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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An Interview with LookyLu! A busy summer, here’s a peak!

Posted in Concert, Cyn Sings Jazz, Jazz, live music, Singer, Uncategorized, Vocals with tags , , , , on August 5, 2013 by Cynthia Simmons

LOOKY LU MAGAZINE

Artist Feature: Cynthia Downing Simmons: Lady Sings the Jazz

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LookyLU had an opportunity to  sit down with famed Tulsa-based Jazz artist and musician, Cynthia Downing Simmons. This multifaceted artist let us into 5 minutes of what it’s like to be just Cyn. 

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Ollie:  what feelings do jazz evoke, like what emotions?

Cynthia:  Emotions and feelings that jazz evokes: happiness, sassiness, sexiness, power, sensuality.

Ollie:  Now that you sing all the time, is jazz still as important as it was when you first became interested?

Cynthia:  yes! Probably more so because I am to perfect my craft.  There’s always so much more to learn.

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Cynthia:  What is your absolute favorite song? I have lots of favorites depends on the mood I’m in and the genre I’m listening to.

Ollie:  What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about music since becoming the ultra diva performer that you are?

Cynthia:  Not to think of myself as an ultra diva performer. Just be me: on stage, in person, No matter what I do

Ollie: Oh But you are? Not diva bad, diva good!

Cynthia: I don’t think of myself as a diva. I’m a performer and I’m good. But there are so many people who are better. I always do MY best. Always be myself.

Ollie:  You wear many faces, one of them being a graduate school educated professional powerhouse?

Cynthia:  I’m just Cynthia…Yes I do. I’m an HR professional, a mother, a daughter, a friend, I have a master’s degree and an HR certification and I’m a girlfriend in addition to being a jazz singer.

Ollie:  You’re not busy at all. 

Cynthia:  But I’m still just Cyn who likes to sing, read books, and crochet when she can. Oh  and cook! Can’t forget that. LOL.

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Ollie:  Crochet? It’s hard to imagine all of the sensuality that you possess on stage can be reduced to crocheting. 

Cynthia:  I’m crazy busy (Laughing)

Ollie:  Do you think you can draw a connection between food and singing, as in your relationship with both?

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Cynthia: Sure, I often do both at the same time. By the way, the sensuality isn’t reduced when I crochet (Laughing). That made me laugh (laughing).

Ollie: Hahahahah! That made me laugh because I pictured you on stage in that stunning red dress sitting in a rocking chair crocheting with a mike in your hand. 

Cynthia:  Just make sure I’m showing plenty of leg!

Ollie:  In my daydream of you and yarn?

Cynthia: Yes! In that damn rocking chair.

Ollie:  Lots of leg…lots of red…lots of creaking. 

Cynthia:  Umm no creaking (Laughing)

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Article used with permission from Looky Lu Magazine

 

Summer Stage June 15! Get your tickets now to “Why Cyn Sings Jazz!”

Posted in Cyn Sings Jazz, Jazz, live music, music, Summer Stage, Tulsa PAC, Vocals with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2013 by Cynthia Simmons

Perhaps you’ve heard about my exciting venture this summer, my one woman cabaret show “Why Cyn Sings Jazz: The Vocal Evolution of Cynthia Simmons”.  You mean you haven’t heard about it yet?  You can check it out at the Tulsa PAC website.

 

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SummerStage Festival

June 15 at 7 p.m.
Charles E. Norman Theatre

PRESENTED BY: Spinning Plates Productions

In her first cabaret performance, Oklahoma City native and Tulsa transplant Cynthia Simmons shares the circuitous musical journey that led her to being a devotee and deliverer of the Great American Songbook. Featuring music from such artists as Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston, Simmons’ unique style and effervescent tone will delight audiences of all ages.

 

I’m so excited to be working with Rebecca Ungerman’s Spinning Plates Productions and the show promises to be a winner.  It won’t just be only jazz but will answer the question so many of you have asked me over the last few years: “How is that you ended up singing jazz?” or some variation thereof.  There’s never been a short answer to that question and now I can answer in an entire show.  So the show will feature songs from the artists who have influenced me over the years.  There have been so many that it is truly impossible to pick them ALL but I’ve highlighted the big ones.  The show promises to be a good one.

When my show is over all you need to do is go get a drink (or two!) and come back and watch Rebecca Ungerman present to you the fabulous Queen Cleofis in “Queen Cleofis Comes Home!” Yes, her cabaret show is right after mine!  Buy tickets to both; make an evening of it!

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