2nd Annual Chet Baker Jazz Festival Saturday October 1st Yale, Oklahoma

 

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The City of Yale honors one of their own, the late, great Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 10. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in church choirs and tried his hand at trombone before turning to trumpet at age 13.

Baker dropped out of school at 16 to join the Army, and played in bands during his two stints in the armed forces. In between, he was turned on to the music of Miles Davis and became involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene.

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Baker’s musical career took off after he earned the chance to play with jazz great Charlie Parker in 1952. That year he joined saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s piano-less quartet, and the pairing of Baker’s subdued tone and gentle phrasing with Mulligan’s ear for harmonies proved a dynamic combination. The quartet reeled off such favorites as “Walkin’ Shoes,” “Bernie’s Tune” and “My Funny Valentine,” which became one of Baker’s signature songs.

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The festival will consist of various artist from Tulsa and around the state, to a person, if asked, they will state how honored they are to be a part of such an historic event.

Bruce Guthrie Exec. Dir of the Chet Baker Foundation stated that “He hopes this will continue be one of many annual celebrations of Chet’s legacy here in his hometown of Yale, Oklahoma.”

The line up for this great event is as follows:

Hank Williams Tribute –  4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker Duo – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Moore Jazz w/ guest vocalist Cynthia Simmons – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

The Chet Baker Festival will run from 4-9 p.m. on Main and Boston in downtown Yale, about 45 minutes west of Tulsa. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is sponsored in part by the City of Yale, the Yale Chamber of Commerce, the Chet Baker Estate LLC and the Chet Baker Foundation.

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Inaugural Chet Baker Jazz Festival Saturday October 10th Yale, Oklahoma

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Trumpeter Mike Moore leads an All-Star cast honoring the Late, Great Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929, in Yale, Oklahoma, and moved to the Los Angeles area with his family at age 10. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in church choirs and tried his hand at trombone before turning to trumpet at age 13.

Baker dropped out of school at 16 to join the Army, and played in bands during his two stints in the armed forces. In between, he was turned on to the music of Miles Davis and became involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene.

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Baker’s musical career took off after he earned the chance to play with jazz great Charlie Parker in 1952. That year he joined saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet, and the pairing of Baker’s subdued tone and gentle phrasing with Mulligan’s ear for harmonies proved a dynamic combination. The quartet reeled off such favorites as “Walkin’ Shoes,” “Bernie’s Tune” and “My Funny Valentine,” which became one of Baker’s signature songs.

The festival will consist of various artist from around the state and some from as far away as California, to a person, if asked, will state how honored they are to be a part of such an historic event.

Bruce Guthrie Exec. Dir of the Chet Baker Foundation stated that “He hopes this will be the first many annual celebrations of Chet’s legacy here in his hometown of Yale, Oklahoma.”

The line up for this great event is as follows: (Note:  Some of these artists played with Chet Baker during his career)

Jazz Standard with Mike Leland, Bill Crosby, Mike Moore and Rick Cope –  4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Dean DeMerritt Jazz Tribe feat. Sarah Maud5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Stephanie Oliver and Pat Kelley7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Jam Session8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

The Chet Baker Festival will run from 4-10 p.m. on Main and Boston in downtown Yale, about 45 minutes west of Tulsa. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is sponsored in part by the City of Yale, the Yale Chamber of Commerce, the Chet Baker Estate LLC and the Chet Baker Foundation.

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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

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The Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra Performs at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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The Oklahoma Jazz HOF  Presents The Clark Terry Tribute Concert Sunday March 22nd from 5-7 pm!

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra to the Jazz Depot stage in a tribute to the late jazz legend Clark Terry.

The Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra—alongside various regional artists—pays tribute to Clark Terry’s career in jazz that spanned more than seventy years. Terry was recognized as a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, composer, writer, trumpet/flugelhorn designer, teacher, and NEA Jazz Master. He performed for eight United States’ Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa. More than fifty jazz festivals have featured him at sea and on land in all seven continents, many of which were named in his honor.

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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CynSings Ella: Cynthia Simmons Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Another look at a very special night…

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“This was just one of those moments in time where you just wished time would stand still and this would go on forever”. That’s how several people in attendance described Cynthia Simmons and the band’s performance Sunday night at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. This was a much anticipated event and it didn’t disappoint, once the downbeat hit the magic began. The night started with one of Ella’s most popular songs A Tisket A Tasket and then took you on a melodic journey through Ella’s life. You may have hopped on the A Train , In a Sentimental Mood, but that didn’t last long because the show was Too Darn Hott!

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One of the reasons this show was so successful was the all-star line up of musicians. Dean Demerritt, Frank Brown, Wade Robertson, and Dr. Mike Moore made the music come to life. Each musician, highly talented  and respected in the jazz community, could  have headlined this or any other show, but the crowd was treated to the collective sounds of this incredible group…and a treat it was.

The Ear Candy just kept coming with songs like Paper Moon, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Do Nothing Til You Hear from Me, Cry Me a River and a wonderful rendition of Can’t We be Friends  performed by Cynthia and Darell Christopher.CynSimm_116

 

Cynthia also shared with the audience a brief history and some little know fact about Ella’s life, her struggles and her triumphs. The room was filled with smiling faces, tappin’ toes, boppin’ heads, and joyous applause, like we said at the start of the post, it was truly a special evening 🙂

Photos courtesy of Bill Gaddis Photography.

This show was a TulsaJazz.Com Production.

Just in case you had the misfortune of missing this show, here is a video of Cynthia and the band performing Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered…Enjoy 🙂

 

 

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents “Salute to Father’s Day: Thanks, Dad!”

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 “Salute to Father’s Day: Thanks, Dad!”

Fathers and Sons in Concert

Quite a while ago-Mike Moore isn’t sure exactly when-plans were floated for a band composed entirely of father and son musicians to play a show for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. That idea sounded great to Moore and his son David, both of whom are highly regarded trumpeters. 

“We heard about it, and we were excited about it,” Mike recalls. Given the logical opportunity of Father’s Day this year, Mike and David thought it would be good to resurrect the family-band notion, and front a Jazz Depot show.

Despite the fact that they both play the trumpet, David and Mike have found other opportunities to perform together. They held down a regular gig at a Tulsa restaurant, for instance, until the owner decided to stop featuring live music. They occasionally perform together in bandleader Leon Rollerson’s groups. And Sundays find them at St. Pius X Catholic Church with organist Michele Cowen, who goes back with Mike to the University of Tulsa.

“We play during the Mass and we play special music,” Mike says. “Michele Cowen was formerly on the University of Tulsa faculty, and choir director Karen Gingrich is a TU graduate. There’s a connection among us all. For instance, Michele was the accompanist on David’s classical recitals when he was at TU.”

David is now pursuing a master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also plays locally with the Mark Sloniker Quartet. He just recorded a disc with Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, and Ryan Middagh, another sax man who’s an alumnus of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band.

“It hasn’t been released yet, but it’s called Colorado Brews,” notes David. “Every tune on it is named after a different beer from Colorado.”

Since David is only home in the summer, the opportunities to share a stage with his dad are limited – especially since David has also been working on and off around town with the likes of the Paul Benjamin Band, Mike Cameron, Ryan “Chips” Tedder, and Jordan Hehl. The latter is a member of the trio scheduled to play with Mike and David on the Father’s Day concert.

“David wanted to hire our rhythm section, and I remember Miles Davis committing himself to print several times, saying, `Playing with younger players keeps you young, keeps you fresh,'” says Mike. “So he’s hired a rhythm section of younger players, goodplayers, He’s got George Toumayan on drums, Jordan Hehl on bass, and Steven Schrag on piano.”

According to David, the quintet plans to present a selection of jazz numbers old and new, chosen by him and his father.

“We sat down together and threw tunes back and forth until we came up with a list,” he explains. “We’re going to do some more modern jazz, we’re going to do some older jazz, and we decided we wanted to pick a couple of tunes from albums that were recorded with two trumpets on the front line. So we’ll do `Moontrane,’ which was recorded by Woody Shaw several times, but once on an album with Freddie Hubbard where they played it together. And we’ll also do “Little Dancer.” It’s a Tom Harrell tune, and he recorded it on an album with John McNeil.

As for standards, he adds, “We’ve got `Honeysuckle Rose’ and `There Will Never be Another You,’ and then my dad is going to be featured on `My Funny Valentine’ and I’m going to be featured on `Skylark.’

“I’ve only met a handful of people who’ve gotten to do this kind of thing with other family members,’ David concludes. “It’s a great feeling to get up there and play this stuff with your dad.”

Mike and David Moore’s Father’s Day show is set to begin at 5:00p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. Tickets can be purchased at the Jazz Depot or by calling Bettie Downing at918-281-8609. 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 event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s Summer 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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