Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art on Pinterest


Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art

We love the Ladies of Jazz and we love art, what if you put the two of them together? You would have our Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art on Pinterest!

What you will find there are quite a few of our favorite jazz art paintings posted in this fantastic online gallery for your enjoyment.

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Women have always played a key role in Jazz and we have thoroughly  enjoyed putting together this collection for you, please stop by an peruse through these wonderful paintings done by some incredible artists. We hope you enjoy viewing this collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

While you’re there, follow us and check out some of  our other boards such as: Tulsa’s Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jazz History, and many more!

Check back with us regularly to keep up with our latest posts about jazz history, art, and Tulsa’s jazz community…thanks again for supporting Tulsa Jazz.

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TulsaJazz.Com Swing Band performing at the 100th First Friday Art Crawl!

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Come celebrate the 100th First Friday Art Crawl!

Let jazz and melodrama ring in the 100th Art Crawl on Friday, October 2nd from 6:00-9:00 pm on Guthrie Green. The music will be highlighted by the “TulsaJazz.Com Swing Band,” Vintage Swing Movement dancers, and performers from the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre.

Vocalists for the band will include Cynthia Simmons, Sara Maud, Larry Cochran and Branjae Jackson! Whether you’ve been to all 99 previous or this one will be your first, Friday’s 100th Art Crawl has all the makings of being the best yet! This is something that you won’t want to miss!

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What is the Art crawl you may ask? Well…

The First Friday Art Crawl was established in 2007. This year-round monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art. The Art Crawl is held on the first Friday of the month and open from 6–9 pm.

In line with its original purpose, local artists are given an opportunity to display and sell their work. This event has grown from 50–100 people visiting 4–6 venues to an event that has drawn over 3,000 people and continues to attract new people to Downtown Tulsa. Besides the mini-galleries being open, the established museums and galleries offer free admission and many shops stay open late. During any given Art Crawl, visitors can expect visual art, performances and maybe a few fireworks! Each venue offers something different and creative, a true hallmark of the Brady Arts District.

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First Friday is a perfect date night starting with a cocktail, coffee or early dinner on one of the many patios. It can also be a leisurely browse of the art and a great late dinner or nightcap at the District’s unique restaurants or clubs. Families can find many options from kid-friendly gallery shows to live music in the park. For those who like to linger even later, stay for one of the clubs, bars or coffee shops – many of which offer live entertainment.

Additional Information:

Date/Time: Friday  October 2nd, 2015  6 00 pm-9 00 pm

Location: 111 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 574-2421

Guthrie Green: https://www.guthriegreen.com/events

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Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe Performing at the Lucky’s on the Green for “Tuesday Night Live”

Dean Demerritt and Sean Al-Jabouri  Perform at “Tuesday Night Live” 

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors join us for “Tuesday Night Live” every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm in September and October, enjoy multiple food vendors, live music, and have lots of fun!

Tulsa Jazz Music Group Members Dean Demerritt and Sean Al-Jabouri will be performing this Tuesday September 15th from 7 30 to 9 30 pm at Lucky’s on the Green, it’s the 3rd of a series of live music performances that will continue every Tuesday until October 27th.tuesday night live guthrie green

This event is the parks newest and is hosted by the Guthrie Green along with Lucky’s on the Green and TulsaJazz.com .

Tuesday Dinner Options at Guthrie Green:
Lucky’s on the Green
Creole Food Truck
Andolini’s Pizza
Wild Al’s
Josh’s Sno Shack
Mod’s Crepes

Additional Information:

Date/Time: Tuesday  September 15th, 2015  7 30 pm-9 30 pm

Location: 111 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 574-2421

Dean Demerritt: http://www.deandemerritt.com

Sean Al-Jabouri: https://www.facebook.com/Sean-Al-Jibouri

Lucky’s on the Green: https://www.guthriegreen.com/luckys-green

Guthrie Green: https://www.guthriegreen.com/events

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



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!


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.




National Artist Spotlight: Akua Dixon

AKUA DIXON, Cellist-composer-Conductor, is a native of New York City. A graduate of the
famed H.S. of Performing Arts, she studied cello with Benar Heifetz and composition with
Rudolf Schramm. Akua studied bass concepts with ReggieWorkman and Jazz Practice
Techniques with Jimmy Owens, at the Collective Black Artists Institution of Education.

She is the 1998 recipient of “The African American Classical Music Award”, given by the
Northern New Jersey Spelman Alumnae Association. Akua performs nationally and
internationally at concert halls and colleges, public schools and libraries; at jazz festivals in
Chicago , Hawaii , Berlin , St. Lucia, Tri-Sea, North Sea, Pori, Saalfelden, Jamaica, Puerto
Rico, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and San Diego, etc. Her music for string quartet has been
featured on an eight country, 26 concert tour of Europe and Scandinavia.

Among the many noted artists she has performed with a few are: Duke Ellington, Lionel
Hampton, Max Roach,Betty Carter, Ray Charles, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Eubie Blake, Tony
Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Bob Hope, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Liza
Minnelli, etc. She has been engaged at many Broadway shows, including: Doonesbury,
Barnum, La Cage aux Faux, Evita, Jerry’s Girls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cats, and
Akua has appeared on New York Undercover with James Brown, Mary J. Blige,
and B. B. King. Her first professional job was as a member of the famed Apollo Theatre
In 1973, she founded her own string quartet, Quartette Indigo. They have been called “jazz’s
leading string quartet” by some critics. The quartet’s repertoire features original works and
arrangements of jazz classics, by Akua.
Akua’s first release,”Quartette Indigo”, on Landmark
Records, received four stars in Downbeat. Her new CD is entitled “AFRIKA! AFRIKA!”, and
was released on Savant Records. Critics are now saying that the group “swings madly”.
To open the 1996 season of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at City Center , she notated
and conducted the premiere of a new ballet, ” Riverside “, by Judith Jamison, music by Kimati
She also conducted their classic ballet “Revelations.” The filmscore to “Anna Oz”,
TV commercials for Jello’s Cheesecake and Butterscotch Puddings, and several types of
Kraft Yoghurts can also be added to her recent conducting credits.

Akua has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute and won grants from the National Endowment
of the Arts (“Afrika! Afrika!” – concert piece for solo cello and string orchestra) and the Rockefeller Foundation (“The Opera of Marie Laveau”) for her compositions. The Opera was performed at the Henry Street New Federal Theatre in New York, and Akua performed on the
piano for this event.

She received commissions from Meet the Composer to write a work for
the Festival of Women Improvisers (“Quest”) and the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s tribute to Dr.
Martin Luther King (“Jesus Is the Bridge”). Akua’s music for strings in jazz was the subject of
a WGBH-Boston public television special in 1981.

Akua’s performance and lecture for the New Directions Cello Festival of ’98 was also enthusiastically received.
She gave a lecture on playing the blues to approximately 50 aspiring jazz cellists. Akua has always been involved with inspiring children to pursue their
musical talents. This is her second season doing concerts for the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
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Akua can be seen on videos with Wyclef Jean, conducting the
“Urban Youth Symphony”. She conducted “Gone Til November” on the Chris Rock Show, and for an MTV Special. During the summer of 1967 and 1968, she taught string students at Skidmore College in a special program entitled Project PEP (Programs to Excite Potential).

In 1972, she worked for the New York Board of Education as a Music Specialist, supplying new
repertoire to the string programs and teaching at 17 different schools. She has given clinics to
string players at the Cleveland School of the Arts and the Kamehameha School in Hawaii.

In 1978, she founded the Akua Dixon String Ensemble, which has supplied string sections for Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carmen McRae, Woody Shaw, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Pharaoh
Saunders, Buster Williams, and Antonio Hart.
In 1974, she was the Director of New Music for
“The String Reunion,” a New York based string orchestra formed by Noel Pointer. She
supplied originals and arrangements of jazz classics for this 30 piece string ensemble.

Akua has always been involved in playing new music, especially pieces that require
improvisation. She has also recorded with Tim Robbins, Don Cherry, Henry Threadgil, James
Blood Ulmer, and Joseph Jarman.

Her vocal work has won her international acclaim, recording with Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues
Big Band, “Live at the Palais de Glace” (accompanying herself on piano), and Steve Turre’s
Sextet with Strings album, “Right There.”

For more information about Akua Dixon go to her website: http://www.akuadixon.com/


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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!

Cynthia Simmons, Dean Demerritt, and Frank Brown Performing at Juniper Restaurant.

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Located at 3rd & Elgin in downtown Tulsa, Juniper focuses on providing the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully. Using hand-selected items sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, allowing Justin and his team to introduce new and exciting plates with Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar at Juniper focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters.

The Jazz will be just as delicious as Cynthia, Dean, and Frank serve up your favorite ballads, standards, and toe-tapping tunes all while Juniper’s incredible staff provides you with the excellent service they are known for.

Come experience Juniper with us this Monday night for handmade cocktails, a delicious dinner, and some wonderful music with friends and family, you’ll be glad you did 🙂


Show Day/Time: Monday April 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Juniper Restaurant 3rd and Elgin Tulsa , Oklahoma

Phone: 918-794-1090

Website: junipertulsa.com