Tulsa Jazz.Com’s National Artist Spotlight: Bassist Ron Carter

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The most recorded jazz bassist in history with 2,221 individual recording credits as of September 15th, 2015  verified by Guinness World Records! 

“Ron Carter is living proof that integrity and clarity
of artistic vision are alive and well in … jazz.”
John Snyder, Em Arcy

Walk or wander into the world of jazz. Ron Carter is there. His reputation in the
music world is peerless. He stylishly accompanies any player or group and, without
breaking stride, performs with stunning virtuosity as a soloist. His work is rich
in detail, pure in sound, and technically impressive. His long list of accolades as a
performer is unprecedented; he may be the most popular bassist there is.

A lean six feet four inches with a mixture of pride and courtliness, Ron displays an
elegant calm on stage as well as off. He has created music with consummate skill for
more than forty-fi ve years, apparently without rumpling his tasteful suits or raising
a serious sweat. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States in
nightclubs and concert halls with Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, and Wes Montgomery, then
toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. He was a member of Miles Davis’s now
classic quintet from 1963 to 1968, along with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and
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Ron was among the few bassists who continued to play acoustic bass when many turned to electric bass.

“It was a conscious choice,” he says. “I felt a responsibility to
present a viable alternative to the popular electric sound.”
One of Ron’s chief traits is that he creates bass lines so harmonically and rhythmically
rich that soloists must go far to respond to his challenge. As he puts it: “A good bassist
determines the direction of any band.” Often Ron uses gonglike tones and glissandos
in his work. Once his exclusive trademark, these sounds have now become part of
every modern bassist’s vocabulary.

When he first formed his own group, the bass was not generally considered a lead
instrument. Ron found a solution in the piccolo bass, an instrument one-half the size
of a standard bass. He tuned the instrument so as to foster an unusual sound quality,
one that stands out in an ensemble. Backed by a quartet of piano, drums, percussion,
and an additional bass, Ron created one of the most distinctive and unusual jazz
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COMPOSER/ARRANGER/AUTHOR
Ron Carter won a Grammy award in 1988 for the instrumental composition, Call
Sheet Blues, from the fi lm ‘Round Midnight. He scored and arranged music for a number
of other fi lms including The Passion of Beatrice, directed by Bertrand Tavernier; Haraka,
directed by Ola Balugun; and for the television movies Exit Ten, starring Peter Weller;
and A Gathering of Old Men, starring Richard Widmark and Louis Gossett Jr.

Ron is the author of Building Jazz Bass Lines, a series of books on playing jazz; a
Comprehensive Bass Method, for classical bass studies; Ron Carter, Bass Lines; and The Music
of Ron Carter, which contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions.
“…his music embodies all the qualities that
make jazz an enduring, vital art form.”
–Stereo Review

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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.

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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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“Jazz Up”: An Online Art Gallery

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Jazz Up! An Online Art Gallery

We love jazz and we love art, what if you put the two of them together? You would have our Jazz Up!: Online Art Gallery board 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.

Music and art have always complemented each other 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, check out some of our other boards as well such as: Tulsa’s Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jazz History, Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art, and many more!

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

 

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Jazz Eureka 2015 Featuring Joey DeFrancesco September 11th &12th

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Jazz Eureka celebrates 30 years of jazz in Eureka Springs with a stellar line up featuring Joey DeFrancesco.  Joey, a 2 time Grammy nominee, has played with Miles Davis and some of the biggest names in the music business.  Considered the master of the jazz organ, Joey delights audiences with his powerful performances.  Joey appears in concert at the Eureka Springs auditorium Sept 12.  Show starts at 7:30. Tickets start at 20.00.

Opening the show is the Joe Cartwright Quintet featuring Molly Hammer.  Dave Brubek said of Joe: “I am always flattered when a fellow musician decides to perform and record one of my tunes.  My pleasure and amazement is enhanced when the artist is a imaginative and talented as pianist Joe Cartwright”.  Molly Hammer has an eclectic vocal background drawing influences from Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, and many others.

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30 years ago, Beto and the Fairlanes opened the 1st Eureka Springs Jazz Festival. The current Jazz Eureka organizer, Ron Sumner, was at that event in 1985 at the Basin Park Hotel and he remembers they had everyone up and dancing with their mix of original Jazz flavored salsa, big band and funk.  They are back, vital as ever, to open the 2015 event, now called Jazz Eureka, with a free concert and dance party in Basin Park.  This rare not to be missed appearance starts at 7pm Friday Sept 11 at Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs.  It is free to the public.

Saturday Sept. 12 Free Music in Basin Spring Park feature stellar artists from the region.  It begins with the 18 piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective.  This is their 3rd  straight year at Jazz Eureka.  With over 2 centuries of combined jazz experience, this world class big band has been thirilling audiences all around the 4 state region.  Their set begins at Noon.

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Starting at 2pm is the Rodney Block Quartet.  Block, a trumpeter born in Arkansas, has been featured internationally building a niche in the jazz and hip hop genres.  He has shared the stage with Earth Wind and Fire, Kirk Whalhum, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.  The band has been honored with the Aurora award and the Telly Award for its concert feature on the AETN television network.  He was Runner up in Arkansas Times “Best Of Bands” category.

Closing the park on Saturday at 4pm is saxophonist Grady Nichols and his Quintet.   Grady is an absolute pro and super talented musician.  “Grady Nichols technical mastery of the saophone is only surpassed by his emotional mastery of his instrument.  He can evoke just the right emotion for any of his songs without making you feel manipulated or that the feeling is contrived”.

Jazz Eureka features something for the casual as well as the seasoned jazz fan. In a beautiful setting,  Come early and catch all the free talent in beautiful downtown Basin Park and get your tickets to see the Saturday show in the The Auditorium, a wonderful venue for jazz.

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Pam Crosby CD Release Party at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

 

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 Pam Van Dyke Crosby & Friends Bring Summer to the Jazz Depot

Summer may be a couple of months away, but jazz fans can get a jump on the season Sunday, when Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Friends bring their Jazz on A Summer’s Night – Late CD release party to the Jazz Depot.

Recorded live on June 10th of last year at the late Tulsa restaurant and jazz venue Ciao Baby, Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Late is a companion piece to Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Early, which debuted at a similar Depot event last October.

“We’re going to play tunes off both the albums Sunday,” says Pam’s husband Bill Crosby, the well-known Tulsa bassist who produced both discs. “We’ll have the same guys in the band that we had when we did the recording – except for [drummer] Tony Yohe. He’s having knee-replacement surgery, so Wade Robertson [percussionist on both CDs] will be playing drums. We’re going to go ahead and set up some conga drums, and if Tony feels like coming in and playing a little percussion, we’ll be happy to have him do it.”

The discs – and the show – feature the kind of crowd-satisfying, sure-handed jazz that fans of Pam, Bill, and their cohorts have come to expect. While some of the selections come from bop legends like Miles Davis (“Ornithology”) and Sonny Rollins (“Oleo”), the group makes each number accessible to audiences without sacrificing one whit of musical integrity. Straight-ahead tunes like the above alternate with such evergreens as “Long Ago and Far Away,” “Skylark,” and even an inventive arrangement of Glenn Campbell’s 1977 pop-country hit “Southern Nights.”

“It’s jazz, and but it’s fairly commercial from the standpoint of what some people are doing in jazz, some of the fusion-type bands,” says Bill with a chuckle. “They don’t care whether anybody likes it or not. We kind of mix it up, and we want the audience to like it, you know.”

“Southern Nights,” along with most of the other selections on the new disc, were arranged by Scott McQuade, who also contributes on piano and accordion. A native of Canada, McQuade spent more than a decade based in Florida, playing cruise ships and other venues, before arriving in Tulsa in 2008. After meeting and working with him, Bill says, “I got serious about doing a record.”

In addition to their band of McQuade, drummer Yohe, and bassist Bill, the Crosbys added Robertson and saxophonist-clarinetist Tommy Poole, another one of the area’s top-drawer jazz players (in addition to being the Director of Jazz Studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah) to the recording group. Showing the versatility typical of the area’s working musicians, Robertson has played with everyone from Hank Thompson to the Temptations, and can be heard on, among other discs, the live Chet Baker album Out of Nowhere.

“We added Wade and Tommy Poole because we wanted to beef up the band [for the recording],” explains Pam. “We’ve been working with Scott, too, and he’s such an inspiration that we wanted to be sure to have a recording with him and that band.”

When it comes to credits and careers, the Crosbys hardly have to take a back seat. Native Oklahoman Pam began her time in the music business touring nationally with the venerable Sammy Kaye Orchestra, one of the longest-lived aggregations from the big-band era, Returning to Oklahoma after more than four years on the road, Pam soon found herself in demand for appearances at clubs, festivals, and theatrical productions – a demand that continues to this day.

Bill, who grew up in Oklahoma, has been a major presence on the Tulsa jazz scene for decades, occasionally touring nationally as well as backing celebrity performers like Marilyn Maye and Don Cherry in their local appearances. Founding members of the Tulsa Jazz Society, both Pam and Bill work tirelessly to increase awareness of live jazz in the Tulsa area – something that the two Jazz on A Summer’s Night discs and Sunday’s show will certainly help.

“Part of the reason for doing this [recording] is to kind of have it as part of our heritage,” says Pam, “something that we did that’s really us. We’d also like to sell some of them,” she adds with a laugh.

jazz on a summers night earlyBoth Jazz on A Summer’s Night discs will be available at the show – along with the earlier Pam Van Dyke Live CD – for $15 each or two for $25.

The Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Friends CD Release Concert is set to begin at 5:00

p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 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. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 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 preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

 

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