JJ Cale Itinerary
Commemorate Oklahoman JJ Cale’s incredible talent by visiting some of the live music venues that showcased his smooth vocals and impressive guitar skills during his career. See the Oklahoma venue where the notoriously private artist played one of his final shows before moving on to experience Cale in a different way at the legendary Tulsa music studio where he worked with Leon Russell.
Stop 1: Tulsa Central High School
Before heading to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, JJ Cale spent his teenage years at Tulsa Central High School, where he graduated in 1956.
Stop 2: Cain's Ballroom
JJ Cale’s live performance at Cain’s Ballroom in 2004, one of his last live performances in Oklahoma before his death, was recorded for the 2006 documentary “To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with JJ Cale.” Cain’s honored the musician with a star bearing his name, located directly outside the popular venue.
Stop 3: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
Following his death in July of 2013, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inducted JJ Cale for his contributions to blues and jazz music.
Stop 4: The Church Studio/Shelter Records
JJ Cale was a self-taught audio engineer and worked for the legendary Leon Russell at his Church Studio. Cale would go on to release several solo albums under Shelter Records during the 1970s.
Stop 5: The Colony
JJ Cale was known to play at this Tulsa club, which was once owned by Leon Russell. The Colony, a beloved staple on the Tulsa music scene, has been open since the late 1950s.