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October 20
Sonny Gray Tribute Concert

5:30 p.m.

Free Admission; donations accepted

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and esteemed local musicians are coming together to celebrate the life of the late, great Sonny Gray.

Musician, educator, nightclub owner, jazz promoter and community stalwart, Sonny Gray played keyboard for major entertainers such as Sammy Davis, Jr. Benny 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 Loley. Sonny also served as the musical director of the Tulsa Press Corps Annual Gridiron event, and taught at the University of Tulsa. 

The event is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2017 Autumn Concert Series.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501c(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through the preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form