Welcome to International Jazz Day 2017!

 

 Jazz events happening today in more than 195 countries and all 50 United States…

Jazz is alive and flourishing!

Watch the webcast of the 2017 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Havana, Cuba right here on TulsaJazz.Com starting at 9 pm eastern!
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | NEW YORK (21:00) | PARIS (03:00) | TOKYO (10:00)

 

 

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2nd Annual Chet Baker Jazz Festival Saturday October 1st Yale, Oklahoma

 

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The City of Yale honors one of their own, the late, great Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 10. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in church choirs and tried his hand at trombone before turning to trumpet at age 13.

Baker dropped out of school at 16 to join the Army, and played in bands during his two stints in the armed forces. In between, he was turned on to the music of Miles Davis and became involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene.

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Baker’s musical career took off after he earned the chance to play with jazz great Charlie Parker in 1952. That year he joined saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s piano-less quartet, and the pairing of Baker’s subdued tone and gentle phrasing with Mulligan’s ear for harmonies proved a dynamic combination. The quartet reeled off such favorites as “Walkin’ Shoes,” “Bernie’s Tune” and “My Funny Valentine,” which became one of Baker’s signature songs.

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The festival will consist of various artist from Tulsa and around the state, to a person, if asked, they will state how honored they are to be a part of such an historic event.

Bruce Guthrie Exec. Dir of the Chet Baker Foundation stated that “He hopes this will continue be one of many annual celebrations of Chet’s legacy here in his hometown of Yale, Oklahoma.”

The line up for this great event is as follows:

Hank Williams Tribute –  4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker Duo – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Moore Jazz w/ guest vocalist Cynthia Simmons – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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The Chet Baker Festival will run from 4-9 p.m. on Main and Boston in downtown Yale, about 45 minutes west of Tulsa. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is sponsored in part by the City of Yale, the Yale Chamber of Commerce, the Chet Baker Estate LLC and the Chet Baker Foundation.

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Happy New Year from Tulsa Jazz.Com!

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Another year has come and gone and a new one lies ahead of us. May love, peace, joy, and prosperity abound in your life and may 2016 be your best year yet!

Sincerely,

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Inaugural Chet Baker Jazz Festival Saturday October 10th Yale, Oklahoma

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Trumpeter Mike Moore leads an All-Star cast honoring the Late, Great Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 10. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in church choirs and tried his hand at trombone before turning to trumpet at age 13.

Baker dropped out of school at 16 to join the Army, and played in bands during his two stints in the armed forces. In between, he was turned on to the music of Miles Davis and became involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene.

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Baker’s musical career took off after he earned the chance to play with jazz great Charlie Parker in 1952. That year he joined saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet, and the pairing of Baker’s subdued tone and gentle phrasing with Mulligan’s ear for harmonies proved a dynamic combination. The quartet reeled off such favorites as “Walkin’ Shoes,” “Bernie’s Tune” and “My Funny Valentine,” which became one of Baker’s signature songs.

The festival will consist of various artist from around the state and some from as far away as California, to a person, if asked, will state how honored they are to be a part of such an historic event.

Bruce Guthrie Exec. Dir of the Chet Baker Foundation stated that “He hopes this will be the first many annual celebrations of Chet’s legacy here in his hometown of Yale, Oklahoma.”

The line up for this great event is as follows: (Note:  Some of these artists played with Chet Baker during his career)

Jazz Standard with Mike Leland, Bill Crosby, Mike Moore and Rick Cope –  4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe feat. Sarah Maud5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Stephanie Oliver and Pat Kelley7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Jam Session8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

The Chet Baker Festival will run from 4-10 p.m. on Main and Boston in downtown Yale, about 45 minutes west of Tulsa. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is sponsored in part by the City of Yale, the Yale Chamber of Commerce, the Chet Baker Estate LLC and the Chet Baker Foundation.

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The 14th Annual Taste of Collinsville & Jazz Too!

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Collinsville Downtown, Inc. is once again preparing for another fantastic evening of good food and fabulous jazz for The 14th Annual Taste of Collinsville. Last year’s event was such a huge success, we have decided to continue with the jazz theme again this year!

We are again partnering with TulsaJazz.com to bring the regions best jazz musicians to Main Street. We’ll have the area’s top restaurants on hand for sampling of their most popular dishes while relaxing and meeting most of our Main Street Merchants. Come prepared to make that purchase… you never know what you’re gonna find!

Additional Event Information:

Day/Date: Thursday September 17th 5 30 pm to 8 00 pm

Location: 1126 W Main St, Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021

Phone: (918) 371-5530

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“Bill and Pam Crosby’s Excellent Adventure” A Musical Celebration Of Their 33 Wedding Anniversary at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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BILL & PAM’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE CELEBRATES 33 YEARS OF JAZZY TOGETHERNESS

In addition to all the live music from some of the areas top jazz performers, there’ll be something else of interest on display at the Jazz Depot Sunday: A blowup of a photo from September 5, 1982, taken by renowned Tulsa photographer Gaylord Herron.

“He’s my brother-in-law, and he took that picture with one of those cameras that had an 8″X10″ negative,” explains Bill Crosby. “So it’s a great big photo of our wedding, showing all the people who were there, out in our backyard.”

Central to the shot are Crosby and his then-new bride, Pam Van Dyke, who celebrate 33 years as a married couple at Sunday’s show. And while their personal lives had only intersected a year or so before Herron snapped that photo, bassist Crosby and vocalist Van Dyke had both been professionals on the Tulsa music scene for decades by then.

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“We’d known each other a long time before we ever got together,” Crosby says. “I remember years ago, when I was working at the Hilton with [pianist] Bob Clear, she was working down the street with a group called the Sound of Four. When we’d finish, we’d go over and listen to ’em. More than likely, she sat in a few times with us, too.”

Later, he adds, “I was [bandleader and keyboardist] Sammy Pagna’s bassist; I’d worked with him off and on ever since I was a kid, almost, going back to the ’60s. In 1981, he was doing a benefit of some kind at the Old Lady on Brady and he wanted a singer. Kenny Mills was his guitar player, and he and Pam had been working together a lot. So Kenny said, `Why don’t you get Pam to sing?’ At that time, Sammy was doing dances every Wednesday night at the Caravan [Ballroom], and they invited her over to the next one and she sat in. That’s when Pam and I got started.”

The song Pam ended up singing with Pagna’s band at the benefit was Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour.” Thirty-four years later, it’s also going to be one of the numbers she performs at their wedding-anniversary concert on Sunday.

“We’ve gone through our list and found some of the old songs we started out with,” her husband says. “We’ve got so many that we won’t have time to do them all, but besides `My Cherie Amour,’ we’ll do stuff like `Without A Song,’ `Caravan,’ `[Take the] “A” Train,’ `On A Clear Day,’ and ‘This Masquerade,’ which is the best song Leon Russell ever wrote.”

Crosby actually played some jobs during the late 1950s with Russell and drummer Chuck Blackwell. Russell was a student at Will Rogers High School then, still using his given name of Russell Bridges. The three had met earlier at a legendary Tulsa jazz club.

“When I was working at the Rubiyat, Leon was in high school, and he and Blackwell would come out and sit in. He was a jazzer. He didn’t play rock ‘n’ roll back then. But he got smart,” notes Crosby with a laugh.

Among the guests scheduled to take the Jazz Depot stage Sunday are Sonny Gray, the well-known Tulsa pianist who owned the Rubiyat. He joins an impressive lineup that includes fellow keyboardists Tim Shadley, Charles Gardner, and Jack Wolfe.

Other well-known performers on the bill include drummers Anthony Yohe, Wade Robertson, and Ron McCrory; trumpeters Mike Bennett and Mike Moore; vocalists Sandy Gardner and Cindy Cain; saxophonist Victor Anderson; and bassists Jim Bates and Dean DeMerritt, along with Crosby himself. In addition to being the top jazz names in town, “these are just people we play with these days,” notes Crosby.

Many of them, however, go back with one or both of the Crosbys a long time. And in at least one case, the connection is intergenerational.

“Dean DeMerritt’s mom and dad were both at our wedding,” Crosby points out. “His name was Dean DeMerritt too, a jazz piano player. Tony[Yohe] and I worked with him a bunch, back in the day.”

 

Bill & Pam’s Excellent Adventure is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 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, from www.jazzhalltickets.com, or by calling 918-928-JAZZ. 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 2015 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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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

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