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!

Cynthia Simmons, Dean Demerritt, and Frank Brown Performing at Juniper Restaurant.

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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 Italian, French, Spanish and American influences. The bar at Juniper focuses on innovation in mixology, utilizing infused vodkas, gins and flavored bitters.

The Jazz will be just as delicious as Cynthia, Dean, and Frank serve up your favorite ballads, 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 🙂


Show Day/Time: Monday April 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Juniper Restaurant 3rd and Elgin Tulsa , Oklahoma

Phone: 918-794-1090


Angie Cockrell and Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse Presented by TulsaJazz.Com


Angie is one of those rare performers who can make hearts ache and souls shake with her own renditions of At Last, Somewhere Over the Rainbow,  Crazy, The Tennessee Waltz,  Stormy Monday, Amazing Grace,  and Eye on the Sparrow. “Because I’ve lived through some tough times, I can infuse those classic songs with a sense of knowing.” A Tulsa music scene staple for the last several years, Angie has appeared at Juneteenth, The Saturday Night Spotlight, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

She has won several songwriting and performance awards from the Sandra James Music Foundation Songwriting Competition; American Traditions Competition in Savannah; Oklahoma-Based Songwriting Contest; Absolute Best of Tulsa for Best Christian Artist by readers of Urban Tulsa Weekly. She has performed with the Hard Rock Orchestra, the Swon Brothers, and under the direction of acclaimed gospel artist Ernestine Dillard.

She will be performing with Mike Leland, a much heralded and accomplished keyboardist, this Wednesday and Thursday evening, December 17th and 18th from 6pm-9pm.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.


Thursday January  15th, 2015 6 pm- 9 pm

Angie’s Website:

Bluestone Steakhouse Website:

Location: 10032 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

Phone: 918-296-9889

TulsaJazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons and The Scott McQuade Trio Performing in Bodean’s Lounge

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An evening with good wine, good food, and good jazz has always been a recipe for a high level of enjoyment.

This Sunday November 2nd, at Bodean Seafood Restaurant, come enjoy all of that and more as Cynthia Simmons and The Scott McQuade Trio perform many of your favorites and maybe a few surprises.

The smooth, sultry sounds of this incredible group will tickle your ears with delight, while Bodean’s delicious offerings will titillate your pallet.

So come out, bring your friends, and enjoy an evening of good food and good music, it will be a grand time for all!

This concert is a Tulsa Jazz Production.

Date: November 2, 2014

Time: 7 pm-10 pm

Location: 3376 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74135

Phone: (918) 743-3861

Tulsa Jazz.Com Presents Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade at Main St. Tavern

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If you mention local jazz artists, Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade’s names will likely come up somewhere during the conversation, but if you mention the Rose District, one might have to think just a bit. Main Street in Broken Arrow’s historic downtown is being revitalized and the progress is very exciting, here is an excerpt from the Rose District’s website describing this wonderful gem in our community:

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“Early civic leaders saw the need to beautify the city’s original landscape of sparse prairie land and called on residents to adorn it with bushes, trees and flowers. Rose bushes were a popular choice and soon travelers nicknamed Broken Arrow the “City of Roses.”

Today, civic leaders are once again transforming the landscape by reviving the historic downtown area to breathe new life into the heart of Broken Arrow and return it to a gathering place for all residents.”

Main St. Tavern is part of this revitalization and provides a wonderful venue for families to enjoy good food, good atmosphere, and good music. Every Wednesday from 6:00-9:00 pm is Jazz and Wine Night and this week showcases Cynthia and Scott, if you’ve  been to one of their shows and heard her velvety smooth voice and his incredible keyboard skills, you know it’s going to be a special evening.

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Reservations are not required, but while there, please let the staff know how much you appreciate Jazz and Wine Night and their continued support of local Jazz artists like Cynthia Simmons and Scott McQuade.

This show is a Tulsa Jazz.Com Production.

For more information about Cynthia Simmons, Scott McQuade, Main St. Tavern, or The Rose District in Broken Arrow, OK click the links below:

Date/Time: September 10, 2014 6 pm-9 pm

Cynthia Simmons:

Cyn Sings Jazz on Facebook

Scott McQuade;

Main Street Tavern:

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The Rose District:

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Pam Crosby and Cindy Cain are “Two of a Kind” at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

 Cindy Cain and Pam Van Dyke Crosby Bring Two of a Kind to Jazz Depot 


           It’s been just about a decade since Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Cindy Cain first began singing duets in public, when, for their debut, they fronted a band called Strawberry Blonde and the Swizzle Sticks.

“I was Strawberry, she was Blonde,” remembers Crosby with a laugh.  

But the relationship between the two high-profile Tulsa vocalists goes back much further than that. It was in the late 1970s that Oklahoman Crosby, who’d spent some four years on the road singing with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra before returning to her native state to raise her children, met up with a college-age Cain.

“Her mom

and dad used to come down to the La Louisiane restaurant, where I worked for three and a half years, and her mom told me about her,” Crosby recalls. “She was maybe 18 or 19 at the time. We met, and I gave her some voice lessons. Then, she left town and went to OSU and the Peace Corps and then to Washington, D.C.”

During that time, Cain had been putting the lessons she’d received from Crosby to good use, first singing professionally – more or less – in 1988, during a stint with the Corps in Cameroon.

“I wasn’t allowed to get paid for singing while I was in the Peace Corps, but there was a restaurant there that gave me food and drinks for singing twice a week with a Cameroonian band,” Cain remembers. “We’d do everything from `The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ to ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ to `The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.'”

After moving to Washington, D.C., she put together a group called C.C. and the Rhythm Toys, spending much of the next decade playing the jazz and blues circuits around the D.C. area.

Then, she returned to Tulsa, and one day she went to a show at theOklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

“Pam, who’d been in a horrible car accident, was there,” says Cain. “She was sitting in a wheelchair with both legs broken, and I went up to her and said, `You won’t remember me, but I took voice lessons from you.'”

Crosby did remember, and, she says, “I just started becoming a friend – now that she was all grown up, you know. She’d been doing jazz and blues in D.C., and so I was anxious to get her doing stuff here. I thought it would be fun for us to do some duets, so that’s what we came up with.”

“That” was Strawberry Blonde and the Swizzle Sticks, an act that debuted around 2004 with a show at the Tulsa venue Baxter’s, under the auspices of the Tulsa Jazz Society. The show went over well, and the two became frequent musical partners, helping found Sweet & Hot Productions, which united them with other performers in a series of productions for the Jazz Hall as well as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s SummerStage festival.summer stage

Sunday’s show will present, in song and sketch, some of the details of their first and second meetings and the professional and personal relationship that resulted. According to Crosby, “It’s a little bit of a play, with music involved. I do a little bit as if I was at La Louisiane, and she comes up and meets me and we do a little skit business with a singing lesson. Then, we go back to the future. First we go back in time, and then, at the end of the first act, we come back to the future, to our time. The second act is cabaret, with special numbers and jokes – mostly musician jokes.”

The repertoire for the show runs the gamut from rock-era tunes like “Blue Bayou” and “I Feel the Earth Move” to jazz and pop standards (“Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” “What Is This Thing Called Love”).

“We will,” promises Crosby, “have a lot of duets.”

Scheduled band members include Scott McQuade on piano, Bill Crosby on bass, and Wade Robertson on drums.

Two of A Kind is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street.  Tickets can be purchased at The Depot or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15.00, reserved table seating $20.00. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10.00, and high school and junior high students for only $5.00.

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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