Dean Demerritt and Frank Brown with Pam Crosby at Juniper Monday January 25th, 2016

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Join Dean and Frank as they welcome special guest vocalist Pam Crosby tonight!

Located at 3rd & Elgin in downtown Tulsa, Juniper focuses on providing the freshest, local products prepared simply and beautifully. Using hand-selected items sourced from Green Country, Juniper’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, allowing Justin and his team to introduce new and exciting plates with French influences. The bar at Juniper focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters. Experience Juniper with us for a gourmet lunch, handmade cocktails or a delicious dinner with friends and family.juniper logo

The Jazz will be just as delicious as Dean, and Frank serve up your favorite standards and toe-tapping tunes all while Juniper’s incredible staff provides you with the excellent service they are known for.

Come experience Juniper with us this Monday night for handmade cocktails, a delicious dinner, and some wonderful music with friends and family, you’ll be glad you did 🙂

Additional Show Information:

Dates/Times:  

Monday  January 25th, 2015  6 30 pm-8 30 pm

Location: Juniper Restaurant 3rd and Elgin Tulsa , Oklahoma

Phone: 918-794-1090

Juniper’s Website: junipertulsa.com

Juniper on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/junipertulsa

Dean Demerritt’s Website: www.deandemerritt.com

Frank Brown’s Website: www.frankbrowntrio.com

Pam Crosby on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamcrosbymusic

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“Natalie Cole Tribute Concert” Sunday January 17th, 2016 at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame

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The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Rollerson Productions present a tribute to the Music of Natalie Cole.

Leon Rollerson is joined  by his band and featured performer Victoria Ellington, for this tribute to the life and music of Natalie Cole. A host of other top area performers will be involved as well such as,  Mark Furnas, Mike Leland, Jeff Roberson, Mike Moore, Paul Chatman, Mike Patterson, Spike Gore, Christian Jefferson, Crystal Janes, and Diann Gordon.

Special guest artists include Cynthia Simmons, Kennedy Dennis, Miracle Johnson, Lee Ann Taylor, Pam Crosby, Jasman Love, Pauline Harris, and Oleda Bagby.

This tribute event also honors the late Rudy Scott, Wayne Washington, Jr, and John Danner.

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For information about membership and to purchase tickets call (918) 928-JAZZ or visit www.JazzHallTickets.com. This event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2016 Winter Concert Series.

Additional Information:

Tickets:

Jazz Hall of Fame Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each.

General Admission tickets are $15.00, and only $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating.

High school and middle school students admitted for only $5.00!

Date/Time:  Sunday January 17th, 2016  5 00 pm – 7 00 pm

Location: 5 S. Boston, Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone: (918) 928-JAZZ

Website: www.okjazz.org

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Happy New Year from Tulsa Jazz.Com!

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Another year has come and gone and a new one lies ahead of us. May love, peace, joy, and prosperity abound in your life and may 2016 be your best year yet!

Sincerely,

TulsaJazz.Com

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The 14th Annual Taste of Collinsville & Jazz Too!

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Collinsville Downtown, Inc. is once again preparing for another fantastic evening of good food and fabulous jazz for The 14th Annual Taste of Collinsville. Last year’s event was such a huge success, we have decided to continue with the jazz theme again this year!

We are again partnering with TulsaJazz.com to bring the regions best jazz musicians to Main Street. We’ll have the area’s top restaurants on hand for sampling of their most popular dishes while relaxing and meeting most of our Main Street Merchants. Come prepared to make that purchase… you never know what you’re gonna find!

Additional Event Information:

Day/Date: Thursday September 17th 5 30 pm to 8 00 pm

Location: 1126 W Main St, Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021

Phone: (918) 371-5530

CDI Website: http://www.collinsvilledowntowninc.com/taste2015.htm

CDI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Collinsville-Downtown-Inc-260726960613717/timeline/

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“Bill and Pam Crosby’s Excellent Adventure” A Musical Celebration Of Their 33 Wedding Anniversary at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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BILL & PAM’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE CELEBRATES 33 YEARS OF JAZZY TOGETHERNESS

In addition to all the live music from some of the areas top jazz performers, there’ll be something else of interest on display at the Jazz Depot Sunday: A blowup of a photo from September 5, 1982, taken by renowned Tulsa photographer Gaylord Herron.

“He’s my brother-in-law, and he took that picture with one of those cameras that had an 8″X10″ negative,” explains Bill Crosby. “So it’s a great big photo of our wedding, showing all the people who were there, out in our backyard.”

Central to the shot are Crosby and his then-new bride, Pam Van Dyke, who celebrate 33 years as a married couple at Sunday’s show. And while their personal lives had only intersected a year or so before Herron snapped that photo, bassist Crosby and vocalist Van Dyke had both been professionals on the Tulsa music scene for decades by then.

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“We’d known each other a long time before we ever got together,” Crosby says. “I remember years ago, when I was working at the Hilton with [pianist] Bob Clear, she was working down the street with a group called the Sound of Four. When we’d finish, we’d go over and listen to ’em. More than likely, she sat in a few times with us, too.”

Later, he adds, “I was [bandleader and keyboardist] Sammy Pagna’s bassist; I’d worked with him off and on ever since I was a kid, almost, going back to the ’60s. In 1981, he was doing a benefit of some kind at the Old Lady on Brady and he wanted a singer. Kenny Mills was his guitar player, and he and Pam had been working together a lot. So Kenny said, `Why don’t you get Pam to sing?’ At that time, Sammy was doing dances every Wednesday night at the Caravan [Ballroom], and they invited her over to the next one and she sat in. That’s when Pam and I got started.”

The song Pam ended up singing with Pagna’s band at the benefit was Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour.” Thirty-four years later, it’s also going to be one of the numbers she performs at their wedding-anniversary concert on Sunday.

“We’ve gone through our list and found some of the old songs we started out with,” her husband says. “We’ve got so many that we won’t have time to do them all, but besides `My Cherie Amour,’ we’ll do stuff like `Without A Song,’ `Caravan,’ `[Take the] “A” Train,’ `On A Clear Day,’ and ‘This Masquerade,’ which is the best song Leon Russell ever wrote.”

Crosby actually played some jobs during the late 1950s with Russell and drummer Chuck Blackwell. Russell was a student at Will Rogers High School then, still using his given name of Russell Bridges. The three had met earlier at a legendary Tulsa jazz club.

“When I was working at the Rubiyat, Leon was in high school, and he and Blackwell would come out and sit in. He was a jazzer. He didn’t play rock ‘n’ roll back then. But he got smart,” notes Crosby with a laugh.

Among the guests scheduled to take the Jazz Depot stage Sunday are Sonny Gray, the well-known Tulsa pianist who owned the Rubiyat. He joins an impressive lineup that includes fellow keyboardists Tim Shadley, Charles Gardner, and Jack Wolfe.

Other well-known performers on the bill include drummers Anthony Yohe, Wade Robertson, and Ron McCrory; trumpeters Mike Bennett and Mike Moore; vocalists Sandy Gardner and Cindy Cain; saxophonist Victor Anderson; and bassists Jim Bates and Dean DeMerritt, along with Crosby himself. In addition to being the top jazz names in town, “these are just people we play with these days,” notes Crosby.

Many of them, however, go back with one or both of the Crosbys a long time. And in at least one case, the connection is intergenerational.

“Dean DeMerritt’s mom and dad were both at our wedding,” Crosby points out. “His name was Dean DeMerritt too, a jazz piano player. Tony[Yohe] and I worked with him a bunch, back in the day.”

 

Bill & Pam’s Excellent Adventure is set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 6, 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.jazzhalltickets.com, or by calling 918-928-JAZZ. 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 2015 Autumn 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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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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tulsa-Jazz-Society

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“White Linen Night” in Broken Arrow’s Rose District

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White linen was the traditional clothing in the South during hot summer months back when most people did not have air conditioning.  We want to capture the down-home, small-town feel of a traditional Southern Block Party right here on Main Street!

White Linen Night in Broken Arrow’s Rose District is patterned after a similar event in the French Quarter district in New Orleans where residents come out dressed in their finest white linen to see local art.  The event is open to the general public with no admission fee, live jazz performances  provided by TulsaJazz.Com and the Tulsa Jazz Music Group!

So, put on your white linen (or white cotton) and join us for some good family fun!

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Broken Arrow’s Main Street Merchants Association is committed to further enhancing our popular White Linen Night, so that all ages can enjoy a fun and festive night in Downtown Broken Arrow, to truly make it a neighborhood-wide celebration. Visitors will be treated to a fun atmosphere including local artists, local musicians, and local businesses in the Rose District.

Additional Event Information:

White Linen Night in B.A. Rose District

Day/Date: Saturday August 15th 6 pm-10 pm
Contact: Gregory Bridges
Location: 114 S. Main Street, Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Phone: 918.630.4832
Email: rosedistrict.whitelinen.night@gmail.com

Live Music Provided By The Tulsa Jazz Music Group 

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