Nov 16, 2012 - “SWEET & HOT TURKEY TROT” SET


            If you’re looking for someplace to take your Thanksgiving company on the day after the big feast – and, really, who isn’t -- Cindy Cain has at least three good reasons for you to bring them to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz Depot on Friday night.

            “It’s just a great way to entertain out-of-town guests,” she says. “They get to see and go inside one of Oklahoma’s great buildings, the Jazz Hall of Fame, they have a chance to work off that second plate of turkey and dressing they had the day before, and they can do something good for others by bringing a food donation for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.”

            Cain doesn’t mention it, but she’s one of another trio of excellent reasons to attend this year’s Sweet & Hot Turkey Trot, as she joins two other equally well-known area singers, Pam Van Dyke Crosby and Rebecca Ungerman, in the Sweet & Hot vocal ensemble. On Friday, they’ll be backed by veteran musicians Scott McQuade on piano, Mike Bennett on trumpet, Bill Crosby on bass, and Wade Robertson on drums.

            The twice-monthly Sweet & Hot Dances at the Depot are produced by P. Casey Morgan.

            Crosby, Ungerman, Cain, and Morgan first made their collective mark at Tulsa’s annual SummerStage theater festival, doing three well-received original musicals with nostalgic themes. After the most recent one, 2010’s Hi-Fi Hits of the ‘50s, they decided to see if they could keep things going – albeit in a slightly different fashion -- after the curtain fell on their SummerStage show.

            “It was Cindy Cain’s idea – she comes up with most of our best ideas,” says producer Morgan. “The girls just had so much fun with the music in Hi-Fi Hits of the ‘50s, and people in the audiencekept sitting there looking like they wanted to dance. A few did, in fact. We had those songs, and some hot jumpin’ numbers from our ‘30s shows, so a dance just seemed like a natural to work with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and promote live music and great dancing.”

            “We’re changing the sets each time,” adds Morgan, “and we add new songs for every show.”

            This time around, Cain promises “a delightful evening of retro music, from the ‘20s through the ‘50s, from `Heebie Jeebie Blues’ to `Sweet Nothin’s.’ with a lot of three-part harmony. We’ll have trio songs interspersed with solos all night long.

            “We call these our Dances at the Depot, but they’re shows as well as dances,” she adds. “If people don’t want to dance, they can watch and listen, have a libation and see a show. We even have a little choreography.”

            In asking for donations for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Sweet & Hot singers and their fans and friends continue something they started at last year’s post-Thanksgiving dance, which was also the premiere Sweet & Hot Turkey Trot.

            “I saw on the news just yesterday that the Food Bank was putting out another appeal for canned goods, because they’re running out and the need is still great,’ she notes. “Food insecurity remains a huge issue in Oklahoma, from the elderly to infants. So we’re asking both our regulars and newcomers to focus on food this time. We want to see them coming through the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame door with their dance shoes in one hand and a sack of groceries in the other.”

            Anyone donating food, cash, or checks made out to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will receive a free raffle ticket entering the recipient into drawings for Sweet & Hot CDs and T-shirts. Suggested food donations include canned meat or vegetables, along with canned soups and stews, peanut butter, and baby formula.

            For each of the Sweet & Hot Dances at the Depot, Tulsa’s Jazz Depot transforms into a classic, wooden-floored dance hall of the 1950s. During the course of the evening, musical selections always include plenty of waltzes, rhumbas, cha-chas, and swing tunes.

            “People can come out, have some fun, enjoy the music, and be home by 10:30,” Cain says. “I can’t think of a better place to go on the night after Thanksgiving.”

             The live music is set to begin Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First St. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. Admission is $10. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

            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.

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