Sonny Gray


Featured Inductee

Musician, educator, nightclub owner, jazz promoter and community stalwart, the late, great Sonny Gray played keyboard for major entertainers such as Sammy Davis, Jr. Bennie Goodman, Clark Terry, Barney Kessel, and Marilyn Maye before his death in 2017.  In addition, Gray taught at Central High School, and was the instructor for the Jazz Lab created with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Healso taught at Tulsa Community College, and offered private lessons to students in Tulsa.

In the '60s, he owned the Rubiot Night Club, a center of jazz in Tulsa, where his quartet played regularly. Musicians that visited the club to “sit in” and play tunes for an evening included Julian Northington, Ken Downing, Scott Senter, Rick Cox, Ray Miller, Elon Watson, Ed Hughes, and Tommy Lockey. Sonny also served as the musical director of the Tulsa Press Corps Annual Gridiron event, and taught at the University of Tulsa. 

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Saying Goodbye to Sonny Gray

With a heavy heart and happy memories we say goodbye to our dear friend and Oklahoma Jazz Hall inductee, Sonny Gray. He will surely be missed by many.

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Bartlesville Musical Ensemble to Play Historic Jazz Venue in Downtown Tulsa

Bartlesville, OK - Tulsa’s celebrated Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is hosting the Johemian Jazz Syndicate the second Sunday in September as part of its Sunday Concert Series.  Bartlesville’s own jazz foursome is performing with guest vocalist Stephanie Oliver on September 10 at 5 p.m.

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Forebears: The Mercurial And Majestic Dinah Washington

What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, released in 1959, was her biggest record, and not a single person who knew Dinah Washington could describe her any better than that. Her temperament was so changeable that a producer at Mercury Records reportedly kept four to five different playlists of prospective songs that she might sing during a recording session, hoping that one might match her mood. But Washington's mood — like a sneaky left hook — was not so easily divined. Some of those songs probably never got sung. On any day and at any hour, Mercury was going to need another playlist.

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