Jan 23, 2011 - Spirit of Jazz concerts start Sunday

Spirit of Jazz concerts start Sunday

by: JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Sunday, January 23, 2011
1/23/2011 7:16:42 AM

Tributes to everything from mothers to military heroes, great song writers and winter weather, along with performances by some of the city's top jazz musicians and vocalists, make up the "Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz" concert series at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

The concerts will held at 5 p.m. Sundays at the Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. Tickets are $15, $20 for table seating. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance by calling 281-8600 or online at

This Sunday's performance features singer Devre Jackson in a concert titled "Mr. D Breaks It Down." Jackson will be accompanied by Jeff Jones on drums, Brent Deacon on guitar, Rod Clark on bass and Tom Shannon on sax.

Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Pam Crosby will toast the climate in her concert, "I Love the Winter Weather," Jan. 30. In addition to songs about snow and chilly breezes and what one may do to avoid these things, Crosby and her band - pianist Scott McQuade, drummer Tony Yohe, bassist Bob Crosby and trumpeter Mike Bennett - will take requests from the audience.

No concert is scheduled for Feb. 6, because of the Super Bowl.

The Jazz Hall of Fame will host a special Saturday concert Feb. 12 with a Valentine's Day theme. The evening will feature nationally acclaimed saxophonist Grady Nichols and vocalist Olivia Duhon, winner of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Legacy Tribute Award in 2009.

The annual Jazz Keyboard Concert with the Tulsa Jazz Society will be Feb. 13. Pianists scheduled to take part in this all-keyboard event include Cheryl Bocanegra, Scott McQuade and Sonny Gray, with Donald Ryan serving as host and participant.

Tulsa pianist Amy Cottingham will show off her wide-ranging talent at the Feb. 20 concert. Cottingham will be joined by a number of fellow musicians, from Tulsa Symphony and Signature Symphony players to vocalists Annie Ellicott and Brian Wilson, as well as her own trio, to perform music by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Claude Bolling and others.

Vocalist Cynthia Simmons, with the help of the Scott McQuade Trio, will offer an evening of "Songs I Love to Sing," which includes such standards as "My Funny Valentine," "Mood Indigo" and "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me" on Feb. 27.

Jazz concert series

March 5: Mardi Gras with vocalist Mary Cogan.

March 6:"Full Circle of Music," jazz, blues, pop, country and gospel sung by Angie Cockrell, with the Scott McQuade Trio.

March 13: Annie Ellicott, with special guest pianist Amy Cottingham.

March 20:"She Writes the Songs: A Celebration of Jazz's Greatest Women Songwriters," performed by Rebecca Ungerman with the Frank Brown Trio.

March 27: "The Jazz Message: A Tribute to Art Blakey," led by drummer Jared Johnson, accompanied by Jeff Shadley on trumpet, Tommy Poole on saxophone, Jim Lofton on bass and Scott McQuade on piano.

April 3: Primal Swing and Devre Jackson.

April 10: University of Tulsa Big Jazz Band, directed by Vernon Howard.

April 17: The pianist Eldar makes his third visit to the Jazz Depot.

April 24: Easter Sunday Gospel Brunch with Dr. Joey Crutcher. Special time: 2 p.m.

May 1: Sonny Gray and Dionne White.

May 8:"Lots of Love for Mothers," a special Mother's Day concert with an all-male cast performing songs in praise of mothers. Performers include Luke Garcia, Jeff Shadley, Alexander Walter, Loren Stidham and Chuck Cissel, with the Jordan Hehl Trio.

May 15: Sweeney, Campbell and Glazer vocal trio.

May 22: " A Very Special Salute to the Music of George and Ira Gershwin," with vocalists Dionne White, Velvet Garcia, Misty Lane, Loren Stidham, Devre Jackson, Luke Garcia, Madeline Lackey, Lexi Tollefson and Stephen Brower.

May 29: Veterans Tribute Concert.

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