Shelby grew up in Northern Ohio playing square dances with his mom, dad and grandmother. The band consisted of his grandmother and the Fulton County Sand Shifters.
As a member of Roy Clark's band for 15 years, Shelby recorded five albums with Roy and appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show and Hee Haw. Currently he performs 20 times per month and teaches fiddle, mandolin and guitar to 30 students.
Welcome back Grady Nichols!
Grady has Opened For:
- Luciano Pavarotti (Grady was the only artist that opened for Pavarotti on his North American farewell tour) - Ray Charles - Peter Cetera - Jay Leno -
- The Temptations - David Benoit - Paul Taylor - The Righteous Brothers -
- Huey Lewis and the News - The O’Jays - Jeffrey Osborne - Ellis Marsalis -
- Keiko Matsui - Stanley Turrentine - William Shatner - Leonard Nimoy -
Grady Has Performed with:
- Chris Botti - Leigh Nash - Jeff Lorber - Bill Champlin - The Beach Boys -
- Wayman Tisdale - Kirk Whalum - Bob James - Paul Brown - Marion Meadows - Roy Clark, and others
Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s PARLOUR GAME celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove.
Parlour Game was born on tour when Carmen Staaf and Tony Scherr were subbing for the piano and bass player in Allison Miller’s 'Boom Tic Boom'. There was an immediate chemistry. "Even the edgiest material swung,” says Miller, “and we realized that we had found something really special. It felt so good!”
Scheinman and Miller met in Brooklyn in the early 2000's. Scheinman had come from a rural roots background and was immersed in the downtown NYC music scene. Miller had come from DC swing and had a steady gig with Dr Lonnie Smith. Their insatiable curiosity and general gregariousness brought them into a variety of different genres. Scheinman formed a lifelong connection with Bill Frisell and wrote and released nine albums featuring some of the most innovative jazz musicians of our time such as Jason Moran, Brian Blade, Ron Miles and Nels Cline. She also dove headfirst into the roots world, touring with a number of iconic American artists such as Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell, Robbie Fulks, and Bruce Cockburn. Miller jumped on the Toshi Reagon bandwagon and joined Natalie Merchant’s band. She taught at the New School and worked with Anat Cohen, Rene Rosnes, Brandi Carlile, and Ani Difranco. She became the special guest drummer on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Staaf and Scherr are also versed in numerous American genres, and share a deep respect for roots music. Staaf has worked closely with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and Scherr has played extensively with Bill Frisell, Sex Mob and Maria Schneider. Scherr once described Staaf as “totally unpredictable, and totally reliable.” Seated quietly at her piano, Staaf opens up a magnificent world of harmony while Scherr follows from below, grounding her most outrageous revelations.
“I have often played music that is in some way a reaction to jazz,” says Scheinman. “In this group I just want to play a great melody, feel the groove, and let the audience in. So much can happen at a show when everyone is in it together.”
The name of the band references parlor music, parlor games, and the great organizers whose movements were born in the parlor. Imagine the parties they had! And yes, it is about time that one of our newest super-groups features three women.
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Carmen Staaf - piano
Tony Scherr - bass
Allison Miller - drums
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven material, and forward thinking songwriting. Steve has steadily processed his inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Close listening reveals the influence of blues, folk, ecstatic free jazz, and psych in his continually unfolding output.
In 2016 Steve released, Eyes On The Lines, his first album for Matador Records which the Washington Post called, "so intimate and so mysteriously distant all at once". In January 2019 he followed it up with his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between where he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way -- the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen, which features on bass long time Bob Dylan collaborator Tony Garnier, forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.
Gunn will be taking part in a conversation with Bob Dylan Archive Curator Michael Chaiken about his influences, songwriting and the life of a touring musician. The conversation will be followed by a solo set.
Jon Rudnitsky is a true multi-hyphenate artist, transitioning seamlessly between film, television, stand up comedy, and sketch work. He most recently appeared on Conan as a guest, where he performed his stand-up set. He stars opposite George Clooney in the Hulu Series Catch-22 (based on the Joseph Heller novel), which premiered in May 2019. Rudnitsky can also be seen in the Tyler Perry movie Nobody's Fool, alongside Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg.
Rudnitsky was added as the only new cast member of the 41st season of NBC's legendary "Saturday Night Live," where he was featured in a host of sketches, most notably his Dirty Dancing routine featured on Weekend Update, which was considered a season highlight.
In 2017, Rudnitsky starred in the Nancy Meyers produced feature Home Again, opposite Reese Witherspoon. He is also featured in a supporting role in Edward Burns' Summertime, a standout of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Netflix's comedy Set It Up opposite Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch. On the small screen, Rudnitsky's credits include NBC's Champions, Disney's Big Hero 6 series, Amazon's Red Oaks, and Comedy Central's The Comedy Jam, where he performed "Footloose" alongside Kenny Loggins.
As a stand up comedian, Rudnitsky has toured all over the country and was selected as one of the "New Faces" at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He studied and graduated from USC's BFA Acting Conservatory program where he was given the John Ritter Memorial Award For Outstanding Comic Performance. Rudnitsky was born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Join us October 26th for a ghoulicious Halloween concert with Annie Ellicott and her ghostly gang of players, featuring David Broome on piano, Jordan Hehl on Bass, Peter Tomshany on Guitar, Mark Southerland on saxophone, and Malachi Burgess on Drums. The entertainment of the evening will be a mix of jazz standards, original songs, and haunting improvisations. Expect special guests! We encourage you to come dressed in your finest costumery. There will be a costume contest at the beginning of the 2nd set, the winner of which will receive a jack-o-lantern of goodies.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Crystal Mason Williams is a sultry singer with a soulful, bluesy and jazzy voice who was born to sing. She comes from a strong lineage of singers and musicians. The development of her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences such as Phyllis Hyman, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. Crystal has also performed in several musical theater productions here in Tulsa, Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. In a City that has a plethora of female vocalists; Crystal Williams has crafted her own style and created her own lane. With a wealth of experience, Crystal channels the raw emotions of life, love, pain, faith and hope through of her performances.
Harlem Quartet advances diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Their mission to share their passion with a wider audience has taken them around the world; from a 2009 performance at The White House for President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama, to a highly successful tour of South Africa in 2012, and numerous venues in between. The musically versatile ensemble has performed with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Fred Sherry, Misha Dichter, Jeremy Denk, and Paquito D’Rivera. The quartet also collaborated with jazz masters Chick Corea and Gary Burton on the album Hot House, a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winning release.
The Northeastern State University Jazz Lab is home to the Jazz Studies Program, currently under the direction of saxophonist/composer/arranger, Dr. Clark Gibson. Through the Jazz Studies Program, the Jazz Lab has hosted renowned jazz musicians such as Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling, Kenny Werner, Conrad Herwig, Frank Mantooth, Kevin Mahogany, Robin Eubanks, and Chris Potter.
Since the opening of the Jazz Lab, the NSU Jazz Studies program has grown to include 2 large jazz ensembles and multiple small groups. We now offer a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a major in Jazz Studies, a first for NSU and Oklahoma. Additionally, the Green Country Jazz Festival, now in its fifth decade, is one of the nation's longest running jazz festivals. Select groups including the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Chamber Ensemble program have the opportunity to record albums that add to the growing legacy of the Northeastern State University jazz program. These recordings have received accolades and reviews from professional publications, including All About Jazz.com
Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader, releasing eleven albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older jazz masters and the music’s younger innovators –irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenón has toured and/or recorded with includes: The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Pérez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos, The Jeff Ballard Trio, Antonio Sánchez, David Gilmore, Paoli Mejías, Brian Lynch, Jason Lindner, Dan Tepfer, Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss, Ray Barreto, Andy Montañez, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.
As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NYO JAZZ , The Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MIT, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers.
Zenón has been featured in articles on publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg Pursuits, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Boston Globe, Billboard, Jazz Inside, Newsday and Details. In addition he topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist of the Year categories on the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected as the Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015 and 2018.
His biography would not be complete without discussing his role as an educator. In 2003, he was chosen by the Kennedy Center to teach and perform in West Africa as part of their Jazz Ambassador program. Since then, he has given hundreds of lectures and master classes and has taught all over the world at institutions which include: The Banff Centre, Berklee College of Music, Siena Jazz, Universidad Veracruzana, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, Musik Akademie Basel, Conservatoire de Paris, University of Manitoba, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, Princeton University, The Kimmel Center, UMass-Amherst and the Brubeck Institute. He is also a permanent faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. But perhaps what best reflects his commitment to education and cements his growing reputation as a “cultural ambassador”, is a program that he founded in 2011, called Caravana Cultural.
The main purpose of Caravana Cultural is to present free-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. The program makes a “cultural investment” in the Island by giving these communities a chance to listen to jazz of the highest caliber (Zenón invites some of the best musicians in the New York jazz scene to perform as guests), while at the same time getting young Puerto Rican musicians actively involved in the concert activities. Since February 2011, Zenón has presented a concert every four to six months. Each concert focuses on the music of a specific jazz legend (Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, among others) and is preceded by a pre-concert presentation which touches on the basic elements of jazz and improvisation. Since 2005 Zenón has also personally organized “Jazz Jam Sessions” in the area of San Juan, as a way of creating a platform for younger jazz musicians to grow and interact with one another.
In 2008 he was selected as one of 25 distinguished individuals to receive the prestigious and coveted MacArthur Fellowship, more commonly known as the “Genius Grant”.
Zenón lives in New York City with his wife Elga and their daughter.
music for your soul, rhythm for your hips
playing Bossa Nova classics from the Gilberto family, Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendez and many more, Latin Jazz, World Music and Jazz Standards with a bossa beat.
Ana Berry on Vocals
Ana is a trained actress and journalist who has spent the last 15 years living in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. She studied voice with her aunt, Elaine Cormany, who was an Opera singer in Europe for over 25 years and Musical Theater at the Theater School at Depaul University in Chicago. She also studied cultural dance; Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern belly dance, Salsa, Brazilian Samba with Danza Duende in NYC.
Ana sings in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. Her world travels, love for culture, language and dance influence all her performances and musical choices.
Michael Bremo on Percussions
Growing up on the island of Aruba influenced more than just the life of percussionist, composer and arranger Michael Bremo. Listening to genres ranging from so-called island music to jazz to classical music affected the ease in which Bremo could shift between playing styles, leading some to call him a “chameleon.”
Randy Wimer on Guitar
Randy has been an active teacher and performer in Tulsa since the early 1970s. He has taught guitar at the University of Tulsa, Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College. An avid student of music as well as teacher, he has studied jazz guitar with Pat Kelley, Johnny Smith, Larry Coryell and Gene Bertoncini. Classical lessons have come from Ron Radford, Scott Tennant and Doug Niedt.
Edwin 'Canito' Garcia on Bass
He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received his M.M. in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Production at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, HOSTOS Community College CUNY, and has worked as an educator for over 10 years combined in the NYC Public Schools District, Union Public Schools District and the Broken Arrow Public Schools District. He specializes in upright bass and electric bass studies, improvisation skills, music technology, Afro-caribbean and south American studies, recording and music business.
One of Oklahoma's favorite artists who rocks the house whether it's for dancing the night away or concert listening.
He performs in and out of the United States and was born and raised in the hot musical District of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Leon Rollerson is inducted into four different Hall of fames and has been honored with hundreds of music awards in Funk, R&B, Jazz, Blues and Soul.
Having sold out crowds in places such as the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Greenwood Cultural Center and the famous Duet Jazz Club.
Leon Rollerson is always an artist that puts on an outstanding show.
Sarah Maud is a singer and songwriter from the Tulsa area. Growing up, she heard several different styles of music, but found a strong connection to the emotional performances of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Stacey Kent, and many others.
At the age of 17, she began to focus on jazz vocal instead of horn. She began writing and performing with talented local musicians. In 2011, Maud began studying jazz under the direction of Vernon Howard at the University of Tulsa, having the opportunity to perform with renowned jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Jason Marsalis, Walter White, Tim Ries, etc. In December 2013, she completed her first album titled "Better Things to Do," a project of arranged and reharmonized standards and originals. Maud is currently writing and recording a new album of originals set to arrive the fall of 2020.
Since completing the first album and graduating, Maud frequents Tulsa's great jazz scene. Hear her at Hodges Bend, Guthrie Green, Lefty’s, and The University of Tulsa among other venues. She can also be heard on recent albums such as Pat Kelley's “Sing Me Back Home” and Dean Demerritt's “Red Dirt Improvisations” and “Compared to Now.”
Rebecca Ungerman's mission is to share the songs and stories of the grand body of work that is the Great American Songbook with as many humans as possible in her lifetime. Through the years, Rebecca has been a singer, composer, actor, playwright, director, producer and Foley artist. She has opened for Little Richard at the historic Cain’s Ballroom in her home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma and she has opened her first musical, ‘The Unwitting Wife,’ at the Tiberias International Theatre Festival in Israel. Thousands of her fans have voted her their favorite vocalist and stage performer, and she has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes ranging from AIDS to Zoos. Ungerman’s calling is to open up both sides of the stage, creating informative, entertaining shows featuring a myriad of talented artists and taking these shows to the world.
Mezclave was Co-founded by the mother-and-son team of Angela LeBron Garcia and Edwin Canito Garcia. The ensemble combines the rhythms of Afro-Caribbean salsa music with jazz harmonies and improvisations to produce a Latin Jazz hybrid style. The ensemble gets the name "Mezclave" from "mezcla," which is Spanish for "mixture," and "clave," the Afro-Caribbean term for the rhythm of salsa music. Clave is what the they refer to as the "corazon," or heart of the music. Mezclave. has performed for many different types of events, galas, festivals and has opened for notables such as Oscar D’Leon and Gilberto Santa Rosa.
Direct from Argentina, Sofia Viola takes the stage embracing her guitar or her charangón and feels her way from tangos to vibrations of the Andes, from milonga to happy cumbia, from rock to vallenato, from chamamé to blues. Her show professes unconditional love for Latin American folklore in all its dimensions. She tells micro stories of love, ecology and junk food. Her style was formed in the suburban tango, but she also draws from rock and the Argentinian “Tropical Wave” style. Her provocative, sometimes acidic humor leads the audience on a journey to discover the roots of Argentina through the fascinating characters and colorful landscapes that inhabit her songs.
Tulsa’s Wine, Jazz & World FETE is proud to present one of the most accomplished and captivating flamenco guitarists in the world. Chuscales has performed around the globe, including appearances at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the Santa Fe Jazz & International Music Festival. He was musical director and principal guitarist for the presitgious Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco for nearly two decades and he is the recipient of top honors including multiple Dora More Awards for outstanding sound design/composition and Isadora Duncan Awards for composition, arrangement, and direction. For Tulsa FETE performance, Chuscales will be accompanied by his troupe (guitar, dancer, singer and cajon), featuring dancer Mina Fajardo.
Jose Valle Fajardo “Chuscales” grew up in a traditional gypsy family of musicians and dancers in Antequera, Spain. His grandmother lived in the caves of Sacromonte, one of the legendary cradles of flamenco. Chuscales recalls, “there were shows with Gypsies from Granada who grew up in the caves…. There might be seven, eight, maybe nine caves, all with singing and dancing, and there would be more singing and dancing on the streets every day. It was unbelievable. It was very formative time in all my life, like a dream. This is where I learned everything—the rhythm, the beat, the guitar. I am still learning from those thousands of nights performing with my family and my friends.”
Chuscales began guitar lessons at age six under the instruction of his uncle Joaquín Fajardo and maestro Agustinillo. As a teen, Chuscales found himself frequently in the company of the late flamenco great Paco de Lucía, who took a shine to the talented youngster. Meanwhile, he began his performing career as a dancer, a lesson in rhythmic nuances that would deeply inform his guitar playing.”I can understand and follow dancers. I can see where they are going before they take their next step. I know what the dancer is looking for, how much tension is in the music, the right rhythm, when to play strong or soft so if a dancer asks me for something, I know what they ask.”
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. Looking to commemorate his 66th year, Scofield penned twelve original compositions and formed a swinging new group to record and tour the music. Rising star Gerald Clayton was an obvious choice on piano, an instrument central to the new tunes. The connection between Scofield and drummer Bill Stewart strengthens as the decades pass. It was Stewart who introduced bassist Vicente Archer to the project, having worked with him on a Nicholas Payton recording. Scofield is thrilled with the group and in addition to the musical combustion, especially enjoys the inter-generational quality – sixties, fifties, forties and thirties represented! Scofield will tour with the following group through 2019, his most recent Verve recording, COMBO 66, released in September 2018 to great critical acclaim.
Back by popular demand, we've found some more wild and crazy stories told by the funniest people in Tulsa! Blue Whale Comedy Fest and Story Club of Tulsa present "Offbeat: Crazy and Hilarious Stories from the Comedians that Lived Them" is going to have some of the most amazing, funny, and absolutely true stories you've heard! Live at the Duet Jazz Club June. 21+ to Enter Warning: Adult Content and Adult Language Used.
Everybody knows about New Orleans’ rich musical tradition—but an even more deeply rooted tradition in the Crescent City is one of perpetual reinvention. It’s a city that’s been reborn countless times over the course of its multi-cultural history, a legacy vibrantly reflected in its music.
With the release of their debut album, Dogs, in 2016, the Nolatet – vibraphonist Mike Dillon, pianist Brian Haas, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich – added their own new twist to the New Orleans tradition. Now the quartet returns with their much-anticipated follow-up, ‘No Revenge Necessary,’ which takes the music through as many winding turns and colorful pathways as a Second Line parade route...
Reflejos Flamencos shares Spanish music and dance with Tulsa. What started twenty years ago as a father-daughter duo showcasing flamenco guitar and dance by Johnny Beard and daughter, Lexi Allen, now includes guitar and percussion by Dylan Allen and singing by Adriana Ramirez Nelson.
In 2010 Lexi and Dylan formed Flamenco TULSA in their native Oklahoma. Flamenco TULSA’s purpose is to celebrate flamenco and the Spanish arts and to explore and share the rich multi-cultural heritage of these arts as well as the impact they continue to have on the world. This is done through classes, educational opportunities, performances, and other community events.
Our vision is to build a thriving, supportive, and culturally sensitive community that affects positive change through the Spanish arts; to promote global education by providing Spanish arts education programs and scholarships for children and adults; to foster cross-cultural connections, individual creativity, artistic expression, and collaboration in our community through high quality shows and exhibitions and world class workshops and performances from top international artists; to partner with other organizations that share the common goal of making a positive difference in people’s lives.
Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade."
Released March of ’18, Frisell’s latest album for OKeh/Sony is a solo album titled, Music IS - "Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory."- Chicago Reader. It was recorded in August, 2017 at Tucker Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend. All of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell, some of them brand new – Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky – others being solo adaptations of now classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. In Line, and Rambler are from Frisell’s first two ECM albums.
Frisell’s previous project, the Grammy nominated When You Wish Upon a Star also with OKeh/Sony, germinated at Lincoln Center during his two-year appointment as guest curator for the Roots of Americana series (September ’13 – May ’15). It features Frisell with vocalist Petra Haden, Eyvind Kang (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) performing Frisell’s arrangements and interpretations of Music from Film and Television. Jazz Times described the project as follows: "unforgettable themes are the real draw here, reconfigured with ingenuity, wit and affection by Frisell and a terrific group."
"Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music... There’s a reason that Jazz at Lincoln Center had him program a series called Roots of Americana." - New York Times
Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer among others. In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music. Upon San Francisco Jazz opening their doors in 2013, he served as one of their Resident Artistic Directors. Bill is also the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.
Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker have been performing together on the jazz scene for many years. Their many recordings have been played nationwide of top jazz stations including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Andrea is a critically acclaimed singer and multi-instrumentalist. Noted jazz critic, Leonard Feather, has compared Andrea to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and Jazz Improv Magazine called her a female Sinatra. Don Heckman of the LA Times proclaimed her a musician's singer. A professional musician since age fourteen, Andrea has performed with many top names in jazz including the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band, the Ray Anthony Orchestra, the Billy May Orchestra, the Jack Sheldon Big Band, with guitar legend, Barney Kessel and with Johnny Mandel. She has sung for Crystal Cruise Lines and the NAMM show.
Steve Wilkerson, saxophone, flute and clarinet virtuoso, began his professional career at age 11 when he joined his father’s dance band. He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Tulsa where he was lead alto and jazz soloist for their award winning jazz ensemble. He also won the coveted Downbeat Combo Award, which led to three separate appearances at the Wichita Jazz Festivals. After graduation, he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra as lead alto and jazz soloist. A move to Los Angeles brought him extensive work on the tenor sax, earning raves from legendary jazz critic, Leonard Feather, who proclaimed him “a ruling master of the tenor sax” in the LA Times. Steve has appeared in concert, on tour or on recordings with a who’s who list of artists from Barbra Streisand to Nancy Wilson to Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Barry Manilow. He has had a long touring and recording relationship with jazz organ great, Joey DeFrancesco.
Steve and Andrea both have worked closely with legendary composer Johnny Mandel recording his songbook under his guidance and praise In 2005 Andrea and Steve were inducted into the prestigious Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Both are graduates of the University of Tulsa.
Joining Steve and Andrea will be incomparable musicians Don Ryan on piano, Dean DeMerritt on bass and Jared Johnson on drums.
The original music of Elizabeth Speegle Band is a jazz laced fusion of pop, funk and blues. Relevant lyrics, memorable melodies, and excellent musicianship all come together to create ESB’s distinct sound. Along with Elizabeth’s smoky, soulful vocals, the band drives the grooves, riffs and hooks in a way that draws the listener in with every note.
Tulsa pianist David Horne brings at least something to the table for this memorable jam packed show. Some say he is the greatest living entertainer and others say he is definitely not. It's really important that you find out. You can expect to hear at least three songs that you enjoy. A fun piano player that will definitely make you laugh, David Horne will not disappoint, though there are no refunds if you are. He's joined by Andrew Bones, Bo Hallford, Mark Southerland and Michael Engdahl. Awesome!
Having started as a pianist, Garrett Jacobson initially became interested in the Hammond organ as a teenager after hearing records by Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff. He soon developed a passion for the instrument, and started playing jazz organ dates in Oklahoma City while simultaneously maintaining a busy schedule as a blues artist. His third record, Soul Buffet (2004), was his debut recording as a jazz organist. A musical collage of sorts, the album is predominantly a blues guitar set with the latter half of the album featuring Garrett's working organ trio at the time. After years of continuous performing, he released his first dedicated jazz organ record, "In The Moment", in 2014. The record finds Garrett in the classic trio format serving up a set of tasteful originals, blues, and standards. With songs such as the hard-swinging title track In The Moment and the blues-drenched Skillet Gravy, Garrett's solid bass feel and lyrical phrasing creates plenty of memorable tracks.
Jeff D. Shadley began playing trumpet in the Boston area at 10 years of age. After his family moved to Chicago, he continued playing and especially took to the work of the great Jazz trumpeter, Clifford Brown. Early in high school, he began memorizing Clifford’s improvised solos and continued studying both Jazz and Classical trumpet. A subsequent move brought him to
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before finishing high school, Jeff played in the Tulsa Youth Symphony, the Tulsa All City Jazz Band, won the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Musicianship, and was principal trumpet in the All State Band. While completing a degree in Trumpet Performance at The University of Tulsa, Jeff began playing professionally in the Tulsa area. Although his focus continued to be Jazz, he also played with the Tulsa Ballet, the Tulsa Philharmonic Pops and the Bartlesville Orchestra. As a freelance musician based in Tulsa, Jeff performed with the various celebrities that came through town: Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Vic Damone, Dianne Schuur, Maureen McGovern, Ellis Marsalis, David Sanborn, Pete Fountain, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, and others.
Jeff began adding his award-winning voice to his performances in 2005. His dynamic trumpet playing and Rat Pack vocal style has won over the critics and transformed him into a highly demanded all around entertainer. As such, he appears frequently with his 24-piece Orchestra, 18-piece Big Band and 8-pc Combo and Quartet. Jeff performs at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the (Woodie) Gutherie Green, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Utica Square near Downtown Tulsa and many other venues. Jeff’s first album, “When You Dream”, featuring the full Big Band is available for download on iTunes and most other digital music distribution sites. In addition to his own groups, Jeff has been a soloist on both trumpet and voice with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vero Beach, the Maitland Symphony Orchestra in Florida, the Starlight Band in Tulsa, the Signature Symphony in Tulsa and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA).
Jack Wolfe is an extraordinary pianist steeped in traditional jazz & blues with a New Orleans touch.
His quartet performs orginal compositions mixed with their interpretations of the great american songbook.
The Quartet is:
Jack Wolfe - Piano, organ
Rob Harper - Saxophone
Scott Mariner - Drums
Doug McDuffie - Bass, Vocals
Jackie Tohn is an actress, standup comic, musical comedian and singer/songwriter. Jackie plays MELROSE in the Netflix comedy series G.L.O.W., executive produced by ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK creator Jenji Kohan, currently shooting its second season. Jackie will also be playing “Gilda Radner” in director, David Wains, A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE, alongside Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson & Joel McHale, set for release late 2017 on Netflix. Her recent movies include, CHiPS, BAD ROOMIES, & SISTERS. This summer, Jackie filmed a lead role in the independent feature SPELL directed by Brendan Walter and she just wrapped shooting the indie dramedy ELSEWHERE opposite Ken Jeong, Beau Bridges, Jackie Weaver, Aden Young and Parker Posey.
The Zuits are an 8-piece jazz/swing band, made up of some of the most talented musicians in the Tulsa Metro. Specializing in jazz ranging from the roaring '20s to neo-swing, the Zuits are guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your heart racing. Come out dressed for an evening straight out of the old speakeasy days and enjoy the music of Eddie Cantor, Frank Sinatra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Postmodern Jukebox.