Editor’s Note: “Trendz” is a new light-hearted column written by Ayn Robbins, an Oscar-nominated lyricist who resided in Southern California for many years. She now makes her home in Tulsa.
Music will reign in downtown Tulsa on Saturday, June 21 as it did last year when over 3,000 came out for music, fun, food, beverages and that Oklahoma Spirit. For the 2008 Oklahoma Music and JazzFest Celebration, the Jazz Hall of Fame is proud to present nationally renowned smooth jazz saxophone star Tom Braxton. The six hour, free outdoor event will also include a tribute to Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Blues Inductee, the late Flash Terry. It will feature the Uptown Horns Band, who will also pay tribute to the memory of blues legend and Jazz Hall Blues Inductee D.C. Minner, who passed away recently. Daryl McGee, Destiny and Michael Sanders head the Uptown Horns Group.
Expo Square and the Tulsa State Fair are rolling into the future with a phenomenal partner: the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
“Tulsa County is blessed with crown jewels of entertainment in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Expo Square. It’s an astounding accomplishment to have two organizations that have benefited through Vision 2025 funding, uniting together to further promote Tulsa County,” says Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo, Chairman of the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority.
David Boren, former Oklahoma state representative, former governor, former U.S. senator and now president of the University of Oklahoma, has written a book about problems facing the nation.
Our local college basketball teams had great years as they both
participated in post-season play. Congratulations to TU Head Coach Doug Wocjik and ORU Head Coach Scott Sutton.
Oklahoma’s Smooth Jazz 103.7 FM will present Oklahoma’s own music superstar Wayman Tisdale in concert for two phenomenal performances at Tulsa’s new Jazz Depot on Friday, April 18. The first concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and the second concert begins at 9:30 p.m.
This particular February morning started a little earlier than most.
It was signing day, the day high school students trade their binding signatures for college scholarships, and all over the area there were to be ceremonies.
March is coming in like a lion and with the month are two big sporting events: the Summit Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament March 8-11 and the opening of the Champion Tulsa Talons 2008 season March 29 against the Amarillo Dusters.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates its 20th Year Anniversary in 2008. Can you believe it? Where did the time go? The Jazz Hall was created in 1988 by the Oklahoma State Legislature, with legislation authored and sponsored by Senators Maxine Horner (the founder) and Penny Williams. We salute these two towering political figures for their cultural vision for the state of Oklahoma.
Mike Chittom was Santa Claus, everybody’s favorite uncle and a great big cuddly Teddy Bear all rolled up into one.
Right about the time Mike joined the Rotary Club of Tulsa, the club adopted Celia Clinton Elementary School, an at-risk school just north of Pine Street on Harvard Avenue.
I happened to wander into Mrs. Tew’s third grade class at Celia Clinton Elementary School just as the hammer came down on Goldilocks. Twist and turn though the hapless defense attorney might, she couldn’t evade the evidence.
Now that the winter is less chilling and the ice storm of the century has faded into memory, it’s time to pick up the tree debris and plan for a wonderful spring 2008. I would be absolutely happy if we didn’t see anymore snow this winter and certainly the ice can move on to the North Pole. I would like to offer kudos to Mayor Taylor and her team, and all the guys and gals who came in from all over the country to help us in our time of need. Somehow a historical event such as the ice storm brings it all home – be thankful for the little things.
Jane and I and all of us at Crown Bristow and Primeaux wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, happy holiday and a very happy and successful New Year!
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.
At the time of statehood Tulsa had much to offer. The early settlers had already arrived in Oklahoma Indian Territory seeking land ownership for farming and ranching. Then came the horde of speculators seeking the promise of oil wealth. But W. A. Vandever came here for the opportunity the wealth of land and oil would provide for a merchant. He offered dry goods to what was to become a very wealthy city known as the Oil Capital of the World.