“Live Music Night” at Sisserou’s Restaurant Featuring The Ashlee ElmoreTrio! August 8th, 2019

Enjoy An Evening Of Jazz and more with The Ashlee Elmore Trio at Sisserou’s!

Each 2nd Thursday of the month Sisserou’s Restaurant offers some of the best live entertainment Tulsa has to offer, the month of August features the inaugral performance of The Ashlee Elmore Trio which features Vocalist Ashlee Elmore, Guitarist Josh Westbrook, and Bassist Dean Demerritt!!

Ashlee loves to sing and performs all over the state, treating audiences to varying genres from Jazz to Rock and even performing as a Dueling Pianist. She holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and has been teaching in both private and public settings for over 20 years now.

After establishing numerous successful programs across the state, Elmore relocated to Tulsa in 2013 to become the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Children’s Chorus. Under her direction, the group thrived and expanded, ultimately landing them the highest possible honor of a chorus in the state of Oklahoma, being named an Oklahoma Music Educators Association Honor Group.

In addition to the great music you get to treat yourself to Sisserou’s delicious menu offerings, extensive beverage selection, and relaxing atmosphere, you’re in for an incredible evening!

Use the information below to make your reservation: (Reservations are strongly suggested)

Phone: (918) 576-6800

Website: http://www.sisserousrestaurant.com/reservations/

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These shows are a Tulsa Jazz.Com and Taylor Entertainment Group Production.

 

Date/Time:

Thursday August 8th 2019  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Archer and Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 576-6800

Sisserou’s Restaurant Website: http://www.sisserousrestaurant.com/

Ashlee Elmore’s Website: http://www.ashleeelmore.com

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Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe Featuring Ashlee Elmore at The Bull and Bear Tavern Saturday January 23rd, 2016

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Additional Show Information:

Date/Time: Saturday January 23rd 2016  9 30 pm – 12 30 am

Location: 5800 S Lewis Ave #113, Tulsa, OK 74105

Phone(918) 895-7655

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“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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Olivia Duhon and Friends Perform at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Olivia Duhon and Friends bring the music of the 60’s and 70’s to the Jazz Depot Sunday

 

At her last Jazz Depot concert, which she gave in October 2013, vocalist Olivia Duhon emphasized material from the 1920s – which, of course, meant she was doing songs written long before she was born.

For her Sunday show, Olivia and Friends, the winner of the 2009 Legacy Tribute Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame plans to perform music that still isn’t of her time. She has, however,  moved everything up about a half-century.

“We’re really focusing on songs from the ’60s and ’70s,” she says, “taking some classic songs from that era, kind of jazzing them up, and putting in our own twists and spins.”

The “we” here is guitarist Frank Brown’s trio, which includes bassist Ron Adams and drummer Jim Karstein. All three are Duhon’s frequent musical cohorts. And for them, the music of that period hits closer to home; Karstein, in fact, helped create some of those songs as a West Coast session drummer and member of the hitmaking rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys. But while she herself may not have experienced them first-hand, Duhon feels that the music associated with those two decades constitutes what she describes as “a burst of genius.”

“The other night, we were doing a private party, and while we were setting up, someone had a radio playing and this 1990s song came on,” she says. “I was a youngster in the ’90s, so there’s a lot of that music that speaks to me, because it was a part of my youth. I said to Frank and Ron, `Oh, the ’90s were so great. That was just the greatest era for singers and songwriters.’  And Ron said, `No. It was the ’60s and ’70s.’ And I completely agree with him.

“A song has to speak to me in order for me to really want to sing it,” she adds. “For the ’20s show, I did a couple of songs simply because they were from the ’20s. But for this show, all the tunes really speak to me. That’s actually how we got the [’60s and ’70s] theme. We had started picking songs, and then we noticed there was a pattern – lots of them were from the ’60s and ’70s. And I really, really love those tunes.”

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Although she says that she can be attracted to a song for a number of reasons, including the melody and the arrangement, more often than not it’s the lyrics that end up selling her.

“Usually, I find I gravitate to lyrics that speak about something I’ve experienced,” she explains. “I think that’s true with anyone when it comes to music: you like songs that speak to you or speak about something you’ve been through. But I’m also drawn to lyrics about things other people have been through.  It’s kind of hard to describe, but it’s all absolutely about emotion.”

As is the case with many of her concerts, this one will also be  – at least in part – about performing a song or two that she doesn’t think has been heard enough.

This time, she says, “There’s a George Harrison tune that’s very obscure. I’m pretty excited about that. It’s an original that he did on one of his own albums.”

That’s about all she wants to say about her Sunday repertoire, except to once again emphasize the era she’s drawing from. She does promise to feature some “surprise guests,” including a keyboardist, joining her on stage during the evening.

“So it’s Olivia and friends – just kind of a `Kumbayah’ with ’60s and ’70s music,” she notes with a chuckle.

Olivia and Friends is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 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.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The show is part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 Autumn 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.

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