Signature Symphony at TCC celebrates the work of the late Ernie Fields, a Tulsa icon who had a career as a bandleader and trombonist. Fields’ music developed at a time when R&B, swing, soul and funk sprouted here in Tulsa and he would have the distinction of being the first African American band to play at the landmark Cain’s Ballroom with the support of Bob Wills.

“The Golden Age of Greenwood,” the second TTCU Pops concert, features Fields’ music from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s from big band, swing to R&B and jazz. This performance is presented in partnership with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

“This concert is one of the most important this season and marks the positive influence Fields had on the Greenwood district in Tulsa as well as the music scene close to home and across the country,” said Andrés Franco, Signature Symphony at TCC Music Director.

Returning to perform his father’s music is Ernie Fields, Jr. with the Signature Symphony at TCC. A saxophonist, Fields Jr. is a Tulsa native and Booker T. Washington graduate who has had an extensive career as a studio collaborator and a solo musician. Both father and son are Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inductees.

Fields, Jr. has worked with artists such as B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, and Rick James and performed on TV shows such as “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Well- known bandleader Rickey Minor, who served as musical director and bandleader for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” from 2010 to 2014, will join him for the Tulsa performances.


  • Occurred Friday, October 18th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, October 19th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education

10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK 74133-4513


Tabitha Littlefield