Joe Lee Wilson


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Joe Lee Wilson was born on December 22, 1935 in Bristow, Oklahoma, and grew up on his parent's farm there.  He had vivid memories of African-American cowboys and rodeos and was very proud of his Creek Indian identity, which influenced his writing and performing.  Inspired to sing by listening to Louis Jordan and Nat Cole on the radio, he met and befriended the great jazz singer Eddie Jefferson after moving to California at the age of 15.  He frequented the jazz clubs of first Los Angeles and then San Francisco, where he was working with top musicians by the late 1950's.  Wilson had spent years in Los Angeles studying classical voice and jazz at Conservatory and L.A. Community College and was working frequently in California and Mexico, so when Ernestine Anderson invited him to New York in 1960 he was ready.

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Jazz Depot Features Ryan and Ryan Piano Improv Sunday


Back around the dawning of this century, Holland Hall middle-school student Barron Ryan collaborated with his father, pianist Donald Ryan, in a concert celebrating the school's receipt of a new piano.

As Donald remembers it, that's the first time they played together in public. 

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Annie Ellicott Says Farewell to Tulsa with Saturday Jazz Depot Show

         If all goes according to plan, five days after playing her goodbye concert at the Jazz Depot on Saturday, April 19, top Tulsa vocalist Annie Ellicott will be on the road – heading 1700 miles westward to continue her music career in the San Francisco Bay area.

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            As far as first-call saxophonist and Northeastern State University director of jazz studies Tommy Poole is concerned, his contemporary Scott McQuade  is a great example of “the perfect working musician.”

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