Janet Rutland and Randy Wimer began their musical partnership thirty years ago at the popular restaurant Charlie Mitchell’s. Singer Donna Williams brought the two together for a brief stint as a trio. Rutland explained “Donna was my neighbor and asked me to sing harmony. We had a lot of fun but eventually it was Randy and me as a duo and I had to learn a lot of material. I’d always wanted to expand into jazz and Randy was very patient and supportive. He charted material for me and I still carry that book.
At one point we added the late bassist John Rigney and worked as The Midtown Trio. When my husband, Shelby Eicher, was home from his gig with Roy Clark we’d add him and make it a quartet. We worked a lot, but no gig lasts forever.” One of the duo’s favorite venues was the Primo Room at the lamented Ciao which closed in 2012. “We’ve seen a lot of clubs come and go.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this together thirty years. And,” she added, “the music just gets better.” Rutland and Wimer will celebrate their musical journey at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame this Sunday.
Date/Time: September 27th, 2015 5 00 pm
Location: 5 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74103
Randy’s Website: http://wimerguitar.com/
Tulsa Jazz Music Group Bio Page: https://tulsajazz.wordpress.com/tulsa-artists-bios/randy-wimer/
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