Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
Headquarters of the Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Union Depot
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame logo, 2012.png
Founded 1988
Founder Senator Maxine Horner, Co-Founder
Senator Penny Williams, Co-Founder
Type 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization
Location
Slogan Creating unity through music
Website okjazz.org

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a non-profit organization that honors jazz, blues and gospel musicians in the state of Oklahoma. Housed in the former Tulsa Union Depot, the Hall of Fame is a music venue that hosts regular jazz performances. It is also a museum, displaying photographs, biographical information, artifacts, and memorabilia from musicians such as Chet Baker, Earl Bostic, Barney Kessel, and Jimmy Rushing.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame holds an annual induction ceremony to recognize the meaningful contributions of individuals and groups in jazz, blues, and gospel music. The Hall of Fame originally inducted its members every June,[2] but the annual induction is now held in November.[3] To date, the Hall of Fame has inducted more than 100 musicians and groups.[4] Music instructor Zelia Breaux was the first inductee into the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame also established the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 to honor musicians who enriched Oklahoma's music during their lifetimes. Recipients of this award include Jay McShann, John Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, Dave Brubeck, Marilyn Maye, Ramsey Lewis, Nat King Cole, George Duke, Billy Taylor, Eddie Palmieri, Bob Wills, and Lalo Schifrin.

In 1991, guitarist Barney Kessel made a speech about improvised music at the Hall of Fame; this was his last recorded public appearance before a stroke forced him to retire in May of 1992.[5] Singer Joe Lee Wilson also made his last public performance at his 2010 induction into the Hall of Fame.[6]

History[edit]

The Tulsa Union Depot remained empty for nearly twenty years before being renovated and re-purposed for public use.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame was recognized by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1988, with legislation authored by State Senators Maxine Horner and Penny Williams. The Hall of Fame was one of several organizations created in the North Tulsa “renaissance” dedicated to reconstructing the city’s historic Greenwood district after the Tulsa Race Riot.[7] The organization was originally housed in the Greenwood Cultural Center, and co-sponsored a yearly celebration of Oklahoman black music tradition called “Juneteenth on Greenwood.”[8]

In 2004, Tulsa County’s Vision 2025 project allocated $4 million to purchase and renovate the Tulsa Union Depot for use by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.[9] Work on the building was completed and the building officially opened on June 19, 2007.[10]


List of inductees[edit]

Name Instrument Year inducted
Andrea Baker Vocal, Education 2005
Chet Baker Trumpet, Vocal 1991
Helen Baylor Vocal 2000
Samuel Aaron Bell Bass 1992
Wayne Bennett Guitar, Vocal 2001
Joseph Bias Vocal 2006
Elvin Bishop Guitar, Vocal 1998
Earl Bostic Saxophone 1993
Zelia Breaux Education 1989
Ruth Brown Vocal 1992
Glenn Burleigh Piano 2001
Charles Burton Guitar, Vocal 2001
Barbara Burton Vocal 2001
Don Byas Saxophone 1997
Debbie Campbell Vocal 2006
Don Cherry Trumpet 2011
Charlie Christian Guitar 1989
Willie Earl Clark Saxophone, Education 2002
Tommy Crook Guitar 2004
Pam Van Dyke Crosby Vocal 2008
Joey Crutcher Piano 1991
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar 2002
Elmer L. Davis Vocal 1993
Al Dennie Education 1990
Ernestine Dillard Vocal 1998
Clarence Dixon Vocal 1998
Thomas A. Dorsey Piano 1994
Ken Downing Saxophone 1999
Duke Ellington Piano 1992
Dorothy Ellis Vocal 2011
George Faison Dance 1998
Ernie Fields Jr. Saxophone 1996
Ernie Fields Sr. Trombone 1989
Ella Fitzgerald Vocal 1997
Artt Frank Drums 2010
Lowell Fulson Guitar, Vocal 1989
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet 1993
Sonny Gray Piano, Education 2001
Jimmy Hawkins Vocal 2004
John David Henry Guitar 2001
Conrad Herwig Trombone 2007
Billy Hunt Trumpet 1996
Mahalia Jackson Vocal 1995
Pat Kelley Guitar 2003
Barney Kessel Guitar 1991
Kenneth Kilgore Vocal 1992
Lowell Lehman Education 2010
Joe Liggins Piano 1992
Jimmy Liggins Guitar 1993
Clarence Love Saxophone 1990
Madeline Manning-Mims Vocal 2005
Frank Mantooth Piano 2004
Junior Markham Harmonica 2006
Tony Mathews Guitar 1997
Bill Maxwell Drums 2008
Cecil McBee Bass 1991
Matthew McClarty Vocal 1997
Howard McGhee Trumpet 2003
Jay McShann Piano 1989
Roy Milton Vocal, Drums 1991
D.C. Minner Guitar, Vocal 1999
Leona Mitchell Vocal 2007
Melvin Moore Trumpet 1996
Patricia Moore Piano 1999
Ace Moreland Jr. Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal 2007
Jimmy Nolen Guitar 1996
Carlton Pearson Vocal 2002
James G. Pepper Saxophone 2011
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Cello 1995
Sara Powell Vocal 2003
Samuel Rivers Saxophone, Piano 2010
Johnny Rogers Guitar 1995
Ray D. Rowe Vocal 2008
Marshall Royal Saxophone 1995
Washington Rucker Drums 1998
James Rushing Vocal, Piano 1990
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet 2011
Donald Ryan Piano, Education 2006
Jessie Mae Renfro Sapp Vocal 1989
Rudy Scott Piano, Harmonica 2011
Lynn Seaton Bass, Education 2006
Lee Shaw Piano 1993
Leslie Sheffield Piano 2003
Hal Singer Saxophone 1996
C.C. Skinner Vocal 1990
David Skinner Guitar 2005
Maurice Spears Trombone, Education 2004
Louie Spears Bass, Education 2004
Kay Starr Vocal 2000
Ted Taylor Vocal 2000
Flash Terry Guitar, Vocal 1994
Oklahoma City Blue Devils Big Band 1990
Walter "Foots" Thomas Saxophone 1996
Wayman Tisdale Bass 2009
Glenn Townsend Guitar 2004
David T. Walker Guitar 1999
Maxine Weldon Vocal 1999
Lee Wiley Vocal 2000
Floyd Wiley Organ 1994
Stephen Wiley Drums 2009
Steve Wilkerson Saxophone, Education 2005
Claude Williams Violin 1989
Wallis Willis Vocal 2010
Joe Lee Wilson Vocal 2010
Terry Woodson Trombone, Education 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danilov, Victor J. ‘’Hall of Fame Museums: A Reference Guide.’’ Greenwood, 1997, p.180
  2. ^ Johnson, Hannibal B. ‘’Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District.’’ Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, 1998, p.130
  3. ^ http://newsok.com/david-amram-will-receive-oklahoma-jazz-hall-of-fames-lifetime-achievement-award/article/3623496#ixzz1dprITL14
  4. ^ http://www.okjazz.org/index.cfm?id=5
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. ‘’Jazz On Film: The Complete Story of the Musicians and Music Onscreen.’’ Backbeat, 2004, p.22
  6. ^ http://www.tulsaworld.com/ourlives/article.aspx?subjectid=58&articleid=20110720_11_A11_CUTLIN895827&rss_lnk=58
  7. ^ http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=6050
  8. ^ State Arts Council of Oklahoma. ‘’Juneteenth on Greenwood: A Celebration of Oklahoma’s Black Music Traditions.’’ State Arts Council of Oklahoma, 1989, p.2
  9. ^ http://www.vision2025.info/project.php?project=oklahomajazzhalloffame&category=oklahomajazzhalloffame
  10. ^ http://www.vision2025.info/category.php?category=oklahomajazzhalloffame

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