Tulsa Jazz Society Presents TGIF: Jazz at the Spotlight Theatre

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This is the final show in the The Tulsa Jazz Society’s “Jazz at The Spotlight” Summer Series. It has been great fun and we would like to thank our sponsors The Spotlight Theatre and TulsaJazz.Com for committing to do this and special mention to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for their assistance as well. Speaking of the Jazz Hall of Fame the Fall Series kicks off there next month on Friday September 18th with more great music and wonderful special guests.

Join the Tulsa Jazz Society this month and every month to enjoy a wonderful evening of food, wine, and jazz, is there a better way to spend a Friday night…we don’t think so 🙂

For tickets call The Spotlight Theatre at 918-587-5030

Date/Time: August 14th, 2015  6:00 pm until 7:30 pm

Tickets: 10.00/person, available in advance or at the door.

Location: 1381 Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127

Website: www.spotlighttheater.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tulsa-Jazz-Society

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Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade at Main St. Tavern

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When the name Cynthia Simmons is mentioned words such as glamorous, stylish, and incredible voice aren’t usually far behind. One of Tulsa’s brightest stars Cynthia has been wowing audiences in and around the area for several years now and this Wednesday evening, at Main St. Tavern, will be no exception. Join Cynthia  and the marvelously talented Scott McQuade  as they perform many of your favorite jazz standards and also throw in a few surprises along the way.

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Jazz Night at Main St, Tavern has become a very popular event in Broken Arrow, most nights the restaurant is full of smiling faces enjoying the wonderful atmosphere, good  food, large selection of beverages, and incredible Jazz performed by some of Tulsa’s brightest stars!

This Wednesday’s show starts at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm. Be sure to bring your friends, family , neighbors, leave your “day” at the door, come in and enjoy an evening filled with great music and great fun 🙂

 

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

Date/Time: Wednesday May 13th, 2015 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 912-872-1414

Cynthia Simmons:

www.cynsingsjazz.com

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Scott McQuade;

www.playitagainscott.com

Main Street Tavern:

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The Tulsa Jazz Society and TulsaJazz.Com Present TGIF: Jazz at the Spotlight Theatre

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TGIF:Third Friday Jazz, Wow I remember a couple years ago sitting in Baxter’s Interurban Grill on a Friday evening eating dinner, having a beverage,  listening to David Moore play the trumpet and thinking to myself “I could stay here all night”, it was so good. I witnessed many of our incredible local jazz artist grace us with their talent during the run of this wonderful event, Pam Crosby, Cindy Cain, Cynthia Simmons, Devre Jackson, and many, many more. Then one day the music stopped, there was a void left in the jazz world, Friday nights would not be the same again…

Wait what’s that I hear, listen, can you hear it, off in the distance, shhhh, what’s it saying…We’re Baaaccckk!!!

Yes it’s true!! This Friday May 15th, starting at 5 30 pm, see Pam Crosby and several of Tulsa’s top jazz performers as the Tulsa Jazz Society presents the return of TGIF: Jazz at The Spotlight Theatre! This show, presented in conjunction with TulsaJazz.Com, will showcase some of our finest local talent on the third Friday of every month. We know you missed us and we missed you too, so tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members and total strangers to join you at the Spotlight Theatre for a night of food , fun, and fantastic Jazz!

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For tickets call The Spotlight Theatre at 918-587-5030

Date/Time: May 15th, 2015  5:30 pm until 8:00 pm

Tickets: 10.00/person, available in advance or at the door.

Location: 1381 Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127

Website: www.spotlighttheater.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tulsa-Jazz-Society

Note: Food and Libations will be available for purchase.

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International Jazz Day…A Look Back

FB_IMG_1430327710588Another International Jazz Day has come and gone but it’s impact will go on and on…

As I laid in bed last night, just after midnight, I realized how historic, fun, and impactful the day had been. As a jazz fan and professional in the music business you experience some special moments, an epic show, the big recording deal, landing a big name client, but few events rival 185 countries setting aside differences, joining forces and celebrating together like the events of yesterday! Jazz did that, that’s right JAZZ!

Note: There was an event held in all 50 states in the US!

700+ events around the world, plus an incredible concert in Paris of some of Jazz’s finest, took people away from their problems, issues, and conflicts for a moment and transported them to a place of peace, joy, and musical bliss…happy,happy, happy 🙂

Only music has the ability to do this, it overcomes cultural and language barriers, socioeconomic differences and allow people to come together in harmony like nothing else and jazz is leading the way.

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We have put together a slide show of some of the event posters and people involved in the events of yesterday as well as a link to watch the incredible concert that took place in Paris.

As you go about your day, remember when you have those moments of “I need to get away”  grab your CD, Laptop/tablet, or smartphone and let music, especially Jazz, transport you to a faraway land, be your time machine and take you back to a special moment, let it soothe, move,and refresh you. Let it rekindle and invigorate your passion, and most of all most of all let it encourage you to share your love for music, jazz in particular, with others.

To borrow a saying from someone very special to me…Stay Jazzy!

TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons and The Scott McQuade Trio Performing in Bodean’s Lounge

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An evening with good wine, good food, and good jazz has always been a recipe for a high level of enjoyment.

This Sunday November 2nd, at Bodean Seafood Restaurant, come enjoy all of that and more as Cynthia Simmons and The Scott McQuade Trio perform many of your favorites and maybe a few surprises.

The smooth, sultry sounds of this incredible group will tickle your ears with delight, while Bodean’s delicious offerings will titillate your pallet.

So come out, bring your friends, and enjoy an evening of good food and good music, it will be a grand time for all!

This concert is a Tulsa Jazz Production.

Date: November 2, 2014

Time: 7 pm-10 pm

Location: 3376 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135

Phone: (918) 743-3861

Websitewww.bodean.net

“Too Darn Hot” Cole Porter Revue at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame October 5th, 2014

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“Too Darn Hot” Cole Porter Revue Features All-Female Vocalists

            Although there are a lot of factors that go into making a show a hit, it’s hard to go wrong with a concert full of Cole Porter music. In his four-plus decades as a songwriter and composer, the Indiana native contributed scores of classic tunes to the Great American Songbook, including such evergreens as “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick out of You,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” and “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love.”

Porter’s drawing power has always been celebrated by the Oklahoma Jazz Hallof Fame, since a Cole Porter show was included in the Jazz Hall‘s initial slate of concerts. That first show was a success, and Jazz Hall-produced Porter concerts quickly became highly anticipated events. Today, CEO Jason McIntosh carries on the tradition, as does Tulsa’s First Lady of Jazz, vocalist Pam Van Dyke Crosby.

“I was on the first Cole Porter show produced,” she says, “and that was back when the Jazz Hall was at the Greenwood Cultural Center. We’ve had one just about every year since.”

Crosby’s producing the latest one, dubbed Too Darn Hot: A Cole Porter Review. And “just to have something a little bit different,” she’s decided to go with all female vocalists. To that end, she’s enlisted some of Tulsa’s finest jazz singers; scheduled to perform Sunday are Sandy Gardner, Cynthia Simmons, Olivia Duhon, Cindy Cain,Angie Cockrell, Louiza Cornelius, Stephanie Oliver, and Ashlee Elmore, as well as Pam herself. The only name on that list that might not be familiar to Jazz Depot audiences is Elmore, who recently moved to town and became the director of the Tulsa Children’s Chorus.

“She’s a young woman, a good singer,” says Crosby.”She just did a show with Olivia [Duhon] at the Jazz Hall, and I heard her sing [Porter’s] `I’ve Got You under My Skin.’ I’ve heard her sing a couple of times before, and I thought she’d be good for this.”

Once she assembled her cast for the Porter show, Crosby gave each vocalist the option of either choosing from a group of arrangements done by Oklahoma JazzHall of Famer Chuck Gardner or picking other Porter songs they liked. This freedom of choice, she says, led to   “some unusual tunes” set for Sunday, including a couple selected by Cindy Cain. Those are “High Society Calypso,” from the 1956 movie High Society, and “Find Me A Primitive Man,” which debuted in the 1929 Broadway musical Fifty Million Frenchmen but is probably better known by today’s audiences because of its memorable performance by Madeline Kahn in the 1975 film At Long Last Love.

“Cole Porter’s songs have everything,” notes Crosby. “The lyrics are very intelligent and sometimes funny, the melodies are interesting and sometimes challenging – like in `Begin the Beguine.’ And they lend themselves to all kinds of different rhythms. You can take a Cole Porter tune and make it a swing tune, or a nice Latin tune. You can do them as ballads. They’re just timeless. I love his songs.”cole porter Songbook

In addition to each vocalist doing the songs she’s picked, there’ll be at least one duet and one trio performance over the course of the evening. And, while the singers will all be women, the band is all-male, a trio of top-notch players enjoyed often by Jazz Depot patrons: pianist Scott McQuade, bassist Bill Crosby, and drummer Tony Yohe.

“They’ve played the Cole Porter shows, too, but it’s not a reprise, because some of the guy songs we’ve done in the past will be sung by gals,” explains Pam. “`I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ for instance, is usually done by a guy, but we’re going to have it in our show. I just think it’s all going to be really fun and interesting.”

Too Darn Hot: A Cole Porter Revueis set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5th, 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, fromwww.myticketoffice.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $20. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10, and high school and junior high students for $5.

The show is a part of the Jazz Hall‘s 2014 Autumn Concert Series.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fameis 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.

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Left Side Right, Right Side Left Perform at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Sunday August 10th.

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A group called Left Side Right, Right Side Left plays its first official gig at the Jazz Depot this Sunday. And while the band itself is brand-new, the members are all stars of the local scene. They include vocalist Pam Van Dyke Crosby, pianist Scott McQuade, vibraphonist Jay Garrett, bassist Bill Crosby, and drummer Tony Yohe.

The purpose of the group, says Crosby, its bass player, is to expose audiences to some top-notch original material as well as a few seldom-heard but eminently worthwhile tunes from thecatalogues of jazz greats.

“We’d been getting together over at Tony’s, just for fun, working up a few things,” he explains. “Then I thought about a song Scott wrote for his CD, which came out around ’08, back when he was in Florida. It’s called `Left Side Right, Right Side Left.’ It’s a jazz tune until it gets to a bridge-type place, and the lyrics go, “left side right.” Then we do some music, then “right side left.” Pam sings the lyrics, and they’re spoken by the band members. We’re going to use that as an intro song and for the name of the band.

“We figured it was a good name for us, because it’s sort of politically correct,” he adds with a laugh. “We’ve got a liberal, a conservative, an independent, and a Canadian.”

Crosby says that Left Side Right, Right Side Left plans to perform three more of McQuade’s originals Sunday, as well as a number that was written years ago by the band’s vocalist.

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“It’s called `One for Ray,’” he says. “[Late Tulsa pianist] George Dennie wrote the music, and Pam wrote the lyrics. It was dedicated it to [veteran area saxophonist] Ray DeGeer. They wrote and recorded the song back in the ’80s; we have it on one of our old CDs.”

Pam also picked a couple of other tunes to sing on Sunday: the standard “Stella by Starlight” and a lesser-known number, John Coltrane’s “Equinox.”

“It’s an old jazz tune with lyrics, not too intricate,” says Crosby of the latter. “It’s just nice.”

Also nice, if more challenging, is another vintage jazz song, this one written by Sammy Nestico and performed most notably by the Count Basie Orchestra.

“It’s called `Fun Time,’ and it’s just crazy,” Crosby notes with another laugh. “It’s 11/4 time, something like that. It goes from three-four to four-four time, back and forth. It’s hard to explain. I learned it from [pianist] Teddy Moses back in the ’60s, and I kind of introduced it to everybody around here. Scott and Tony and I played it a few times at Ciao. It’s got a real hard melody and it takes a lot of practice to get it, but Jay’s got it on vibes. Boy, he’s a great reader.”100_1101

In addition to the originals and less-familiar standards, the members of Left Side Right, Right Side Left will probably “throw in a few ringers,” as Crosby puts it, some jazz numbers that will be more familiar to the crowd.

“People have a tendency to like what they know,” he says. “If we play a whole bunch of stuff that they may not know – well, I’m not sure. But the people who come out to the Jazz Depot are pretty open-minded about what they’re going to get, so I think it’ll be all right.”

Not only will this be the first performance of the group, he adds, there’s a chance it could be the only performance the band ever gives. Crosby says the members “have no idea” whether they’ll seek other gigs as Left Side Right, Right Side Left.

“You know how it goes: any band that does a CD or has a picture taken always breaks up right afterwards,” he notes with a chuckle. “So we’re kind of leery about all of that. We’re just taking it one gig at a time. This’ll be the first one.”

Left Side Right, Right Side Left is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 10, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St.

Tickets can be purchased at the Depot, from www.myticketoffice.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $20. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10, and high school and junior high students for $5.

The show is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 Summer 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 preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame