The Rowdy Bunch Music Festival Sunday May 28th, 2017 at the Guthrie Green!


More Fun In One Day Than You Ever Thought Possible!

The Rowdy Bunch Music Festival Presented by Tulsa Jazz and Taylor Entertainment Group and is a foot loose, fancy free, kick back, fun-filled event! The concert takes place at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa’s Brady District on Sunday May 28th from 2:30-6:30 pm.

Tulsa Jazz and Taylor Entertainment Group President John Taylor says “The idea behind the concert is to feature several popular local groups that perform in various venues around the city, put them on a completely different platform and let them “cut loose”! They get to play their favorite music, originals, covers, you name it all while treating the crowd to a fabulous show and having a boatload of fun in the process!”, Taylor said.

We are also thrilled to have our Summer Music Series Sponsors Glacier Confections and Tyler Media working with and supporting the festival, as well as the Guthrie Green, Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Telemundo 25.2, Univision 25, and La Z Radio 101.9 FM & 1570 AM. This event doesn’t happen without them and they are greatly appreciated.

So who’s playing in the Rowdy Bunch Music Festival? We’re glad you asked:

The featured artists are, Bethany Grace and GypsySoul a Rock, Blues, Gypsy-Rock, Folk-Rock, band offering an array of original music from ballads to hard hitting sultry rock. , Even Keel a Southern Rock, Blues, Country & Originals band, listening to them is an acoustic experience that will move your heart and your feet!, The Doctors of Replay a 70’s and 80’s style band committed to taking their audience back in time for a night, to relive great memories and meet up with old friends, and The Rusty Meyers Band a country band in the tradition of  George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, JMM, etc, delighting audiences with a mixture of some of your favorites and original music.

This is going to be an incredible event!

Bring your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers and enemies (they have to sit in the back) and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of good music, good food, and good fun at the pet-friendly Guthrie Green!

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Big Bands, Big Voices:The Concert! Presented By SpiritBank October 9th 2016


Jazz groups from NSU and OSU share the Guthrie Green stage for the first time! 

This free show will feature two of Tulsa’s top vocalists Branjae Jackson and Cynthia Simmons performing with the Oklahoma State University Jazz Orchestra and the Northeastern State University Jazz Ensemble. There will also be several guest vocalists, who will also be sharing their talents making this a can’t miss event!

Several firsts for the schools and Guthrie Green will also happen during this event:

  • Neither school’s jazz program has ever been showcased at the Guthrie Green.
  • It is the first time the Guthrie Green has had two jazz big bands  performing during the same event.
  • Professional and amateur Jazz vocalists perform together with multiple big bands on the Guthrie Green stage!

Musically the show will include Jazz standards, original compositions, and much more!

Prepare yourself for a night of Big Bands, Big Voices, and Big Fun!

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

Date/Time: Sunday October 9th, 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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Glow on the Green Sunday November 29th at the Guthrie Green

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Join us for the 3rd Annual GLOW on the Green on Sunday, November 29th from 3 pm to 7 pm! This year’s GLOW will include a special holiday market with local vendors selling everything from Christmas home decor, jewelry, clothing, art, food, and more.

The Tulsa Pac Trust will bring in music from Bravo Brass,, and Arthur Thompson. The event will kick off with a special round of holiday karaoke with DJ Spencer LG. Lucky’s on the Green will feature unique holiday food & drink items, and as always you can find some of your favorite food trucks to sample fare from. Santa makes his return to the Green this year so be sure to bring the kids out ready to give him their Christmas wish list and of course, take photos with  Saint Nick. GlowOnTheGreen_113014_ShaneBrown_PRINT-37

Jazz will be in abundance this year as provides you with an evening of wonderful Jazz and Christmas favorites! The fun starts at 5 pm with the Northeastern State University Jazz Quartet which features Joe Barger on sax, Chris Peters on drums, Hiroki Ohsawa on keyboard, and Matthew Buttler on bass. Then at 6pm your headline act hits the stage!  The Quartet featuring Cynthia Simmons on vocals, Michael Bremo on drums, Frank Brown on guitar, and Dean Demerritt on bass will perform from aprox 6:10-7 pm.

GLOW on the Green is affiliated with the days larger event, GLOW Downtown: A Progressive Lighting. Each participating location will flip their holiday lights on at different times, with Guthrie Green’s lighting ceremony happening at 6 pm sharp.


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Date/Time: Sunday, November 29th 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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48th Annual Green Country Jazz Festival Featuring Terri Lyne Carrington

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National Artist Spotlight: Terri Lyne Carrington

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Drummer, composer, producer and clinician, Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.

After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne moved to New York in 1983. For 5 years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late ‘80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late ‘90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad.

In 1989, Ms. Carrington released a GRAMMY® nominated debut CD entitled Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz is a Spirit, which features Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004’s Structure, a cooperative group which features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label, and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.

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Her production and songwriting collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, “Always Reach for Your Dreams,” (featuring Peabo Bryson), and her production of the Dianne Reeves GRAMMY®-nominated CD, That Day, which hovered at the top of the music charts for many months.

Terri Lyne has played on many recordings throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s thru today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY® Award winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Mr. Hancock’s musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his Future2Future DVD.

After a hiatus from the U.S. recording scene as a solo recording artist, Terri Lyne returned in 2008 with More To Say… (Real Life Story: NextGen). She performs with friends and colleagues with whom she has been working with in her 20-year-plus career. Joining Carrington on More to Say is an impressive all-star cast of jazz and contemporary jazz instrumentalists, including George Duke, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Haslip, Greg Phillingaines, Gregoire Maret, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Patrice Rushen, Robert Irving III (who also serves as co-producer), Chuck Loeb, Tineke Postma, Ray Fuller, Dwight Sills, Anthony Wilson, Les McCann and a special appearance by her dad, Sonny Carrington, on tenor. In addition, Terri Lyne collaborates with esteemed vocalist Nancy Wilson for the song, “Imagine This.”



In July 2011, Terry Lyne released The Mosaic Project, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. Her  album once again gathers a myriad of voices and crystallizes them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighs the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set which features some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others. Terri Lyne says the emergence of so many great female jazz artists is what made an album like The Mosaic Project possible, more so now than in decades past.

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NSU Jazz Ensemble featuring Scott McQuade at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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As far as first-call saxophonist and Northeastern State University director of jazz studies Tommy Poole is concerned, his contemporary Scott McQuade  is a great example of “the perfect working musician.”

It’s not surprising at all that Poole, another busy Tulsa-area performer, is in a position to make that evaluation. The two of them, he says, have “played together countless times, in countless configurations – I don’t know if I’ve played a lot of pop music with him, but we’ve done a lot of straight-ahead jazz and traditional New Orleans-style jazz together, all kind of jazz stuff.”

McQuade, he notes, “just has so many skills and is able to do so much.”

“He can arrange music. He can read anything. He knows any song that you might call out,” explains Poole. “He can play in any style. He can play with a rhythm section, he can play by himself, or he can play in a duo format, walking bass with his left hand and playing chords with his right hand, or playing bass with his right hand and soloing with his right. He’s just got so many skill sets. It’s really good for my young musicians to see someone like that.”Scott McQuade2

Sunday, Poole’s young instrumentalists in the NSU Jazz Ensemble will not only be seeing and hearing McQuade. They’ll also be performing with him. Or, rather, he’ll be performing with them.

“Scott will be playing from the piano chair of the Jazz Ensemble,” says Poole. “The NSU Jazz
Ensemble is going to play by itself, with no guest artists, for the opening song of each half of the concert. Then, beginning with the second song through however many songs we do each half, Scott McQuade will sit at the piano chair.”

Poole adds that he himself will be playing on “one or two numbers,” including an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Take the `A’ Train” by Rob McConnell, known for his work with the Boss Brass band in the ’70s and ’80s. And three other guest players, he says, plan to be coming along with the 17-piece NSU Jazz Ensemble Sunday.

“Two of them are friends of mine from the Tahlequah area who play great trombone: Dr. Chuck DeShong and Orien Landis,” says Poole. “Chuck used to teach English at NSU – he’s retired now – and Orien is a band director at Tahlequah High School. And then we have Jim Masters, who’s a trumpeter. He graduated with a music degree from NSU a couple of decades ago – a very, very good trumpet player.”

All of these performers will be turned loose on a repertoire that leans heavily toward classics of the big-band era, including “All of Me,” the Duke Ellington standard “In A Mellow Tone,” and Buddy Rich’s arrangement of “Love for Sale.”

“Then I’m going to throw a curve ball with `Time Remembered,’” says Poole. “`Time Remembered’ is a composition of the great pianist Bill Evans, and it’s a beautiful song. That one is probably the most complex chart we’ll do the whole night.”

Sunday’s playlist also includes “Jive Samba,” composed by Nat Adderley, who played coronet and trumpet alongside his saxophonist brother, Cannonball Adderley, for years.

“They led one of the most influential hard-bop jazz quintets of all time,” notes Poole, “and that song was one of their hits.”

tommy poole12Poole, who’s been in charge of the NSU Jazz Ensemble for the past five years, is exceptionally bullish on this year’s version of the big-band styled group.

“I’ve got a lot of great students, a lot of great improvisers in the band,” he says. “You’re going to hear them get up and play some really good solos. This band is rock-solid, and they get excited about coming up and playing the Jazz Hall of Fame. It’s always a great crowd that comes out, a warm audience and a really fun audience.”

The NSU Jazz Ensemble, with guests Scott McQuade and Tommy Poole, is set to

begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 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, 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 Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.


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John Fedchock and The NSU Jazz Ensemble at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Grammy-Nominated Trombonist John Fedchock Joins NSU Jazz Ensemble for Sunday’s Jazz Depot Show

            Saxophonist Tommy Poole, director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, says there’s no reason trombonist, arranger, and bandleader John Fedchock should remember the last time they played together.

Poole, however, will never forget it.

“It was right around the time when Dizzy Gillespie died [on January 6, 1993], and I was young,” recalls Poole. “I was part of a big band, a school big band, that was backing him up at a jazz conference – and I remember him playing ‘way faster than I could play.” He laughs.

“He had an arrangement of the old cartoon theme for The Flintstones, called “Flintstoned,” and it went really fast. I did what I could with what I had at the time. It was a learning experience; that’s my point.”

There’ll probably be more learning, along with plenty of entertaining, going on at Sunday’s concert, when Poole joins his NSU Jazz Ensemble in backing Fedchock. The trombonist is flying in from New York for the show, as well as for the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Fall Workshop, which takes place the next day at NSU’s Jazz Lab.

“We’ve got five saxes, four trombones, four trumpets, four in the rhythm section – piano, bass, drums, guitar – and then we’ll add Fedchock in there as well,” he says, referring to the group playing behind Fedchock Sunday. “I’m one of the five [saxophone players].”

maynardfergusonBefore Fedchock takes the stage, the NSU Jazz Ensemble will start things off with an opening number called “Superbone Meets the Bad Man.”

“It’s kind of a funny title,” notes Poole, “but it was a big hit for Maynard Ferguson. It’ll feature our first trombonist, Zach Gunkel, and our baritone sax player Kaleb Baquera.”

Other soloists who’ll be featured throughout the evening include tenor saxophonist Joe Barger, trumpeter Austin Stunkard, pianist Hiroki Ohsawa, guitarist Nick Meena, bassist Matt Butler, and drummer Katy Peacock.

“It’s always a pleasure working with Dr. Poole and the NSU Jazz Ensemble,” said Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “Dr. Poole is a leader in music education, known for developing NSU’s jazz program through energizing young musicians so they can fully reach their potential. ”

“We’re going to do all John Fedchock compositions, except for one of the songs, a standard called `What’s New,’ says Poole. “It’s his arrangement.”

Fedchock’s Grammy nomination was, in fact, for his arranging. His arrangement of his own composition, “Caribbean Fire Dance,” was a finalist for Best Instrumental Arrangement in 2003. It appeared on the John Fedchock New York Big Band’s disc No Nonsense.

Called “a superior jazz trombonist” by noted music critic and writer Leonard Feather and “one of the country’s most accomplished trombonists” by the Cleveland Plain

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Dealer, Fedchock made his initial splash in 1980, when he began playing with jazz and big-band legend Woody Herman. He toured with Herman’s Thundering Herd for seven years, working as both music director and featured soloist, and served as musical coordinator and chief arranger for the 1986 Herman disc 50th Anniversary Tour as well as 1987’s Woody’s Gold Star. For his part, the legendary bandleader called Fedchock his “right hand man.” A quote from Herman published on Fedchock’s website (, adds, “Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He’s a major talent.”

Although Herman passed away in ’87, his orchestra continues to record and tour, and Fedchock continues to be closely associated with the group, composing, arranging, and occasionally playing in the band.

In addition to touring with the likes of T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson’s Big Band, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Fedchock has recorded four CDs with his own big band. The discs New York Big Band and On the Edge were included in Downbeat magazine’s list of best CD’s of the ’90s, and the group’s Hit the Bricks was similarly honored by the publication as one of the best of 2000.

A strong advocate for arts in education, Fedchock holds a master’s degree in jazz studies and contemporary music from the Eastman School of Music and conducts seminars and workshops at universities and colleges across the country. In addition to headlining the Sunday afternoon concert and appearing at the Oklahoma jazz educators’ meeting in Tahlequah, he plans to spend time working with the members of the NSU Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Depot, prior to their performance.

John Fedchock, Tommy Poole, and the NSU Jazz Ensemble are set to begin at5:00p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 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,, 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 2013 Autumn 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 preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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