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The Jazz Times of Nashville 5/29

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. 

Hi folks! After a brief hiatus due to life’s chaos, we are back with a brand new column, with some great music coming up in the next few weeks. Remember to click each event for more details, including location and ticket information!

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

Saturday, June 8 8:00 PM – Pat Coil
Returning to the Jazz Cave is Pat Coil, accomplished jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer, studio musician and artist. With a musical language spanning genres as diverse as jazz, R&B, pop, country and gospel, Coil has toured the world performing with names like Woody Herman, Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, and many others. Coil has recorded and composed for, and performed on countless film and television scores. Currently he tours with Michael McDonald, as well as making appearances with his own group.

Coil has released several solo jazz recordings of his own, as well as performing on countless other albums. For this performance he will be joined by drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Pat Bergeson, bassist Craig Nelson, and saxophonist Mark Douthit.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Thursday May 30 9:00 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.

Friday, May 31

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 – Nikki Elias and the Cosmic Collective
Representing the ever-changing landscape of jazz music brought on by the next generation, the Cosmic Collective covers a wide variety of genres, from jazz and Bossa Nova to pop, funk, and R&B. The band consists of formally trained area musicians including bassist Tyler Enslow, keyboardist Jeff Goodkind, and saxophonist DeVante Buford.

Saturday, June 1

5:30 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.

8:00 PM – Jeff Berlin with Bruce Guttridge & Mike Durham
Jeff Berlin is widely considered one of the greatest electric bass players in the world, considered a huge innovator on the instrument. Jeff has played with industry giants Bill Buford, Allan Holdsworth, and Frank Zappa. Geddy Lee of Rush called Jeff “the greatest bass player on the planet.” Berlin is joined by prominent Nashville musicians Mike Durham on guitar and Bruce Guttridge on drums.

Tuesday, June 4 6:00 – 11:30 PM – Art & Jazz Soiree
Rudy’s celebrates all expressions of art with an evening featuring original works and prints for sale from local artists Omari Booker, Steven Dutton, and Sharon Charney. There will also be spoken word performances and live music all night. Hosted by Rashad thaPoet with musical acts by Marc Payne, Stephanie Adlington & Aaron Lessard, and Cooper Heffley & friends.

Friday, June 7 8:00 PM – MILEStones
Nashville-based group MILEStones serves as a musical homage to jazz legend Miles Davis and his contributions to the collective body of jazz music. Focusing on his work with the two “great quintets,” the band utilizes the exact arrangements and instrumentation that Miles featured on those records. The group keeps alive the tradition the late great trumpeter began so many years ago.

Saturday, June 8

8:00 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.

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.

City Winery

Sunday, June 9 7:00 PM – Great Albums Series, Time Out with the Bruce Dudley Quartet
The Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society Great Albums Series continues with the famous Dave Brubeck album Time Out performed by the Bruce Dudley Quartet. The album is considered one of the most innovative in jazz history, specifically its rhythmic exploration. One of the first albums to explore time signatures outside standard 4/4 or 3/4 time, the album was initially received extremely skeptically by critics, and was almost never released by Brubeck’s label. However, the album received a much warmer response from the public, and has become one of the most popular and influential albums in jazz history.

Bruce Dudley is a jazz pianist, composer and Steinway Concert Artist. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals in the US and Canada since 1974. In that time he has toured across Canada, the United States, and Latin America, performing in venues ranging from small clubs to jazz festivals.

Those are your highlights for the next few weeks! As always feel free to reach out with events you feel need to get some attention. Our email is

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