The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is an educational and cultural organization that aims to support the preservation and promotion of America’s art form: jazz and other musical genres such as blues and gospel music. The organization also identifies, documents, and recognizes the artists who contributed to the development of such genres whether in local, regional, national, an international arenas.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame also known as the Jazz Depot is housed in one of Tulsa’s most historic landmark buildings, Tulsa Union Depot. This Jazz Hall of Fame is primarily a venue for music which allows for musical performances regularly. You would find biographical details, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia from several musicians such as Earl Bostic, Jimmy Rushing, Chet Baker, and Barney Kessel.
Something that every music lover may look forward about the Jazz Depot is the induction ceremony which recognizes the contributions of different individuals and groups in the genres of jazz, gospel music, and blues. Jazz Depot has already inducted more than a hundred groups of individual musicians. The first musician to be inducted to Hall of Fame was music instructor Zelia N. Breaux.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame also renders the Jay McShann lifetime achievement award to those people who made exemplary contributions to the enrichment of Oklahoma music in their lifetime. Some of the lifetime awardees are the following: Nat King Cole, John Hendricks, Billy Taylor, Ramsey Lewis, Jay McShann, and others.
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