Welcome to International Jazz Day 2017!

 

 Jazz events happening today in more than 195 countries and all 50 United States…

Jazz is alive and flourishing!

Watch the webcast of the 2017 International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Havana, Cuba right here on TulsaJazz.Com starting at 9 pm eastern!
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 | NEW YORK (21:00) | PARIS (03:00) | TOKYO (10:00)

 

 

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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

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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!

Welcome to International Jazz Day!

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 More than 700 events in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States…Jazz is alive and flourishing!

Joe Wilkinson’s Memorial Day Salute to Vets At The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Presents Memorial Day Salute to Vets:

Produced by Joe Wilkinson

Anyone who can produce a show like Monday’s Salute To Veterans, featuring a large roster of vocalists and instrumentalists, deserves kudos for getting it all together and out onto the Jazz Depot stage. If that person is actually performing as well as producing, the feat is still more impressive.

But if the producer-performer recently celebrated his 90th birthday, it’s not just impressive – it’s pretty much unparalleled.

This year, pianist-vocalist-producer – and nonagenarian – Joe Wilkinson is once again at the helm for what has become a Jazz Depot tradition: the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day concert emphasizing patriotic and World War II-era music that’s free to any member or former member of the United States Armed Services. And, as has been the case in the past, he’ll also play some piano and sing a number or two – although, he says, he’s going to keep the latter to a minimum this time around.

“Our annual Memorial Day concert is a salute to our veterans, and a way to thank them for their service,” said Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “And everyone loves working with Joe–ninety years old and still going strong. It’s inspiring that this WWII vet is still producing and directing shows. He represents the Greatest Generation well.”cp_003

“Well, my voice is growing old, just like my body, and when I listen to it, I’m beginning not to be happy with what I hear,” explains Wilkinson. “So although I’m probably going to sing at least one tune, just for fun, I’ve got Darell Christopher doing what I did last year, which is `Kalamazoo’ and `Chattanooga Choo Choo.'”

Except for Jazz Depot favorite Christopher and singer Amanda Mansheim, the vocalists on the program were all aboard for last year’s Salute to Veterans. They include Angie Cockrell, Larry Cochran, Pam Van Dyke Crosby, Emily Chappell, and Sue Warwick.

“Amanda and I did some things together three or four years ago, and then she was expecting another child and it was time to get off the stage for a while,” notes Wilkinson. “After that, she had some throat problems. But she’s back and running. In fact, she’ll be singing on `Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.’ We’re going to do that with a trio of girls, kind of like the Andrews Sisters. Angie will handle the melody, Sue will do the alto work, and Amanda’s doing the soprano part– and she’s an opera singer, so she’ll get there.

“I’ve got Emily, who sang `I’ll Never Smile Again’ last year, doing that one again, and I’ve also gotten her to do `Indian Summer.’ Those are two of my all-time favorites.”

Also returning from last year – in addition to emcee John Wooley, of Public Radio Tulsa’s Swing on This program – are trumpeter Mike Bennett and bassist Jordan Hehl, joining new pianists Tim Shadley and Larry Mitchell, along with Wilkinson himself.

“Tim will be our main piano man,” says Wilkinson. “His primary instrument is trombone, but he’s taken a real hold on piano, and I mean he really works that sucker. Larry Mitchell worked with us at Guthrie Green last year, and he’s a good pianist. He fits the bill real well. I’m probably going to do a minimum amount of playing, but I do have my favorites.

“Mike Bennett is great to have, because you’ve got somebody carrying the load, you know,” he adds. “And he certainly can. He’s the best.”talk of tulsa

Sue Warwick, says Wilkinson, is the person responsible for the group that’s scheduled to begin this year’s event.

“We were kind of looking for a new approach for kicking the thing off, and Sue brought this to us. It’s a group called the Talk of Tulsa, a chorus, and they’ve been very successful in competitions. There’ll be at least 20 people up there singing the National Anthem in a cappella harmony, and it could be just outstanding.”

 

Oklahoma Representatives Eric Proctor and Ken Walker, both of Tulsa, along with representatives of the Honor Flight program are expected to be on hand. The organization sends World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. for a tour – recently, in fact, Wilkinson himself took the trip.honor flight

“It was really great. Whenever we’d come into a crowd, getting off at the airport and everything, there would be all these people standing there and saying, `Thank you so much for what you did.’ I’m thinking, `Man, when I was a kid in the South Pacific, I didn’t realize anybody was going to thank me for my service.’ That’s the last thing I expected,” he concludes with a laugh.

The Salute to Veterans is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Memorial Day – Monday, May 26 – 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 http://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.

All veterans of the Armed Services will be admitted for free.

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 the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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“Midnight Social Club” Farewell Performance at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Midnight Social Club Brings Musical Farewell to Jazz Depot Friday

The SummerStage theater festival, that Tulsa audiences first met the four fictional ladies who provided the entertainment at a not-quite-first class 1930s bistro called the Midnight Social Club. Played by top Tulsa vocalists Cindy Cain (as club owner Violett Redd), Rebecca Ungerman (Garnett McGee), Pam Van Dyke Crosby (Stella Moon), and Annie Ellicott (Little Ruby) in a production calledBackstage at the Midnight Social Club, the characters proved to be so popular that they appeared in a second production, Onstage at the Midnight Social Club, and have performed occasionally in various configurations at Tulsa venues ever since.

Now, however, the Midnight Social Club appears to be shutting its doors for good. As Crosby notes, “Violett’s selling the club, Garnett’s going back on the road, Little Ruby’s moving to the big city, and Stella’s marrying her longtime boyfriend, Doghouse Bill.”

It is, at least partially, a case of art imitating life. Stella’s betrothed, who’s also the bassist in the Midnight Social Club band, is in real life Bill Crosby, Pam’s husband. And Ellicott really is moving away from Tulsa, something that comes as a blow to area jazz fans.

“Annie’s moving to San Francisco,” says Pam. “And even though she may be coming back from time to time, we probably won’t get a chance to do this again. So this will be the last time to see the four of us together doing the material from both of those shows, Backstage and Onstage.

Hence the name of Friday’s production, The Midnight Social Club – Last Chance. Pam stresses, however, that the Jazz Depot production is less a play than a show and dance.

“We’re going to act like our characters, but we’re just going to have a few lines,” she explains. “It’s going to be a show, but it’s also for dancing. We’ll be doing swing and Latin andfoxtrots. Since the club setting is in the 1930s, the songs we’re doing are from that era, except that there are a couple of originals.”

Chances are good that one of those originals will be the Cain-penned number that brought all the ladies of the Midnight Social Club together in the first place.

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“P. Casey Morgan wrote the original script for The Midnight Social Club,” she says, “Cindy Cain had wanted all of us to work together, and she wrote an opening song and had the idea for us all to be in a club. Then, we all kind of wrote our own characters and came up with the names and the name of the club.

“Violett Redd was the owner of the club, and when she took it over, she called my character, Stella Moon. I was a singer doing things in another town. Then, a friend of hers just kind of showed up one day and asked for a job. That was Garnett, played by Rebecca. So the three of us were singing together in the Midnight Social Club – which was, well, a little less than an A-1 nightclub.”

She laughs.

Then, unexpectedly, Little Ruby showed up. Violett Redd was her aunt, and she’d run away from home because her parents wanted her to marry a local pig farmer. She came to town and sang `Real Cowboy Girl’ and then got changed and became more sophisticated.”

In addition to the four vocalists playing those parts, all of the musicians involved in Friday’s production of The Midnight Social Club – Last Chance were on board for the first show back in 2008. They include Jeff Newsome on piano, Wade Robertson on drums, and “Doghouse Bill” Crosby on bass.

Those players also appeared on the original-cast CD, Backstage at the Midnight Social Club,which will be available for purchase at Friday’s show.

 The Midnight Social Club – Last Chancepresented by Sweet and Hot Productions, is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’sJazz Depot, 111 E. First Street. The show is presented in conjunction with the Brady Arts District’s First Friday Art Crawl. Admission is $10 at the door, with advance tickets available from Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609.

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Pam Crosby Live at Main St. Tavern

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The incomparable Pam Van Dyke Crosby will be performing with guitarist Randy Wimer at Main St. Tavern in Broken Arrow’s Rose District, Wednesday April 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Bring your friends, family neighbors and enemies(they get to sit in the back), have a wonderful dinner and enjoy a fun filled  evening of your favorite tunes from jazz, blues, soft rock and more.

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