Merry Christmas from TulsaJazz.Com

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May this holiday season find your life filled with love, peace, and joy…Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

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Merry Christmas from Tulsa Jazz.Com!

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Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas from TulsaJazz.Com

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May this holiday season find your life filled with love, peace, and joy…Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

TulsaJazz.Com

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Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse December 16th & 17th

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Live Jazz at Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood!

This week join fabulous Jazz singer Angie Cockrell and the incredible pianist  Mike Leland  as they perform some of your favorite Jazz Standards this Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm at Bluestone Steakhouse.

Sit back , relax, and enjoy the wonderful delicacies of Bluestone’s menu and pair it with a bottle of wine from their wonderful selection or other libation of your choice. Reservations are encouraged but not required.

These shows are a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

Date/Time:

Wednesday December 16th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday December 17th 2015 6 pm to 9 pm

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Angie’s Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/angiecockrellmusic

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Glow on the Green Sunday November 29th at the Guthrie Green

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Tulsa Jazz Music Group Members Headline Glow on the Green!

Join us for the 3rd Annual GLOW on the Green on Sunday, November 29th from 3 pm to 7 pm! This year’s GLOW will include a special holiday market with local vendors selling everything from Christmas home decor, jewelry, clothing, art, food, and more.

The Tulsa Pac Trust will bring in music from Bravo Brass, TulsaJazz.com, and Arthur Thompson. The event will kick off with a special round of holiday karaoke with DJ Spencer LG. Lucky’s on the Green will feature unique holiday food & drink items, and as always you can find some of your favorite food trucks to sample fare from. Santa makes his return to the Green this year so be sure to bring the kids out ready to give him their Christmas wish list and of course, take photos with  Saint Nick. GlowOnTheGreen_113014_ShaneBrown_PRINT-37

Jazz will be in abundance this year as TulsaJazz.com provides you with an evening of wonderful Jazz and Christmas favorites! The fun starts at 5 pm with the Northeastern State University Jazz Quartet which features Joe Barger on sax, Chris Peters on drums, Hiroki Ohsawa on keyboard, and Matthew Buttler on bass. Then at 6pm your headline act hits the stage!  The TulsaJazz.com Quartet featuring Cynthia Simmons on vocals, Michael Bremo on drums, Frank Brown on guitar, and Dean Demerritt on bass will perform from aprox 6:10-7 pm.

GLOW on the Green is affiliated with the days larger event, GLOW Downtown: A Progressive Lighting. Each participating location will flip their holiday lights on at different times, with Guthrie Green’s lighting ceremony happening at 6 pm sharp.

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Additional Information: 

Date/Time: Sunday, November 29th 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

Phone: (918) 574-2421

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www.cynsingsjazz.com

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The Local Authors Corner Presented by TulsaJazz.Com

 

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We are thrilled about our collaboration with various local authors that created Local Authors Corner Presented by TulsaJazz.Com. This is a wonderful way for the Jazz and writing communities to work together to promote the vast array of talent here in the Tulsa area. Many of these authors are nationally and internationally known, their passion for their work seems to jump right off the pages at you as you read. While visiting Local Author Corner check out the author bio pages, click the links to their sites, purchase their books, and be sure to visit regularly to see which new authors have been added.

If reading is fundamental the Local Authors Corner is the fundamentally sound place to start shopping for all the book lovers in your life, what better way to tell someone you love them than giving the gift of reading. Additionally, you could throw in some wonderful recordings by  local jazz artists to complement your gift and shucks, you would be the…bees knees! Yeah, I said that 🙂

Click the  link below to  explore and experience The Local Authors Corner Presented by TulsaJazz.com,  you’ll  be glad you did.

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Sheridan Road Christmas Concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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SHERIDAN ROAD CHRISTMAS SHOW TO BE A HOLIDAY FAVORITE

According to their director, Dr. Barry Epperley, members of the three-man, three-woman vocal-jazz group Sheridan Road went through “at least 100 different pieces” of Christmas music before selecting the material they wanted to perform in their Sunday Jazz Depot concert. And what they came up with, notes Epperley with a chuckle, was “some music that’s really sweet, some really hot jazz, and some that’s just completely goofy.”

It’s hard to know which of those categories applies to the group’s planned opening number. Epperley first encountered it during his days of working with the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland in the early 1970s, when he produced a musical program with the veteran actor and musical performer Elsa Lanchester.

“It’s a street cry from London; she had heard a street vendor selling lavender, and for her, it was a Christmas thing,” he recalls. “So I adapted that to the show we were doing, and she sang it, sort of. It was called `Won’t You Buy My Sweet Blooming Lavender.’

“I remembered it, and we found it and rewrote it for our group. So [Sheridan Road member] Steve Raiford is going to start the evening going through the audience singing `Won’t You Buy My Sweet Blooming Lavender.’”

And while that sounds pretty off-trail for a Christmas concert, it’s far from the only unusual song on the bill.

“We’re doing a little set of Alfred Burt carols,” he explains. “Alfred Burt’s father was a minister in the Midwest, and every year he and his church organist, Wilha Huston, would write a Christmas carol, put it on a card, and mail it to the people on their Christmas list. In 1942, Alfred started writing the words. You may not know the titles, but you’ll hear them playing when you walk through a mall: `We’ll Dress the House,’ `Caroling, Caroling,’ ‘`Some Children See Him’ – which is probably his most popular. They’re all straight-ahead and pretty sweet.

“From there,” he adds, “we’ll go to a very raucous and jazz-filled `Jingle Bells,’ and it kind of changes everything.”549366c5af0de.image

The group plans to end the first half of the show with a musical arrangement of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” originally performed by the big-band-era act Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians and arranged by Harry Simeone, who would later become famous for another Christmas evergreen, “The Little Drummer Boy.”

“When I was a little kid,” Epperley recalls, “my father was the choir director at Stillwater High School, and one of the early things I remember with him is `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’ When my family gets together for the holidays, we always sing, and we always close with that. It tells the story humorously and with a good deal of fun.”

Other unusual holiday songs that Depot patrons can expect Sunday include one from PeterSchickele, aka P. D. Q. Bach, called “Throw the Yule Long on Uncle John”; “Hard Candy Christmas,” a Dolly Parton composition from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; and the Harry Connick Jr. arrangement of “(It Must’ve Been Ol‘) Santa Claus.”

Epperley himself created a kind of “Carol of the Bells” medley for the show.

“We have the old Peter Wilhousky arrangement, which he brought over from Russia. That’s the one everybody knows,” he says. “Then I happened on to the Jay Rouse arrangement, which is real swingy and just builds toward a screaming end. I put them together, adjusted the keys, and we just elided them. It’s really, really fun to sing.”

Scheduled to join Epperley on stage for all the fun are the other members of Sheridan Road, minus one.

“Because of some previous commitments and other things in her world, Jenn Green is not going to be with us,” he says. “Brenda Bussman, whom I’ve worked with for a long time, is filling in, and she’s got a really sweet kind of midrange soprano. I did a gospel octet over at Christ United Methodist Church for probably 10 years, and she was one of my folks there, so I know her capabilities. She’s got the second soprano role, and I’ve moved Marla [Patterson] up to first.”

In addition to Patterson, Bussman, Raiford, and Epperley, the group includes Brian and Jennifer Wilson (who are not related). The band is the same trio that played with the group at its October Jazz Depot show: pianist Rob Muraoka, bassist Jim Loftin, and drummer George Toumayan.

“We all like each other,” Epperley says. “You can tell it on stage.”

“Sheridan Road is a relatively new act, and this is their first Christmas show,” says Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “But I expect it to be an annual concert, and to quickly become a sure tradition for many families.”

The Sheridan Road Christmas Concert is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 21, 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 2014-5 Winter 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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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