November 2015 - Online Exclusive

TULSA, Okla. - Darell Christopher and The Ingredients won the Tulsa Blues Society’s Blues Challenge at Cain’s Ballroom back on Sept. 5, 2015, and in accomplishing such astronomical audio feats will represent Tulsa at the IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, Tenn. on January 25-29, 2016.

Christopher & The Ingredients has a couple fundraiser gigs in Tulsa this month in support of the Memphis trip, including a 7 p.m. show at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame/Jazz Depot on November 7, and the Tulsa VFW/Centennial Lounge at 8 p.m. on November 28.

Early next year Christopher and company will perform at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7.

DCB donors can receive rewards for their contributions, including getting your logo, name or company name on specially designed T-shirts rallying the band to and from Memphis.

For more information on the events and ways to support your Tulsa Blues Society Blues Challenge Champions visit

About the band:

Darell Christopher is a dynamic entertainer as well as a blues/jazz singer who lived and toured in Europe throughout the 1990s and released four CDs there, one of which produced a European Top-10 hit with “Jealous Man”.  He is also a Disciples of Christ minister in Tahlequah, Okla.

Mark Furnas is a journeyman guitarist with several styles of music at his command. He prefers to serve the melody over flash, show off the singer rather than show them up, connect with an audience by letting his joy of guitar shine through. “If it feels good, do it twice!”? He has played with the likes of Oklahoma Blues Hall of Famer Wanda Watson, and the legendary Leon Rollerson.  In addition to playing with The Ingredients, Mark is also the Office Manager at the Jim Halsey Company.

Edward "Spike" Gore hails from the "scenic city" of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   In the '70s Spike played with the Skin Deep band as well as Isaac Hayes, Dakota Staton, and Earl Clark.  During the Oklahoma Jazz Festivals he has opened for the Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Spyro Gyra, Little Richard, and Tito Puente. In addition to playing with famous bands, Spike has also played for President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.   He has recorded three CDs: two with Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Clark and one with Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Pat Moore. "Spike" says music is the love of his life.  

Aaron Henderson’s love for the piano started at the early age of 10 years old.  He has performed on CDs and in concerts for more than 30 years.  He has accompanied  gospel greats Margaret Pleasant  Doreaux and Cassieta  George, jazz greats Donald Byrd and Charles Fathead Neuman, and has also arranged and produced music for television and Oklahoma artists. Aaron presently owns In His Image Music Recording Studio and gives private lessons.

Byron Crenshaw is the youngest member of the Ingredients.  He led the BTW (Booker T. Washington High School) jazz combo, was a member of BTW jazz band, and also 2015 All-State Bassist.  Byron received a bass guitar as a Christmas gift four years ago and has been playing ever since.  He likes to perform small acts of kindness because he feels it eases the angst caused by the human condition.  He also enjoys composing meaty bass riffs.  He was elected Mr. Hornet which is an honor bestowed upon the senior who best represents the high school.  Byron is a native of Tulsa, Okla., and is currently in his freshman year at North Texas State University.

The Ingredients as a whole cook up a mean, spicy gumbo of styles - historic, reflective, modern, bluesy, jazzy, always pouring out their soul in their best shake and bake; nothing like them anywhere.