Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse

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Angie is one of those vocalists that captures you with her heart and her voice. She has a special gentleness and genuineness that is very rare in society today, attending one of her performances is truly a treat.

Angie’s mission is to touch listeners with God’s gift of music. Her voice – a rich, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures 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.TooHot_058

You have 2 opportunities each week to see and hear Angie, she and Mike Leland perform many your jazz favorites and a few surprises at Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood every Wednesday and Thursday night from 6-9 pm. Bring your family and friends enjoy a wonderful dinner, soft sultry music, all in the intimate atmosphere that is Bluestone. Is there a better way to spend an evening? We don’t think so…:-)

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These shows are a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

Date/Time:

Wednesday July 15th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday June 16th 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

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

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Darell Christopher Performs at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Darell Christopher Brings Spring Break Show to the Jazz Depot

 

            For a while there, vocalist Darell Christopher thought about calling Sunday’sJazz Depot show March Madness.

Instead, he settled on Spring Break. After all, it’s about happiness, not madness. And it’s also about finally getting a break from what has sometimes seemed like an interminable Oklahoma winter.

“Everybody’s ready to get rid of winter,” he explains. “We’re ready to move on into spring and summer. So we just want to have some happy music, R&B and jazz, and make people feel like, `Wow. The sun has come out and spring is here.’ I think everybody is ready for a little sunshine, a little happiness – and we just want to play some music that makes people feel good.”

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So patrons can expect a tune or two from legendary soul singer Bill Withers, for instance, as well as George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” They can also expect a group of musicians who Christopher believes too often perform “under the radar.”

“These guys just don’t want a lot of attention, but people are always in for a treat when they hear them play,” he says. “I’m always trying to get them out there to do more solos and just enjoy the fact that they’re extremely talented musicians.”

The band includes Spike Gore, perhaps best known as the regular drummer for the late Earl Clark’s band Spectrum, along with guitarist Mark Furnas and keyboardist Aaron Henderson.

“Aaron and I started playing together several years ago, when he was teaching music at Booker T. Washington [High School],” notes Christopher. “He’s still teaching, but he’s also the music director for a wonderful church, Faith Christian out in north Tulsa. I like him because he has that gospel feel, but he also brings in R&B. He’s just an amazing musician, and he arranges music. I could not do it without him.

“He’s the maestro. We don’t call him Aaron; we call him the maestro, and it’s just been a blast to play with him for the last few years. ”

“Spike Gore,” Christopher adds, “is one of the best drummers I know. I don’t know if it’s his gospel roots or his rhythm, but I come alive when he’s drumming back there. I get excited, because he’s just a great drummer.”

Veteran guitarist Furnas is known for his work in a variety of genres, as well as for his association with the legendary music impresario Jim Halsey. Like the other two musicians on Sunday’s show, he has worked with Christopher for several years.

“We’ve put together a pretty nice group, and it’s all about chemistry,” says Christopher. “Playing with guys is always about liking their company, you know, and I can hang out with these guys in any situation. Whether we’re playing jazz, blues, gospel, or R&B, they’re right there, and it’s so much fun.”

NE_001 In addition to performing with his band, Christopher is a regular emcee for the JazzDepot’s Sunday concert series. It’s a job he relishes.

“I’ve got the best seat in the house,” he says. “It’s an honor. [Musicians] come in from L.A., they come in from Seattle, they come in from all over the world, and I’m the guy who gets to get up there and hype their shows a little bit. That’s exciting to me.”

He’s similarly enthusiastic about the Depot’s local acts.

“Every Sunday, whether you know the artists or not, you know you’re going to get quality music,” he explains. “People know they’re going to witness a great performance when they get there.  So I always feel that if I’m going to bring in a show, I want to bring something that’s up to the standards of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall ofFame, because we have a reputation for incredible talent.”

“For me, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame represents what’s best aboutOklahoma. Tulsa has a history, but when it comes to multiculturalism, when it comes to diversity, the Jazz Hall of Fame represents all of that – because music brings people together. A hundred years from now, people will look back and say, `What a cool thing it was that these guys got together and knocked down all the racial barriers, all the frustrating things they were dealing with, and brought people together in a family-oriented environment,'” he concludes. “To be part of that, man, is an honor.”

Darell Christopher’s Spring Break show is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s JazzDepot, 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 Spring 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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Sandy Gardner and Pam Van Dyke Crosby at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame!

Sandy Gardner and Pam Van Dyke Crosby Headline Celebration of Mother’s Day

One had a musical mom, one didn’t. But both Sandy Gardner and Mothers DayPam Van Dyke Crosby are quick to acknowledge the positive effects that their mothers had on their careers and their lives in general.

According to Pam, the two well-known vocalists will be “singing songs for our moms, for all moms, to celebrate moms,’ in this Sunday’s special Mother’s Day event at the Jazz Depot.

“Both of our moms were very supportive,” says Pam. “My mother’s name was Althea Butler, from Pond Creek, Oklahoma, and she was my voice teacher and accompanist for many years. Along with being a voice and piano teacher, she directed a lot of choirs. And she always encouraged me.”

“My mother couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, and she’d be the first to tell you that,” adds Sandy with a laugh. “But she was a typical mother — `you can do anything, you can be anything’ – and an amazing role model. She’d been a stay-at-home mom, but then she became a single parent with four children, ages 11 to one, and had to go back to work.

“She went to work in the accounting department at Skelly Oil Company [in Tulsa], and in ’64 or ’65, Skelly offered certain employees the opportunity to take a computer-programming course, to teach them how to use this new thing called the computer. My mother was the only woman who signed up; the rest were men. And the men were all able to spend part of their workdays studying for this thing. Not my mother. She had to do her regular job.

“So they all had to take a test at the end of the course. And my mother made the highest score,” adds Sandy. “She truly blazed a trail for so many women of my generation just by being brave enough to do all of that.”

Later, when Sandy and her pianist-arranger husband, Chuck Gardner, began performing together, Kalita, her mother, “was always front-row center” when the Gardners performed in her vicinity.

“She had a very special person she was in love with,” recalls Sandy. “They were unable to get married, but she totally loved this person, and he loved her. Their song was `Tenderly.’ So I’m definitely doing `Tenderly’ at this concert.”

For her part, Pam remembers her mother’s fondness for George Gershwin compositions, as well as Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin’s “Up A Lazy River.”

“She taught me a lot of Gershwin songs,” says Pam, “and she played `Up A Lazy River’ until she couldn’t play anymore. So I’ll do that and a couple of Gershwins –`Summertime,’ which was one of her favorites, and `Our Love Is Here to Stay.'”

In addition to doing tunes that their own moms loved hearing, Pam says that the two plan to sing some numbers that are favorites of Jazz Depot moms-including Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,’ which is tops with Jeanine Rhea, a tireless volunteer for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. They’ll be accompanied on the show by Chuck Gardner on piano, Bill Crosby on bass, and Wade Robertson on drums, and in addition to their solo numbers, they plan on sprinkling in a few duets.

“One tune that I’ve wanted Pam and me to do together for a long, long time is `[Stompin’ at the] Savoy,'” says Sandy. “You really don’t hear it as a vocal often, but it’s got some great words [by big-band-era lyricist Andy Razaf]. The problem is, the way it’s written, it’s hard to sing it as a single voice. When you sing the word `Savoy,’ it kind of holds, and another line starts. That’s why we thought it would make a great duet.”

The pair will combine their voices on other tunes, too, but Sandy’s cagey about the details.

“We have some real fun stuff planned for this little event,” she says. “We’ve got one duet that’s just going to be a hoot, but I can’t give it away. So it’ll have to be a surprise.”

Sandy Gardner and Pam Van Dyke Crosby’s Mother’s Day concert is set to begin at 5p.m. Sunday, May 12, 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 918-281-1008. 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 event 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 all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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