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Hilton Portland and Executive Tower hosts Valentine’s Celebration with Kirk Whalum

According to a news release, Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum is the headliner of a “most romantic” dinner and concert at 7 p.m. February 14 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower in downtown Portland, Ore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hotel organizers have also included a one-night stay option with the purchase of dinner/concert tickets. Prices start at $35.

Whalum is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy  award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do,” featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters. His most current releases (on Mack Avenue Records) are The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3  (double CD & DVD) and Everything is Everything-the Music of Donny Hathaway.

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Brenda Johnson and Jeff Shadley headline heartwarming concerts this weekend

Tulsa’s Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame presents two shows this weekend that promises to be a heartfelt one for its attendees.

Brenda Johnson and her jazz Rhapsody Trio will headline the performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Jazz Hall, 111 East 1st Street (upper level) in Tulsa, OK. Included is special musical guest vocalist Tavis Minner.  There will be complimentary desserts, roses for the ladies, dancing and sumptuous romantic music. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
On Sunday, Feb. 14, vocalist, trumpeter and band leader Jeff Shadley presents “Big Band, Big Hearts” featuring jazz vocalist and Oklahoma Jazz Hall inductee Olivia Duhon at 5 p.m. at the Jazz Hall.  Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors and $20 for table seating.
For tickets or more information, call the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame at (918) 281-8600 or go to Gift shop and concessions are available. All major credit cards are accepted. 
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Jazz Vocalist Jackie Ryan releases a collection of love songs

Jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will release a collection of 15 love songs in time for Valentine’s Day, according to a news release. Proceeds from the compact disc “Best of Love Songs” will go to Oxfam for ongoing Haiti Relief fund.
Ryan is best known as a “musician’s singer.”  She has performed, recorded, or toured with Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Barry Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Red Holloway, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Ernie Watts, Benny Green, Tamir Hendelman, Jeff Hamilton, Amina Figarova, Mike Wofford, Jon Mayer, Larry Vuckovich, and Jon Hendricks. 
Ryan’s 2009 release DOOZY” was the third most played jazz CD on radio for the entire year, finished at #3 on JazzWeek‘s Top 100 CDs of 2009, received four-star reviews from both DownBeat” and All Music Guide,” and sat atop many critics’ end of year lists. Jackie was one of 5 vocalists voted by critics to make JazzTimes‘” “Top 50 CDs of the Year.”
Selected from three recordings released from 2002 to 2006, “Best of Love Songs” reflects Ryan’s myriad of musical talent. Joining Ryan on the project is legendary two-time Grammy-Award nominees Ernie Watts and Red Holloway, backed by Jon Mayer, Tamir Hendelman, Larry Vuckovich, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Chambers and others.

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Broken Arrow Community Playhouse Presents “Bus Stop”

The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse (BACP) presents William Inge’s romantic comedy “Bus Stop” at 8 p.m. Feb. 5-6, 11-13, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Main Place at 1800 S. Main in downtown Broken Arrow.
The production is directed by Bob Papisan. According to a news release, this is Papisan’s directorial debut at the BACP. He previously directed several shows for the Kansas City Community Theatre. The “Bus Stop” cast consists of Sheila Alley, Ken Calkins, Samantha Smith, Sydney Rick, Terry Michael, Richard Perceful and John Hansen.
When William Inge’s play, “Bus Stop,” opened on Broadway March 2, 1955, it was an immediate commercial and critical success. Based on Inge’s earlier one-act play, “People in the Wind,” “Bus Stop involves a pair of young lovers and their struggle to find love in the modern world. It’s cold and snowy, the roads are closed and a bus can’t get through. The passengers must spend the night in a Kansas diner entertaining themselves as best they can. Flirtations and romances bloom. All roads are blocked, and four weary travelers have to take refuge until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She’s being pursued by a young cowboy with all the romantic finesse of a rodeo bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, and $6 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to Reservations may be made by calling the BACP box office at (918) 258-0077.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., the production is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Association.