June leaves, July comes, Jazz keeps on moving

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, performance dates, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by cynsingsjazz

This is a quick note. June was a busy month! Thanks to each of you who came out to see me at each of the performances I had. I LOVE to see familiar faces and to make new friends.

If you were planning to come to Bluestone Steakhouse to see a performance adjust your plans, the owner has reduced the amount of music at his restaurant so I won’t be there in July. Of course all you need to do is check the Where Is Cyn Singing Page to find a different place to come and hear me. As always, come hug my neck if you come out! I love seeing old friends and making new ones.

Remember to Stay Jazzy!

Cyn

Randy Wimer and I having a great time at the Tulsa Sound Sampler at Whole Foods Market on Peoria

Randy Wimer and I having a great time at the Tulsa Sound Sampler at Whole Foods Market on Peoria

 

May: A Month of Celebrations & Jazz!

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, performance dates, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by Cynthia Simmons

May is such a busy month! Mother’s Day, graduations, Memorial Day celebrations and I, of course, mix all of that with jazz!

I hope all of you had a lovely Mother’s Day. My Mother’s Day was spent with my mother and my children. I was with my family in Oklahoma City and we had a great time.

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Then it was time for me to be a proud mom as I watched my beautiful daughter, and youngest child, graduate high school. It was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. She’s somewhere in this crowd shot.

 

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Needless to say, I’ve been a little busy. I’ve also been singing. I’ve you have been keeping up you know I’ve been at some of my usual gigs. I’m happy to announce a new regular weekly gig.

Each Wednesday I’ll be with Mike Leland at Bluestone Steakhouse and Seafood at 101st and Sheridan bringing you live jazz! I’m very excited for this opportunity and look forward to seeing you each week. One Wednesday a month I’ll be still be at Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow, so you can still can catch me there.  I’ve arranged for Angie Cockrell, who is an excellent vocalist, to sub for me at Bluestone on that Wednesday. This means you have an opportunity to see me every week!

Memorial Day is fast approaching. I want to take a moment to wish you a safe and happy holiday. I especially extend heartfelt thanks to all of the veterans of our country. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.

As always, Stay Jazzy!

Cyn

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April showers bring Jazz flowers!

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, next date, performance dates, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by Cynthia Simmons

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Happy April!  Spring is slowly coming around.  Okay, so it’s really slow coming; but I have faith that Spring is coming! After a busy March I’m springing into April. (No pun intended there!) Something new and exciting for April; I’m singing Tuesday April 8 in Rebecca Ungerman’s Tuneful Tuesday’s at Whole Food’s on Peoria. I’ll be joined by Randy Wimer on guitar and we’d LOVE to see you stop by between 6:30 and 8:30pm to listen to some good music.

On an equally fun note, I’d like YOUR input. I’m expanding my song list and I’d like to know what songs from the Great American Songbook YOU would like to hear.  You can respond in the comments here.  If it’s not a song from the Great American Songbook or a Classic Jazz tune, I’d still love to hear your suggestion.  You just might hear your suggestion at a show soon.

Of course I’d love to see you at every one of the events on the April schedule but if you can make it to just one that’s great too! Come up and say hello. Better yet, come give me a hug! (Yeah, I’m a hugger.)  As always, remember to check the Where’s Cyn Singing page to stay current with the month.  It’s amazing how fast the calendar can change.

Stay Jazzy!

Cyn

Spring is in the air! Okay, maybe just jazz!

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, performance dates, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by cynsingsjazz

After a fun and busy February, March is rolling in with plenty of opportunities for music too!  In addition to the blistering cold. (Only in Oklahoma can you get sub-freezing temperatures and windchills, Thundersleet, Snow, Rain, Freezing Rain, Hail and Earthquakes all in the same 48 hours. Gotta love it!)

As you prepare for Spring and get out of your house to enjoy fun times, I hope you’ll include my performance dates on your calendar.  This month I’ll be performing in my first Sunday Jazz Brunch at Tall Grass Prairie Table in addition to my regular Thursday performance. I’m so excited to do this! Tallgrass is an excellent establishment and who doesn’t love Sunday Brunch! I’ll be there on March 16th from 11am – 2pm.

Don’t forget to check the Where’s Cyn Singing page to get all of the dates for the month.  As always I hope to see you at one, or ALL of them. It was fantastic seeing those of you who came out last month.

As always, Stay Jazzy!

Cyn

February: Love is in the air!

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, performance dates, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by Cynthia Simmons

Happy February!

I was just talking with a good friend and realized that the first month of 2014 is gone! There’s a lot that happens in February: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day. What I hope you’d like to know is where you can hear great jazz by your favorite jazz singer! (Well at least this one!)

The first place you’ll see me this month is in the Annual Tulsa Gridiron February 7-8 at the Tulsa PAC in the Liddy Doenges theater. Showtime is at 8PM both nights. Tickets sell fast so be sure to buy early! Here’s more info about the Tulsa Gridiron:

gridiron 2014The 81st annual Tulsa Gridiron is Feb. 7-8 at the Tulsa PAC’s Liddy Doenges Theater. Titled “Government Ain’t Twerking: I’ll See Your Shutdown and Raise You the Debt Limit,” this year’s show will feature Julie Chin and Kathy Taylor as co-interlocutors with City Councilor Blake Ewing receiving the Roasting Ear Award. Help us raise scholarship funds for communications students by spending a night laughing and poking fun at local, state and national headlines.
Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office or online at
http://tulsapac.com/events.asp?id=92&eventid=2701&task=display

After the Gridiron it’s Valentine’s Week! Looking for a cozy date night full of love songs? Come see me February 12 at Main Street Tavernmusic of love in the Rose District in Broken Arrow from 6pm-9pm. You can also catch me at Tallgrass Prairie Table in the Blue Dome District on February 13. Tallgrass is an exciting new restraurant with great food and great reviews.  I’ll be there from 8pm – 11pm.

On February 23 I’ll be at Bodean Seafood Restaurant from 7pm-10pm. It’s my first time playing at Bodean’s. They have jazz every Sunday night.  I’m happy to be there with Scott McQuade and Bill Crosby. We’ll have a jazzy good time!

So that’s February for me. I hope to see you at one or ALL of these events. As always, if you are at a show come up and say hello! I’d love to know that you made it.

As always, Stay Jazzy!!

Cyn

Happy New Year! First Gig of the Year Tonight!

Posted in Concert, Jazz, live music, music, performance dates, Singer, Vocals with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by Cynthia Simmons

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Happy 2014! Now that you’ve had you’re yearly recommended dose of black-eyed peas, come out tonight to Tallgrass Prairie Table and check out some fantastic jazz.  It’s the second day of the year and the first gig of the year for me.

Yes I know there’s also a really big football game on tonight.  Trust me on this: Tallgrass has a TV, so you can check scores and the ESPN app is a wonderful way to keep up with any game. (What do you think this OU Alum is going to do while singing jazz!?)

See all you wonderful jazz lovers tonight and all year long!

Stay jazzy!

Cyn

Cynthia Simmons presents Jingle Bell Jazz December 15

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 10, 2013 by Cynthia Simmons
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Vocalist Cynthia Simmons Celebrates the Season with Jingle Bell Jazz at the Jazz Depot
As the co-producer and star, with fellow vocalist Pam Van Dyke Crosby, of last month’s Tribute to Cole Porter concert, Cynthia Simmons was looking forward to presenting a few Porter songs to the Jazz Depot crowd.
But then, things happened.
“I twisted my ankle the week before the show,” she explains, “and then the day before, when we were getting ready to rehearse, I got ill on top of that. So I had to say, `I need to stay home Pam. I’m sorry.’”
Undoubtedly, there were several Simmons fans in the audience who were sorry, too. But if they come out to Cynthia Simmons Presents Jingle Bell Jazz Sunday, they’ll hear her do at least a couple of the tunes she had all ready for the Porter show, including “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and “Miss Otis Regrets.”
“I happen to love Christmas songs, so this show is an opportunity to do some of my favorites,” she says. “But I’ll also throw some regular jazz songs in, including some of the ones I didn’t get to do at the Cole Porter show.”
This is the fourth time in a relatively short stretch that Simmons has headlined her own Depot concert, which gives testimony to her popularity with area jazz fans. An Oklahoma City native, she moved to Tulsa a few years ago and happened to connect on Facebook with noted jazz pianist Scott McQuade, who had himself recently arrived in Tulsa from his native Canada. That led to a meeting at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and from there to her subsequent performances on the Jazz Depot, both in ensemble casts and headlining her own shows.
For this one, she’ll be backed by two players well known to Depot audiences, bassist Nathan Eicher and drummer Wade Robertson. Her pianist for the evening, though, may not be quite as well known at this end of the Turner Turnpike as he is in his hometown.
“He’s Adam Ledbetter, who’s from Oklahoma City,” notes Simmons. “I met him through [saxophonist] Mike Cameron when we did the Don Byas tribute at the Jazz Hall last year. He’s worked with Rebecca Ungerman a little bit, and some of the other people around town. I just did a show in Oklahoma City, and he’s the person I used; he and I have just kind of connected. He’s come in and done some things at Main Street Tavern with me, too. And he’s just an excellent, excellent musician.”
In addition to the straight jazz tunes, Simmons plans to give jazzy twists to holiday classics, including the likes of “Santa Baby” and “The Christmas Song.”
“I know Mel Torme wrote `The Christmas Song,’ but whenever I think of it, I usually hear Nat King Cole,” Simmons says. “It just gives me chills to hear him singing it — and it gives me chills to sing it. It’s one of my favorite songs to sing.
“I’m also going to do `What A Wonderful World,’” she added. “I know it’s not a Christmas song, but you hear it so much at Christmas, and it’s just a great song.”
At least one number on her Sunday playlist may be a bit of a surprise, however, veering Simmons at least temporarily away from the style of music she’s known for.
“I’m probably going to do `O, Holy Night,’” reveals Simmons. “My background is not pure jazz; in my past, I used to do more gospel and classical things. I love Mahalia Jackson – who I learned recently also sang jazz at one point in her career. I just love her voice. She was my mother’s favorite gospel singer, and I grew up listening to her do `O. Holy Night’ on a Christmas album my mom had.
“It was really an album, too,” she adds with a laugh. “You know, an LP, where you have to put the needle down. And now, I’m dating myself.”

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Cynthia Simmons Presents Jingle Bell Jazz is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, located in downtown Tulsa’s Jazz Depot, 111 E. First Street. Tickets can be purchased at the Depot, from www.myticketoffice.com, or by calling Bettie Downing at 918-281-8609. General admission is $15, reserved table seating $20. Seniors and Jazz Hall members are admitted for $10, and high school and junior high students for $5.
The show is a part of the Jazz Hall’s 2013-14 Winter Concert Series.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural and educational organization, with a mission to inspire creativity and improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans through preservation, education, and performance of jazz, our uniquely American art form.

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