Some refer to Tulsa’s Donald Ryan as “the master of diverse styles.” Some suggest he is “a musical kaleidoscope, sparkling at everything he plays.”
For this writer, a Ryan solo performance is joy to the ear and, this Sunday, Ryan is home for a joyous Christmas Season performance at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot.
“I’ve loved Christmas music ever since I was a kid,” he says, “and when I play it I look for things that I like, that I can express myself in. Most of it is traditional music, more religious. There will be some music that’s just seasonal. I look for things that have an infectious melody, that have harmonic possibilities that I can massage, and some things I can add rhythm to.” He laughs. “I can add rhythm to just about anything.”
Oilers forward Jon Booras celebrates one of two goals against Wichita Sunday. Photo by Kevin Pyle.
TULSA: The off-season acquisition of center Jon Booras has paid enormous dividends for the Tulsa Oilers in their debut in the ECHL this season. He proved to be the superhero for the Oilers when they defeated the Wichita Thunder 3-2 in front of 4,096 in the BOK Center on Sunday afternoon.
The 32-year old native of Billings, Montana scored two goals on Sunday afternoon, the first being a shorthanded goal in the second period when Tulsa defenseman Dave Pszenyczny was sent off for boarding. In that situation, Tulsa goalie Kevin Carr made a blocker save that bounced to Drew Fisher who started a shorthanded rush for the Oilers.
Revolution battles Sidekicks. Photos by Les Stockton
TULSA, OK—The Dallas Sidekicks scored early and often, and were too much for the Tulsa Revolution on Saturday night as the handed them a 14-5 drubbing in the Cox Business Center on Saturday night.
The Sidekicks roared out to a 4-0 lead before Michael Poneys punched in a penalty kick at the 13:45 mark to put the Revolution on the board near the end of the game’s first quarter.
INDEPENDENCE, MO.—The Tulsa Oilers snapped a 7 game losing streak to the Missouri Mavericks on Friday night as the defeated the team from the Kansas City suburb 4-1 in front of 5,580 in the Independence Event Center. The Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Maverick this season with the win which was solved during regulation time and not in the overtime/shootout conversion.
One of the main things that helped Tulsa to the victory was a stellar penalty-kill unit that disposed of nine Missouri power play opportunities in the game. It was also a game where the Oiler trailed only once, and then for only a little under four minutes. Another anomaly was that once the Oiler had a two goal-cushion over their opponents, they did not let the lead evaporate to force extra time to resolve the game.
The only goal for Missouri in the game came from the recently acquired Josh Brittain at 3:11 of the first period. Brttain lifted the puck over Tulsa goalie Kevin Carr, to give the home side their one and only lead of the game. After that, it was all Tulsa.
As a penalty that was leveled after former Maverick defenseman Dave Pszenyczny expired, Pszenyczny raced from the box and gained the puck behind the Missouri net, fed it to Jon Booras who snapped it into the net behind Mavs goaltender John Griggs to knot the score at 1-1.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt
According to a release sent Thursday by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the legality of President Obama’s Executive Order will be tested in court.
“Tonight, the Administration proved once again that it is willing to mislead the American people about the effects and legality of their policy agenda. As they have admitted with respect to the Affordable Care Act, they think the American people are stupid. The American people are not stupid, and can see right through this blatantly political power grab on the part of the President.