Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

Musician, educator, nightclub owner, jazz promoter and community stalwart, 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.