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<i>Jazz Hall Heating Up; Spring Concerts Underway</i>

By CHUCK CISSEL
The Inside Scoop


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On the very cool, brisk evening in February, the new location for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame “The Jazz Depot,” caught fire on the rooftop. For those of you who don’t know, Tulsa’s old Union Train Depot, located at First Street and Cincinnati Avenue in downtown Tulsa, is the new location and will open in June 2007. What will make this opening so very special is the fact that an alert passerby, who saw the fire and called the fire department, and the fire alarm system in the Depot, signaled there was an urgent call for help at the Depot.

Tulsa’s firefighters quickly came to the rescue of this beautiful art deco historic landmark, swiftly contained the fire and assured everyone they had the situation under control. They did! You don’t realize how important these heroic men and women are until you are in the midst of a fire or your loved ones and property is at stake.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame would like to salute the Tulsa Fire Department for an outstanding job well done. In addition, they were the nicest group you could ever meet. The Jazz Hall will present a special “Jazz Depot Salutes the TFD” concert to honor these noble firefighters. Several jazz artists have already committed, along with the TU Jazz Ensemble. This special concert is scheduled for April of 2007. Stay tuned for the exact date. It will be a FREE concert and donations will be accepted for the Jazz Hall’s Fire Fund.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, through the Vision 2025 Project, will relocate to it’s new home (Tulsa Union Depot) at 1st & Cincinnati in June of 2007. Construction on the facility is moving briskly, and we’d like to thank Manhattan Construction for their efforts. Although the funds from Vision 2025 were essential to the renovation, we still need more funding for equipment, furnishings, etc. We have already begun to explore ways to secure the funds necessary to meet these critical needs, but there is much more to be done. At the appropriate time, you will be hearing more about our project and how you can be involved. We need your support.

The Mission of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

We are excited about the 2007 Spring Jazz Concert Series called “Jazz Is Coming Up Roses.”

Sunday, February 18, 5 p.m. – Annual Jazz Keyboard Concert
Jazz Hall favorites, Chuck Gardner, Spencer Sutton and Jon Glazer, with Jazz Hall inductees Sonny Gray, Pat Moore and Donald Ryan. Bill Crosby, bass and Tony Yohe on drums. Tulsa Jazz Society and Jazz Hall of Fame collaboration.

Sunday, February 25, 5 p.m. – “Four Gents of Swing”
Jeff Shadley, Jason Ofori, Phil Armstrong and Devre Jackson will bring the house down with their individual singing styles and dynamic stage presence. Mike McClure on guitar, John Dellavedova on drums, Ron Adams on bass, Sonny Gray and Tim Shadley on piano.

Sunday, March 4, 5 p.m. – SCORE
SCORE, the outstanding jazz trio features Chuck Gardner on piano, Sandy Gardner on bass and vocals and Tony Yohe on drums.

Sunday, March 11, 5 p.m. – Amy Cottingham and Friends
Pianist, Amy Cottingham plans to play jazz classics, as well as contemporary works by artists such as Joe Sample with her quartet, and perform a bit of classical music too.

Sunday, March 18, 5 p.m. – Annie Ellicott Trio with special guests
Annie Ellicott is thrilling the jazz scene in Tulsa with her expressive vocals and wonderful stage presence. Rod Ellicott on bass and Frank Brown on guitar provide music support.

Sunday, April 1, 5 p.m. – “Pam Van Dyke Crosby – Jazzier Than Ever”
One of Tulsa’s favorite jazz artists, Pam Van Dyke Crosby will present “Jazzier Than Ever,” performing many jazz standards and taking requests, with her quartet, including Ted Moses on piano, Tony Yohe on drums, Bill Crosby on bass, Ron McCrosy percussion.

Saturday, April 21 – “TU Jazz Day” – Allen Chapman Activity Center (ACAC – the Student Union)
A musical collaborative effort presented by the School of Music at the University of Tulsa Jazz and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A day of music clinics and concerts featuring the phenomenal Russian pianist and SONY recording artist, ELDAR. He is 20 years old and has been taken under the wings of jazz masters, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland and Oscar Peterson.

Sunday, April 22, 5 p.m. – Harmonious Monk
One of the hot, new jazz bands on the Tulsa scene is Harmonious Monk. This is their first visit to the Jazz Hall this season. Recent winners of the Tulsa World’s SPOT Music Award for Best Jazz Group of 2006. Guitarist Sean Al-Jibouri, drummer Andrew Bones, Any McCormick on tenor saxophone and bassist Bo Hallford are the musicians.

Sunday, April 29, 5 p.m. – Carson Wagner and Barron Ryan “Showcasing the Youth”
The Jazz Hall features two young Tulsa-based brilliant pianists with talent to spare. Carson Wagner and Barron Ryan will light up the stage at the Jazz Hall playing a variety of music styles.

Sunday, May 6, 5 p.m. – Rebecca Ungerman with Frank Brown Trio
The effervescent and infectious vocal stylings of Rebecca Ungerman with the Frank Brown Trio. Her sassy and humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing.

The Spring Jazz Concert performances are held on Sunday afternoons at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 322 North Greenwood Avenue, in the Greenwood Cultural Center. Starting time for all Spring Jazz Concerts is 5:00 p.m. General admission for each concert is $10; for Jazz Hall of Fame members, seniors and college students, $5; and for junior and high school students, $3. Table reservations can also be made and are $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Ticket information is available from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame offices at (918) 596-1001 or visit online at www.okjazz.org.

Updated 03-20-2007

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