With the exception of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala — which began in 1989 — you’d be hard-pressed to find another annual Tulsa jazz event that’s been around as long as the Keyboard Concert, which celebrates its 23rd incarnation this year.
The brainchild of veteran pianist and bandleader Gayle Williamson, it began in 1992 as a small event at Saied’s Music, featuring six of Tulsa’s top pianists playing on digital pianos in front of a crowd of about three dozen jazz aficionados. The response was good enough for Williamson to schedule a second concert in ’93; by its third year — when the show was staged in Emerson Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church — the standing-room audience numbered around 250. Moving to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, then located in the Greenwood Cultural Center, the Keyboard Concert became one of the Jazz Hall’s most anticipated annual events.
To enjoy the jazz, call at (918) 928-JAZZ or visit www.JazzHallTickets.com. 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.
The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2015 Spring 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.