Aug 10, 2014 - TULSA MUSICIANS JOIN FORCES THURSDAY FOR JAZZ HALL APPRECIATION SHOW
Unofficially, it's being called Pam & Annie's Hootenanny.
Officially, according to co-organizer and performer Pam Van Dyke Crosby, “it's about musicians banding together in support of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, because the Jazz Hall has done so much for us, giving us work and getting our music out there.”
Crosby and another well-known vocalist, Annie Ellicott, have been busy over the past several days, lining up talent to take the stage at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (August 14). And they've already put together a roster featuring many of the biggest area names in jazz and blues music.
“I was going to be back in town,” says Ellicott, who recently moved to San Francisco after years as a top Tulsa singer. “I was wanting to see all my friends, and I was wanting to do something to give back to the Jazz Hall, because I've grown sentimental about all the stuff they've done for me there over the years. I just thought it would be a great time to express my love and appreciation to [CEO] Jason McIntosh and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
“Pam Van Dyke had the same idea at the same time, so we both approached Jason about doing it and decided to join forces. She would contact her circles and I'd contact my circles, and we'd make it a big hootenanny – Pam & Annie's Hootenanny,” she adds with a chuckle.
“The Jazz Hall is a place for free-range musicians, where they can create music and mentor each other through fellowship and collaboration,” says Jason McIntosh, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO. “Our institution plays a major role in nurturing and promoting creativity, and we’re proud to do so.”
Of course, since both Ellicott and Crosby have been major players on the Tulsa jazz scene for years, they know and have worked with a lot of the same top-notch musicians. So between them, they've gotten commitments from the likes of drummers Tony Yohe, John Dellavedova, and Wade Robertson; bassists Bill Crosby, Dean DeMerritt, and Jordan Hehl; guitarist Frank Brown; pianists Scott McQuade, Tim Shadley, and Amy Cottingham; and vocalists Cindy Cain, Cynthia Simmons, Stephanie Oliver, and Darrel Christopher. Ellicott and Crosby also plan to sing.
“We're going to have as many musicians as we can who have worked there and love the place and care about it,” Crosby says. “We'll rotate people in and out. Some of them have gigs later in the evening, so we'll get them on early.”
“There'll definitely be a jam kind of quality to it,” adds Ellicott. “We want to keep it loose. But there will be full-on changes [on stage] as well.”
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door; all donations are tax deductible. However, Crosby notes, those interested in seeing the show can give more than that, less, or nothing at all.
“It doesn’t matter if your donation is $5 or $100. If someone wants to come and only has five bucks, we want 'em to be there,” she says.
All of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
“We're still hearing from musicians wanting to add themselves to the list,” says Ellicott. “Who knows how big this party will be?”
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.