Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents The Janet Rutland Trio at Kirin Restaurant Friday Sept 7th 2018!

The Janet Rutland Trio Live In Concert!

Enjoy an evening of wonderful jazz listening to the incredibly talented Janet Rutland accompanied by the fabulous Randy Wimer on guitar  and the magnificent Shelby Eicher on violin!

As a versatile artist with decades of performance experience, Janet Rutland offers a diverse repertoire consisting of vintage jazz, pop, and country music. Her solo shows can be tailored for a variety of audiences. She also offers a celebration of Oklahoma’s musical heritage, with band mates backing her on the fiddle or mandolin, guitar, and piano, through performance of songs by Roger Miller, Wanda Jackson, Leon Russell, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others.

A native of Sand Springs, Rutland has performed extensively throughout the Tulsa area for many years. Her performances have included “Pure Country” at the Freeland Center in Bristow, Oklahoma, the “Irving Berlin Tribute” at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, “Stardust,” songs from 1927, at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa, “Janet Rutland Sings the Sixties,” and “Janet Rutland Sings Gershwin” for Summer Stage Tulsa.

We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than listening to some of your Jazz and Blues favorites performed by this fabulous trio while treating yourself to Kirin’s delicious menu offerings and wonderful beverage selection!

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, to experience the musical magic of this incredible Trio! Call (918) 893-8006 to make your reservation today! http://www.kirin-tulsa.com/

This show is a Taylor Entertainment Group Production.
Poster courtesy of Taylor Entertainment Group

Additional Information:

Date/Time: Friday Sept 7th, 2018 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Location: 8041 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: (918) 893-8006

Kirin Restaurant: www.kirin-tulsa.com

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Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe Featuring Janet Rutland at The Bull and Bear Tavern Saturday February 13th, 2016

Janet Rutland Feb 13 Bull and Bear

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Date/Time: Saturday February 13th 2016  9 30 pm – 12 30 am

Location: 5800 S Lewis Ave #113, Tulsa, OK 74105

Phone(918) 895-7655

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Janet Rutland and Randy Wimer Performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Janet Rutland and Randy Wimer began their musical partnership thirty years ago at the popular restaurant Charlie Mitchell’s.  Singer Donna Williams brought the two together for a brief stint as a trio.  Rutland explained “Donna was my neighbor and asked me to sing harmony. We had a lot of fun but eventually it was Randy and me as a duo and I had to learn a lot of material. I’d always wanted to expand into jazz and Randy was very patient and supportive. He charted material for me and I still carry that book.

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At one point we added the late bassist John Rigney and worked as The Midtown Trio. When my husband, Shelby Eicher, was home from his gig with Roy Clark we’d add him and make it a quartet. We worked a lot, but no gig lasts forever.”  One of the duo’s favorite venues was the Primo Room at the lamented Ciao which closed in 2012. “We’ve seen a lot of clubs come and go.ciao entrance

It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this together thirty years. And,” she added, “the music just gets better.”  Rutland and Wimer will celebrate their musical journey at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame this Sunday.

Additional Information:

Date/Time: September 27th, 2015  5 00 pm

Location: 5 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: 918-528-5299

Website: www.okjazz.org

Randy’s Website: http://wimerguitar.com/

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International Jazz Day…A Look Back

FB_IMG_1430327710588Another International Jazz Day has come and gone but it’s impact will go on and on…

As I laid in bed last night, just after midnight, I realized how historic, fun, and impactful the day had been. As a jazz fan and professional in the music business you experience some special moments, an epic show, the big recording deal, landing a big name client, but few events rival 185 countries setting aside differences, joining forces and celebrating together like the events of yesterday! Jazz did that, that’s right JAZZ!

Note: There was an event held in all 50 states in the US!

700+ events around the world, plus an incredible concert in Paris of some of Jazz’s finest, took people away from their problems, issues, and conflicts for a moment and transported them to a place of peace, joy, and musical bliss…happy,happy, happy 🙂

Only music has the ability to do this, it overcomes cultural and language barriers, socioeconomic differences and allow people to come together in harmony like nothing else and jazz is leading the way.

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We have put together a slide show of some of the event posters and people involved in the events of yesterday as well as a link to watch the incredible concert that took place in Paris.

As you go about your day, remember when you have those moments of “I need to get away”  grab your CD, Laptop/tablet, or smartphone and let music, especially Jazz, transport you to a faraway land, be your time machine and take you back to a special moment, let it soothe, move,and refresh you. Let it rekindle and invigorate your passion, and most of all most of all let it encourage you to share your love for music, jazz in particular, with others.

To borrow a saying from someone very special to me…Stay Jazzy!

Bass Summit hosted by Nathan Eicher at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame




It’s been a little over a month since Nathan Eicher accompanied Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker in a Jazz Depot concert. But it’s clear that the experience, and Rucker himself, continue to impress the young bassist.

“The guy was amazing – just so much experience,” says Eicher. “I could see, given his experience, where it would have been frustrating to play with someone like me, because I don’thave the experience. I haven’t seen all the situations, musically, that he’s seen. So things I might be doing that are maybe new, that I’m doing for the first time, are things he’s probably heard guys do before. Anything I could throw at him, he’s heard.

“But he was just so nice about it, you know? He was like, `Be free. Explore, and express yourself.’ He was reassuring, and he seemed to enjoy watching the process unfold with a younger guy. That was inspiring. He was just so far beyond me, and I got the opportunity to play with him and learn from him and I thought, `Man, I want to try to share that experience in the other direction.’”

To that end, the band Eicher’s bringing to the Depot Sunday will not only feature Depot regular Tim Shadley on piano, but a couple of high school musicians: bassist Byron Crenshaw and drummer Jonathan Haywood.    Crenshaw has been playing at the Tuesday evening Depot Jams, while Haywood is the drummer for the Tulsa Jam’bassadors, the award-winning all-city jazz group that’s a project of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A combo made up of Jam’bassadors will also be on the bill Sunday.tulsa jambassadors web

In addition to his experience with Rucker, growing up in a musical family – his mother is the well-known vocalist Janet Rutland, his father the noted multi-instrumentalist Shelby Eicher – also contributed to his yen to work with youthful players.

“I want to reach out to kids who are young, because when I was young I had that opportunity,” he explains. “I was very fortunate, with my parents being musicians, to be able when I was in high school to go out and play gigs and sit in. And I’m always inspired when I hear these younger kids playing.”

Sunday, two of those younger kids, along with Shadley and Eicher, will be performing in a quartet that’ll look s a bit unusual. Added to the standard rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums will be a second bass, played by Eicher as a lead instrument, using a bow.

“I drew my inspiration from a bassist named Arni Egilsson,” Eicher says. “He has an album I heard several years ago called Basses Loaded, and it was the same kind of combo. After I heard it, I said, `Man, I want to do that. I want to develop my ability to play this instrument as a lead instrument, so much that I could step in front of a band and do it.’”nathan eicher

He adds that the groups he’s in, including the Tulsa-based string-jazz quartet Mischievous Swing and the trio that works regularly at Oklahoma City’s Hefner Grill, give him plenty of chances to experiment with bass solos.

“The past couple of years, particularly at Hefner Grill, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with a bow and develop that,” he notes. “So, now that I’m finally feeling comfortable with it, I thought, `Hey, I want to try leading a band with this.’ The bass might step into that [lead] role occasionally in the other bands I’m in, but in this [concert], it’s going to be every song, basically. It’ll be sort of like a bass violin.”

He laughs. “I guess I’m trying to be the Stephane Grappelli of bass.”

The Bass Summit with the Nathan Eicher Quartet and the Tulsa Jam’bassadors combo is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 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 918-281-8609. 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 a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 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 Oklahomansthrough preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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Janet Rutland “Beautiful Maria Of My Soul”

Janet Rutland, a fixture in the Tulsa music scene for more than 20 years, has been, and continues to be, a featured artist in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame concert series.

Janet has performed the lead in The American Theatre Company’s Always . . Patsy Cline since 1996 as well as numerous other stage roles. Her popular cabaret shows have become a mainstay in the SummerStage Festival at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

She was also the lead  performer and narrator in “What’ll I Do? A Celebration of the Life and Music of Irving Berlin”  for this year’s SummerStage, where its two performances quickly sold out.

Janet does vintage jazz, pop and country standards and she is always a fan favorite  whenever and wherever she performs.

Listen and Enjoy

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