Tag: Oklahoma

Sunday Jazz: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s ‘Race Riot Suite’

Sunday Jazz: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s ‘Race Riot Suite’

Music, Sunday Jazz
I don't want to give away too much of the Best Music of 2011 list that will run in December, but I can say with confidence that the latest album from Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey -- Race Riot Suite -- will be included. Race Riot Suite -- composed by Chris Combs, the group's lap steel player -- draws deeply from the well of pre-Swing jazz, but incorporates it into a series of distinctly modern arrangements. It's a remarkable achievement in modern jazz, even without the tragic back story. But once you know the story behind the music, its power is increased tenfold. In 1921, Tulsa was home to a powerful and affluent African-American community. In one of the largest racial conflicts and cover-ups in American history, massive race riots resulted in the death of hundre...
Farewell, Corporal Buckles

Farewell, Corporal Buckles

History, People
America's last living link with World War I is gone. Frank Buckles, the oldest remaining U.S. veteran of the Great War, died yesterday at age 110. Buckles was one of only three remaining veterans of WWI throughout the world. Buckles, born in 1901, enlisted with the U.S. Army in August 1917 after being turned down by the Marine Corps and the Navy. He was only 16 years old but, like many of his era, lied about his age in order to serve his country. In fact, after being rejected by recruiters in his native Kansas, Buckles traveled to Oklahoma City and kept at it until the Army agreed to take him. He was one of more than 4.7 million Americans to sail to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. Buckles joined the First Fort Riley Casual Detachment and shipped out for England i...
Book report: The Worst Hard Time

Book report: The Worst Hard Time

Books
You ever talk to one of those annoying people who always feels compelled to one-up your tales of woe?  You try to get a little sympathy for spraining your ankle, and all they can do is go on about the time they broke their leg twenty years ago.  Then there's the other variation, where you try to talk about a difficult situation with an older relative and they bust out the "back in my day..." line to trump you.  It's like, enough already old timer. Well here's the thing about the folks who lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s - their stories really are worse than your stories.  Every time.  And they don't have to embellish or exaggerate.  The trick is to make those stories readable and engaging, which isn't as easy as it may seem.  Fortunately we have Timothy Egan's 2005 work, The Wo
Album cover of the week: Surf’s Up

Album cover of the week: Surf’s Up

Album Cover of the Week
Surf's Up?  Isn't that a Beach Boys album?  Well sure, it's the middle of January and as I look out my window there is snow on the ground.  But as far as I'm concerned any time of year is a good time to talk about the lads from Hawthorne, California. By the time of this album's release in August 1971, the salad days of the Beach Boys seemed like a distant memory.  Brian Wilson, the main creative force behind the group since its founding 10 years prior, had fallen deeper into into drug use and depression.  Younger brother Carl has assumed his place of prominence within the Beach Boys. After releasing a series of commercially disappointing records (including the excellent Sunflower in 1970) the Beach Boys hired DJ Jack Rieley as their new manager.  Rieley set about to reverse the band'
Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Oklahoma City Joins the WNBA

Sports
Congratulations Oklahoma City!  Your new NBA franchise, the Thunder (née Seattle SuperSonics), is now the proud owner of one of the crappiest and most unimaginative logos in professional sports. Oh.  My.  God.  If that logo doesn't scream "banged out by a student at a local community college's graphic design program" I don't know what does.  Reading the press release announcing the franchise's new name and logo/colors is laughable.  Here's my favorite part: With a nickname denoting energy and power, a classic-look logo, and the colors of an Oklahoma sunset, Oklahoma City's NBA team unveiled its identity today. A classic-look logo?  If by 'classic' you mean 'some time in the last five years' then sure, it is I guess.  And if the team name is Thunder, why would you want the colors o
Countdown: 10 Most Attractive U.S. License Plates

Countdown: 10 Most Attractive U.S. License Plates

Featured Posts, Listcruft
This countdown first ran in 2007, and is now updated through the end of 2012. While a few plates have changed since '07, only one was drastic enough to merit a change in the rankings -- Kansas lost the #7 spot to Nebraska. License plates are one of the most effective ways for a state to advertise itself to the world. And since a license plate design is usually much more long-lasting than an ad campaign, the choice of design is very important. This is a topic that weighed heavily on my mind as I drove home from Cape Cod last weekend, believe it or not. So in an effort to be as scientific (anal) as possible, I rated all 50 U.S. plates based on the following criteria: Typeface -- Fonts used, as well as their arrangement, are considered. Text -- Includes mottoes, slogans, or any other...