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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...

Billy Parker

I’ve known Billy Parker for maybe 30 years now. I’ve been around him in all sorts of situations, and I’ve watched what he usually...

Taking the Show On the Road

An attentive reader might wonder why I’ve now done two columns in a row that have to do with the city of Claremore. Maybe...

Number 100 Brings Us Back To Claremore

With all thanks to Vida and Dan Schuman, respectively publisher/founder and president/editorial director of Oklahoma Magazine, I wrote my first two entries for what...

Explosive Sounds

Thirty years ago, give or take a few months, a new double-record album appeared on the shelves of Oklahoma music stores. Featuring a trippy...

The Student Section

According to Dr. Tommy Poole, noted saxophonist and former director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, a new NSU Jazz’Tet disc...

The Breeze Blows In White’s Direction

Exactly one year ago, this space was devoted to a report on veteran Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Don White, who, after decades of performing, touring, recording...

Still Rumbling

I thought I was using myths to write a story. Turned out that I used a story to write a myth. – S.E. Hinton, from...

Mutilations Ruminations

In the course of her job as an accounting analyst at a Tulsa-area oil and gas company, it’s very unlikely that Shelly Reynolds comes...

Full Circle

If you’re an active writer and/or reader from this part of the world, you probably have an idea of how much we all owe...