In the early days of the development of jazz music, Oklahoma found itself placed handily between two major epicenters: Kansas City and New Orleans. This central location allowed most of the major figures in early jazz history to pass through Tulsa at one point or another, stirring up a rich and vibrant local jazz scene over the decades.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates Oklahoma’s own unique place in jazz history, and seeks to pass that awareness on to future generations to continue. Many major figures in jazz history are immortalized here; Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Oscar Pettiford and Cecil McBee are among many Oklahomans to have gone on to shape the development of jazz. The Jazz Hall of Fame also maintains a database of active Oklahoma jazz musicians as well as current venues for live jazz.
Weekly concerts are held (every Sunday evening) featuring the cream of Tulsa’s hometown jazz crop, with discounts available to Jazz Hall members, seniors and students.
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 52 performances annually
- Ticket Prices: $ 15 adults; $10 seniors, students and Jazz Hall members; $5 students over 12 years.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Information