Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame announces 2009 Autumn Jazz Concert Series


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa has announced two upcoming musical events for the 2009 Autumn Music Season.
Chuck Cissel, artistic director and executive producer of the Autumn Jazz Concert Series said, “We are thrilled to present four months of Sunday afternoon concerts from September through December 2009 at the Jazz Depot.”
The series is titled “Sounds of the Spirit” and kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 13 with smooth jazz Tulsa saxophonist, Grady Nichols. Nichols is also the 2003 Legacy Tribute Award recipient from the Jazz Hall and one of Tulsa’s most popular entertainers.
Other artists that will be featured in the series include Maestro Marc Gottlieb and his string quartet, with special guests vocalist Charlotte Blakely and New York Philharmonic pianist, Harriett Wingreen. In addition, University of Tulsa’s Big Jazz Band will feature trumpeter great Walter White of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s jazz ensemble in New York City, led by JALC artistic director, Wynton Marsalis.
Also on board for the Autumn season, the Rev. Cortez Rex performs his special musical tribute to gospel legend, the Rev. James Cleveland.
Cissel said the Viento Sur Trombone Quartet from Argentina will also make a return appearance this Fall at the Hall, and the concert series will conclude with the Holiday Concert featuring Jazz Hall inductee, the Rev. Joey Crutcher and the Gospel Workshop Choir of America.
According to Cissel, “This is perhaps our most ambitious Autumn series programming effort yet, because we are covering the bases from ragtime, classical, Dixieland, big band, swing, traditional jazz, blues and gospel, while several of our musical guests will be making their debut at the Jazz Depot and many of the musical artists will be from New York City. Our programming efforts are to make it fresh and exciting by putting a new spin on the music each season; give the Jazz Hall members and music lovers new music to enjoy and new artists to become acquainted with.”
All Autumn Jazz Concert performances are held at the Jazz Depot (1st and Cincinnati – upper level)at 5 p.m. on Sundays. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and Jazz Hall members and $5 for students. You may also reserve a seat at $20 per person at one of our tables of eight. Reserved seating and table reservations need to be purchased in advance of the concert date(s). For tickets or more information, call the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at (918) 281-8600/8609 or go online. Gift shop and concessions are available. All major credit cards are accepted. *Tickets for weeknight performances are the same price as Sunday performances. All weeknight performances begin at 7:30pm.

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame announces summer concert series


The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame announced two upcoming special musical events for the summer.
“We are thrilled to present three top jazz ensembles and The Wild Women of Oklahoma Jazz for our Summer Concert series on Sunday afternoons at the Jazz Depot,” said Chuck Cissel, executive producer of the Summer Jazz Concert Series and the free JazzFEST 2009. “In addition, it is always exciting to announce our stars for JazzFEST, including Jazz Hall 2005 Legacy Award recipient, the incredible saxophonist, Eldredge Jackson, and his smooth jazz ensemble, Listening Pleasure. ElJack will headline our annual Oklahoma JazzFEST for 2009.
“Also on the bill with Eldredge will be Wayman Tisdale Challenge 2008 Winners, R&B sensation and local favorites WallStreet. WallStreet had the special privilege of traveling and performing with Wayman as his special musical guests on a jazz cruise around the Bahamas this past Spring. Opening the JazzFEST 2009 concert is one of Tulsa’s musical favorites, J3 Jazz and Blues Band, under the leadership of guitarist/vocalist, Rick Gill. JazzFEST will take place on Saturday evening, June 27 beginning at 6pm and concluding at 11pm at the Jazz Depot, 1st St. & Cincinnati (Upper Level) – inside the Jazz Depot – in the Great Performance Hall. Food, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at JazzFEST.”

All Summer Jazz Concert Series performances will be held at the Jazz Depot at 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and Jazz Hall members and $5 for students. Participants may also reserve a seat at $20 per person at one of the tables of eight.
Reserved seating and table reservations must be purchased in advance of the concert date(s). For tickets or more information, call the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at (918) 281-8600 or visit http://www.okjazz.org. Gift shop and concessions are available. All major credit cards are accepted.