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The Jazz Times of Nashville 4/24

The Beegie Adaire Trio

The Jazz Times of Nashville is a bi-monthly column from editor and jazz 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. The column will put an emphasis on major local and national acts, but also attempts to cultivate the jazz scene by including information about university groups and up-and-coming jazz acts. 

As always Nashville is packed with incredible music in the coming weeks. Nashville’s best have something to offer for every type of audience. Click each event for details!

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

Saturday, April 27 7:00 PM – The Beegie Adaire Trio
One of Nashville’s true musical treasures returns to the Jazz Cave. An integral part of Nashville’s music scene for more than four decades, Adaire was a sought-after studio musician in the 60’s and 70’s, and played as a session musician on the Johnny Cash Show from ’69 to ’71. Adaire’s recordings are some of the highest selling in the world, and she was the top selling jazz artist in Japan in 2010. The trio recently released an album titled By Request which is a collection of their most requested songs. Adaire was named a “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2013, and has received numerous other honors and accolades.

The other members of the trio are extremely accomplished musicians in their own right. Bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown are both widely respected players, having played with some of the finest musicians in jazz.

Friday, May 3 8:00 PM – Chester Thompson
Nashville Jazz Workshop faculty member and artist Chester Thompson will perform live in the Jazz Cave. With over three decades of performance and recording under his belt, Thompson has been an influence on a countless number of musicians. Spanning the spectrum from jazz to pop to rock, Thompson has performed and recorded with artists like Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Genesis, and Phil Collins.

Thompson’s two previous album releases have both received critical acclaim, including one going to #5 on the Jazz Charts. Thompson’s new release “Steppin” is out for release soon.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Friday, April 26

8:00 PM – Stephanie Adlington
Known as “the Siren of the South,” Stephanie Adlington is a working singer, songwriter, actor, and vocal coach. While studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Adlington recorded with folk-rock band Renaissance, producing three critically acclaimed albums. Known for her unique vocal styling, Adlington hearkens back to the prohibition era, giving audiences an escape from everyday life.

Greg Tardy in Performance

11:30 PM – Geoff Pfeifer
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.

Saturday, April 27

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.

8:00 PM – Greg Tardy Trio
Greg Tardy is one of the most versatile and talented jazz musicians of his generation. Discovering jazz in his early twenties, he never looked back and is now one of the most sought-after sidemen in the industry. Having performed at all the major jazz festivals and some of the biggest stages in jazz, Tardy has performed with many giants of the industry, including Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, and Dave Douglas, among many others. Tardy has recorded fourteen CD’s as a leader, featuring his original compositions.

Tardy will be joined by drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Sean Conly.

11:30 PM – Alayna Renae
Nashville-based jazz vocalist Alayna Renae represents and ever-changing musical landscape in the world of jazz, fusing jazz with neo-soul. The performance will feature both standards and original compositions, as Renae is currently working on her first album, to be released this year.

Tuesday, April 30 9:00 PM – Anna Virata Vintet
The Anna Virata Vintet is a swing band dedicated to classic music from and inspired by the 30s and 40s. The band features drummer Johnny Richeson, pianist Will Padgett, and bassist Carter Murphey.

Friday, May 3

5:30 PM – Alayna Renae
Another chance to catch Alayna.

8:00 PM – The Duffy Jackson Quartet
Legendary jazz drummer Duffy Jackson, who now calls Nashville home, has played drums since early childhood, making appearances with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and Woody Herman before he finished high school. Throughout his career he has performed with many greats including Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Milt Jackson, and more.

11:30 PM – David Williford
Knoxville native David Williford draws inspiration from many different avenues. From an early age he played blues and soul music with his father. Now residing in Nashville, Williford studied classical and jazz with artists like Don Aliquo. Williford’s band presents original music, free improvisation, as well as re-imagined standards.

Saturday, May 4

8:00 PM – Diane Marino Quartet
Accomplished pianist, vocalist, and arranger Diane Marino performs with her quartet. Studying jazz from the age of 10, Marino has performed in all types of jazz venues for over 25 years. She is joined by trumpeter Leif Shires, bassist Frank Marino, and drummer Neil Tufano.

11:30 PM – Geoff Pfeifer
Another chance to catch Geoff.

Other Venues

Sunday, April 28 4:00 PM – Jazz on the Triangle featuring Sonja Porter Hopkins
The Jazz on the Triangle series returns for its twenty-fourth season. The first concert features Nashville-based songwriter and jazz vocalist Sonja Porter Hopkins. A passionate and powerful vocalist, Hopkins delivers jazz classics in a unique way. Her debut album Jazz Classics was released in 2017.

Jam Sessions

For those aspiring young (or not so young) jazz musicians looking to hone their skills and connect with fellow musicians:
Every Saturday 2-4 PM at Christ Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Every Sunday 9-midnight at Rudy’s.

Those are your highlights for the next two weeks. As always, our email is open at for suggestions of lesser-publicized events you want to get out there.

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