Brave Combo bringing world of music to Jazz Hall
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 7:07 AM
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 101 E. First St., will host three different shows this weekend, from the funky to the elegant to the soulful.
The Texas-based Brave Combo has been defying easy categorization for the past three decades. It first got noticed as a band that brought a punk sensibility to the somewhat squarish musical form of polka, but now this five-piece band has embraced an entire world of music from Latino styles such as salsa and conjunto to zydeco and blues.
Brave Combo takes over the Jazz Hall 7 p.m. Thursday for one show only. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 918-281-8600 or visit tulsaworld.com/mytix.
Hall of Fame honorees
On Saturday, the hall pays tribute to the Class of 2012 as it presents its annual Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to honor those who have made significant contributions to Oklahoma's jazz, blues and gospel music traditions.
They include pianist George L. Dennie, drummer and arranger Joe Wright, drummer "Sunny" Murray, bandleader Hart Wand, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, trombonist David Gibson, vocalist and pianist Justin Echols, and high school music director Cornelius Earl Pittman.
Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson and educator Deborah Brown also will be presented with Community Spirit Awards.
Legendary guitarist John Paul "Bucky" Pizzarelli, whose career has ranged from "The Tonight Show" orchestra to work with some of the major names in jazz and popular music, will be presented the John McShann Lifetime Achievement Award.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony beginning at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $100; call 918-281-8609 for reservations.
Vocalists Cindy Cain and Brett Yeakey will present a special evening of romantic tunes with their concert, "Comes Love," 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jazz Hall.
Cain and Yeakey will explore the search for true love (as in "Looking for a Sweetie"), finding love in expected places ("Ain't That a Kick in the Head") and all-encompassing love ("I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket").
In addition, the duo will give a nod to the holidays, with songs such as "Santa Baby" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Cain is a regular performer at the Jazz Hall as a solo artist and as part of Sweet & Hot Production's bimonthly Dance at the Depot nights. This will be Yeakey's Jazz Hall debut, though he will be familiar to some Tulsa audiences through his performances with companies such as Theatre Tulsa and the Council Oak Men's Chorale.
Tickets are $15-$20. 918-281-8600, tulsaworld.com/mytix
Original Print Headline: World of music
James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478