Tulsa Jazz Music Group Presents Angie Cockrell Performing at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

 

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This lovely lady will be performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame this Sunday June 7th from 5-7 pm. Accompanying her will be Dean Demerritt, Frank Brown, Wade Robertson, and Mike Leland. Angie’s voice has been described as “rich and heart melting” and her performances are mesmerizing.

It is that voice that causes one to conjure up comparisons to Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, and Eva Cassidy. Growing up with influences like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and Eva Cassidy, Angie’s versatility spans jazz, contemporary Christian, Gospel, country, blues, and soft rock.

This award winning vocalist  has been  a staple in Tulsa’s music community for several years and her genuineness on and off the stage has endeared fans both young and old. She’s been a shining star on the Jazz Depot’s roster of performers for several years now and we would like to thank the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for having her back and for all they do in the community.

“We love Angie” one fan said, “when she sings you can feel it down in your soul”

This is a must see show! For tickets call (918) 928-JAZZ or visit www.JazzHallTickets.com. Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each.  General Admission tickets are only $15.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating. High school and middle school students admitted for only $5.00.

The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2015 Summer Concert Series.

This is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production

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Sunday June  7th 2015  5 00 pm-7 00 pm

Location: 5 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 928-5299

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

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

Oklahoma Jazz HOF Website: www.okjazz.org

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TulsaJazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse

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If you ask Angie Cockrell what the biggest lesson she’s learned about having a passion for music is, it can be boiled down to one simple ideology: if you try to put it on the bottom of your proverbial “to do” list, the music will get louder until you put it at the top.

Angie’s voice – a rich, soulful, smooth, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures up comparisons to icons Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, and Whitney Houston. Growing up with heavy influences of such a variety of artists like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, The Beatles, Bread, The Eagles, The Carpenters, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and the list goes on and on and on…… Her love affair with all styles of music has never ended.

Joining Angie will be the incredible Mike Leland on keyboard, with this duo in house a good time is guaranteed to be had by all. So bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening of good music, good food, and good fun 🙂

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This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

Dates/Times:  

Thursday March 5th, 2015 6 pm- 9 pm

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

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Jerome Dabney Performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Cynthia Simmons web sm (1)Dear Jazz Hall Friends,

My Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame tribute to Ella Fitzgerald-originally scheduled for this Sunday-has been moved to next Sunday, November 16. I’m recovering from an unfortunate bout of laryngitis, so Jerome Dabney and the Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribehave graciously stepped in to take over this Sunday’s show.

Vocalist Jerome Dabney–headlining his first Jazz Depot performance–has been delighting audiences all over the world for the last thirty six years, as he has performed on stage, in film, on world tours, and aboard cruise ships. Dabney performs alongside the Dean DeMeritt Jazz Tribe, featuring Scott McQuade on keys, Wade Robertson on drums, and DeMeritt on bass.

To enjoy the jazz, call Bettie Downing at (918) 928-JAZZ or purchase your tickets online. Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each. General Admission tickets are only $15.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating. High school and middle school students admitted for only $5.00.

Yours in jazz,

Cynthia Simmons

 

 

“MR. MOTOWN” SET TO PRESENT AN EVENING OF JAZZ CLASSICS AT THE JAZZ DEPOT

          Last month, Tulsa’s Jerome Dabney celebrated 30 years as a cruise-ship performer. And as he’s sung for those crowds over the past three decades, the entertainer known in the cruise industry as “Mr. Motown” has made quite a few adjustments to his repertoire.

“It’s really been one of those evolving situations,” he explains. “When I first started, I was doing a tribute show – not impersonations, but tributes to the music of Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, those artists. And then as the years passed, the audiences changed, and now there are a lot of really big Motown fans out there. I would say that in two years, if you’re going to be an entertainer in the cruise industry, it might be your best bet to do a lot of disco-type stuff. The people who have the time and money to cruise are usually older people, so you want to be able to appeal to the majority of your crowd.”

For the past decade or so, both on sea and on land, Dabney has done a lot to earn that “Mr. Motown” tag – which, he notes, is “a monicker one of the cruise directors I worked with gave me, and it kind of stuck.” Over the past decade, he’s toured internationally with Tribute – A Salute to the Temptations, branching out from Las Vegas to dates in England, Japan, and South America, as well as other spots around the globe. He also does a regular Motown show, a Stevie Wonder show, and, in 2012, toured Asia with the World Famous Platters, playing dates in the Philippine Islands and Singapore and appearing on a cruise ship in Malaysia.

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Sunday, however, Mr. Motown becomes Mr. Standards, as Dabney returns to the music he began performing on ships back in the mid-’80s.

“What I plan to do on Sunday are the traditional jazz standards,” he says. “I was talking to Dean DeMerritt the other day, and I was telling him there are a lot of jazz tunes out there that are quote-unquote `jazzy-jazzy’ – like `Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most.’ That’s a jazzy-jazzy song; your jazz connoisseur is going to know that song, but someone who just enjoys jazz music may not. I don’t think a lot of effort is being spent on the basic jazz standard. When’s the last time you heard someone singing `Misty’? So I told Dean, `I’m just going to offer up as many classic standards as I possibly can.’

“The show I do now is called An Evening of Motown Classics,” he adds. “But this show is going to be An Evening of Jazz Classics. I have a Nat King Cole medley I’m going to offer, and some of the really basic standard songs: `Satin Doll,’ `Misty,’ `Tenderly.’ I’ll do a couple of `jazzy-jazzy’ songs, too.”

“Tenderly,” in fact, was the tune that brought DeMerritt and Dabney together. As DeMerritt remembered it, he and guitarist Frank Brown were hosting a jazz jam session in the Centennial Lounge of Tulsa’s VFW Post 577. It was July, and DeMerritt had just returned to his native Tulsa after spending several years on the Atlanta scene.

“We saw this guy who was intently listening to us play, and then he came up and said, `I’d love to do “Tenderly” with you,'” remembers DeMerritt. “We thought, `If he wants to do “Tenderly” here, in this VFW hall, we’d better go ahead and let him do it.’ And from his first chorus, we both knew he was something special.”

In addition to DeMerritt on bass, Sunday’s Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe lineup includes Scott McQuade on piano and Wade Robertson on drums.

“I went to the jam session at the Jazz Depot about a month ago on a Tuesday evening, and I did one or maybe two songs,” says Dabney. “But this will be my first time on the main stage. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be great.”

An Evening of Jazz Classics with Jerome Dabney and the Dean DeMerritt JazzTribe is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall ofFame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at JazzHallTickets.com or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-928-JAZZ (5299). 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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The Begonias Perform at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

The Begonias Debut at the Jazz Depot on Sunday, September 1

            If you’ve been around the Tulsa music scene for a while, you’ll probably remember the Sisters of the Sun, a duo best known for a long-standing regular engagement at St. Michael’s Alley. And you may recall the top-notch bluegrass band, the Sons of the Boutonnieres, as well. The origin of The Begonias – the trio making its Jazz Depot debut on Sunday – can be traced back to a mid-’90s marriage between members of those two acts.

“When Rick and I got married, I was playing with Sisters of the Sun and he was playing with the Sons of the Boutonnieres,” explains vocalist-bassist Terry Bentley. “We’d have gigs across town on the same night, and we finally went, `Well, why don’t we do this together?'”

The result was a trio called Ruby’s Begonia, featuring Terry on vocals and bass, new husband Rick Bentley on guitar and banjo, and Terry’s college-student son Levi Dennis on fiddle and guitar. Although the instrumentation would indicate a country act, Ruby’s Begonia drew from an eclectic repertoire – including traditional pop and jazz numbers.

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“It was a mixture of things then, ” she recalls. “We started out doing some of those American standards and just slowly evolved into doing more and more of them, and really got hooked on the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin type of stuff.”

As the playlist evolved, so did the band. Levi left for Nashville – where he currently works in the band of country star Gary Allan – and Rick and Terry played as a duo for a while, with A-list fiddlers like Rick Morton and Shelby Eicher often sitting in. Then they added drums. And a couple of years ago, at the same time David Blue became the group’s regular drummer, the Bentleys changed the name of the act from Ruby’s Begonia (a reference to a famous line from both the Amos ‘n’ Andy and Laugh-In TV shows) to The Begonias.

“When David started playing with us, we just decided to drop that part of the name,” says Terry. “We kept our little logo and everything, but we wanted to kind of make a new start.”

That new start involves not only more classic American pop tunes, but more duet vocals as well.

“They don’t really go with the American standards – I don’t know what you’d call them – but we’ve added a couple of Alison Krauss tunes, the duets she did with Robert Plant. We

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heard those, and we said, ‘You know, we both sing. Why don’t we sing more duets?’ So we recently added ‘Something Stupid,’ the Frank and Nancy [Sinatra] song, and we’ve started doing `Call Me Irresponsible’ as a duet. It’s been a lot of fun working with the harmonies.

“The majority of what we do, I’d say, would be the American standards: `Fly Me to the Moon,’ `Mack the Knife,’ `Sway,’ things like that. That would probably be 80 percent of what we do.”

Like many other top-drawer local acts, the Begonias suffered the loss of a major venue when Tulsa’s Ciao closed last fall. Since then, however, they’ve played a variety of rooms, ranging from The Voulez-Vous Club in Eureka Springs and Broken Arrow’s Main Street Tavern to the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, where they recently performed for LIFE Senior Services – Tulsa.

“They had about 300 people there at Cascia Hall, in an auditorium setting, and it was great,” she says. “It was just a one-hour program, and it was totally different from playing in a restaurant bar. We enjoyed it a lot.”

The way they see it, the Jazz Depot promises to be that same kind of experience, with an attentive audience that’s there to see and hear the band.

“Yeah,” she laughs. “We said, `Well, we did that once, so we ought to be able to do it again.’ At the LIFE Senior Services thing, pretty much everything we did was the American standards. We’ll probably fill in with some of our other standards at the Jazz Hall of Fame, but not a lot.”

The Begonias are set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 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.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 the first in the Jazz Hall’s 2013 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.               

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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Kansas City Jazz Diva Millie Edwards Makes Tulsa Debut at The Oklahoma Jazz HOF

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For the past quarter-century or so, vocalist Millie Edwards has been a fixture on the Kansas City jazz and blues scene. She’s been a featured performer on Jazz Cruises. She’s a member of the famed Wild Women of Kansas City vocal ensemble. She’s played festivals. And in her earlier life with a touring band, she sang in clubs and hotels throughout the middle part of the country for several years.

Sunday’s show, however, will mark her first-ever appearance in Tulsa.

“I have some very good friends there, and I know that you have an incredible jazz scene,” Millie Edwards says. “Your scene is alive and active and I’m excited and happy to finally be doing it.”

“Millie Edwards’ voice is as rich and far ranging as the jazz legacy of her native Kansas City,” says Jason McIntosh, CEO of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. “We are thankful to Joe and JoAnne Wilkinson, two of our most steadfast patrons, who made it their mission to introduce Oklahoma jazz fans to Millie Edwards.”

“I know I’m working with some of the best musicians there are in Oklahoma,” Edwards adds. “When I mention Scott McQuade’s name to musicians here, they say, ‘Oh, my gosh. You’re going to have a great time.’ They say wonderful things about him.”

Tulsa-based pianist McQuade will lead the lineup of Tulsa players that’ll be backing Edwards on Sunday’s show. Together, says Edwards, they’ll offer patrons “an entertaining, very comfortable, evening.”

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“I try to mix up my performances so they’re diverse and inclusive. So they’ll hear a variety of standards, maybe some show tunes, maybe some blues, and if someone requests a gospel tune, and the band knows it, I’ll do it, because it’s all about the audience enjoying the experience.”

Edwards learned about pleasing audiences during her college years. Growing up in a home where she heard jazz and blues as well as classical music, she studied classical piano at Ottawa College in Kansas.

“I was going to be a piano teacher and performer,” she recalls. “But once I was in college, I needed extra money. My parents said, ‘We’ve given you a budget. You need extra money, you figure it out.’

“Well, coffeehouses were big then, so I went out and purchased every songbook I could find. I bought Carole King, James Taylor, Richie Havens, and I started singing and accompanying myself on piano, performing in that coffeehouse-folk vein.”

Then, she says, “I heard Elton John. He was classically trained, but he combined rock and the classics and developed a unique sound, which caught my ear. I was amazed at what the man could do. And that’s what told me, `I can do this.’ So I graduated with a degree in education, and as soon as I’d graduated, I went on the road and started singing – which didn’t make my folks happy,” she adds with a laugh.

She describes the groups she toured with, Moment’s Notice and Chaos, as “lounge-lizard bands – Top 40 tunes, tuxedos, gowns, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., five or six nights a week, which is kind of unheard-of now. These days, it’sone-nighters, for the most part, and it’s usually not even a band, but a single or duo.”

But even as she traveled the lounge circuit, through Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, she was listening to music by performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, and Frank Sinatra and practicing her jazz vocals. Then, in the late 1980s, she began playing the jazz and blues clubs in her hometown, quickly developing a following.

“My first big gig was warming up for [tenor saxophonist] Houston Person,” she remembers. “We had a place here in Kansas City called Bobby’s, and he and [his longtime musical partner] Etta Jones were going to be performing there. I was in awe of them, but I was in heaven.houston person and etta jones

“After that, I started doing jazz cruises for the late Charles Earland, and I began working with [organist and Kansas City music icon] Everette DeVan.  I have a group here called the Wild Women of Kansas City. Myra Taylor, who was a member of that group, passed away last year, but we’ve continued on.

“So I’ve had some incredible opportunities,” she concludes. “But I always remember what my parents always said: It’s not about you. It’s about the music, and doing honor to the music.”

The Millie Edwards concert is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 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 or by callingBettie 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.  Edwards’ performance is a part of the Jazz Hall’s Spring 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 allOklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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