Summer stage, summer jazz, summer fun

If you prefer your summer entertainment at indoor venues, then start marking your calendar for the myriad events planned at the Performing Arts Center and Jazz Hall of Fame.  Just got back a few hours ago from the latter, where they announced the astounding lineup of artists; late last week the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust entertained a group of us media types with food, wine and lively snippets from their globally diverse series of performances. I was particularly impressed with the Ancient Dreams Orchestra, with its haunting use of both instruments and voice. Others on stage for a couple of numbers — the always popular Forever Plaid, LOOK's chorus with songs from My Fair Lady, and the Red Dirt Rangers. I was humming songs all the way home.

Then the ever-ebullient Chuck Cissel of the Jazz Hall announced a tremendous list of artists for its Summer Jazz Concert Series — a terrific way to spend Sunday evenings for $10-15. With names such as David Teegarden, Janet Rutland and Annie Ellicott — two of the 8 Wild Women of Oklahoma Jazz who'll be featured weekly in July and August. (Janet told me she's focusing on the work of lyricist Johnny Mercer this summer; he was born in 1909. If you don't know who he is, you should — Moon River, Charade, Satin Doll. Check it out on wikipedia.) Equally exciting Jazzfest 2009 is just days away, June 27, with Eldredge Jackson, Wall Street and J-3 Jazz and Blues Band. FREE ADMISSION. Click the links above and find out details.

Missy Kruse - Contributing Editor

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