The Down-Homes Blues Club not only hosts the annual festival (which will be virtual this year on youtube), but is home to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s the place to learn about the history of the blues and the 100 musicians who have been honored by induction.
Club events would normally include the blues hall of fame inductions, The Mini Fest in the Spring and the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival presenting 30 bands, kid friendly, and founded in 1991….and also weekly jam sessions….but not now. We will have one event this year –
COMING SOON: JUNE 20th, 2020 …socially distanced, outside event….
2020 INDUCTIONS into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame
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2020 INDUCTIONS into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame
This Class of Inductees has several stories to tell about music from this state!
please note that this page is quite incomplete as more info becomes available we will update.
The TULSA Connection:
…famed guitarist / songwriter (After Midnight, Cocaine), friend of Eric Clapton He and Leon Russell are really two of the greatest innovators behind the ‘Tulsa Sound”
Tulsa; drums; in addition to playing with J.J. Cale and being called “Eric Clapton’s Best Drummer” he played with Freddie King, Bob Seeger, Albert Collins many more and is….helping Dr. Bob Blackburn of the OHS create exhibits at OK POP; the Museum being built in Tulsa up near the Cains Ballroom.. .OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
Bob Seeger hugs David Teegarden..
Tulsa; drummer lots of jazz, but also Blues…toured with Bob Seeger and many more…will be inducted and also in the OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER category with his recording studio across from the Church Street Studio (think Leon Russell) to help create a MUSIC ALLEY in Tulsa. Works with youth as well.
EDWARD ‘SPIKE’ GORE
Tulsa drums… totally in demand, he does the job so well ..works often with OBHOF inductee Leon Rollerson
Tulsa, Guitarist with Leon Rollerson and many more. Works with Jim Halsey Booking Agency …who took Country Music to Las Vegas…
BIG MIKE MOORE
Tulsa area, Mike has the BIG BAND; Education Award… he brings the largest group of musicians….(well, really, it is between him and his band-leading friend OBHOF Inductee Jim Davis of Checotah High School.) Big Mike sings the blues, styling his vocal arrangements to fit the big band era of the tune, some 30 musicians playing together….. wonderful!
the OKLAHOMA CITY Connection…
HAROLD G. JONES
vocals, OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER created a DVD Documentary, called “Celebrating Deep Deuce, ‘The Lady’ Second Street” This DVD chronicles the transition of the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival from Venues to the street..the work and commitment and people it took to get the Festival outdoors on Deep Deuce – demolishing a broken building, for one thing…It is a great story!
His bands have been: We the People and BLT; Bottom Line Transaction, among others.
WALTER TAYLOR III
Gifted drummer. GREAT track record… (see his complete bio below in this release)
OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER with his Blu Fonk Movement; building community and helping others while growing a love of Deep Blues
Walter Taylor iii
Oklahoma City-born musician lived the first part of his childhood in Kansas City, Mo.
Taylor started drums at age 11, with his stepfather, Ashley Monroe Taylor Jr. Bandleader and bass player, would take13-year-old Taylor, along for his first club gig. So whenever the band took a break, he would have to sit outside until break was over. By the time he was 14, he’d be performing in the legendary Deep Deuce District. At 16, taking leadership for popular High School band, Bold Underground, eventually becoming an opening act for their favorite group, Kool & The Gang. Desiring more, Taylor would migrate into funk, soul, and Gospel bands.
Uptown Syndicate: First recording opportunity. Uptown/You’re a Woman would be released on Fat City Records, and Taylor found himself touring the renowned Chittin Circuit. Manager, Pete Tyler, from Stax Records, knew all the stops to sustain major airplay. Uptown would release another single featuring Taylor, on a partial lead verse. Just Be Yourself/Bloaded, again would take them to the road in support of the new release, and received major airplay. The group would open for The Impressions, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Ohio Players, and many more. Touring Kansas City, Mo. Uptown would hook up with Bloodstone rivals, The Talisman; singing group, arranging and recording their single in Oklahoma City. Shady Side of Town/Running From the Devil, would be released and showcased in Kansas City, and the record was a huge regional success.
Jokers Y-ilde: This popular group would gain the favor of RCA Records executives. Also would open for Frankie Beverly and Maze, S.O.S., Rodger and Zapp, Kool & The Gang, just to name a few. This would be Taylor’s first songwriting/producer experience. Nothing But A Party/Very Special Love, would be released and would rival mainstream artist. The industry would change and the group would disband. In 2009, Uptown Syndicate, and Jokers Y-ilde would be inducted into The Oklahoma Historical Society Funk and Soul Exhibition and book, Another Hot Oklahoma Nights, A Rock and Roll Story.
After Five Jazz: After 5: Considered the young lions… After 5 Jazz, would become talk of the touring circuit, opening world-class artist like, Midnight Star, Barney Kessel, George Benson, Alex Bugnon, Nancy Wilson, Little Milton, Freddy Jackson, LaLah Hathaway, just to name a few. Producer Taylor, would fly to New York with Executive producer, Steven D. Jones to sign a distribution deal with Warlock Records, for Jones Chez Nous Record label. The CD release of Expressions, would go worldwide. Featured on major jazz stations, in rotation with the top names in the business. BET’s Jazz Central, Art Good’s, Jazz Trax, Jazz Times Magazine, etc. While in studio working on next project, group would disband.
Garrett “Big G” Jacobson: “Blues, Soul, Sensation” Year, 2000…Taylor get called to fill in for Garrett’s drummer who didn’t show for the gig… and has been working with every since! Recorded two CD’s, Soul Buffett. And “Live” In Person. Won The 2002 Oklahoma Blues Society Blues Competition, to compete in the IBC, International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN. Played BB Kings. Bricktown Blues Festivals, Dusk ‘Till Dawn Blues Festival, Rentiesville, Ok. Arcadia Blues Festivals, Acadia, Ok. Medicine Park Blues Festival, Medicine Park, Ok. 2013 Chicago Blues Festival, Rosa’s Lounge, Chicago, Ill, Kingston Mines, Chicago, Blu Fonk Blues Movement “The Big Blues Show” I, II, III, Oklahoma City, Ok. Belle Isle Brewery Blues Festival 2019, Okc, and the UCO Jazz Lab, Edmond, Ok. Home base.
Mothers Day 2004: Debut Walter Taylor III & The BisquitHead Allstars 2005 Charlie Christian Battle of Band. International Music Festival, 2006 Charlie Christian Festival, 2007 Charlie Christian International Music Festival, The Walter Taylor Band, and Jam Session
Walter Taylor III/TaylorMadeJazz: Debut 2009 Charlie Christian Music Festival. In 2010 Taylor would return to Deep Deuce to talk owners of The Sage Lounge, about bringing jazz back to the Deuce. They agreed. On April 30, 2010, Walter Taylor III/TaylorMadeJazz kicked off the first of many Saturday night sessions. Which led to the first, and last Deep Deuce Festival, put on by the residence and business owners
Deep Deuce and Beyond: Written by Historian/Educator, Anita Arnold features Taylor, and many of his photos and groups he’s worked with over the years. In 20010, “The Doctor” became a recipient of the prestigious Charlie Christian Award for his work in Jazz.
Taylor connected with Musician and Playwright, Tyrone Stanley and became percussionist for his many projects. Wings of Harmony toured New York City, and other cities for his award winning Wings of Harmony choir. Touring Musical, Soul On Fire, would showcase to a sold out, The Kennedy Center. Featuring Stanley, singer Shirley Murdock, and cast. With, “The Doctor” operating from the Pit.
Blu Fonk Movement; Is one of Taylors many efforts to revitalize blues in Oklahoma City and beyond. Not as much of a band as it is a movement, Blu Fonk is the umbrella label Taylor applies to the multiple projects. “We’re just trying to start a movement here that hasn’t been started, because in our community, the blues no longer exists, he said.
Blu Fonk was born in 2014 as an entrant into the International Blues Challenge music competition. Taylor’s band included members “Sir” James Walker Sr. (guitar and lead vocals), Larry Banks (saxophone), Danny White (harmonica and vocals) and Vernon King (bass). They advanced into the finals in Memphis; Tennessee He has gathered musicians to compete every year since. “I don’t go in there to win; I go in to play the best that we can play,” he said. “If we win, we’ll take it.”
Beyond competition, Taylor also organizes showcases around the city, and is Musical Director for Dallas, Tx, based, I.A.F. International Artist Festivals. I’ve been blessed to back up recording artist, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Dr. Wayne Goins, Joe Settlemires, Hank Marr, Little Joe Blue, Barbra Mason, Little Jonnie Taylor, Tremaine Hawkins, Tim Minor, T.J. Hooker, and many others.
But my biggest support came from the late Sir James Walker Sr. and Miss Blues, Dorothy Ellis. She was with me when we started the movement… and I was with her when the Angels took her home. Miss Blues endorsed and encouraged some of the top up and coming musicians to play along side their seasoned colleagues. “The Big Blues Show,” is a culmination of the music from the community, normally during the Thanksgiving weekend, when we all give thanks. Bringing blues back to a true respectability is an important mission to him because he recognizes it as the groundwork of a larger culture and the countless genres that sprang from “I saw how personal it was, how spiritual it was…,” he said. “When you get deep into the authentic blues, that’s where you really see it happen. Remember… The Blues is Still…. ALRIGHT!
Walter Taylor III *Some parts of this Bio borrowed from Ben Luschen OK Gazette story 12/22/16 Visit facebook.com/blufonkrealokblues
North West Oklahoma Connection:
TIM MITCHELL BANDTobacco Roadlive@Lehrte Blues Festival 05/September/2015
Posted by Tony Tilotta on Sunday, September 6, 2015
new!….TIM AUSTIN MITCHELL Enid OK: kin to the famed Opera Singer Leona Mitchell Tim is a very adept musician and tours regularly on the road with the top R & B artists of our times. Also a solo artist with a great CD. Bio from SongCast
TIM AUSTIN MITCHELL
|im Mitchell Biography: If ever apply the phrase
“He can’t help himself, it’s in his blood”, it would have to be when describing Tim Mitchell.• 1955In 1955, in the little town of Enid, Oklahoma, Thelma gave birth to Timothy Lee Mitchell. It did not take his mother long to realize that the family talent had continued to pass along.She began teaching Tim guitar when he was just three years old and by the time he was fourteen, he was already performing with local bands in clubs throughout the state.Tim’s mother came from a family of 15, most all of whom were musicians. His grandfather, Hulon Mitchell, played virtually any instrument he wanted. His grandmother–“Mother Pearl” as she was called–was a gifted piano player and teacher.His aunt, a famous opera singer who has performed with Pavarotti himself. With fifteen talented children to support, Tim’s grandparents formed a group called “The Famous Musical Mitchells” and they really were famous in the Midwest, producing and performing mostly gospel music across the land.One of these children, steeped in the musical traditions of the day, was Thelma Mitchell. Thelma was the group’s keyboard player and performed double duty as an upright bass player as well. Blessed with a terrific singing voice as well, she truly had music in her blood..• 60’s – 70’sJust like his grandfather, Tim played keyboards, bass guitar and sang. Tim continued this musical education throughout the late 60’s and on into the 70’s, before moving to Philadelphia and forming his own group, a Funk/R&B band called “Sound Check.”They soon became one of the hottest bands in the area, enjoying a great run for a number of years before Tim once again felt the urge to grow and expand his horizons.• 1982Tim was invited to join and play bass for the famous, “Stylistics” on their world tour and even wrote two songs for them, producing and recording one on their 1985 hit release, “A Special Style.”• 1986 – 1987
Tim went on to join the famous, “Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes” which again took him around the world in ‘86 and ’87. He even had the rare privilege of touring with The Man himself, Mr. James Brown. Oh, what a year that was! However, the growth and wealth of experiences did not stop there.
• 1994 – 1999
Tim was invited to join the “The Drifters” a stint lasting for six years. This period saw Tim really pushing forward his vocal talents, in addition to his skills with guitar, bass and keyboards and he remained with them, singing and performing all of their many hits, until 1999.
It was finally beginning to settle in that it was time to put all of his musical education into something else. During his time with the Drifters, Tim had met and fell in love with, Mallorca, Spain. But it was not just the island Tim fell in love, he also fell in love with a popular singer he had met named Sharon (originally from Brooklyn, NY).
Sharon soon became his wife and singing partner, travelling and performing together throughout Europe.
• 2003 until today
Tim met the famed Spanish rock guitarist, Warner Brothers (Spanish Division) recording artist, Javier Vargas and was invited to join Javier’s band, “The Vargas Blues Band.” Javier has played with some of the greats in the blues and rock world, including Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and even Prince.
Tim has written numerous songs for the Vargas Blues Band and has recorded six of these songs, five on a previous CD release and one on his newest CD, due out in March of 2008. When not on stage or in the studio with Vargas, Tim performs his own material with his band, “The Tim Mitchell Band.”
This band affords Tim the opportunity to fully explore his talents with singing and song writing; and applying his vast musical education in new and ever expanding ways. Tim wants to take his band and their music on the road, doing both US and European tours.
Singer, songwriter, musician (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums), producer and talent extraordinaire, Tim’s broad background with blues, funk, gospel, R&B and soul, bring a unique and yet familiar sound to his music, one that audiences around the world have enjoyed.
‘SLICK’ WILLIE LAWSON
Stillwater, Perkins …You may remember we inducted Poochie a few years back. She sings and brings a party when she comes…the consummate guitarist behind her was her brother Slick Willie Lawson! High School math teacher.
Closer to HOME:
Drums, Tahlequah …15 years with Miss ‘Mama’ Blues ..Dorothy Ellis. Power drummer!
Tammy Ridgeway, is also known in the music industry as Bam Bam and Funkydrummer. She was born September 1, 1959 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was raised in a musical family.
Her love for the drums began early in life as she played in band throughout elementary, middle school and high school. Tammy played her first professional gig at the age of thirteen.
After high school, she experienced life changing events that interrupted her music career, such as: marriage, giving birth to two beautiful daughters and ACL reconstructive surgery on her knee. Tammy is now proudly the grandmother of seven grandsons and she also enjoys cooking; especially for her grandsons.
In 1995, Tammy purchased a drum kit and returned to playing music in Tulsa at local jams. While at the Dusk Til Dawn Festival in 1996, Bam Bam met World renown, “Miss Blues,” Dorothy Ellis and soon became the bands official drummer.
In 1999, Bam Bam played with the band that won Tulsa’s Best Unsigned Blues Band contest. She add to her musical schedule when she also began playing for The Blue Notes band.
Throughout the following years they played at many different music festivals like Dusk til Dawn, Cherokee Casino, venues, events and gatherings. Bam Bam also set in with other projects during this time such as: Selby Minner band and Pat Moss Juke Joint Preacher.
The year 2009 brought joy and sorrow. Joy when her musical talent awarded her as a recipient of the Woody Guthrie Award with Miss Blues and band and then sorrow when her beloved husband of 29 years passed away.
After almost losing her life to a major heart attack in 2013, Bam Bam went on a two-year hiatus to rebuild and rehabilitate her health and her life.
Bam Bam made a come-back in 2015 and played at the Rentiesville Juke Joint Jams and Dusk til Dawn Festival.
She attended the Legends of Blues Cruise Sea of Cortez and played with many of the Legends onboard in 2018.
She jammed with Watermelon Slim at the 2019 Dusk til Dawn Festival.
She revisited the Legends of Blues Cruise Caribbean 2020 where she had the time of her life as she jammed with many of the Legends onboard.
Tammy is now humbled and honored to become an Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame member and continue to play the Blues, spread the love and live the music!
BOZ SCAGGS TX, McAlester OK, CA Toured with Steve Miller and has a long string of his own hits… we just found out this famed recording artist is qualified for an induction as he DID actually live in McAlester for a time as a child! Lucky us to be able to put him on the wall and give him a trophy! check thi s bio out from Pandora
The MUSKOGEE and OKMULEE Connections:
LAWRENCE WRIGHT & the STARLIGHTERS Kansas City,
Muskogee OBHOF Inductee Lem Sheppard asked me to include Lawrence Wright as he led the ‘top blues band in Kansas City ‘ for many years.
Lawrence Wright stands behind a keyboard, looking straight at the photographer, and lays his left hand over his heart as he holds a plaque high with his right hand at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. The plaque reads in part: Kansas City Blues Society in recognition of forty years . . . present to Lawrence Wright the lifetime achievement award.
July 18, 1998
Digitizing agency: University of Missouri–Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Lawrence Wright Blues & Jazz Fest – 1998 7/18/98.
Muskogee, Wichita KS Tony Mathews (OBHOF Inductee) asked me to induct Willie Wright… “he was so good to me when I was just a kid from the country going up to Muskogee…The Wright Brothers had a three piece vocal group and Willie took me under his wing and taught me things on the guitar and I just want to thank him, Selby. He has played music all his life and in church the last 30 years, He is still alive…” Well I started asking questions and found out they were brothers – Lawrence was one of the three!
STANLEY ‘SIR STAN’ GRIGGS vocalist/entertainer born in Okmulgee, lived in KC, currently form Los Angeles…you may have seen this man at the Rentiesville Blues Fest last year… a character and fun entertainer with a life in the music
Stanley Griggs (Sir Stan), was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma August 11, 1939 and raised in Kansas City Missouri. Graduate of R.T. Coles High School in Kansas City where he studied music majoring in voice, bass guitar and professional drums. Sir Stan played for many years while attending school for the reserved course.
Stan practiced music for many years before moving to the Los Angeles area where he organized and became the band leader for the “Counts of Rhythm and Blues Band”.
Stan became famous for his previous recordings on the Magnum label. He has been entertaining in the L.A. area for over 20 years and across the country for more than 30 years.
“Sir Stan” has appeared with some of the great blues artists all over the world, including John Lee Hooker, Rufus Thomas, Ike and Tina Turner, Jimmy McCracklin, Johnnie Taylor, Etta James, Little Milton, Little Richard, Sugar Pie Suzana, Johnnie Guitar Watson, James Gadson, John Hammond, and many more.
Currently he performs regularly with his band “The Counts Rhythm and Blues Band – featuring Ms. Jackie Jackson” in Los Angles and on national tours. He’s working in the recording studio on a new CD and is looking for a new label
OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDERS
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
founder ACM@UCO in OKC; Education
working to build a Music Mecca in OKC he has created a new age school which has graduated ten years of students…Music business, Contracts, Recording and Sound Engineering, Guitar and Band Development as well as Singing and Performance… this is not traditional music instruction which often leaves out guitar (?) and certainly does not teach the business side of the music…( I mean oboe and french horn and how to read jazz improvisations…oh no!) The Academy of Contemporary Music is in Bricktown right by the canal and the Biting Sow.
ANITA ARNOLD Memphis, OKC, B.L.A.C. and organizer of the Charlie Christian Festival, also active with the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame as a Board Member…brilliant..OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
…I graduated from a high school in 1957 that successfully prepared all students for being high achievers in any career field they chose to enter. Years later, I returned to find the school struggling, left behind with students who were being left behind. The band had no uniforms or instruments and the school had unfairly earned a reputation as low-performing, whose parents, teachers and students did not care.
It was then that I joined the Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc. to bring the arts, arts education, history and heritage to a community that has been deprived of the best in education, arts and a rich history mostly forgotten for the past 40 years.
The work that I have undertaken as Executive Director has been accomplished through writing books about the rich history of African-Americans in Oklahoma City, providing professional development training for classroom teachers, raising money for music instruments, bringing in renowned national educators such as Geoffrey Canada to speak and engaging local motivational speakers such as Mama Durant to engage and encourage parents and community to support children who are mostly overlooked.
I encouraged a teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools to apply with my organization to become a partner in education with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We were selected and chose a very low-performing elementary school of students that had every kind of problem imaginable.
In a matter of four years, it became a “top ten” school in the school district where it has remained for the last 15 years consistently. The school is nationally recognized and a model school for arts integration where teachers use arts to teach every subject in the curriculum.
I have also been able to bring attention to and build a music festival around a forgotten guitar music prodigy, Charlie Christian, who died at the age of 25. He is now an international icon who is a member of every major music hall of fame in the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center with college courses named after him, and available on the internet in every major country. All of this was initiated by the work of this nonprofit organization.
There are many ways to make contributions to your community that may lead to a wider impact. I had no idea that the work that I so passionately pursued in giving back to my community would yield such phenomenal results that others would model. My only thought was helping my hometown get up from the bottom of the list in education and become known for positive things, instead of negative statistics.
Older workers may still be able to write, tell meaningful stories and provide wisdom from difficult personal experiences that may be inspirational and motivational to generations of people.
DR. BOB BLACKBURN
CEO and head of the State Historical Society OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER; a brilliant man,and big inspiration to me and a friend. Has taken the Historical Society into a bright cross-cultural future. Telling the stories…The Tulsa Race Massacre included.
l from the State History Museum….did considerable research on the approximately 50 Historic All Black Townships… even to digging the holes and putting up the signs the project generated at town halls in the 13 remaining Townships! OKLAHOMA MUSIC COMMUNITY BUILDER
D.C. and Selby Minner appear at Charlie Christian Festival OKC (Anita Arnold and Harold G Jones)
Directions – google Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame OBHOF..
another year Muskogee Phoenix
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame induction set
Enshrinement for 10 new members set for Saturday in Rentiesville
She said she works three ways to keep blues alive
“You teach the babies, you employ those who play the music well..as in the Festival we have done here since 1991, bringing in 200 musicias each year,” Minner said.
“The third thing is, you honor the elders,” she said.
Thus, the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame was formed.
Minner recalled how honored her late husband, D.C. Minner, felt when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
“He said we need to start a hall of Fame for the blues people, and we want to get them in while they’re still alive,” Selby Minner said.
Since 2004, they’ve put more than 100 inductees’ photos on the wall, she said.
“They had to have done something besides play at the local bar,” she said. “They had to have made a contribution to music itself, either written original music and recorded it, or toured with acts that are national and reflect glory back to the roots, or had a hit record. It’s more about making a contribution to the music to keep it alive.”
Miss Blues passed away during the Festival in 2017…the has graduated to become a Guardian Angel”
You’ve got to have heroes in this life. Our children have to have heroes… We need tales of people who have overcome, people who have endured, people who have given of themselves in many ways despite the hardships of their own lives. Their survival is a testament worthy of celebration. These people were and are road warriors who overcame indignities of every sort… Musicians as men and women of great courage? You better believe it!
live from the inductions!
!OBHOF 2018 WALL PHOTOS <click link to get all the details – see the inductees as they appear on the OBHOF WALL !
! OBHOF 2018 Certificates for Inductees click link to view Inductees Certificates they received, designed by D.C. Minner
CELEBRATING 17 YEARS of OBHOF INDUCTEES
KELVIN ‘MR GUITAR’ DRAKE
WONDA ‘SUNSETTER’ MACON
PAT ‘JUKE JOINT PREACHER’ MOSS
MELVIN ‘TANK’ JERNIGAN
MICHAEL ‘MAGIC MIKE’ UPDEGROVE
SMILIN’ VIC GUTIERREZ
LAUREE WALTER WATKINS
ALSO HONORED 2019
COLTRANE GROUP BLACK TOWN TOURS
NARVA JOHNSON FOUNDATION
CASSANDRA GAINES MAMA C’S SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT
DONNA LADY D BREWER
BOB PACEMAKER NEWHAM
Henry Lee “Butch” Russell
Henry and Doris Baker and their Church of Western Swing in Turkey Texas
Freddy Lee Rice,
Earnest ‘Harmonica Slim’ Carr
Harry and Debbie Blackwell,
Jimmy ‘Chank’ Nolan,
Roger ‘Hurricane’ Wilson,
Layce Baker Jr.,
Cecil Gray and
Dr Harold Aldridge: Education
Guitar Shorty : Friend of the Rentiesville Blues Festival
Big Mike Griffin
D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award:
Oklahoma City Blue Devils Band
KBA for Scholarship: Kerry Kudlacek
KBA in Recording: Mike Peace
Media: John Wooley Kyle Peterson
Leilani Roberts Ott Alonzo Stack Wooten
Clyde “Chico” Lamar
Baby Ray Mucker
Malyne ‘Poochie Love’ Lyons
Aaron Harvey King
KBA in Education: Jahruba Lambeth
D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award:
Miss Lura Pearson Drennan
Keeping the Blues Alive KBA’s:
Booker Lowery Robert Williams
Media: LaNelda Hughes Charles ‘Dr. Live Jive’ Gaye
Jesse Ed Davis,
The KBA in Education Inductee will be
Jimmy ‘Cry Cry’ Hawkins,
Sponsorship awards will go to
Budweiser and Yaffe and
Media to the Current
Curly ‘No Shoes’ Jr.
Ray Tubbs KBA Volunteer of the Year Award
Earnest ‘E.T.’ Tanter
Walter Watson and Pure Silk
Mike Kern – Education
Media Award Jammin John Peters
2009 Volunteers of the Year:
Donna & Lee Mayo
Miss Avalon Reece
Little Eddie Taylor
Jimmy ‘the preacher’ Ellis
Media : Hardluck Jim Johnson & his KGOU Radio Blues Show
Claude Fiddler Williams
Rockin’ John Henry
D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award : Tony Mathews
KBA Media Awards:
Jack Fowler, McIntosh County Democrat Muskogee Daily Phoenix
James Jr. Markham
D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award:
INDUCTEES FOR 2005
Mary “Little Miss Peggy” Wallace Johnson
Dr French E. ‘Doc Blue’ Hickman – Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award
2004 INDUCTEES first year
James Michael Antle
Dorothy ‘Miss Blues’ Ellis
Big Dave ‘Bigfoot’ Carr
Requirements for induction include
We prefer to induct artists who are alive if possible.
A person must be a performing artist in the Blues genre.
They must be from or have lived in Olkahoma.
The exception to this is the ‘Friend of the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival Award’ which is for nationally known artists who have consistently over a period of years helped the Festival by coming in at a significantly reduced rate.
They must be 60 years of age unless they are seriously ill.
They have to be a ‘good guy’ – treat people with respect and carry the music with dignity.
They must have a track record in the sense that they are not just playing area bars where they live. Either they work(ed) with people of note or have traveled and toured.
Artists can be nominated by any non profit blues related organization or, in fact, by any blues lover.
Noinations need to supply documentation including their track record, any touring, other contributions to the genre such as teaching etc. We also need a photo which will print well in either black and white or color – 300 dpi minimum, and a sample of the music played by the nominee.
This should be sent in by March of any given year. OBHOF 103020 D.C. Minner Street, Checotah, OK 74426
Oklahoma Musicians Oklahoma Musicians Oklahoma Musicians
with Oklahoma Musicians
(Boar, Byas, Donnelly, Gray, Lewis,
|Earl Hines (Crumbley and Gray)|
|Royal, Rushing, W. Thomas, and Williams||Dizzie Gillespie (Byas and Pettiford)|
|Duke Ellington (Byas, Jones, Pettiford, Royal,||Coleman Hawkins (Byas and McGhee)|
|Simmons and Singer)||Teddy Wilson (Bell and James)|
|Benny Goodman (Gray, Lamond, Rushing,||Jimmy Lunceford (Crumbley)|
|Simmons, Smith, and W. Thomas)||Fletcher Henderson (Jones)|
|Lucky Millinder (Bell, Bolar, James, Johnson,||Nat “King” Cole (Simmons)|
|and Singer)||Glenn Miller (Smith)|
|Woody Herman (Lamond, Mathews, Moore,||Tommy Dorsey (Smith)|
|and Pettiford)||John Coltrane (Murray)|
|Charlie Parker (Gray, Lamond, McGhee,||Quincy Jones (Lamond)|
|and Kessel)||Gerry Mulligan (Baker)|
|Louis Armstrong (James, Johnson, and Simmons)||Fats Waller (Johnson)|
|Cab Callaway (Crumbley, Jones and W. Thomas)||Stan Getz (Lamond)|
|Lionel Hampton (Bostic, Byas, and Royal)||Lester Young (Bell)|
|Miles Davis (McBee, Rivers and Wilson)||Hot Lips Page (Bolar)|
|Thelonious Monk (Simmons)||Ornette Coleman (Cherry)|
|Tad Dameron (Gray)|
Oklahoma-Born Jazz Artists (Alphabetized)
|Anderson, Buddy||Oklahoma City||
|Bolar, Abe||Oklahoma City||
|Bridges, Henry||Oklahoma City||
|Cherry, Don||Oklahoma City||
|Donnally, Ted||Oklahoma City||
|Gray, Wardell||Oklahoma City||
|Johnson, Lem C.||Oklahoma City||
|Lamond, Don||Oklahoma City||
|Lewis, Ed||Eagle City||
|Moore, Marilyn||Oklahoma City||
|Rivers, Sam||El Reno||
|Rushing, Jimmy||Oklahoma City||
|Wiley, Lee||Fort Gibson||
|Wilson, Joe Lee||Bristow||
|Wrightsman, Stan||Oklahoma City||
Oklahoma-Based Jazz Bands (1920’s / 1930’s)
|Andrew Rushing Band||Al Denny|
|Glover’s “5” Jazz Orchestra||Southern Serenaders|
|Blue Devils||Ernie Fields|
|Jolly Harmony Boys – (Edward Christian)||Clarence Love|
|Ideal Jazz Orchestra|
|Happy Black Acres|
|Pails of Rhythm||
|Turk Thomas’ 10 Gobblers of Rhythm||Bill Lewis’ Dixie Ramblers (Muskogee)|
|Leslie Sheffield and the Rhythmaires||Ted Armstrong Band (Clinton)|
|Charlie Christian’s Combo||Pettiford Family Band (Okmulgee)|
Published in The Chronicle OHS
Jazz Artists Born In Oklahoma
May 23, 2013 in the MUSKOGEE DAILY PHOENIX
A HALL OF FAME KIND OF SHOW
Blues inductees to jam this weekend in Rentiesville
By Leilani Roberts Ott Phoenix Correspondent
Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Scott Ellison of Tulsa calls blues “the real true art form of American music.”
Ellison along with June McKinney, Robbie Mack McLerran, Broadway Jimmy Thomas, Danny Timms and Slugger Trask are being inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville. The Oklahoma City Blue Devils will receive the D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Selby Minner, co-founder of the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame. Several others will be honored for Keeping the Blues Alive through archiving, recording and media.
“This year is a milestone here in Rentiesville for the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame — our 10th year of inductions,” Minner said. “We’ll sprinkle the awards through the night.”
Several of the inductees will perform, including Ellison and Timms, during the gala that includes a barbecue dinner and awards ceremony. It is open to the public at a cost of $10. Past hall of fame winners like Baby Ray Mucker, Leon Rollerson and the Production, Jim Davis, and Minner and Blues on the Move with Okahoma Slim will play the blues until about midnight.
Minner and her husband, the late D.C. Minner, started the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame after he was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
“He told me they’re going to miss a bunch of people. He said we’re not big and flashy but when you’ve worked your whole life, you want to be honored,” she said. “So we decided to do it.”
The D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award is going to the Oklahoma City Blue Devils.
“Count Basie produced some of the most blues driven jazz ever created with these musicians from the Oklahoma City Blue Devils,” Minner said. “My favorite Basie quote goes; “If you want the best, get a Blue Devil.”
Inductees are selected by a committee of blues scholars who bring suggestions to a meeting of the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., a non-profit organization. Ellison, McLerran and Thomas said they are “honored” to be inducted.
“It’s a dream come true,” Ellison said. “To be in that group with all those great musicians … it’s a great accomplishment.”
He said he’ll be “jammin’ and playing” with Timms during the ceremony.
McLerran of Tulsa said he’s honored and surprised. He said he’s still being “Okiefied” since he wasn’t born in Oklahoma. He had a songwriting partner from Oklahoma and came here from Colorado. He has played the Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville since 1998 with his son, Little Joe McLerran. He and his son will be performing at a festival in Kansas on Saturday but will attend the jam session at the Down Home Blues Club at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif., also won’t be able to attend the ceremony but plans to pick up his award when he performs at the Dusk ’Til Dawn Blues Festival on Labor Day weekend.
“It’s a great honor to me,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t born in Oklahoma, but I grew up with it. I know a lot of musicians from Oklahoma. I’ve been doing the festival since 2001.”
He’s been playing the blues for more than 50 years.
“I’m still playing music at 72,” he said. “I play bass and saxophone.”
Ellison believes the best blues musicians have Oklahoma roots.
“Blues is so real,” he said. “Pop music and country music always changes. Blue remains true to its art form.”
He got his start when he saw The Rolling Stones on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“I got to do that,” he said he thought. “It electrified me.”
Ellison and his band along with a few other musicians just recorded several tracks for a new CD at Leon Russell’s church studio. “Hit It, Get It and Go” will be released in six to nine months. He’ll perform songs from his current CD, “Walkin’ Through the Fire,” at the ceremony Saturday.
2013 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame inductee bios
• D.C. Minner Lifetime Achievement Award: Oklahoma City Blue Devils — The early jazz tradition in Oklahoma was more closely associated with the blues tradition than in many other places, Selby Minner said. The Territorial Bands played both jazz and blues traveling to Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. One group was renowned for being the best of these many musicians. This was the Oklahoma City Blue Devils. They would continually win when the bands got together to compete with each other. Count Basie – Bill Moten – followed them and played with them. The story goes, one night when they were back East and did not get paid after a gig and he took over the leadership position.
• Scott Ellison toured in the bands of: Jessica James, who is Conway Twitty’s daughter. Veteran bluesman Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown plucked the energetic guitarist as rhythm player for his own band, she said. A move to Los Angeles during the mid-1980s found Ellison playing and touring with groups like The Box Tops, The Shirelles, The Coasters, and Peaches and Herb. By the 1990s, he formed his own blues band and opened up shows for such legends as Joe Cocker , Roy Orbison, The Fabulous T-birds and Buddy Guy. As a songwriter, he composed enough material to record and release his first two solo efforts, “Chains of Love” on Quicksilver Records and “Live at Joey’s” on Red Hot Records. Returning back to his home in Tulsa, Ellison teamed with longtime friend Terry Lupton to write 10 more tunes for his next release, “Steamin’” on Fishhead Records, which garnered critical acclaim, Minner said. Ellison then co-wrote and recorded “One Step from the Blues” on JSE, a Tulsa sound rhythm and blues record featuring well-known Tulsa musicians. As a songwriter, Ellison has had his songs featured on TV shows “Sister Sister,” “Eye on L.A.,” “Santa Barbara” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Burnside Records is proud to release Bad Case Of The Blues available at all fine record stores, by mail-order through Burnside Records or online at www.burnsiderecords.com. Scott is currently touring across the U.S., Canada and Europe with accompanying radio and retail in-store performances.
• June McKinney — Famed pianist for jazz greats including Count Basie and the Thad Jones Trio, she is also the mother of Michael McKinney, road bassist for Michael Jackson on his world tour, recommended by Nate Watts. Michael went around the world three times playing bass. Credited on the Jacksons album “Triumph” (Epic, 1980), and is the bassist heard on “Jacksons: Live” (Epic, 1981). McKinney was a famed Oklahoma City music educator as well.
• Robbie Mack McLerran — He was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2012 along with the other members of the Astronauts, the surf band from Boulder, Colo., who became popular in the 1960s releasing albums on the RCA label. The Astronauts moved their base of operations to California in 1967 where the band realigned with Capitol Records, changing the band’s name to Hardwater and moving in a psychedelic rock direction. In 1970 McLerran teamed with Oklahoma native John Herron forming a songwriting partnership and country rockish band, Boondoggle & Balderdash, releasing two LP records for the MCA record group. In the mid-1970s he returned to Colorado in order to focus on his family. His musical interest moved to the early blues and jazz styles. The family moved to Tulsa in 1998. His son, Little Joe McLerran, following in his father’s footsteps, became a musician and in 2009 won the International Blues Challenge (IBC) representing the Blues Society of Tulsa. McLerran has performed and toured internationally with his son ever since.
• Broadway Jimmy Thomas — He played in 1968 for Taj Mahal and on his album “Taj Mahal” with Jesse Ed Davis. He worked with Johnny Otis in 1967 and spent one year in Hawaii with a band. He also worked with Joe Houston and Jay McNeely and the West Coast Horn Section. He was in the band for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins of “I Put a Spell on You” fame. He played with Phillip Walker, Smokey Wilson and Sonny Rhodes — West Coast blues players. He worked with Phillip Walker for years. Jimmy half way grew up in Wichita, Kan., and he played with Oklahoma Ollie Gaines, Eddie Taylor and Larry Johnson through a booking agent called Aunt Cat and Uncle Bob which booked teenage bands to dances across the Wichita, Kan., and Western Oklahoma area. He was born in Salina, Texas, 50 miles from the Red River. His mother had family in Oklahoma so he spent childhood summers and holidays living and visiting.
• Danny Timms — When he wasn’t writing and touring with Kris Kristofferson, playing keyboards for The Fabulous Thunderbirds or making his acting debut as a hippie band member in a “Married With Children” TV episode, Timms joined a project they called “Little Whisper and the Rumors.” Billed as “the greatest little band you never heard,” they were hired by Bonnie Raitt to join her touring band in the early 1990s. One song he co-wrote, “A Moment of Forever,” became the title track of a Willie Nelson album and was also recorded by several others.
• Slugger Trask — The band received the Best Self Produced Album of the Year for the album “Slugger Trask: Groove Injected” at the 2007 International Blues Challenge. The band also won first in the Bands of the World Tour in 2007. The tour played shows in 12 U.S. cities. Slugger was half Cherokee and hails from the Miami area.
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