By CHUCK CISSEL
CEO, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
DIVAS, DANCE & SAX: From left, Mary Cogan, Grady Nichols, Jenny Labow and Starr Fisher will perform at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s annual New Year’s Eve party, to be held Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $45 and available by calling (918) 596-1001 or online at www.okjazz.org.
Courtesy Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a spectacular party at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. We are excited to welcome Tulsa into our new home, the Jazz Depot, for our first New Year’s Eve there. It will be a very special evening—pop/jazz recording artist Grady Nichols will bring his electrifying New Year’s Eve show back to Tulsa at the new Jazz Depot in downtown.
Dubbed “Divas, Dance and Sax,” the holiday party features Grady on saxophone with his special guests and Oklahoma “divas” Mary Cogan, Starr Fisher and Jenny Labow. The New Year’s Eve Celebration will be held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. The show kicks off at the Jazz Depot, located 111 E. First Street at Cincinnati, at 10 p.m. and will continue through 1 a.m. Tickets start at $45 per person and are available online at www.okjazz.org or by calling (918) 596-1001. Guests may also purchase Crowne Plaza Hotel accommodations, dinner and concert packages; dinner and show packages; or purchase tickets for the one-time special New Year’s celebration. Shuttle service will also be provided.
Known for assembling a great line-up of musicians, singers and songs, Grady has once again put together a fast-paced, high-energy show encompassing many styles, with entertainment for all ages.
“This is my fifth year of ringing in the New Year on stage in Tulsa,” says Grady. “My goal is to bring the audience a fresh, fun and memorable evening of music and dance. This is a show you won’t see anywhere else, and it has been put together especially for this one-time event. In fact, my band and I have never performed live with Jenny, Mary or Starr. People will really be seeing a first here!”
What a treat!
The repertoire this year features songs made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Nicks, Fergie, Gloria Estefan, Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Madonna, Destiny’s Child and many others.
“I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Jazz Hall of Fame over the years and felt that with their new facility, this was the perfect year to move my New Year’s Eve concert there,” Grady adds. “The Jazz Depot is first class; the ambiance gives you instant vibe, making it an excellent locale. It is also an honor to have the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in our city, and I wanted to partner with CEO, Chuck Cissel to help promote their mission.” We are thrilled that Grady chose to move his New Year’s Eve extravaganza to the Jazz Depot. His commitment to jazz and providing great music here in Oklahoma is spot on.
A popular fixture on the Tulsa music scene for many years, Grady Nichols is a national touring artist who has been called by Jazziz magazine the “most likely to spearhead the next generation of great smooth artists.” Smooth Jazz legend Jeff Lorber calls Grady “the awesome new sax player for the millennium” and Chicago frontman Bill Champlain says Grady “uses the chops to get to his heart and from his heart it gets to you.”
His upcoming release was produced by Oklahoma rocker Zac Maloy and features his current single “Bellissimo” and a duet with Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. Earlier this year Grady received a notable acknowledgement as he was named by Tulsa People Magazine one of Tulsa’s “Top 40 under 40” Movers and Shakers in the Tulsa area.
Formerly of Tulsa, Jenny Labow of Glass House fame and now a solo artist resides in Los Angeles. Her influences of Tori Amos and Madonna are evident on her latest pop/rock release, “Sunday Morning.” She tours nationally and frequently returns to Tulsa for concerts. She sang “Take Me with You,” the title track from Grady Nichols’ new release.
Mary Cogan is a well-known and established figure on the Tulsa music scene. Her versatile voice easily transcends from a soulful standard to a haunting ballad. Her energetic stage presence radiates as she electrifies audiences from clubs and events.
Throughout her career, Starr Fisher has shared the same stage with and/or opened for some of the best in the music industry including: The O’Jays, Morris Day and the Time, Freddy Jackson, Regina Bell, Kirk Whalum, The Count Basie Orchestra, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Vince Gill and countless others. She also tours with her own band, Phase III, and their highly anticipated CD will be released this summer.
“Divas, Dance and Sax” is sponsored by Spirit Bank, Integrity Lighting and KBEZ.
For more information, visit www.GradyNichols.com or www.okjazz.org or call (918) 596-1001.