Lecture by Leon Russell historian Steve Todoroff
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 10AM-1PM
Where: Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104
Tickets: $40 and can be purchased at the Circle Cinema box office, www.circlecinema.com, or ticket link in this event.

This event is a fundraiser for the Leon Russell Monument Fund, with proceeds going toward the fund. There will be a reception in the Circle Cinema lobby prior to the lecture, along with door prizes and a raffle. For more information about the monument fund go to www.preservemusic.org or www.gofundme.com/leonrussell .

This multimedia event traces the life of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, from his family’s earliest roots and his birth in 1942, through his first musical influences and accomplishments that led him from his future home of Tulsa,  

                                               Oklahoma to Los Angeles, where he became a key player in the Hollywood session scene, and his eventual rise as an 

                                               international performing artist, songwriter, and master of rock piano. The lecture will include a mixture of photos of Russell

                                               throughout his life (including many never-before-seen photos) as well as a vast selection of music sound-bites from

                                               Russell’s career, with special emphasis on his Hollywood session years. This multimedia event will allow the audience to

                                               see and hear the evolution of Russell’s skills as a keyboard player, arranger, producer and songwriter, and their lasting

                                               influence on popular music.

                                               ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
                                               Steve Todoroff is a Tulsa native who first heard about Russell as a pre-teen in 1965. After Russell emerged as a solo 

                                               artist in 1970, Todoroff began to research Russell’s musical past, and began a labor of love researching the session

                                               activity of Russell, which included contacting the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood to access the actual session

                                               contracts from 1962 through 1970. From this research Todoroff was able to identify and assemble the hundreds of LPs

                                               and 45s where Russell’s musicianship appeared either as a keyboard whiz, arranger, songwriter, and producer. He has

                                               written various articles on Russell and the Tulsa music scene, was a consultant on Cameron Crowe’s “The Union”

                                               documentary that covered the musical reunion of Russell with Sir Elton John, and his research material was used to prep

                                               Sir Elton for his induction speech to induct Russell into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He and his writing partner

                                               John Wooley just finished compiling and annotating Russell’s autobiography, “Leon Russell In His Own Words (With A

                                               Little Help From His Friends), due to be published in 2018. In 2012, Todoroff and his wife Kathy donated their 40+ year

                                               collection of Leon Russell-related material to the upcoming Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa,

                                               where it will be exhibited and used for research.














ALARM58 to benefit Leon Russell Monument Fund, Friday April 20, 2018 - Cain's Ballroom.
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm, this is a FREE EVENT for all ages, no ticket required for entry,

and 100% of donations collected at the door will go directly to the Fund.

Visit preservemusic.org for more info on the Fund, or visit the GoFundMe page.





A committee is currently raising money to build a planned permanent monument to honor former Tulsan Leon Russell at the historic Memorial Park Cemetery located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Russell passed away at his home in Nashville on November 13, 2016. Our goal is to raise $42,000 to cover the cost of the estate plot and construction of the granite monument and associated improvements.

The monument is designed around a grand piano in black granite to highlight the engraving of Leon’s portrait, name and dates. There will be two matching curved black granite benches for visitors to the estate that will also compliment the upright monument. We were able to get the cemetery Board of Trustees approval for the monument to be six feet in height rather than the current maximum height limit of three-feet six-inches. The placement of the monument and benches will allow for a walkway to provide a safe and easy access to visitors to pay their respects while visiting the memorial. The landscaping will be an assortment of evergreen and flowering shrubs to beautify the location.

The monument will be located on an undeveloped area adjacent to the large serene lake, near the extensive stone works ruins and in the proximity to the gravesites of Tulsa personalities Bob Wills and Reverend Billy Joe Daugherty.

While this will initially be a memorial to Leon Russell, there are plans to inter his remains at the memorial at a future date.

So that every cent donated goes directly to the memorial fund, we are bypassing the internet-based crowdfunding sites that charge a percentage of each donation as their fee, and instead ask that you take the time to mail your donation directly to Memorial Park Cemetery at the following address:

TULSA, OK 74145

Please include the name “LEON RUSSELL” in the comment line of your check so they can credit the donation to the memorial fund. Also include an email address in your letter if you want an email confirmation of receipt of your donation. Weekly updates of our progress towards our goal will be posted on this website and as well as on Facebook.

Effective 1/24/17, Memorial Park Cemetery will now accept credit card donations. Call 918-627-0220 and tell the person that answers the phone that you want to donate to the Leon Russell Memorial Fund with a credit card. They will take your information and mail you out a receipt.

Effective 1/29/17, checks sent to Memorial Park Cemetery should be made payable to:
LEON RUSSELL MEMORIAL, as Memorial Park has opened a segregate account to hold the funds for the memorial stone.

On behalf of the family of Leon Russell, I’d like to thank you for your kind consideration in helping us to have a permanent remembrance and final resting place for our cherished Leon.

Kathy & Steve Todoroff
Committee Co-chairs
























Memorial Park Cemetery  |  5111 S. Memorial Drive  |  Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145  |  918-627-0220
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