Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland Performing at Bluestone Steakhouse

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Angie is one of those vocalists that captures you with her heart and her voice. She has a special gentleness and genuineness that is very rare in society today, attending one of her performances is truly a treat.

Angie’s mission is to touch listeners with God’s gift of music. Her voice – a rich, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures up comparisons to Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, and Eva Cassidy. Growing up with influences like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and Eva Cassidy, Angie’s versatility spans jazz, contemporary Christian, Gospel, country, blues, and soft rock.TooHot_058

You have 2 opportunities each week to see and hear Angie, she and Mike Leland perform many your jazz favorites and a few surprises at Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood every Wednesday and Thursday night from 6-9 pm. Bring your family and friends enjoy a wonderful dinner, soft sultry music, all in the intimate atmosphere that is Bluestone. Is there a better way to spend an evening? We don’t think so…:-)

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These shows are a Tulsa Jazz Music Group Production.

Date/Time:

Wednesday July 15th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Thursday June 16th 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Angie’s Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/angiecockrellmusic

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

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TulsaJazz.Com Presents Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse

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If you ask Angie Cockrell what the biggest lesson she’s learned about having a passion for music is, it can be boiled down to one simple ideology: if you try to put it on the bottom of your proverbial “to do” list, the music will get louder until you put it at the top.

Angie’s voice – a rich, soulful, smooth, heart-melting voice – is a rare one that conjures up comparisons to icons Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, and Whitney Houston. Growing up with heavy influences of such a variety of artists like Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, The Beatles, Bread, The Eagles, The Carpenters, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Carole King, and the list goes on and on and on…… Her love affair with all styles of music has never ended.

Joining Angie will be the incredible Mike Leland on keyboard, with this duo in house a good time is guaranteed to be had by all. So bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening of good music, good food, and good fun 🙂

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This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

Dates/Times:  

Thursday March 5th, 2015 6 pm- 9 pm

Angie’s Website: http://www.angiecockrell.com/

Bluestone Steakhouse Website: http://www.bluestonesteakhouse.com/

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

Janet Rutland and Friends Perform “A Song is Born” at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Janet Rutland and Friends Bring “A Song is Born” to the Jazz Depot 

Although her youthful image and demeanor suggest otherwise, singer Janet Rutland has been a mainstay of the Tulsa-area music scene for decades. And it’s been nearly 10 years since she first branched out into creating and performing cabaret shows, all of which concentrate on a particular composer or musical theme.

For her latest, A Song is Born, Rutland came up with the idea of a show focused on contemporary, living songwriters, taking that route after looking over a list of numbers she’d always wanted to perform in a cabaret setting.

“There were songs in there that I’d never done, because they never seemed to fit in any show I’d had in the past,” she explains. “And when I looked at this list, I realized the common theme was that they were all by living songwriters. I got kind of excited about that.”

Then, when she began putting the concert together, she recruited four musicians to be a part of it: Isaac Eicher, her mandolin-champion son, currently working with his dad (and Janet’s husband), Shelby, in the string-jazz quartet Mischievous Swing; pianist Scott McQuade, her frequent musical partner and a nationally known jazz player; and fellow vocalists Emily Chappell and Alex Walter. Isaac is heard only in the last portion of the two-part show, but, as Janet notes, “There’s only one tune he doesn’t play on in the second half.”

Walter and Chappell sing with Rutland on several numbers, and each get a few solo tunes. McQuade, of course, is present throughout.janet a song is born

“Scott McQuade is just a dream to work with in this kind of a show, a quick study with great ears,” says Rutland. “You can’t stump him with a chart, and he plays so great.

“I heard Alex in a theater production, I Love You Because, a Playhouse Tulsa show. And I heard Emily in some recordings she’d posted on Facebook. I had quite a list of songs, and I knew it would be a challenge for me to do all that material myself. It’s fun to work with other people, and I thought it would be nice to use some faces and voices that haven’t been seen as much in this type of program. They were great picks — they liked my theme, they liked where I was going with it, and the songs fit their voices well. It just worked very smoothly.”

The show, notes Rutland, includes “some very familiar things — I’ve got Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney. But I also introduce some songwriters whose work I really love, Dave Frishberg and John Pizzarelli.”

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She first became a fan of Pizzarelli, a noted jazz guitarist as well as a composer, some 15 years ago. “Shelby brought me an album and said, `I think you’ll like this. It’s all Nat King Cole songs by John Pizarelli,'” she recalls. “Well, now I have everything that he’s ever done.”

Rutland has never liked giving advance notice of specific songs in her shows; she even prefers not to have them listed in concert programs. By way of explanation, she relates a story about Pizzarelli.

“He was doing the Broadway show Swing, with Margaret Whiting, and he didn’t come on until later in the show. He had a big entrance, and when he walked out with his guitar, he saw his mother in the second row – and she looked at him and immediately looked down at her program, like, `Oh, who is this?'”

Rutland laughs.

“I just don’t like doing program listings for a couple of reasons,” she adds. “First of all, you give away all your surprises. Second, you look at the tops of people’s heads, because they’re staring at their programs. I would rather have them get lost in the music, and I’ll tell them everything they need to know about the songs.”

Janet Rutland’s A Song is Born is set to begin at 5:00p.m. Sunday, August 25, 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 Summer 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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