LowDown continues to bring the fire to Friday nights with Jazz in Little Africa, fusing together hip-hop and old school jazz.
Fire in Little Africa
Enjoy the jazz stylings of Booker Gillespie, Frank Brown (guitar) and Jim Bates (bass). Joining Booker on vocals for some jazz duets will be singer Dionne White. Booker has performed on numerous occasions at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame and on stages in New Orleans, Florida, Hawaii and Krakow, Poland where he was the featured singer invited by former Signature Symphony at TCC Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Barry Epperley.
Come get the funk with Spunk Adams at LowDown! Spunk Adams is an award winning saxophonist who has opened for the likes of Layla Hathaway and Chrisette Michele. He leads a full jazz brand as well as a jazz trio and has the chops to gig solo and still fill the stage! Based in Oklahoma City, Spunk has traveled, toured, and shared the stage with legends, a title he is sure to attain himself, in what will surely be a long and storied career. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Join us at Annie Ellicott’s Haunted Rubyland Halloween party! Drink from the cauldron of spirits and sway to the musical moon spells performed by Ms. E and her band of familiars including David Broome on keyboard, Nicholas Foster on drums, Jordan Hehl on bass, Peter Tomshany on guitar, and Mark Southerland on saxophone. Plus, come dressed to impress the the LowDown judges at our annual Hallows Eve costume contest. Prizes will be awarded! Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
University of Tulsa combo bands are hitting the LowDown stage on Thursday, October 27! Plus, the TU faculty band will make an appearance. Faculty band members include Dean Demeritt on bass, George Toumayen on drums, Sarah Maud on vocals, and Nick Mancini on vibraphone. Ages 18+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Poet, emcee, and innovator, Written Quincey, brings his eclectic fusion of performance literature, jazz, hip hop, and storytelling to LowDown on Saturday, October 22. The Written Quincey, accompanied by a musical quartet, is an experience that will usher you into an artistic space that mimics the mind of Written Quincey. On the eve of October 22, poet and emcee, Written Quincey along with his quartet featuring Liza Villarreal on violin, David Smith on piano, Jerrel Jackson on percussion, and Jordan Hehl on upright bass, will engage the audience in an intimate artistic expression of interpretive Jazz. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
World class Djembe master Weedie Braimah graces the LowDown stage with his band! A Djembist, composer, producer and folklorist of the highest caliber, Braimah has an almost insatiable knack to draw entire audiences into his groove, zigzagging through Africa on a breathtaking rhythmic rollercoaster. His sound is the new voice of Djembe music around the world. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Nationally recognized drummer, John Hanrahan, is bringing together some of the best musicians from Tulsa to play the classic John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. This band features John Hanrahan on drums, Mike Cameron on saxophone, Scott McQuade on piano, and Steven Schultz on bass. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Contemporary jazz group from Dallas-Fort Worth, The Bobby Falk Group, is taking their tunes to Tulsa for a special performance at LowDown on Thursday, October 13! This special performance at LowDown on Thursday, October 13 features Tulsa's own Tommy Poole on saxophone. Other group members include Bobby Falk on drums, Aaron Irwinsky on saxophone, Chris Borin on trumpet, Jeff Furgo on piano, and Jeff Plant on electric bass. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tulsa-native Nick Mancini and his trio are laying it down at LowDown this Thursday, October 6. Head to Tulsa’s premier live music club to hear a one-of-a-kind jazz show featuring Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Dave Bowen on the drums, and Edwin Garcia on bass. Ages 21+ Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m.
Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970s, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music, the group was signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records. The group made their recording debut with their self-titled album in 1975. Known primarily as an East Coast cult act, they expanded their following by starring in their own 1975 CBS-TV variety series as a summer replacement for the Cher Bono Show. Starting as an underground group in New York City, The Manhattan Transfer garnered international popularity when “Chanson D’Amour” from the 1976 Coming Out album became a number one hit in Europe.
See the ballroom brought to life in this brand-new production featuring your favorite Dancing with the Stars pros, PLUS special guest stars! With dazzling routines in every style, jaw-dropping talent, and non-stop entertainment, it’s sure to be an unforgettable night full of all the magic of the TV show and more!
Celebrate the holidays with one of the world's best tenors as the TPAC and the University of Tulsa partner to present David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas. David is an Emmy and Dove award-winning artist who gained fame as the tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band. His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world’s most prestigious venues. His PBS specials “O Holy Night” and “David Phelps Classics” have garnered critical acclaim across musical genres. His renditions of classic seasonal favorites will leave you soaring with holiday spirit.