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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“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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TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmoms and Scott McQuade Performing at Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

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It’s been a long day hasn’t it? Well it’s time to sit back, enjoy a wonderful dinner, and relax with some incredible jazz.

Join Cynthia Simmons this Thursday,September 25th 7 to 9 pm, at Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano as she and Scott McQuade  perform many of your favorites and maybe a few surprises.

They will delight you with your favorite tunes from the Great American Songbook, while Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano’s incredible food and drink offerings will fill your belly!

Come on out and have a great time with us! See YOU there!

This is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production

 

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Date: Thursday, September 25th 2014  7 pm-9 pm

Address: 6024 S Sheridan Rd Tulsa, Oklahoma

Phone: (918) 499-1919

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiamooftulsa

Website: http://tiamotulsa.com/

 

 

Patti Page Tribute at The OK Jazz Hall of Fame

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Mike Cameron’s approach to Sunday’s Tribute to Patti Page comes from a couple of different places. First, he’s toured and performed with the musical play Flipside: The Patti Page Story for more than a year. Second, he’s learned from his Wednesday night shows at Tulsa’s Cellar Dweller that people enjoy knowing a little bit of information about the songs they’re hearing.

“Hearing something about the writers, the inspiration for the tune, when it was written, any stories behind it – that engages the audience,” says the saxophonist. “I’ve been doing that at the Cellar Dweller, and that’s what I’m going to do in the Patti Page show as well. Because I’ve been in the production, I’ve gotten a real understanding of Patti Page, her life and her attitude and her desire to maintain her own identity with a manager who wanted her to be something else. She really yearned to retain her personal touch in these tunes, to keep her own voice.”

Page, who died at the age of 85 on New Year’s Day, 2013, was not only a huge pop-music star in the‘50s and ‘60s; she also has strong ties to the Tulsa area. Born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore and raised in west Tulsa, where she graduated from Webster High School in 1946, she was dubbed Patti Page while working at Tulsa’s KTUL radio on a show sponsored by the Page Milk Company. Her first recordings, in the mid-1940s, were done with the western-swing group Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws at the KTUL studios.

By 1947, she had signed with Mercury Records. That year, the label released her single “Confess,” generally acknowledged as the first record in which an artist also overdubbed all of his or her harmony vocals.

Page would go on to become the top-selling female recording artist of the 1950s, not only on the strength of one of the first great pop-country crossover songs, “Tennessee Waltz,” but also because of such major hits as “With My Eyes Wide Open, I’m Dreaming,” “Old Cape Cod,” “Allegheny Moon,” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window.”

In the mid-’60s, she hit the Top Ten again with her vocal version of a movie theme, “Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” A television and movie presence as well, Page died only a few weeks before she was scheduled to receive a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

The musical play about her life, Flipside, was conceived and written by Greg White, a professor of musical theater at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Cameron, who’s a graduate student at the same institution, was invited to participate in the production.

“It’s made up of all UCO people, students and alumni,” he says. “ I played saxophone, flute, and clarinet in it. We did a bunch of shows all over Oklahoma, and then, a month and a half ago, we had the opportunity to take it to an off-Broadway theater in New York, under Greg White’s direction. We did about 17 shows there; I guess we’ve done around 30 or 35 shows.”flipside patti page

Last year, Flipside won several major awards at the Kennedy Center National Theatre Festival, including outstanding musical, outstanding director of a musical, and outstanding performance by an actress.

Cameron plans to bring another Flipside performer, guitarist Grant Goldstein, in from OKC, and to complement these artists with several well-known performers from the Tulsa area: vocalists Annie Ellicott, Pam Van Dyke Crosby, bassist Jordan Hehl, and drummer Jared Johnson, who plays in the Cellar Dweller trio with Cameron and pianist Scott McQuade.

“We’ll have some swing numbers, a couple of western-swing numbers, like `Detour,’ and some nice songs from the Great American Songbook,” says Cameron of the Sunday’s show. “It’ll probably be a little bit on the jazzy side, but we’ll get to the country songs, too. Jared loves playing country tunes, and I’ll put on my best Boots Randolph.”

A Tribute to Patti Page is set to begin Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Depot 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 2012-2013 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 preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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