TulsaJazz.Com Swing Band performing at the 100th First Friday Art Crawl!

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Come celebrate the 100th First Friday Art Crawl!

Let jazz and melodrama ring in the 100th Art Crawl on Friday, October 2nd from 6:00-9:00 pm on Guthrie Green. The music will be highlighted by the “TulsaJazz.Com Swing Band,” Vintage Swing Movement dancers, and performers from the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre.

Vocalists for the band will include Cynthia Simmons, Sara Maud, Larry Cochran and Branjae Jackson! Whether you’ve been to all 99 previous or this one will be your first, Friday’s 100th Art Crawl has all the makings of being the best yet! This is something that you won’t want to miss!

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What is the Art crawl you may ask? Well…

The First Friday Art Crawl was established in 2007. This year-round monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art. The Art Crawl is held on the first Friday of the month and open from 6–9 pm.

In line with its original purpose, local artists are given an opportunity to display and sell their work. This event has grown from 50–100 people visiting 4–6 venues to an event that has drawn over 3,000 people and continues to attract new people to Downtown Tulsa. Besides the mini-galleries being open, the established museums and galleries offer free admission and many shops stay open late. During any given Art Crawl, visitors can expect visual art, performances and maybe a few fireworks! Each venue offers something different and creative, a true hallmark of the Brady Arts District.

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First Friday is a perfect date night starting with a cocktail, coffee or early dinner on one of the many patios. It can also be a leisurely browse of the art and a great late dinner or nightcap at the District’s unique restaurants or clubs. Families can find many options from kid-friendly gallery shows to live music in the park. For those who like to linger even later, stay for one of the clubs, bars or coffee shops – many of which offer live entertainment.

Additional Information:

Date/Time: Friday  October 2nd, 2015  6 00 pm-9 00 pm

Location: 111 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 574-2421

Guthrie Green: https://www.guthriegreen.com/events

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“No Business Like Show Business” A Program Fundraiser for the Spotlight Theatre

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Please join us for our next program fundraiser”No Business Like Show Business” on Sunday, August 16th at 2:00 p.m.! Host/Emcee/Performer will be Ron Young, a 33-year veteran of Broadway. You can lean more about him by going to his website at http://ronaldyoungentertainer.com/

He will be joined by vocalist Ashlee Elmore, vocalist Noelle DeRoin, dancers Diane and Stephan, magician Doug Anderson, vocalist Rebecca Ungerman, ragtime pianist Bill Rowland, singer/actress Tina Michael, comedian Matthew Spruill, singer/actress Jackie Reichman, pianist Larry Mitchell, vocalist Larry Cochran and singer/musician Bill Jensen!

Tickets are $20, and still available by calling (918)587-5030,

 

For tickets or more information call The Spotlight Theatre at 918-587-5030

Date/Time: August 16th, 2015  2:00 pm

Tickets: 20.00/person.

Location: 1381 Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127

Website: www.spotlighttheater.org

 

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Tulsa Jazz Society Presents TGIF: Jazz at the Spotlight Theatre

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This is the final show in the The Tulsa Jazz Society’s “Jazz at The Spotlight” Summer Series. It has been great fun and we would like to thank our sponsors The Spotlight Theatre and TulsaJazz.Com for committing to do this and special mention to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for their assistance as well. Speaking of the Jazz Hall of Fame the Fall Series kicks off there next month on Friday September 18th with more great music and wonderful special guests.

Join the Tulsa Jazz Society this month and every month to enjoy a wonderful evening of food, wine, and jazz, is there a better way to spend a Friday night…we don’t think so 🙂

For tickets call The Spotlight Theatre at 918-587-5030

Date/Time: August 14th, 2015  6:00 pm until 7:30 pm

Tickets: 10.00/person, available in advance or at the door.

Location: 1381 Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127

Website: www.spotlighttheater.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tulsa-Jazz-Society

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A Day In The Life of A Tulsa Jazz Fan

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If you are a jazz fan in Tulsa, Oklahoma Sunday June 28th must have felt like Christmas.

To start your day you had the choice of going to the Polo Grill at 10 30 am, for and early brunch while listening to Mark Bruner or if you wanted to sleep a little later  head over to Hey Mambo, closer to noon, for a Gypsy Jazz brunch with Jordan Hehl and the crew.

After filling your tummy with all sorts of deliciousness, you then had the choice of swinging over to the Guthrie Green to hear Shelby Eicher and others perform or heading down to the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre and lend your support to their “Jazz on the River” fundraiser, a quality event for a quality group of people.

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Now it’s 4 oo pm and you have some more choices to make. You could either walk off the late brunch by  strolling along Riverside Dr enjoying some absolutely beautiful weather or find a spot for a early dinner somewhere among all the choices in the Blue Dome District….decisions, decisions. 🙂

At 5 00 pm the music resumes at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame with the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra featuring Greg Abate and his Quartet. As if that weren’t enough there was more jazz at 5 30 pm with the Mike Cameron Collective featuring Annie Ellicott at East Village Bohemian Pizzeria, so many options, so much fun, the music seemed to just kept going, and going, and going…

Some people just couldn’t get enough and went to both events, since the Oklahoma Jazz HOF’s concert ended at 7 00 pm and the show at East Village Bohemian Pizzeria ended at 8pm. Yes sir, Tulsa Jazz fans are something else aren’t we? 😉

Wait, we’re still not finished…

Bodean Seafood Lounge rounded out the day by serving up some delicious jazz from 7 00 to 10 00 pm with the Jack Wolfe Quartet which included Dean Demerritt and Wade Robertson who earlier in the day performed at the Tulsa Spotlight Theater.

So there you have it, a day in the life of a Tulsa Jazz fan, does it get any better than this?…we don’t think so 🙂

For more upcoming “Christmas like” days check out our Events Around Town  page so you won’t feel left out any more. Wait are those tears of joy on your face, we understand and you’re not alone, we feel the same way…you’re welcome 🙂

Stay Jazzy

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Jazz On The River: A Spotlight Theatre Fundraiser

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This Sunday June 28th, 2015 at 2:00p.m. come and enjoy  performances by Tulsa Jazz legends Rick Fortner, Annie Ellicott, and the Dean Demerritt Jazz Tribe as they lend their talents  to help with this important fundraiser for the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre!

Sit back, relax, and experience the atmosphere of this iconic theatre located at 1381 Riverside Drive,  bask in it’s rich history while being “wowed” by these fabulous entertainers!  The Tulsa Spotlight Theatre is located between two coming attractions “The Gathering Place” and the “Route 66 Interpretive Center,” across from the Cyrus Avery Plaza on Route 66.

Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved by calling (918)587-5030. Don’t wait, our house only seats 88 so get your tickets quickly!

For more information call or visit the website:

Day/Date: Sunday June 28th, 2015 2 pm-4 pm

Location:1381 Riverside Dr, Tulsa, OK 74127

Phone:(918) 587-5030

Websitehttp://www.spotlighttheatre.org.

 

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!

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Presents “Tin Pan Alley Magic” Sunday April 19th

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Pam Crosby and an All-Star cast take you on a musical journey this Sunday at 5 pm!

Produced by Pam Van Dyke Crosby, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents Tin Pan Alley Magic. Featuring Darell Christopher, Cindy Cain, Larry Cochran, Joe Wilkinson, Sandy Sterling, Angie Cockrell, Cynthia Simmons, Barry Hensley, and Pam Van Dyke Crosby. The performance will also include Scott McQuade on keys, Bill Crosby on bass, Wade Robertson on drums, Tim Shadley on trombone, and Tom Sterling on sax.

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To enjoy the jazz, call at (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 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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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