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Leon Russell: A Life in Music

Leon Russell: A Life in Music

Tulsa native Leon Russell and the musicians who grew up in the city’s dynamic music scene of the 1950s and 1960s helped to shake music for decades, with sounds still reverberating across music today. As dynamic and exciting as his music was, so was his life.

The Woody Guthrie Center hosts a five-week course on Leon Russell’s development as a musician, his place in rock and roll and his continued legacy. Led by music historians Randy Cale and John Cooper with several special guests, classes are held weekly starting March 5 and wrap up in mid-April. The class is $100, or $75 for Woody Guthrie Center members. The fee for attending a single class is $25. Seating is limited, so call 918-574-2710 or email Jerry Wofford at to reserve your spot.

The class will cover Russell’s early years in Tulsa, his influence on music in Los Angeles, bringing Tulsa to the world with the Mad Dogs & Englishmen, his solo years and his resurgence in the 2000s. The class will also feature guest speakers who worked alongside Russell and those in Tulsa who are working to preserve his legacy.

Class dates are March 5, 12, 26, April 2 and 9, with a possible bonus program April 16. Programs begin at 6:30 p.m.