National Artist Spotlight: Wynton Marsalis



Wynton Marsalis Performing at The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Friday Oct 2nd!

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Early Years: Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, the second of six sons. At age eight Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band and at 14 he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands and with the popular local funk band, the Creators. At age 17 Wynton became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Despite his youth, he was awarded the school’s prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. Wynton moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979.

In 1980 Wynton seized the opportunity to join the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. It was from Blakey that Wynton acquired his concept for bandleading and for bringing intensity to each and every performance. In the years to follow Wynton performed with Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and countless other jazz legends.

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The San Francisco Examiner stated, “Marsalis’ orchestral arrangements are magnificent. Duke Ellington’s shadings and themes come and go but Marsalis’ free use of dissonance, counter rhythms and polyphonics is way ahead of Ellington’s mid-century era.” Wynton extended his achievements in Blood On The Fields with All Rise, an epic composition for big band, gospel choir, and symphony orchestra which was performed by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur along with the Morgan State University Choir and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (December 1999).

Marsalis collaborated with Ghanaian master drummer Yacub Addy to create Congo Square, a groundbreaking composition combining elegant harmonies from America’s jazz tradition with fundamental rituals in African percussion and vocals (2006). For the anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church’s 200th year of service, Marsalis blended Baptist choir cadences with blues accents and big band swing rhythms to compose Abyssinian 200: A Celebration, which was performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Abyssinian’s 100 voice choir before packed houses in New York City (May 2008).

In the fall of 2009 the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiered Marsalis’ composition Blues Symphony. Marsalis further expanded his repertoire for symphony orchestra with Swing Symphony, premiered by the renowned Berlin Philharmonic in June 2010. The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican have all signed on to perform Swing Symphony…

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Eric Himan Performs at Main St Tavern for “Wine and Jazz Night” September 16th


Eric Himan sings Jazz and many of his favorites at Main St Tavern

GRACEFULLY by Award-Winning nationally touring artist, Eric Himan, brings the songwriter/acoustic guitarist to a brand new place: the piano bench.

After releasing and selling his music (over 40,000 cds sold independently) through his record label, Thumbcrown Records, licensing original music to MTV, E!, and heavy rotation on satellite radio (SiriusXM’s The Coffeehouse), Eric delivers his latest, GRACEFULLY, his most ambitious album to date. Well known for writing and performing on the acoustic guitar, GRACEFULLY is the first full album written and recorded with Eric on piano. A horn section, a new element in his recordings, was brought in and arranged by saxophonist, Ryan Tedder, with Dave Johnson on trumpet. This album has one last feature: the album was fully funded through his listeners via the crowd-sourcing website, PledgeMusic. Eric was able to bring in some heavy hitters such as drummer, Brandon Holder (current drummer for Leon Russell) and bassist Matt Hayes (Jacob Fred Jazz Odessey, Wayne Newton) thanks to the support of his many generous listeners. This album was recorded in Eric’s hometown of Tulsa, OK by Rockwell Ripperger (of the platinum selling band, Stephen Speaks) and Brandon Holder, mixed by Ripperger, and mastered by the grammy-award winning Chris Bellman (Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco, Katy Perry) at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, CA.Gracefully eric h

A collection of songs gathered throughout the past three years, GRACEFULLY holds elements of pop, soul, rock, R&B, and even a bit of a latin feel with its entrance, RED HOT TEARS. WAITING FOR THUNDER inspired by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year old Pakistani student who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, brings the rock genre into light on GRACEFULLY. Other highlights of the album are the gospel tinged, HOW CAN YOU SLEEP?, bringing back the horn section for a swinging tale of love on its way out, the pop-driven-perfect-for-a-sunday-morning, EVERYTHING TO YOU, and the title track, GRACEFULLY, a tribute to Eric’s grandmother, Grace, who raised Eric with his grandfather and father. Grace who passed away last Fall at the age of 97, led a full life of motherhood, a careers in photography, and at one time, a colorist for DC Comics in the 1930’s. Smiling from the cover art of this new record, Grace gives the stamp of approval for the grandson she encouraged artistically as Eric puts it ” to live life like you taught me, GRACEFULLY”.

More accolades for Eric Himan:

  • As heard on XM/Sirius The Coffee House (recorded live sessions for them, as well)
  • Recently added to HOLLISTER’s In-Store Playlist nationally
  • As seen in The Huffington Post, American Songwriter Magazine,Towleroad, Out Magazine, and The Advocate
  • Opening Tour dates this spring for Ani DiFranco and Leon Russell.
  • Opened for Patty Griffin, India.Arie, Leon Russell, Edwin McCain amongst others.
  • Featured at Songwriter’s Festivals around the country including the 30A Songwriter’s Festival alongside Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III, Matthew Sweet and more.
  • Endorsed by Fender Guitars
  • Winner of The Singer/Songwriter Awards (WeAreListening.Org)
  • Licensed songs to E!, MTV, Vh1, and The Discovery Channel.
  • *Best of the Best-Okahoma Magazine three years in a row
  • *Winner-Artist of the Year/Best Male Vocalist-Urban Tulsa Weekly’s Music Awards

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Date/Time: Wednesday September 16th, 2015 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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Jazz Eureka 2015 Featuring Joey DeFrancesco September 11th &12th

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Jazz Eureka celebrates 30 years of jazz in Eureka Springs with a stellar line up featuring Joey DeFrancesco.  Joey, a 2 time Grammy nominee, has played with Miles Davis and some of the biggest names in the music business.  Considered the master of the jazz organ, Joey delights audiences with his powerful performances.  Joey appears in concert at the Eureka Springs auditorium Sept 12.  Show starts at 7:30. Tickets start at 20.00.

Opening the show is the Joe Cartwright Quintet featuring Molly Hammer.  Dave Brubek said of Joe: “I am always flattered when a fellow musician decides to perform and record one of my tunes.  My pleasure and amazement is enhanced when the artist is a imaginative and talented as pianist Joe Cartwright”.  Molly Hammer has an eclectic vocal background drawing influences from Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, and many others.

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30 years ago, Beto and the Fairlanes opened the 1st Eureka Springs Jazz Festival. The current Jazz Eureka organizer, Ron Sumner, was at that event in 1985 at the Basin Park Hotel and he remembers they had everyone up and dancing with their mix of original Jazz flavored salsa, big band and funk.  They are back, vital as ever, to open the 2015 event, now called Jazz Eureka, with a free concert and dance party in Basin Park.  This rare not to be missed appearance starts at 7pm Friday Sept 11 at Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs.  It is free to the public.

Saturday Sept. 12 Free Music in Basin Spring Park feature stellar artists from the region.  It begins with the 18 piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective.  This is their 3rd  straight year at Jazz Eureka.  With over 2 centuries of combined jazz experience, this world class big band has been thirilling audiences all around the 4 state region.  Their set begins at Noon.

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Starting at 2pm is the Rodney Block Quartet.  Block, a trumpeter born in Arkansas, has been featured internationally building a niche in the jazz and hip hop genres.  He has shared the stage with Earth Wind and Fire, Kirk Whalhum, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.  The band has been honored with the Aurora award and the Telly Award for its concert feature on the AETN television network.  He was Runner up in Arkansas Times “Best Of Bands” category.

Closing the park on Saturday at 4pm is saxophonist Grady Nichols and his Quintet.   Grady is an absolute pro and super talented musician.  “Grady Nichols technical mastery of the saophone is only surpassed by his emotional mastery of his instrument.  He can evoke just the right emotion for any of his songs without making you feel manipulated or that the feeling is contrived”.

Jazz Eureka features something for the casual as well as the seasoned jazz fan. In a beautiful setting,  Come early and catch all the free talent in beautiful downtown Basin Park and get your tickets to see the Saturday show in the The Auditorium, a wonderful venue for jazz.


“2nd Friday Jazz at Cork” Featuring Angie Cockrell and The Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe

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Angie Cockrell has been wowing audiences throughout Oklahoma for several years now and if you, for whatever reason have missed out on hearing this incredible singer live wait no longer. Friday September 11 Angie is performing from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm at Cork 91st and Memorial in Tulsa,Oklahoma.

There’something for everyone at Cork! Their menu choices are wonderful, they have an extensive wine list , plus a wide variety of beers and liquors to satisfy a variety of tastes. There has never been a better time to experience Cork.

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This is the second show in the 2nd Friday Jazz at Cork series, joining her will be two of the premier jazz performers in the area, fellow Tulsa Jazz Music Group members Dean Demerritt on bass and Frank Brown on guitar.

If you enjoy good food, good service and good music all in a wonderful atmosphere, then this is your place and this is your night. Bring your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers and enjoy a relaxing  evening with us at Cork.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

Date/Time: Friday September 11th, 2015 7 30 pm-10 30 pm

Location:8922 S Memorial Dr Suite C3 Tulsa, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 615-3383

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Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade Performing at Main St. Tavern

Let Cynthia and Scott serenade you Wednesday night at Main St. Tavern…

This is just a taste of what’s in store for you this Wednesday at Main St.  Let Cynthia’s smooth, velvety voice and Scott’s mesmerizing piano playing enthrall you as you relax, unwind, and leave your day behind.

Show starts at 6 pm, reservations are not required.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

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

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 912-872-1414

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Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse

An intimate concert with Angie Cockrell at Bluestone…

You’ve seen her on the big stage now experience Angie Cockrell up close and personal in the elegant atmosphere of Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood. Join Angie and Mike Leland on a musical journey through the Great American Songbook while you enjoy Bluestone’s delicious menu offerings and extensive wine selection.

Shows start at 6 pm reservations are suggested but not required.

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Wednesday September 9th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday September 10th, 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

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Rebecca Ungerman and Josh Westbrook Performing at Lucky’s on the Green for “Tuesday Night Live”

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 “Tuesday Night Live” at the Guthrie Green Presents Rebecca Ungerman!

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!

Rebecca Ungerman and Josh Westbrook will be performing this Tuesday September 8th from 7 30 to 9 30 pm at Lucky’s on the Green, it’s the 2nd 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 .

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

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Date/Time: Tuesday  September 8th, 2015  7 30 pm-9 30 pm

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

Phone: (918) 574-2421

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