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Leon’s Legacy

Exiting the Cain’s Ballroom stage after he and a stellar ad hoc band had romped joyously through the old chestnut “Trouble in Mind,” Rodney...

Background Man

Back in the late ’60s, my friend Steve Olim and I made a couple of movies, using ourselves and some of our fellow Oklahoma...

Can’t Make It to the Manger

Back in the early part of this century, I was amazed and delighted when my old friend Steve Ripley, the internationally known, Oklahoma-based music...

Small Town Songs

To many musicians and music lovers, New Orleans and Kansas City mean jazz, while Memphis will forever be the home of the blues. Depending...

Old School Halloween

The older you become, the more you get used to things around you fading into other things. So one day you turn on the...

Morphing With the Times

To set things up, let’s take a time trip back to the late ’70s-early ’80s, when the rockin’ sounds of several Tulsa acts reverberated...

Inside the Box

Downtown Tulsa bustles with progress. Around nearly every corner, timeworn buildings regenerate and new buildings are created. At Third Street and Frankfort Avenue in...

In Town To-Night

For many years now, whenever I’ve gotten the itch to add to my collection of autographed baseball and football cards, I’ve usually wound up...

Charley Gardner’s Angels

Here are a couple of things you should know about Chuck Gardner’s Charley’s Angels show, set for Sunday, June 5 at the Oklahoma Jazz...

Bird with Strings

Back in 1949 and 1950, the celebrated jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker recorded a pair of albums that became the biggest sellers of his...