The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Announces Spring Series

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO, Chuck Cissel, announced recently the 2005 Spring Jazz Concert Series line-up, as well as an exciting new website developed to coincide with the expansion of the organization into the new location in the Tulsa Union Depot building. “We continue to have a growing audience here at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and look forward to an outstanding Spring Concert Series in 2005,” says Cissel. “We are also very excited to launch our new web site, which will allow our patrons to purchase event tickets online, as well as Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame merchandise, local artists’ CDs and expanded information on the Jazz community in the state of Oklahoma. The web address is:”

“I would also like to give you an update in regards to the status of our move from the current location to the Tulsa Union Depot building.” Cissel says, “We are working closely with the architects (Beck Design) and are in the last stages with the final renderings. We will keep you posted with our progress.”

The Spring Jazz Concert Series begins March 20 with the “Cole Porter Show” and ends May 15 with “The Rat Pack.” Events to see are:

Sunday, March 20, 5 p.m.—The Music of the legendary Cole Porter
ENCORE! Back by popular demand from our 2004 Autumn Jazz Series… “Delightful, DeLovely—the Music of Cole Porter,” showcasing a cavalcade of local music stars including Mary Cogan, Cindy Cain, Starr Fisher, Rebecca Marks-Jimerson, Suzan Gray, Dionne White, Sandy Gardner, Pam Van Dyke-Crosby, Pat Moore, Brad Gillespie, Tavis Minner, Chuck Cissel, Jason Ofori, Joshua Orange, and Jason DeLong. Accompaniment will be provided by SCORE—Chuck Gardner on piano, Bill Crosby on bass and Tony Yohe on drums. According to Cissel, “This show was an outstanding success with an SRO audience of nearly 800. Of course, Cole Porter’s is one of the all-time great composers of American music and the performances were first-rate. The Jazz Hall has had so many requests to present the show again, so we’ll kick-off the Spring Concert Series for 2005 with Cole Porter’s sumptuous music. If you missed it in the fall, mark your calendars for the Spring Concerts. You won’t want to miss it!”

Sunday, April 3, 5 p.m.—Steve Hamm’s Jambalaya Band, featuring the best in Dixieland and traditional jazz music (such as the great Louis Armstrong), and featuring the banjo, trombone, clarinet, trumpet and tenor sax. You can’t go wrong with this fun-filled evening of traditional jazz music, and you can dance too!.

Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.—DUETS
An evening of music highlighting some of America’s most beautiful music duets and featuring the talents of Rebecca Ungerman, Tavis Minner, Rusti Love, Brad Gillespie, Sandy Gardner, Chuck Cissel, Jason De Long and Dionne White.

Thursday, April 14, University of Tulsa Jazz Day at the Hall—10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Under the direction of Jazz Hall Board member, and Professor of Jazz Studies at TU, Vernon Howard will lead an all-day music clinic and workshop for area jazz ensembles in high schools and middle schools and TU students.

Sunday, April 17, 5 p.m. – “Bedlam Jazz” OU & OSU Jazz Ensembles
WOW! Get ready for OU and OSU to perform with their top-drawer jazz ensembles. This is their first visit to the Jazz Hall and it looks to be a classic—don’t miss this Bedlam music concert series. We expect to see all OU and OSU Alumni and college students in the audience.

Sunday, April 24, 5 p.m.—Swing Dance with Swinghouse
One of Tulsa’s stellar jazz ensembles, under the leadership of drummer Tony Yohe, Swinghouse will present many of the standards from the Great American Songbook for listening pleasure and dancing. This will be a wonderful evening of fun and enjoyment of America’s classical music—jazz.

Updated 02-23-2005

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