And on the weekends, he was “keeping his hand in” the music he loved. Dad was a drummer and apparently a very good one at that. We never actually heard him play any, as he gave all of that up when he married mom and settled down.
Tulsa had some great nightclubs or dinner clubs. One of the most popular ones was The Blue Moon.
Dad also played at these other fine places:
Needless to say, we girls grew up listening to and enjoying jazz and Big Band music. Our Friday night ritual was going out to eat and, on the way home, listening to the Johnny Martin Show on KRMG. Just hearing the man’s voice again zaps me back 40+ yrs. “It’s case night in the city” You can read all about him and listen here:
Johnny always closed his show at 8:00 pm with Basically Blues performed by Buddy Rich. At our urging (and I’m sure dad’s secret pleasure) we urged him to turn it up when that song came on. He seemed to time it perfectly that we would be on the way home when that song came on. The album was made in 1966 and re-released in 1996 much to my joy. You can listen to it now, if you want to. I can dig it.