TULSA — The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will honor Oklahoma jazz legends Sam Rivers, Terry Woodson, Lalo Schifrin and Dr. Lowell Lehman at the Jazz Hall’s 2010 Induction Gala.

The Induction Gala will be on Oklahoma Statehood Day, Nov. 16, in the Great Performance Hall of the Jazz Depot, 111 E. 1st St. in Tulsa, on the upper level. The black-tie fundraiser will start with a reception at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 and the induction ceremony and entertainment at 8. Tickets are available for purchase at $100. The public is invited to attend.

The Gala’s Honorary Chair, Gov. Brad Henry, and Co-chairs, First Lady of Tulsa Victoria Bartlett and Oklahoma State Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, are continuing the Jazz Hall’s tradition of honoring the legendary musicians and educators whose dedication and outstanding contributions to jazz, America’s classical music, inspire us all. 

Henry noted the contributions of the Jazz Hall and of jazz to Oklahoma’s heritage.

'Oklahoma has a rich cultural history and has produced a number of talented musical artists over the years. The Jazz Hall of Fame has helped nurture and celebrate that talent, and it is a great asset to the state of Oklahoma,' he said.

'The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s work with children and dedication to promoting music education happens because of educators like Dr. Lehman,' Victoria Bartlett said.'It is an honor to celebrate the incredible efforts of Oklahoma's best music educators with the Zelia Breaux Distinguished Educator Award.'

'Jazz and Oklahoma influenced each other,' Eason McIntyre said. 'Our state has seen and produced some of the biggest names jazz has known, musicians who have influenced generations of Americans. This year’s honorees continue that proud tradition.'

For information regarding purchasing tickets, visit http://www.okjazz.org or contact Bettie Downing at Jazz Hall at (918) 281-8609. Patron level table sponsorships are available for $2,500.

About the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit cultural and educational organization established by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1988. It exists to provide a system in and for the state of Oklahoma to preserve, promote and illuminate the true art forms of jazz, blues and gospel music, and to identify, document and honor the artists who have made a significant contribution locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to its development.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame promotes learning, training, classes, performances and cultural events for disadvantaged youth of all races, creeds, religions and ethnicities and provides scholarships to graduating students. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates jazz, America’s classical music.

Contact:                                                                                                                  

Jeff Kos: 918-281-8600, ext.101                                                                                                       

JeffKos@OKJazz.org