2008 Inductees

EDDIE PALMIERI -- Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award
Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Palmieri began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late salsa legend and pianist Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of the barrio. At age 11, he made his classical debut at Carnegie Hall, a venue as far from the Bronx as he could imagine. Possessed by a desire to play the drums, Palmieri joined his uncle's orchestra at age 13, where he played the timbales. "By 15, it was good-bye timbales' and back to the piano until this day. I'm a frustrated percussionist, so I take it out on the piano."

Eddie Palmieri's musical career spans 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His discography includes more than 30 titles. He has been awarded nine Grammy Awards, including the first presentation in the Best Latin Album category for his 1975 release The Sun of Latin Music and the following year for Unfinished Masterpiece. Palo Pa' Rumba won in 1984, Solito in 1985 and La Verdad in 1987. He was awarded the Eubie Blake Award by Dr. Billy Taylor in 1991 and he is among the few Latin musicians recognized by the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico and the New York State Assembly. In 1988, the Smithsonian Institution recorded two of Palmieri's performances for their catalog of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., a rare public honor.
He began his professional career as a pianist in the early '50s with Eddie Forrester's Orchestra. In 1955 he joined Johnny Segui's band. He spent a year with the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra before forming his own band, the legendary "Conjunto La Perfecta," in 1961. La Perfecta featured a trombone section (led by the late Barry Rogers) in place of trumpets, something that had been rarely done in Latin music, and which demonstrated the early stages of Palmieri's unconventional means of orchestration. They were known as "the band with the crazy roaring elephants" for the configuration of two trombones, flute, percussion, bass and vocalist. With an infectious and soaring sound, Palmieri's band soon joined the ranks of Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and the other major Latin orchestras of the day.

The 1998 Heineken Jazz Festival in San Juan, PR, paid tribute to his contributions as a bandleader, bestowing him an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. As a member of the New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he was instrumental in creating a new category for Latin Jazz in 1995. His 1994 album, Palmas, was among the nominees for the first award presented in that category in March 1995. In 1996, he was once again nominated for his album Arete.

Palmieri's influences include not only his older brother Charlie but Jesus Lopez, Chapotin, Lili Martinez and other Cuban players of the 1940s; and jazz luminaries Art Tatum, Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Equally important were influences derived from Palmieri's curiosity and incessant search to unearth his family's roots and seek out the origins of the music that profoundly inspired him. Says Palmieri, "In Cuba, there was a development and crystallization of rhythmical patterns that have excited people for years. Cuban music provides the fundamental from which I never move. Whatever has to be built must be built from there. It's that cross-cultural effect that makes magnificent music." His solid interpretation of Afro-Caribbean music and its confluence with jazz is evident in Eddie Palmieri's astute arranging skills, which assemble those components in dramatic and compelling compositions. 

SLIDE HAMPTON -- Living Legend
Slide Hampton's distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz.  Slide was born April 21, 1932.  At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton Band, led by his father and comprising other members of his musical family. By 1952, at the age of 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band. He then joined Maynard Ferguson's band, playing trombone and providing exciting charts on such popular tunes as “The Fugue,” “Three Little Foxes,” and “Slide's Derangement.”
As his reputation grew, he soon began working with bands led by Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Max Roach, again contributing both original compositions and arrangements. In 1962, he formed the Slide Hampton Octet, which included stellar horn players Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, and George Coleman. The band toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded on several labels. 

From 1964 to 1967, he served as music director for various orchestras and artists. Then, following a 1968 tour with Woody Herman, he elected to stay in Europe, performing with other expatriates such as Benny Bailey, Kenny Clarke, Kenny Drew, Art Farmer, and Dexter Gordon. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1977, he began a series of master classes at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, De Paul University in Chicago, and Indiana University. During this period he formed the illustrious World of Trombones: an ensemble of nine trombones and a rhythm section. 

Slide Hampton's countless collaborations with the most prominent musicians of jazz were acknowledged by the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Arrangement with a Vocalist.
The 1990's were spent doing an enormous volume of work. He continued to develop the Slide Hampton Quartet and Quintet, toured the world with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, was a special advisor and arranger for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and arranged numerous recording projects around the world. 

2006 saw the debut of Slide's own Big Band...”Slide Hampton: Ultra Big Band.”  Slide's arranging talents were acknowledged again when he received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.  A charismatic figure, master arranger, and formidable trombonist, Slide Hampton holds a place of distinction in the jazz tradition.  Mr. Hampton was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2005.  

BILL MAXWELL -- Jazz Inductee
Bill Maxwell who was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.  Bill started playing drums professionally at the age of twelve. One of his first bands was with legendary blues guitarist Jesse Ed. Davis. Bill was a member of "The Third Avenue Blues Band" whose album was produced by T Bone Burnett in 1969. Bill moved to Los Angeles in 1972 as a member of Andrae' Crouch and the Disciples. He has produced 8 Grammy winning recordings for The Winans, Andrae' Crouch and others. Maxwell also formed the jazz group "Koinonia" with his dear friend Abraham Laboriel. Bill was the music director for the television shows, "The Jamie Foxx Show", "Martin", "Living Single", "For Your Love" "Amen", and many more. Bill has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, T Bone Burnett, Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Quincy Jones, The Crusaders, The Nappy Roots, Freddie Hubbard, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross and many more. Bill worked as a music producer and musician with the Coen brothers on their films "The Ladykillers" and "Romance and Cigarettes", and worked as a featured musician on the film "Walk The Line".  Bill is thrilled to be a member of the new group "Open Hands" with Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario and Greg Mathieson. 

RAY D. ROWE -- Blues Inductee
Born in Haskell, Oklahoma Feb. 8, 1936 and Ray Rowe moved to Tulsa at the age of nine years old.   While in high school at Booker T. Washington, Ray began singing and wanted to be involved in the Hi-Jenks program.  His group, The Robins, made their debut the following year singing the songs of the day and he also learned to play the guitar.  His early influences were B. B. King, T-bone Walker, Guitar Slim – you progressed onto jazz and gospel and with the likes of Lou Rawls, Al Green, Wilson Picket and his main man, Bobby Womack and Sam Cooke.  He was the member of the Highlight Gospel Singers, still singing with them today. At the same time, he began singing with Creative Sounds, in 1970, which later began the GAP Band and was booked by Oklahoma Jazz Hall Inductee, Ernie Fields, Sr.  The GAP Band became Oklahoma celebrities and was discovered by Buddy Jones, Leon Russell’s business manager.  The rest is musical history. After the GAP Band, Rowe put his own band together called New Experience with musicians who were the cream of the crop. He also worked with the Flash Terry Band who helped to promote Ray’s record, Ooh Baby, Baby.  Also, Ray got involved with Sky High Band and formed what was to become one of his favorite bands.  He then combined musical forces with Rudy Scott, Odell Stokes, Boo Williams and Stewart Neimi.  Ray went onto create the Down Home Blues Band and still active today performing around the state.  Ray was one of the first performers on the newly formed SPOT-Awards in 2000 and later was nominated for Best Blues Act 2006.  He has performed at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa and Sand Spring.  He has also been a musical fixture for the Juneteenth Music Festival and the Greenwood Jazz and Blues Festival.  Ray D. Rowe still performs in clubs and for special events.

ANNIE ELLICOTT -- Legacy Tribute Award
Awarded each year to one of Oklahoma’s top young jazz artists, the Legacy Tribute Award for 2008 will be presented to Ms. Annie Ellicott.  Over the past several years, Annie has become one of Tulsa’s top jazz vocalists and most sought-after artists.  Ms. Ellicott performs at special events, nightclubs and in concerts with her own trio, consisting of her dad, Rod Ellicott on bass, Frank Brown on guitar and Wade Robertson on drums.  In the past, young jazz ensembles such as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Grady Nichols, Harmonious Monk and Wayman Tisdale have been previous recipients of this award.  Annie is a graduate of Central High School. 

PAM VAN DYKE CROSBY -- Director’s Award
A native Oklahoman, Pam began her career singing jazz in New York City where she sang in a band that included pianist Duke Jordan and bassist Keeter Betts.   Pam also sang with the New York City based ‘Sammy Kaye Orchestra’ as the featured ‘girl singer’.  She has been a featured performer in numerous Oklahoma jazz festivals. She has performed in benefits such as Divas for H.O.P.E., Follies Review, concerts at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and ‘Summerstage Festival’ at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. She also toured the southwest with extended engagements in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and Nebraska.  Pam is a co-founder and President of the Tulsa Jazz Society. She co-hosts ‘Tulsa Jazz Society Presents’ a jazz radio show, produced and co-hosted by Leon Rollerson Productions.

Maxine Cissel Horner Spirit of Community Excellence Award
Ms. Love is the executive director of the Ronald McDonald house in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has served in this capacity for the past 17 years.  The Tulsa Ronald McDonald House is truly a community effort.  This outstanding charity operates with 257 programs in 28 countries. There are also 96 Ronald McDonald Family room programs in 10 countries.  Because of her significant contributions through this community-based organization, the Jazz Hall honors Ms. Glenda Love with our Community Excellence Award for 2008.  Ms. Love also serves on the board of trustees of OSU Tulsa and the McDonald Corporation Global Advisory Council.  She is a member of the Church of The Living God and is a strong advocate for community projects as well as for cultural enrichment for the community of Tulsa.