The Jazz Times of Nashville

The Jazz Times of Nashville is a bi-monthly column from editor and writer Wyatt Parks that provides the reader with a streamlined medium for important Nashville jazz news and insights, including major events and appearances, album releases, and more. 

This column will generally start with performances being offered at the two primary jazz venues in Nashville, the Nashville Jazz Workshop and Rudy’s Jazz Room. Then I will list events happening at smaller venues, local universities, etc. Many of these events will also be listed on our calendar (http://www.musiccityreview.com/events/category/jazz-events/month).

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

Friday, March 8 8:00 PM – Traditional Jazz Revisited with Don Aliquo
Saxophonist Don Aliquo presents a special performance, featuring his fresh, modern take on the jazz of yesteryear. Accompanied by Jamey Simmons (trumpet), Jonathan Wires (bass), and Derek Phillips (drums), as well Miguel Alvarado (saxophone), the group will offer their own version of some of the most essential music in the genre.

Aliquo hails from Pittsburgh, where he spent much of his formative years performing with some of the region’s greats, providing a comprehensive and well-rounded jazz education. Aliquo’s fifth CD, Sun and Shield, is out now. The album is a New York-based project featuring some of the big names in the NYC jazz scene. He is a member of the Jazz faculty at MTSU.

I personally can attest to the fact that Aliquo is comfortable in all jazz styles, and certainly has a distinctive style created by his various sources of influence.

Sunday, March 17 4:00 PM – Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session
The Nashville Jazz Workshop continues its monthly community jam session. This month’s session will be hosted by the just-mentioned Don Aliquo. The jam is geared toward professionals and serious students of jazz, but those who just enjoy listening are very much encouraged to come and ask questions if they like. The jam is a free admission event.

Rudy’s Jazz Room
There are many events offered at Rudy’s, but I will try to stick to national acts, as well as the prominent Nashville-based artists.

Every Friday in March 5:30 PM – Charles “Wigg” Walker
Rudy’s brings back its Friday happy hour soul and jazz series with one of the original soul artists from a time when R&B and soul were brand new on the music scene. Originally hailing from Nashville, Walker moved to New York City in the 60s and shortly thereafter began recording with Chess Records out of Chicago. As lead singer for the J.C. Davis Band, Walker toured the country and opened for huge acts of the genre including Etta James, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Otis Redding. As such, Walker has an experience in soul music that gives him an authoritative maturity to which few can compare.

Walker is accompanied by his six-piece band featuring guitar, organ, drums, and a horn section. $8 cover at the door.

March 8 & 9 8:00 PM – Laura Mayo
Nashville favorite Laura Mayo will be performing two consecutive nights at Rudy’s. Mayo has spent the better part of the past decade recording in some of Nashville’s premier studios. Mayo’s vocal presence continues in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Keely Smith. She will present her rendition of some classic jazz standards with premier Nashville instrumentalists Matt Endahl (piano), Todd Parks (bass), and Chris Brown (drums). $15 cover at the door.

March 9 5:30 PM – Jody Nardone Trio
Prominent Nashville pianist Jody Nardone performs with his trio. Nardone has been lauded for his versatility and wide range of style influences from Bill Evans to McCoy Tyner. $10 cover at the door.

March 9 11:30 PM – Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet
Versatile Cincinnati-based saxophonist Eric Wurzelbacher performs with his quartet. Wurzelbacher is known for his precision and intensity, as well as his fusion of a wide ranging influences from Led Zeppelin to Kenny Garrett. $10 cover at the door.

March 15 8:00 PM – Pat Coil
Jefferson City native and Nashville-based pianist Pat Coil is an extremely accomplished and revered composer, arranger, and studio musician. His music has been featured in a number of TV shows and movies, as well as on the radio. He has toured with many big names in the industry such as Olivia Newton John, Carmen McCrae and Woody Herman. He has recorded six solo studio albums, and is currently working on a new release.

March 15 11:30 PM – Concurrence
Concurrence is a musical duo made up of keyboardist Paul Horton (touring member of blues rock band Alabama Shakes) and bassist Greg Bryant. The duo focuses on spontaneous exploration of musical ideas, built on the “ultimate trust” that they have for each other.  $10 cover at the door.

March 16 11:30 PM – Geoff Pfeifer Quartet
Nashville-based saxophonist Geoff Pfeifer and his quartet are a gritty, edgy, group offering real New York City-style jazz. Playing a mix of original tunes and Wayne Shorter music, listeners will be sure to feel the energy with this group. $10 cover at the door.

University Jazz Life

MTSU Jazz Artist Series

March 14 7:30 PM – Larry Panella 
University of Southern Mississippi Jazz Faculty member and saxophonist Larry Panella has performed with many big names in jazz, including the Phil Collins Big Band, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and Frank Sinatra Jr. He has a number of recordings under his name, and he regularly performs with his own quartet. Concert is free for students, $10 for others.

March 16 7:30 PM – Jeff “Tain” Watts
Part of MTSU’s Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, Jeff “Tain” Watts will perform with the MTSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble. Watts is a highly revered and respected drummer and composer. Concert is free for students, $10 for others.

Vanderbilt

March 14 8:00 PM
Christian McBride is an extremely accomplished and revered jazz bassist who has won six Grammy’s and consistently been praised for his skill and his virtuosity and energy. Edgar Meyer is a classical bassist who has toured with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and others. The two will weave together jazz and classical for a unique and memorable performance. Tickets are $20.

March 15 8:00 PM – Kim Nazarian 
Guest Kim Nazarian will perform with the Blair Jazz Faculty and Blair Jazz Choir. Nazarian is an accomplished jazz vocalist and has spent the last 25 years performing with New York Voices. She is a featured voice on Bobby McFerrin’s VOCAbuLarieS. She also collaborated with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald. Concert is free and open to the public.

 

These are the highlights of Nashville Jazz for the next two weeks. If you have an event you think would make a good addition, please contact musiccityreview@hotmail.com!

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark Eisen says:

    Love the Jazz Times Nashville column. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time.

  2. Gary says:

    Good info. It would help to include the performance halls of the university events.

    1. Wyatt Parks says:

      Thanks for the suggestion! Will try to include this in future editions. Also many of the events will be listed in our “events” section, which will have all the information about location, price, etc.

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