Little Joe McLerran Performing Live At Main Street Tavern Broken Arrow Wednesday July 5th 2017!

A Night of Jazz, Blues And More With Little Joe McLerran at Main Street Tavern!

Little Joe started out playing a type of blues known as Piedmont Blues, a musical style common to the south eastern part of the US during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. At 18 he released his first CD as Son Piedmont. Little Joe’s music has broadened somewhat over the years, to include a significant jazz repertoire,  but still relies on the intricate finger picking he’s famous for. With 5 albums under his belt he continues to grow.

In 2010 Little Joe was selected by the US State Department to take part in the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. He traveled to the Persian Gulf region of the Middle East with his band, the Little Joe McLerran Quartet.

Little Joe continues to travel to festivals and for the US State Department as a musical ambassador presenting educational and cultural exchange missions and plays festivals, concerts and clubs across the country, in the Tulsa area, and around the world.

This Wednesday July 5th, you will be treated to Jazz, Blues, and more! Prepare yourself for fantastic evening of music at Main Street Tavern Broken Arrow!

This show is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production*.

*Tulsa Jazz Music Group is a division of Taylor Entertainment Group LLC

Date/Time: Wednesday July 5th, 2017 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 918-872-1414

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Little Joe McLerran Performing Live At Main Street Tavern Wednesday April 5th 2017!

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A Night of Jazz, Blues And More With Little Joe McLerran at Main Street Tavern!

Little Joe started out playing a type of blues known as Piedmont Blues, a musical style common to the south eastern part of the US during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. At 18 he released his first CD as Son Piedmont. Little Joe’s music has broadened somewhat over the years, to include a significant jazz repertoire,  but still relies on the intricate finger picking he’s famous for. With 5 albums under his belt he continues to grow.

In 2010 Little Joe was selected by the US State Department to take part in the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. He traveled to the Persian Gulf region of the Middle East with his band, the Little Joe McLerran Quartet.

Little Joe continues to travel to festivals and for the US State Department as a musical ambassador presenting educational and cultural exchange missions and plays festivals, concerts and clubs across the country, in the Tulsa area, and around the world.

This Wednesday April 5th, you will be treated to Jazz, Blues, and more! Prepare yourself for fantastic evening of music at Main Street Tavern!

This show is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production*.

*Tulsa Jazz Music Group is a division of Taylor Entertainment Group LLC

Date/Time: Wednesday April 5th, 2017 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 918-872-1414

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Little Joe’s Website: http://www.rootbluesreborn.org/

Little Joe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Little-Joe-McLerran-133371840102072/

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Little Joe McLerran Performing Live At Main Street Tavern Wednesday March 8th 2017!

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A Night of Jazz, Blues And More With Little Joe McLerran at Main Street Tavern!

Little Joe started out playing a type of blues known as Piedmont Blues, a musical style common to the south eastern part of the US during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. At 18 he released his first CD as Son Piedmont. Little Joe’s music has broadened somewhat over the years, to include a significant jazz repertoire,  but still relies on the intricate finger picking he’s famous for. With 5 albums under his belt he continues to grow.

In 2010 Little Joe was selected by the US State Department to take part in the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. He traveled to the Persian Gulf region of the Middle East with his band, the Little Joe McLerran Quartet.

Little Joe continues to travel to festivals and for the US State Department as a musical ambassador presenting educational and cultural exchange missions and plays festivals, concerts and clubs across the country, in the Tulsa area, and around the world.

This Wednesday March 8th, you will be treated to Jazz, Blues, and more! Prepare yourself for fantastic evening of music at Main Street Tavern!

This show is a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production*.

*Tulsa Jazz Music Group is a division of Taylor Entertainment Group LLC

Date/Time: Wednesday March 8th, 2017 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 918-872-1414

Main Street Tavern: Main Street Tavern on Facebook

Little Joe’s Website: http://www.rootbluesreborn.org/

Little Joe on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Little-Joe-McLerran-133371840102072/

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“Super Blues Sunday” at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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JAZZ DEPOT PRESENTS “SUPER BLUES SUNDAY” ON MARCH 2

Featuring Little Joe McLerranRobbie MackJohnny Long,

and the legendary Washington Rucker

Three of the four headlining bluesmen on the Jazz Depot’s big Super BluesSunday show will be playing off a musical relationship that stretches back for decades. The other one brings with him a stellar musical resume that began in the early 1950s, when, as a teenager, he began accompanying Tulsa blues legend Jimmy “Cry Cry” Hawkins.

The first three are guitarist-vocalist Little Joe McLerran, bassist-vocalist Robbie Mack – who’s also Joe’s dad — and harmonica player-guitarist-vocalist Johnny Long.”I’ve been playing the guitar since I was eight, so I’ve been playing with Robbiesince back then,” notes McLerran. “My dad and Johnny used to play together quite a bit, and when I was about nine years old, my brother and I went to a Johnny Long gig and played on one of his breaks, and some people out in the crowd gave us fifty bucks. That was one of my first paying gigs.

“I knew Johnny up in the Denver area, where he was living at the time,” adds
McLerran. “We’d go to his gigs when I was a little kid. I was definitely into blues, and who better to check out, stylistically, than Johnny? He’s about as good as it gets. The style of harmonica he plays is the real old-time stuff; he’s just the very genuine article.”

washington rucker 2The fourth member of Sunday’s lineup is internationally known jazz drummer Washington Rucker, who joins the festivities after playing an extremely well received jazz show at the Depot the previous Sunday with a different group of area musicians. A Tulsa native, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with stars ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Stevie Wonder.

While he’s never worked with RuckerMcLerran knows that – just like Johnny Long – Washington Rucker is also the very genuine article.

“The drummer I went to the Dominican Republic with was talking about him on the trip,” says McLerran. “He didn’t know him, but he knew all about his stuff.”

Although neither may have thought about it, Tulsa resident McLerran and former Tulsan Rucker have one big thing in common: They’re both inductees into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of FameRucker went into the Hall in 1998, while McLerranwas given the Hall’s Legacy Tribute Award last year.

The Dominican Republic tour referred to by McLerran, which included a show at a women’s prison that he calls “pretty wild,’ just ended. He did it under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, which has sent him on several other musical trips to different countries.

“Those kinds of tours, for me, are about the best,” he says. “You can go out there and talk about blues as an American art form, as something very serious, and they really, really understand it. I think it’s a beautiful thing – a cultural exchange program. I mean, I come back here, and I can talk about the Dominican Republic, and how great the music is down there, and the people. You learn to realize that people are people, wherever they’re from.”

McLerran and Robbie Mack are from Colorado, where they first became acquainted with Johnny Long. When Joe turned 15, the family moved to Tulsa, and he and his dad continued playing Little Joe 3music. While working the Tulsa-based Oklahoma Blues Festival in 2004, McLerran learned that one of his idols, a 93-year-old bluesman named Homesick James, was scheduled to appear on the event’s final night. Homesick JamesMcLerran explains, was “kind of an adopted parent” of Johnny Long, to the point that they called each other father and son. At that time, Long had been taking care of James for several years.

McLerran – who was then performing under the name Son Piedmont — volunteered to drive James and Long back to their home in Springfield, Mo.; after the three had spent the day together, James dubbed him “Little Joe.” It’s the name he’s used ever since.

For Sunday’s show, McLerran, “We’re going to keep it kind of loose. We’ll have the four of us there for sure, but there just might be some others. Who knows?

Super Blues Sunday is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the OklahomaJazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street. 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.

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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Harmonica Summit 2014 at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Fifth Annual Harmonica Summit Set for Jazz Depot Saturday

David Berntson, an organizer, performer, and instructor for Tulsa’s annual Harmonica Summits, thinks it’s important for the event to offer patrons something different each year.

For the fifth and latest installment, you can begin with its very structure, which has for the first time been divided into two parts.

“We’ve gotten feedback, and some of our feedback said the perception might be that it’s a very collegial event [for harmonica players], with all these workshops and then a concert,” Berntson explains. “So we decided to promote the evening’s program as a big show and dance, with the bar open and people getting a very fun, entertaining evening of jump jivin’ blues.

“For the day, we kind of followed the model of SPAH, the Society for the Advancement of the American Harmonica, who do some summits and have a big convention every year. That’s when we’ll have vendors, presenters, workshops, and harmonica-centric things.”

Patrons can get into either the daytime portion, which runs from approximately noon to five p.m., or the evening show, beginning at seven p.m., for $15 at the door. Those who want to do both can pay one $25 charge.

Hohner-Travelling-Roadshow A centerpiece of the afternoon activities this year is the Hohner Roadshow, which Berntson calls “a real coup.”

“We’re really fortunate,” he says. “Hohner, out of Germany, the biggest harmonica and accordion manufacturer in the world, is sending this to Tulsa. They generally only do it for vendors, like guitar centers and big music outlets. Apparently, they were impressed with our spirit and what we do here.”

The Hohner Roadshow, he adds, brings to town “a world-class teacher namedRonnie Shellist and his colleague, Adam Hamil, who’s Hohner’s chief harmonica-repair technician. Anybody who wants to can bring in a harmonica, and Adam will give you the vintage of the harmonica. He’ll also repair a harmonica free of charge. So if you have Grandpa’s old harmonica in a drawer, and you’re not really sure about when it was made, Adam can date the instrument and fix it on the spot.”

Shellist, says Berntson, will be giving away 100 blues harmonicas at his workshop, one of several scheduled for the afternoon. Other instructors include John Gindick, author of the book Rock N’ Blues Harmonica, noted harmonica player R.J. MischoMike PeaceDennis Oellig, Jim Miller, and Berntson himself.

“Workshops are the key to our Harmonica Summit,” says Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO Jason McIntosh. “We’ll introduce harmonica to a lot of aspiring musicians, as well as those who want to brush up, or more serious players. We have various workshops that focus on people’s different levels of expertise; we really try to appeal to the fact that it’s one of the most versatile and user-friendly instruments there is. And you can take it with you.”

Hohner, whom McIntosh calls “a great partner to work with,” has also donated merchandise for giveaways and raffles during the day.

junior markham 1Several of the instructors, including MischoGindick, and Berntson, plan to perform at the evening show, which also features the Kansas City-based Levee Town,Johnny Long, and Tulsa-based legend Jimmy “Junior” Markham, with Little Joe McLerran scheduled for a guest appearance.

Levee Town has a harmonica player, and they’re younger, and they kick up their heels, so that’s going to give our evening program a lot of great energy,”Berntson says. “Johnny Long is a treasure, a phenomenon – an amazing storyteller who plays country blues and some very sophisticated tunes, similar to some of the Piedmont [blues] stuff Little Joe does. He’s really one of Little Joe’s muses.

Joe’s in the Dominican Republic right now, touring for the State Department, but all fingers crossed, he’ll make it back to sit in with John.”

And how about Markham, the veteran Tulsa Sound figure who’s recently been opening shows for B.B. King?

Junior’s the heart and soul of the whole thing,” says Berntson simply. “He’s why I do it.”

Doors open for Harmonica Summit 2014 at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 1, with workshops beginning at noon. Admission to the afternoon portion, running from noon until 5 p.m., is $15. Admission to the evening show, scheduled for 7 p.m. until midnight, is also $15. Admission to both is $25. Children under 14 get in free when accompanied by an adult.

All events take place at downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street.

Harmonica Summit 2014 is presented by the Route 66 Harmonica Club and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council, theBlues Society of TulsaCapps BBQHohnerThe Bureau Digital Printing and Design, andThe Music Store.

 

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Little Joe McLerran Performs at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes blues virtuoso Little Joe McLerran to the Jazz Depot stage in this free, Friday concert.

Little Joe McLerran has been playing the guitar and singing his piedmont blues since he was eight years old, winning his first International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 at age 25. Since winning the IBC title, Little Joe has played festivals, concerts and clubs, touring the United States and abroad. As part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad—hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureaus—Little Joe and his band embarked on a month-long tour around the Persian Gulf.Little Joe 3 As the first Americans to ever play a public concert in Riyadh, Little Joe and his band played the blues for the capitol city of Saudi Arabia. Little Joes has toured on four continents, adding South America to his list as the musical ambassador to Paraguay.

 

Don’t miss this free concert event, show starts at 7:00 pm.

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