TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons and Frank Brown at Stogie’s

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Cynthia Simmons


When the name Cynthia Simmons is mentioned words such as glamorous, stylish, and incredible voice aren’t usually far behind. One of Tulsa’s brightest stars Cynthia has been wowing audiences in and around the area for several years now and this Thursday evening, at Stogie’s, will be no exception. Join Cynthia and the incredibly talented Frank Brown, on the patio, as they perform many of your favorite jazz standards and other great music at Stogie’s for their one year celebration.CynSimm_040

In addition to the music, Oliva Cigars will be in house, as well as Republic Liquor Reps show casing Jack Daniels, Single Barrel Jack, Dewars Scratched Cask, Woodford Reserve, Woodford Double Oaked, and Jack Daniels Sinatra Select! This is going to be quite an event!

Stogies is a part of “The Rose District” in downtown Broken Arrow, which is famous for great restaurants, unique shopping, antiques and more. If you have never been to “The Rose District” then reserve some time for lunch or dinner before heading to Stogies for a smoke. You will enjoy the small town hospitality, tradition and great food that makes this neighborhood such a special place.StogiesStoreFront

Stogie’s says,”Our Cigar Bar & Lounge brings our customers a new level of comfort and enjoyment. The relaxing atmosphere provides a place to talk, watch TV, read, work (if you have to) or just smoke a cigar. It has been designed with you in mind and we think it is a fantastic place to unwind and escape the pressures of every day life.” We completely agree :-)


This is a TulsaJazz.Com Production

Date/Time: Thursday May 21st, 2015 6 30 pm to 9 30 pm

Location: 207 S Main St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Phone: (918) 251-2295

Cynthia’s Website: www.cynsingsjazz.com

Cynthia’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cynsingsjazz

Frank’s Website: http://www.frankbrowntrio.com/

Stogie’s Website: http://stogiescigar.com/

Stogie’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StogiesBA



TulsaJazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse


Angie is one of those rare performers who can make hearts ache and souls shake with her own renditions of At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow,  Autumn Leaves, Crazy, The Tennessee Waltz,  Stormy Monday, Amazing Grace,  and Eye on the Sparrow, just to name a few. “Because I’ve lived through some tough times, I can infuse those classic songs with a sense of knowing.”


A staple in the Tulsa music scene for several years, Angie has showcased her vocal talents at Juneteenth, The Saturday Night Spotlight, The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Performing Arts Center, The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fames’ 2009 – 2014 concert series and has showcased her own shows at Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011 -2013 with music producer, Chuck Gardner, his trio, and saxophonist Tommy Poole.  She has opened up for political events at the state and local level with a powerful National Anthem and God Bless America and continues to sing at private functions, dinner events, weddings, and local venues. Angie also volunteers in several outreaches and worship bands in church.

Angie performs every Wednesday and Thursday  with Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse from 6 pm-9 pm.

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These shows are a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.


Wednesday May 20th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday May 21st, 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Angie’s Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/angiecockrellmusic

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/


Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art on Pinterest


Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art

We love the Ladies of Jazz and we love art, what if you put the two of them together? You would have our Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art on Pinterest!

What you will find there are quite a few of our favorite jazz art paintings posted in this fantastic online gallery for your enjoyment.

Women have always played a key role in Jazz and we have thoroughly  enjoyed putting together this collection for you, please stop by an peruse through these wonderful paintings done by some incredible artists. We hope you enjoy viewing this collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

While you’re there, follow us and check out some of  our other boards such as: Tulsa’s Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jazz History, and many more!

Check back with us regularly to keep up with our latest posts about jazz history, art, and Tulsa’s jazz community…thanks again for supporting Tulsa Jazz.

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Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse

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Here at Tulsa Jazz, it has been such a pleasure representing Angie Cockrell these past few years and watching her career blossom in to something very special. Her versatility as a performer is absolutely amazing, Country Blues, Christian, Folk, Jazz you name it, she sings it, and sings it well.

If you have not had the opportunity to hear this golden voiced lady in person, your life truly has a void. Every week Angie performs many of your favorite Jazz standards and various other of her favorite music at Bluestone Steakhouse for their Jazz Night. Accompanying her, as always, is the incredible Mike Leland on keyboard and together this duo takes the words “ear candy” to a whole new level. Bring your friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors, treat yourselves, to a fabulous evening of Jazz as you enjoy dinner in the wonderfully relaxing atmosphere of Bluestone.

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This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.


Wednesday May 13th, 2015 6 pm- 9 pm

Thursday May 14th, 2015 6 pm- 9 pm

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

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

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889


Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade at Main St. Tavern

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When the name Cynthia Simmons is mentioned words such as glamorous, stylish, and incredible voice aren’t usually far behind. One of Tulsa’s brightest stars Cynthia has been wowing audiences in and around the area for several years now and this Wednesday evening, at Main St. Tavern, will be no exception. Join Cynthia  and the marvelously talented Scott McQuade  as they perform many of your favorite jazz standards and also throw in a few surprises along the way.

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Jazz Night at Main St, Tavern has become a very popular event in Broken Arrow, most nights the restaurant is full of smiling faces enjoying the wonderful atmosphere, good  food, large selection of beverages, and incredible Jazz performed by some of Tulsa’s brightest stars!

This Wednesday’s show starts at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm. Be sure to bring your friends, family , neighbors, leave your “day” at the door, come in and enjoy an evening filled with great music and great fun :-)


This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

Date/Time: Wednesday May 13th, 2015 6 pm-9 pm

Location: 200 S. Main St Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Phone: 912-872-1414

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The Tulsa Jazz Society and TulsaJazz.Com Present TGIF: Jazz at the Spotlight Theatre



TGIF:Third Friday Jazz, Wow I remember a couple years ago sitting in Baxter’s Interurban Grill on a Friday evening eating dinner, having a beverage,  listening to David Moore play the trumpet and thinking to myself “I could stay here all night”, it was so good. I witnessed many of our incredible local jazz artist grace us with their talent during the run of this wonderful event, Pam Crosby, Cindy Cain, Cynthia Simmons, Devre Jackson, and many, many more. Then one day the music stopped, there was a void left in the jazz world, Friday nights would not be the same again…

Wait what’s that I hear, listen, can you hear it, off in the distance, shhhh, what’s it saying…We’re Baaaccckk!!!

Yes it’s true!! This Friday May 15th, starting at 5 30 pm, see Pam Crosby and several of Tulsa’s top jazz performers as the Tulsa Jazz Society presents the return of TGIF: Jazz at The Spotlight Theatre! This show, presented in conjunction with TulsaJazz.Com, will showcase some of our finest local talent on the third Friday of every month. We know you missed us and we missed you too, so tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members and total strangers to join you at the Spotlight Theatre for a night of food , fun, and fantastic Jazz!


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

Date/Time: May 15th, 2015  5:30 pm until 8:00 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

Note: Food and Libations will be available for purchase.




National Artist Spotlight: Akua Dixon

AKUA DIXON, Cellist-composer-Conductor, is a native of New York City. A graduate of the
famed H.S. of Performing Arts, she studied cello with Benar Heifetz and composition with
Rudolf Schramm. Akua studied bass concepts with ReggieWorkman and Jazz Practice
Techniques with Jimmy Owens, at the Collective Black Artists Institution of Education.

She is the 1998 recipient of “The African American Classical Music Award”, given by the
Northern New Jersey Spelman Alumnae Association. Akua performs nationally and
internationally at concert halls and colleges, public schools and libraries; at jazz festivals in
Chicago , Hawaii , Berlin , St. Lucia, Tri-Sea, North Sea, Pori, Saalfelden, Jamaica, Puerto
Rico, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and San Diego, etc. Her music for string quartet has been
featured on an eight country, 26 concert tour of Europe and Scandinavia.

Among the many noted artists she has performed with a few are: Duke Ellington, Lionel
Hampton, Max Roach,Betty Carter, Ray Charles, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Eubie Blake, Tony
Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Bob Hope, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Liza
Minnelli, etc. She has been engaged at many Broadway shows, including: Doonesbury,
Barnum, La Cage aux Faux, Evita, Jerry’s Girls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cats, and
Akua has appeared on New York Undercover with James Brown, Mary J. Blige,
and B. B. King. Her first professional job was as a member of the famed Apollo Theatre
In 1973, she founded her own string quartet, Quartette Indigo. They have been called “jazz’s
leading string quartet” by some critics. The quartet’s repertoire features original works and
arrangements of jazz classics, by Akua.
Akua’s first release,”Quartette Indigo”, on Landmark
Records, received four stars in Downbeat. Her new CD is entitled “AFRIKA! AFRIKA!”, and
was released on Savant Records. Critics are now saying that the group “swings madly”.
To open the 1996 season of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at City Center , she notated
and conducted the premiere of a new ballet, ” Riverside “, by Judith Jamison, music by Kimati
She also conducted their classic ballet “Revelations.” The filmscore to “Anna Oz”,
TV commercials for Jello’s Cheesecake and Butterscotch Puddings, and several types of
Kraft Yoghurts can also be added to her recent conducting credits.

Akua has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute and won grants from the National Endowment
of the Arts (“Afrika! Afrika!” – concert piece for solo cello and string orchestra) and the Rockefeller Foundation (“The Opera of Marie Laveau”) for her compositions. The Opera was performed at the Henry Street New Federal Theatre in New York, and Akua performed on the
piano for this event.

She received commissions from Meet the Composer to write a work for
the Festival of Women Improvisers (“Quest”) and the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s tribute to Dr.
Martin Luther King (“Jesus Is the Bridge”). Akua’s music for strings in jazz was the subject of
a WGBH-Boston public television special in 1981.

Akua’s performance and lecture for the New Directions Cello Festival of ’98 was also enthusiastically received.
She gave a lecture on playing the blues to approximately 50 aspiring jazz cellists. Akua has always been involved with inspiring children to pursue their
musical talents. This is her second season doing concerts for the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series.
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Akua can be seen on videos with Wyclef Jean, conducting the
“Urban Youth Symphony”. She conducted “Gone Til November” on the Chris Rock Show, and for an MTV Special. During the summer of 1967 and 1968, she taught string students at Skidmore College in a special program entitled Project PEP (Programs to Excite Potential).

In 1972, she worked for the New York Board of Education as a Music Specialist, supplying new
repertoire to the string programs and teaching at 17 different schools. She has given clinics to
string players at the Cleveland School of the Arts and the Kamehameha School in Hawaii.

In 1978, she founded the Akua Dixon String Ensemble, which has supplied string sections for Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carmen McRae, Woody Shaw, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Pharaoh
Saunders, Buster Williams, and Antonio Hart.
In 1974, she was the Director of New Music for
“The String Reunion,” a New York based string orchestra formed by Noel Pointer. She
supplied originals and arrangements of jazz classics for this 30 piece string ensemble.

Akua has always been involved in playing new music, especially pieces that require
improvisation. She has also recorded with Tim Robbins, Don Cherry, Henry Threadgil, James
Blood Ulmer, and Joseph Jarman.

Her vocal work has won her international acclaim, recording with Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues
Big Band, “Live at the Palais de Glace” (accompanying herself on piano), and Steve Turre’s
Sextet with Strings album, “Right There.”

For more information about Akua Dixon go to her website: http://www.akuadixon.com/


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