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The Jazz Times of Nashville 10/30

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.

Welcome back to the JTN.  Another exciting couple of weeks in Nashville!

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

Friday, November 1 8:00 PM – Nashville Jazz Workshop at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork
The Workshop is continuing its series of concerts at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork. These concerts occur on the first Friday of each month. This month, the featured performer is saxophonist David Williford. The Workshop strongly suggests reservations for those that want to attend.

Saturday, November 2 6:00 PM – Nashville Jazz Workshop at First Saturday Art Crawl
In partnership with Downtown Nashville First Saturday Art Crawl, the Workshop presents an evening of jazz to accompany art selections from more than twenty galleries. The featured performer this month is Alayna Anderson.

Rebecca Sayre

Saturday, November 9 8:00 PM – Rebecca Sayre in the Jazz Cave
Described by the Nashville Scene as “one of Nashville’s premier jazz vocalists… among the city’s jazz elite. An elegant stylist with a clear tone and an easy sense of swing…” Rebecca Sayre is one of Nashville’s finest jazz musicians. One of the Workshop’s first students, she took every class possible to hone her chops. Since then she has released a number of CDs, and remains a versatile musician as well as accomplished songwriter.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Friday, November 1
5:30 PM – Abigail Flowers
An avid student of the great jazz vocalists, yet a versatile vocalist in her own right, Abigail Flowers blends the tradition of the Great American Songbook with her own unique sound. Flowers has sung with large groups like the Nashville Salsa Collective and the Music City Big Band, and also led her own groups in settings like the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

8:00 PM – Michael Whittaker Quintet
Michael Whittaker leads a quintet for a night of high-energy jazz. The Quintet features Adam Nitti (bass), Marcus Finnie (drums), Mike Valeras (guitar), and Miqui Gutierrez (saxophone).

11:30 PM – Don Aliquo Quartet
One of Nashville’s premier jazz performers and educators, as well as accomplished recording artist and composer, Don Aliquo leads a quartet performing a mix of originals and classics in a set tailored for “late night” listening.

Saturday, November 2
5:30 PM – Caravan Tales
Featuring a unique combination of musicians from all over the world from Paris to New York and Jamaica to Brazil, the quartet presents music that is as original as its members. The outfit features Jerome Degey on guitar, a Paris native who also speaks the Brazilian musical language fluently; Keith Jones on bass, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, has performed and recorded with the likes of Santana, Wayne Shorter, among others; Will Barrow on accordion, a Grammy-winning musician who also plays piano, and has performed with the likes of Freda Payne, Wanda Jackson, and more; and Nioshi Jackson on drums, a go-to session musician in Music City, having performed with Michael McDonald, Ricky Skaggs, Chester Thompson, and others.

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.

Tuesday, November 5 9:00 PM – Elias/Enslow 5tet
A quintet featuring some of Nashville’s top talent, The Elias/Enslow 5tet features Nikki Elias on vocals, Tyler Enslow on bass, Marc Widenhofer on drums, Jeff Goodkind on keys, and Don Aliquo on sax. With influences from Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea, this group offers a unique jazz experience.

Friday, November 8
5:30 PM – Charles Treadway
Organist Charles Treadway runs in the circles of some of Nashville’s top performers, bringing sounds reminiscent of Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, and Jimmy McGriff.

8:00 PM – Brook Sutton & Friends Play Mingus
Brook Sutton will lead a group of some of Nashville’s top jazz musicians in a set paying tribute to Charles Mingus, largely considered to be one of jazz history’s greatest and most important musicians and composers. The group will feature Geoff Pfeifer, Steve Herman, Clark Gibson, Marcus Finnie, and Matt Endahl.

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.

Cowboys & Frenchmen

Saturday, November 9
5:30 PM – Jody Nardone Trio
Another chance to catch this versatile trio.


8:00 PM – Cowboys & Frenchmen
Cowboys & Frenchmen offers a fresh take on the traditional jazz quintet. Featuring two alto saxophones as lead melody instruments, this ensemble reimagines the sound of the traditional jazz combo. Based in New York City, the ensemble released their debut album Rodeo in 2015, and since have performed at various venues and festivals.

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

University Jazz Life

Middle Tennessee State University
Thursday, October 31 8:00 PM – MTSU Jazz Artist Series: MTSU Vocal Jazz Showcase featuring Cedric Dent, Jim Ferguson and Ashley Kimbrough
MTSU hosts a concert showcasing three vocal jazz faculty members, each one incredibly accomplished in musicianship, composition, and recording.

Tuesday, November 5 7:30 PM – Jazz Combos
Student jazz combos will give a concert featuring jazz standards as well as student arrangements and compositions.

Thursday, November 7 6:30 PM – Derek Phillips Jazz Combo
The student jazz combo led by faculty member Derek Phillips will give a performance.

Monday, November 11 7:30 PM – Jazz Ensemble I
MTSU’s lead big band will give a performance in Hinton Music Hall. This ensemble often shares the stage with some of the industry’s biggest names.

Vanderbilt University
Wednesday, November 6 8:00 PM – Blair Jazz Choir
Led by Director Christina Watson, the Blair Jazz Choir will give a performance in Turner Recital Hall.

Belmont University
Wednesday, October 30 10:00 AM – Jazz String Septet
Belmont’s Jazz String Septet ensemble will give a performance in Massey Concert Hall.

Tuesday, November 12 7:00 PM – Jazz Small Group I
Belmont’s Jazz Small Group I will give a performance in Harton Recital Hall.

Those are your highlights for the next couple weeks! Thanks!

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