Pam Van Dyke Crosby -Vocalist
A native Oklahoman, Pam sang with ‘The Sammy Kaye Orchestra’ as the featured ‘girl singer’. The orchestra, based in New York City, toured the United States from coast to coast. During her time in New York she began her career in jazz when she sang with a quartet that included Duke Jordan on piano, Keeter Betts on bass, Lee Abrams on drums and Frank Capi on baritone saxophone.
In order to keep her family together Pam, a single mom, moved back to Oklahoma where she continued singing in nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and on local television shows. She toured the southwest with her jazz-oriented pop music group, ‘Pam Van Dyke and Friends’ with extended club engagements in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. She has been a featured performer in numerous jazz festivals and concerts. She has performed in benefits shows such as Divas for H.O.P.E., Follies Review and many concerts at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
She has produced and performed in two sold out one woman cabaret shows as part of the ‘Summerstage Festival’ at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. As a partner in the entertainment company ‘Sweet and Hot Productions’ she has appeared in three original musicals, ‘Backstage at the Midnight Social Club’ in 2008, ‘Onstage at the Midnight Social Club’ in 2009 and Hi-Fi Hits of the 50’s in 2011. Pam is featured on the original cast album of ‘Backstage at the Midnight Social Club’.
Pam is a founder and President of the Tulsa Jazz Society and through the society has produced and performed in innumerable concerts and special events. In 2008 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. She was presented with the Director’s Award for her work in the promotion of jazz locally and for her continuing jazz performances. For six years she co-hosted ‘Tulsa Jazz Society Presents’ a jazz radio show, produced and co-hosted by Leon Rollerson Productions.
Pam has recorded a three CD set titled ‘The Tulsa Nostalgia Series’. Her CD release ‘Pam Van Dyke Live’ was recorded with her band during her sold-out Summerstage cabaret show ‘Jazzical and Class’. She is also featured on the album by ‘Swing house’. In 2013 she released two live albums ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Early’ and ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Night – Late’. These live performance jazz albums can be purchased online at CDBaby and iTunes. They are also available at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and at all of Pam’s live performances.
Pam currently performs in various area venues with her group. She continues to star and produce original concerts presented at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Depot.
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