Summer Wine Series: The Little Black Dress, Connie Cronley and Anna Norberg
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Wine Series: The Little Black Dress, Connie Cronley and Anna Norberg

Connie Cronley

Humorist, Storyteller

“Cronley…..is a modern-day Mark  Twain,” that’s what The Tulsa World said.

Native Oklahoman, Cherokee citizen, published writer, author, radio and television commenator, speaker.

Connie brings all of these experiences to her audiences with stories of parties and crimes, Indian ballerinas and fry bread divas, all based on true Oklahoma stories.  She is witty, smart, bright, charming and totally delightful and entertaining.

Cronley has spoken to a wide variety of audiences…..conferences and conventions, schools and universities, professional groups, country clubs, civic organizations, ladies luncheons and just about every group imaginable.

Winner of numerous awards, including in 2015 The Life Achievement Award for the Tulsa Chapter of Women in Communications; her favorite was having an Oklahoma City restaurant name a hamburger for her.

 

 

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Summer Wine Series: Barron Ryan, Jazz Piano
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Wine Series: Barron Ryan, Jazz Piano

Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to Michael Jackson. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.

After beginning piano lessons at age four with his father, Barron seemed destined for a career in music. He excelled in performing throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, OK, then continued to impress his peers and instructors as a piano performance major at The University of Oklahoma.

Everything did not come up roses, however, as Barron was then rejected from all the music conservatories you might be impressed by. Disheartened and a little annoyed, he briefly gave up on the piano in pursuit of a satirical hip-hop career. But due to a favorable result in a piano competition that sent its winner to perform in Israel, that project was graciously short-lived.

Thanks to that Israel concert tour, Barron found his artistic voice. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music (found on his debut album, Classical with Attitude), and is learning from great jazz pianists by replaying their solos (found on his latest album, The Masters’ Apprentice). What’s next? You’ll have to wait to find out, but rest assured that in all Barron Ryan’s music, Classic Meets Cool.

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Summer Wine Series: Janet Rutland guest artist
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Wine Series: Janet Rutland guest artist

Vocalist Janet Rutland is a long time fixture in the Mid America music and theatre scene with club, theater, and concert hall performances in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.

Her repertoire ranges from vintage jazz to country and pop standards with the emphasis on the Great American Songbook. For over a decade she has produced and starred in cabaret shows for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s annual SummerStage festival, usually focusing on the work of America’s great songwriters, including Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin. For several seasons she played the lead in the American Theatre Company’s “Always…Patsy Cline.”

Rutland appears with piano or guitar accompaniment or with a combo. She also is available for “I Fall to Pieces – a Celebration of Legendary Nashville Songwriters Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard,” a two act concert along with a four piece combo featuring Shelby Eicher on fiddle, guitar and vocals (he is the leader of the popular Western swing band Tulsa Playboys) along with Spencer Sutton on the piano, Rodney Lay, a 2017 Oklahoma Music Hall of  Fame inductee, on bass and Jared Johnson on drums. This concert includes 25 songs, all top ten on the Billboard charts and all immediately recognizable.

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Summer Wine Series: Max Ridgway Trio
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Wine Series: Max Ridgway Trio

Max Ridgway studied guitar with Jon Damian at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1990, Summa Cum Laude. He holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he currently teaches as an adjunct instructor. The Max Ridgway Trio formed in 1993 with Max Ridgway on guitar, Richard Martin playing bass, Tony Swafford on drums. The trio performed that year at the 1993 Jazz in June festival in Norman, Oklahoma. Since that time they have appeared at a variety of venues in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area, including Tulsa International Mayfest, the Norman Music Festival, the OKC Festival of the Arts, Live Music on the Canal, the Post Oak Jazz Festival, and the Oklahoma State Fair. The Max Ridgway Trio plays the original jazz compositions of Max Ridgway and has recorded several CDs together, the most recent of which, Deep Memory Scan is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

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