“Live Music Night” at Sisserou’s Restaurant Featuring the Stephanie Oliver Trio! Thursday Aug 9th, 2018

 

Treat Yourself To A Wonderful Evening Of Jazz at Sisserou’s Restaurant !

Each month Sisserou’s Restaurant offers some of the best live entertainment Tulsa has to offer, the month of August is very special, it features the lovely and wonderfully talented Stephanie Oliver.

Stephanie has played music in the Tulsa area for the last 11 years, performing various styles such as Latin, Funk, Blues, Jazz and more. She is a highly requested vocalist and can be seen in venues such as Bodean Seafood, Southern Hills Country Club, Mixco, and Lefty’s on Greenwood, to name a few.

She finds great joy in the lyrics and melodies of the big band music from the 30s and 40s, and is delighted to have the opportunity to perform the music of that era. Joining Stephanie will be two of Tulsa’s finest Sean Al-Jibouri on Guitar and Nathan Eicher on Bass!

Thursday Aug 9th is your chance to be enthralled by this wonderful vocalist and these incredible musicians, this will not just be a concert it will be an experience 🙂

In addition to the great music treat yourself to Sisserou’s delicious menu offerings, extensive beverage selection, and relaxing atmosphere of one of Tulsa’s most popular restaurants!

You are in for an incredible evening! 🙂

Use the link below, or call 918-576-6800 to make your reservation: (Reservations are strongly suggested)

http://www.sisserousrestauranttulsa.com/reservations/

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Poster courtesy of Taylor Entertainment Group

These shows are a Tulsajazz.com and Taylor Entertainment Group Production.

 

Date/Time:

Thursday August 9th 2018  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Archer and Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 576-6800

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The Kissing Cousins Tour: A Jazz And Blues Extravaganza! Sunday September 4th at the Guthrie Green

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The Kissing Cousins Tour: A Blues and Jazz Extravaganza! Sept 4th, 2016, 2 30-6 30 pm

Both Blues and Jazz have had profound effects on American Pop Culture and the world. These two genres have similar beginnings that took different routs and yet managed to still intertwine with each other. These musical “cousins” have stood the test of time, overcome many difficult circumstances, stayed true to themselves and their fans, and have had a major influence on most of the popular music of today.

Statements that have been made about these wonderful genres:

  • “It’s just something that everyone can relate to”
  • “Blues and jazz, a perfect dose of sound and soul!”
  • “Blues and jazz just seem to resonate with everybody, no matter what the age group.”
  • “This music will never go out style”

This concert is going to be a wonderful tribute to these two styles of music with fantastic local artists paying homage to these “musical relatives”…

The musical lineup includes:

“Peacock Strut”- A wonderful jazz quartet featuring Nathan and Shelby Eicher, Matt Teegarden, and Johnny Mullenax….they are fabulous!

The Jake Karlik Band- This band is lead by 17 year old Jake Karlik, a young Blues/Rock, singer/guitarist out of Jenks, Oklahoma and an America’s Got Talent Showcase performer, band members include Jordan Hehl, Ricky Gonhin, and Scott McQuade.

The Cynthia Simmons Quintet– Cynthia Simmons, one of the top jazz singers in the area, brings with her some power-packed musicians who include Scott McQuade, John Dellavadova, Jordan Hehl, and Dr. Clark Gibson. Get ready to be blown away by this incredible group!

Darell Christopher and the Ingredients– Our show headliner needs very little introduction these local Blues favorites always treats an audience to a captivating, high energy performance at every show! They were also semi-finalists in the International Blues Contest held in Memphis this past fall, if you’re a blues fan this group is a must see!

Wait…there’s more!

As a special treat we’ve added Multiphonic Funk, a 7 piece Jazz Funk Band to do our pre-concert and main stage break music from the Lucky’s On The Green Platform! The music is non-stop and so is the fun!

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This concert has something for everyone, so join us for a finger snapping, head boppin’, toe tappin’ good time at the Guthrie Green…you’ll be glad you did!

 

This concert is a Tulsa Jazz.com and Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

Date/Time: Sunday September 4th, 2016 2: 30 pm to 6: 30 pm

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

Phone: (918) 574-2421 Guthrie Green

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Listen Room Concert With Cynthia Simmons, Clay Welch and Nathan Eicher at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Additional Information:

Tickets: $10.00

Date/Time: November 4th, 2015  7 00 pm – 9 pm

Location: 5 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: 918-528-5299

Website: www.okjazz.org

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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!

David Amram and Washington Rucker Perform at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 7/13/2014

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famers David Amram and Washington Rucker Return to Jazz Depot Sunday for Oscar Pettiford Tribute

 

The internationally known composer, conductor, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist David Amram – a Philadelphia native – remembers how he felt in 2011, when he received the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

“I looked up at the wall and saw all those pictures and I said, `My God, all these people I played with and knew – I thought they were from Kansas City or New Orleans.'” he says. “I never realized they were all Oklahomans. And I thought, `Man, that’s like the history of jazz right up there.'”

Sunday, Amram returns to the Jazz Depot, where he’ll be joining another famous name on that wall – the innovative Tulsa-born jazz-drummer Washington Rucker – to pay tribute to a third Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer, the double-bassist and bandleader Oscar PettifordPettiford, one of the pioneers of bebop, was from Okmulgee; he passed away in 1960.pettiford

“We’re going to play some pieces Oscar wrote, and also some of the classic tunes he loved and played so well,” says Amram. “And I’m going to tell people about his part in [jazz] history, in 1945 or 46, when he brought Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker downtown from Harlem to play on 52nd Street [in New York]. Oscar had the gig, and he said, `I want to feature these two geniuses.’ So the club owner said, `Well, okay, Oscar, if you want to do that.’

“Of course, all the musicians knew about them, but that was the first chance for the public to hear those guys together. It was a place called the Onyx Club, and it’s a part of jazz history I try to tell people about whenever I get the chance.”

Interestingly, Washington Rucker never met Pettiford – although, as he points out, “I worked lots of times with his brother, Harry Pettiford, who was a saxophone player here in Tulsa.

“Of course,” he adds, “I knew him through his reputation. I knew he was the inspiration for [fellow Tulsa jazz great] Cecil McBee to become a bassist, and I understood he was from Oklahoma.”

Amram, on the other hand, made the acquaintance of Oscar Pettiford in 1955, when both were working in the New York City jazz scene.

“I was playing [French horn] in the band of Charlie Mingus, and all the bass players were friendly with each other, so Oscar was there all the time and he liked what I was trying to do,” recalls Amram. “He said, `You know, I can’t play with a symphony orchestra, so I’m going to make my own. I’m going to have two French horns – you and Julius Watkins – and a harp player named Betty Glamann – she’s a classical player who can play jazz chord changes on the harp, which is almost impossible. And I’ve got my little cello. So I’m going to have a cello, a harp, two French horns, plus [trumpeter] Art Farmer, [trombonist] Jimmy Cleveland, all these great players.’

“He said, `I’m going make my own band, and we’re going to play.’ And we did. We made some wonderful records, played concerts together, and he was the person who introduced me to the native music of Oklahoma.”

In addition to Amram and Rucker, a half-dozen of the area’s best-known jazz bassists, including former Tulsan Dean DeMerritt, plan to take the stage and play some of their favorite Pettiford numbers with the two Hall of Famers. They include Bill Crosby, Nathan Eicher, Jordan Hehl and Ed Garcia.

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“Jazz enthusiasts will be rejoicing when they witness this tribute led by Washington Rucker and David Amram. These two remarkable Hall of Famers’ tribute to one of Jazz’s all time top bassists will be the highlight of our Summer concert series,” commented Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO and producer of the Pettiford tribute. “Speaking with those who were fortunate enough to work with Oscar Pettiford, you get a sense of the tremendous respect and appreciation everyone had for him and his capacity for the joy of living, playing and composing.”

 

           

 One of the compositions Sunday’s audiences may hear is a classical piece by Amram, which he wrote following Pettiford’s unexpected and early death.

“I wrote it for flute, cello, piano, and percussion, and it first got played in 1961,” he says. “It’s gotten played all over the world since then, with Oscar’s name on it, and then finally, about five weeks ago, it got played in the town where I was born, at the Curtis Institute of Music. I told all those kids in the audience about Oscar, and what he had meant to me, and how he was a bridge for jazz, and Native American music, and classical music – all sincere music.

“He was wide open,” concludes Amram. “He was an extraordinary person.”

A Tribute to Oscar Pettiford, starring David Amram and Washington Rucker, is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 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, 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 Summer 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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Bass Summit hosted by Nathan Eicher at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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NATHAN EICHER HOSTS BASS SUMMIT SUNDAY AT JAZZ DEPOT

 

It’s been a little over a month since Nathan Eicher accompanied Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker in a Jazz Depot concert. But it’s clear that the experience, and Rucker himself, continue to impress the young bassist.

“The guy was amazing – just so much experience,” says Eicher. “I could see, given his experience, where it would have been frustrating to play with someone like me, because I don’thave the experience. I haven’t seen all the situations, musically, that he’s seen. So things I might be doing that are maybe new, that I’m doing for the first time, are things he’s probably heard guys do before. Anything I could throw at him, he’s heard.

“But he was just so nice about it, you know? He was like, `Be free. Explore, and express yourself.’ He was reassuring, and he seemed to enjoy watching the process unfold with a younger guy. That was inspiring. He was just so far beyond me, and I got the opportunity to play with him and learn from him and I thought, `Man, I want to try to share that experience in the other direction.’”

To that end, the band Eicher’s bringing to the Depot Sunday will not only feature Depot regular Tim Shadley on piano, but a couple of high school musicians: bassist Byron Crenshaw and drummer Jonathan Haywood.    Crenshaw has been playing at the Tuesday evening Depot Jams, while Haywood is the drummer for the Tulsa Jam’bassadors, the award-winning all-city jazz group that’s a project of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A combo made up of Jam’bassadors will also be on the bill Sunday.tulsa jambassadors web

In addition to his experience with Rucker, growing up in a musical family – his mother is the well-known vocalist Janet Rutland, his father the noted multi-instrumentalist Shelby Eicher – also contributed to his yen to work with youthful players.

“I want to reach out to kids who are young, because when I was young I had that opportunity,” he explains. “I was very fortunate, with my parents being musicians, to be able when I was in high school to go out and play gigs and sit in. And I’m always inspired when I hear these younger kids playing.”

Sunday, two of those younger kids, along with Shadley and Eicher, will be performing in a quartet that’ll look s a bit unusual. Added to the standard rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums will be a second bass, played by Eicher as a lead instrument, using a bow.

“I drew my inspiration from a bassist named Arni Egilsson,” Eicher says. “He has an album I heard several years ago called Basses Loaded, and it was the same kind of combo. After I heard it, I said, `Man, I want to do that. I want to develop my ability to play this instrument as a lead instrument, so much that I could step in front of a band and do it.’”nathan eicher

He adds that the groups he’s in, including the Tulsa-based string-jazz quartet Mischievous Swing and the trio that works regularly at Oklahoma City’s Hefner Grill, give him plenty of chances to experiment with bass solos.

“The past couple of years, particularly at Hefner Grill, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with a bow and develop that,” he notes. “So, now that I’m finally feeling comfortable with it, I thought, `Hey, I want to try leading a band with this.’ The bass might step into that [lead] role occasionally in the other bands I’m in, but in this [concert], it’s going to be every song, basically. It’ll be sort of like a bass violin.”

He laughs. “I guess I’m trying to be the Stephane Grappelli of bass.”

The Bass Summit with the Nathan Eicher Quartet and the Tulsa Jam’bassadors combo is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. 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.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The show is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2014 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 Oklahomansthrough preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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Nathan Eicher Quartet Performs at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Nathan Eicher Quartet Maiden Concert Set for Sunday

Bassist Nathan Eicher has shared the Jazz Depot stage with a number of top-notch musicians, playing there twice with his string-jazz band Mischievous Swing and, most recently, making a big impression alongside Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame drummer Washington Rucker, an experience Eicher calls “really a special evening for me.”

Now, it’s his turn to lead his own group into the Depot. Sunday marks the maiden voyage of the Nathan Eicher Quartet, whose members, in addition to Eicher, include Ryan Hatcher (trumpet), Stephen Schultz (guitar), and Mark Giammario (drums).

“I’vc played with all these guys individually, but this is the first time for this specific group to come together,” notes Eicher. “I put it together with the intent of all of us being able to play some original material we had composed. We’re going to play some familiar favorites, too, to kind of ease the listener in. I think we’ll do `Caravan’ and `Girl from Ipanema,’ `Just Friends’ and the tune `Pure Imagination’ from [the movie] Willy Wonka – we’ve got a nice little 5/4 arrangement of that song, which Ryan did.

“Then, we’ve got 10 to 12 original pieces; each person in the band has composed at least one of them.”

Those numbers, he adds, “really come out of the jazz tradition.”

“We don’t get into any free jazz, but we play a fusion tune, and we play a couple of tunes in odd meter, what I call post-bop. Ryan has a piece that has a lot of what I call Kansas City mute effects; it pays homage to that sound. We have a lot of Latin-influenced material, and swing material, and a couple of my own tunes have melodies that are almost like vocal melodies. They come very much out of that old swing vocal-tune tradition. But then I also have a tune in 7/4 [time], that has a very discernable melody, but it’s kind of ethereal in the sense of creating an atmosphere. It’s called `The Circus Comes to Town,’ and I attempt to create, with this little bit of an off-kilter rhythm pattern, thefeeling of the circus. So we have a big variety of stuff that comes out of so many of the traditions of jazz.”

Like Eicher himself, the other musicians in the Nathan Eicher Quartet play a lot at the other end of the Turner Turnpike, in the Oklahoma City area. In fact, he got acquainted with two-thirds of them via the University of Central Oklahoma‘s well-known jazz studies program, located in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond.nathan and mark

“I met Mark there; we were both doing our master’s at roughly the same time,” says Eicher. “Stephen is currently going to UCO. And I met Ryan, who went to school at Stillwater, through a mutual friend.”

Eicher and Giammario have a steady gig playing together at Oklahoma City’s Hefner Grill in an outfit called, appropriately enough, the Hefner Grill Trio. The two often work with another Oklahoma City performer who’s played the Jazz Depot himself, vocalist Justin Echols.

“I play with Mark all the time,” says Eicher. “I’m playing with him three times a week most weeks, and I’ve developed this very, very nice relationship as a player with him. I think we have a good sense of what we’re going to give one another, how to complement each other. Having a drummer and bassist paired like that brings, I think, a lot of cohesiveness to a group.”

Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa, he believes, have “a tremendous amount of very, very good players.”

Justin Echols“But,” he adds, “with the exception of places like the [UCO] Jazz Lab and Hefner Grill, where I perform all the time, I don’t think there are as many venues in Oklahoma City that consistently have jazz as there are in Tulsa. I’m impressed by the fact that every night of the week I can go and hear jazz in Tulsa. In Oklahoma City, to my knowledge, that’s just not happening. It’s possible that it’s there and the word just hasn’t gotten out. There are a lot of great players, a lot of people I love playing with down there. But I think the main difference is that there just aren’t as many venues and nothing like the Jazz Hall.”

The Nathan Eicher Quartet is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. 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.

 

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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