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.
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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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Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents The Booker Gillespie Trio at Kirin Restaurant Friday July 6th 2018!

The Booker Gillespie Trio Live In Concert!

Enjoy a night of wonderful evening jazz listening to the smooth, velvety, voice of Booker Gillespie accompanied by the incredible Frank Brown on guitar and the magnificent Jim Bates on upright bass!

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 incredibly talented 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.
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Additional Information:

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

Location: 8041 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: (918) 893-8006

Frank Brown’s Website:  www.frankbrowntrio.com

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“Live Music Night” at Sisserou’s Restaurant Featuring the Stephanie Oliver Trio! Thursday Sept 21st, 2017

 

Treat Yourself To A Wonderful Evening Of Jazz at Sisserou’s Restaurant !

Each month Sisserou’s Restaurant offers some of the best live entertainment Tulsa has to offer, the month of September is very special, it features the lovely and wonderfully talented Stephanie Oliver.

Stephanie has played music in the Tulsa area for the last 10 years, performing various styles such as Latin, Funk, Blues, Jazz and more. She is a highly requested vocalist and can be seen in venues such as Bodean Seafood, Southern Hills Country Club, and Lefty’s on Greenwood, to name a few.

She finds great joy in the lyrics and melodies of the big band music from the 30s and 40s, and is delighted to have the opportunity to perform the music of that era. Joining Stephanie will be two of Tulsa’s finest Frank Brown on Guitar and Jim Bates on Upright Bass!

Thursday Sept 21st** is your chance to be enthralled by this wonderful vocalist and these incredible musicians, this will not just be a concert it will be an experience 🙂

In addition to the great music treat yourself to Sisserou’s delicious menu offerings, extensive beverage selection, and relaxing atmosphere of one of Tulsa’s most popular restaurants!

You are in for an incredible evening! 🙂

Use the link below, or call 918-576-6800 to make your reservation: (Reservations are strongly suggested)

http://www.sisserousrestauranttulsa.com/reservations/

**Schedule change for September only, October’s performance will be on the 2nd Thursday as normal.

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Date/Time:

Thursday September 21st 2017  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Archer and Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 576-6800

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Oliver, Brown, & Bates at Lefty’s on Greenwood Tuesday December 1st

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It’s cold outside, come to Lefty’s tonight for some hot jazz to warm your soul 🙂

Want to feel like the lovely lady in the picture? Then head over to Lefty’s tonight and enjoy the incredible talents of Stephanie Oliver, Frank Brown, and Jim Bates as they “heat up” the place performing many of your jazz favorites and more. Show starts at 7 pm!

Date/Time: Tuesday December 1st 7 00-10 00 pm

Location: 10 North Greenwood Ave. Ste A, Tulsa, OK 74120

Phone: 918 794 0017

Website: http://www.leftysongreenwood.com

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Oliver, Brown, & Bates Performing at Lefty’s on Greenwood

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Guitarist Pat Kelly is tonight’s special guest, this is a must see show!

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Date/Time: Tuesday July 21st 7 00-10 00 pm

Location: 10 North Greenwood Ave. Ste A, Tulsa, OK 74120

Phone: 918 794 0017

Website: http://www.leftysongreenwood.com

Website: http://www.patkelley.com

Website: http://www.frankbrowntrio.com

 

 

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Tommy Crook and Jim Bates at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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HALL OF FAME GUITARIST TOMMY CROOK RETURNS TO JAZZ DEPOT STAGE

 

Tulsa guitar legend Tommy Crook, honored as an inductee into both the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, returns to the Jazz Depot Sunday. Scheduled to appear with him is the veteran bassist Jim Bates.

“I hardly do anything without Bates,” Crook says. “He makes me look good.”

If that’s true, then he’s been making Crook look good for quite some time. The two began playing together back in the mid-1960s as members of a dance outfit led by the nationally known western-swing drummer and nightclub performer Paul McGhee. Crook, who’d already been playing for years, was then holding down a day job at Tulsa’s Guitar House.

“I’d just turned 20 years old, and my wife was pregnant,” he recalled. “Since we were going to have our first child, I needed a way to supplement my income, so I started playing six nights a week with Paul McGhee’s band, which had Paul on drums, Bates on bass, Tommy Lokey on trumpet, Gayle Williamson playing piano, and me on guitar. We also had Ken Downing on saxophone and, sometimes, Kenny Quinn, who played trombone.

“We started at 10 o’clock every night. Through the week, we’d play until two, and until three on Friday and Saturday. We spent several months playing at a place on south Cheyenne called Mr. Kelley’s, which was also known as the 518 Club. Then we were at the Don Quixote Club at the Quality Motel at 51st and Harvard. We worked there for almost three years.”

At the time, Crook remembers, he was getting home from the gigs at three or four in the morning, sleeping for a few hours, and then getting up and going to his Guitar House job, where his shift started at 9 a.m.

“I was young, and I was learning, being around a bunch of people older and wiser than me,” he says. “Paul McGhee was the first drummer to play on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. He’d spent five years with Hank Thompson. So he had a lot of stories. It was all real exciting. Bates and I were a couple of youngsters, and we really had a good time learning all that stuff and being a part of it.”tommy crook 2

The McGhee jobs went on for years, even as the quality of the gigs lessened.

“Things kind of changed as far as entertainment around town, so we had to play some beer bars and places like that,” he explains. “Because the places we were playing couldn’t afford the kind of money that those nightclubs downtown paid, we had to start eliminating people. Finally, Paul and I were just playing as a duet four nights a week, and then we’d bring in a bass player on weekends. It was usually Bates, but by that time he’d started doing a lot more Philharmonic stuff.”

In 1968, Crook began performing solo, and a couple of years later he signed a two-week contract to play in the Inkwell Club at the Sheraton Hotel near Tulsa International Airport. The job lasted some 13 years, and it helped cement Crook’s stature as a major Tulsa star.

Since then, he’s played many other club jobs, but, he says, “now I’m doing funerals, and weddings, and private parties – and I’m doing quite a few of ’em. And I just realized a year or two ago that I’m now getting to do something I’ve never been able to do: playing anything I want to play. Old tunes I learned when I was a kid, old country & western tunes, Stephen Foster melodies, things that I never could get away with in a nightclub atmosphere, because you couldn’t dance to it. So I’m just getting to play anything I want, any kind of music, and I’m just having a ball.”

That’s the approach he plans to bring to the Jazz Depot Sunday.

“I don’t know what tunes I’m going to do,” he says, “but I’m going to do stuff that everybody knows.”

Tommy Crook, with Jim Bates on bass, is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 21, 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 ta part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 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.

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Tommy Crook at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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 Tulsa Guitar Legend Tommy Crook Plays Jazz Depot Sunday

 

Those happy to have the legendary guitar player Tommy Crook doing a whole show in a listening environment like the Jazz Depot should know that they haveOklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO Jason McIntosh to thank. After decades of playing five and six nights a week all over the area, Crook prefers to do private parties and other low-profile gigs. But McIntosh’s perseverance finally won him over.

“I don’t know how many times he’s called me and wanted me to do this, and I’ve always told him no,” explains Crook. “He got onto me again after that guitar thing [the Jazz Depot’s Guitar Summit in February, in which Crook, Mark Bruner, Randy Wimer, and Ron Radford each played short solo sets], and he’s called two or three times since then. I finally told him, `Well, all right, if I can get Jimmy Bates to come with me, just so I can have a lot of fun, I’ll do it.’

“That was the whole deal right there. I normally work alone, but it’s fun to have a good bass player with you, and Jim always makes anybody look good. He knows the second verse to every song ever written. I don’t have to tell him a damn thing. I just start playing, and he knows what to do.”

Crook says that he and Bates started playing together in the 1960s, when they were in a band fronted by the jazz and western-swing drummer Paul McGhee and booked by longtime music promoter and bandleader Sammy Pagna.

“Sammy kept a lot of musicians working,” Crook recalls. “He had all the motels and country clubs and for this area, Texas-Kansas-Oklahoma, he had the Holiday Inn circuit. A group came into the club at a Holiday Inn for two weeks, and then they moved on to the next Holiday Inn, and somebody came in behind them for two weeks.

“We’re going back, I’d say, close to 50 years, when you either had to be 21 or with a legal guardian to work in some of these places,” he adds. “Bates was only about 14 or 15 years old then, but he was phenomenal, and he didn’t drink and he didn’t smoke and he was easy to get along with. So Paul McGhee had legal papers to be his guardian. He’d take temporary custody of him, two weeks at a time, for that Holiday Inn stuff.”tommy crook 2

Like Bates, Crook started earning his musical reputation early. He was playing a guitar well before he started elementary school, and as a pre-teen he played several times on television with western-swing greats Hank Thompson and Leon McAuliffe. Young Crook even worked dates with country star Porter Wagoner. Although Crook downplays the endorsement, Nashville superstar Chet Atkins is one of many musicians and music lovers who have praised his talent over the years.

Those who come to his Sunday show will hear him play “with a lot more freedom,” he says, thanks to the addition of Bates.

“I got away with doing that one-man-band thing, with electric drums and [two] bass strings on my guitar, for about 30 years. That was neat and cool and it made me a lot of money – well, I’ll take that back. It kept me from having to get a job.” He laughs.

“But it was kind of confining, because I only had four guitar strings. There are a lot of little old tricky fun things that I’ve stolen from Jerry Reed, and Chet – everybody steals from everybody – but I couldn’t do them on a four-string guitar. If I started playing single-string, the melody’s gone, and the rhythm section’s gone.

“That’s the deal with Bates. He’ll allow me to play `Sugarfoot Rag’ because he’ll do all the changes for me, cover up my mistakes, and make me look good,” Crook adds with another laugh. “He knows every tune; I just say, `Bates, we’re going to start this thing in C” – because I never know where I’m going with this stuff. I just make it up as I’m going.”

He does, however, have plenty of material to draw on, and attendees can expect everything from “Mr. Bojangles” to “When You and I Were Young, Maggie.”

“I’m not going to pull any stunts on anybody,” Crook concludes. “I’m going to play stuff that everyone knows and likes and nobody plays anymore.”

Tommy Crook, with bassist Jim Bates, is set to begin at 5:00p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 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 2013 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 preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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