Candy just kept coming with songs like Paper Moon, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Do Nothing Til You Hear from Me, Cry Me a River and a wonderful rendition of Can’t We be Friends performed by Cynthia and Darell Christopher.
Cynthia also shared with the audience a brief history and some little know fact about Ella’s life, her struggles and her triumphs. The room was filled with smiling faces, tappin’ toes, boppin’ heads, and joyous applause, like we said at the start of the post, it was truly a special evening 🙂
Photos courtesy of Bill Gaddis Photography.
This show was a TulsaJazz.Com Production.
Just in case you had the misfortune of missing this show, here is a video of Cynthia and the band performing Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered…Enjoy 🙂