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The Jazz Times of Nashville 11/13

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 15 8:00 PM – Jeff Hall Live at the Jazz Cave

Jeff Hall


A favorite of Nashville jazz audiences, vocalist Jeff Hall will give the final performance in the current Jazz Cave. Now located in the Baltimore area, Hall is an accomplished performer as well as arranger. Hall has recorded three albums as a leader, the most recent being Life, Collected, recorded with a group of top L.A. musicians. Hall will be joined by NJW founders Lori Mechem on piano and Roger Spencer on bass, as well as Chris Brown on drums and Don Aliquo on sax.


Rudy’s Jazz Room

Thursday, November 14 9:00 PM – Pat Coil Quintet
Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, Pat Coil is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and producer, as well as a highly respected studio musician. Coil has recorded six albums of his own, and has composed for TV series and movies.

The quintet includes Brandon Moore, Pat Bergeson, Brian Allen, and Josh Hunt.

Friday, November 15
5:30 PM – Olivier Franc & Jean Baptiste Franc Duo
Widely considered the “world’s best Sydney Bichet style player,” Olivier Franc brings fresh and personal original music while maintaining the tradition of Sydney Bichet. Franc is the recipient of numerous awards for his outstanding musicianship. His son, Jean Baptiste Franc is a self-taught piano who blends his own style with the stride piano tradition.

8:00 PM – Dara Tucker

Named “Best Jazz Vocalist of 2019” by the Nashville Scene, vocalist and songwriter Dara Tucker has carved out a unique niche for herself by combining the lyrical strains of the central plains with the tradition and roots of jazz. She has opened for Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter.

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, November 16

Dara Tucker

5:30 PM – Shaun Munday
One-of-a-kind bass and vocal talent Shaun Munday blends soulful vocals with incredible virtuosity on his instrument. Munday has shared the stage with blues legend Robert Cray, reggae originals Aston Barrett and the Wailers, Devon Allman, and many others. His debut self-titled album was released in March 2017, and received rave reviews.

8:00 PM – The Diane Marino Octet
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 Scott Ducaj, saxophonists Don Aliquo and Cole Burgess, bassist Frank Marino, drummer Neil Tufano, trombonist Desmond NG, and guitarist Jerome Degey.

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.

Tuesday, November 19 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.

Thursday, November 21 9:00 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.

Friday, November 22
5:30 PM – James Austin Jr. – Songs in the Key of Wonder
James Austin Jr. is an accomplished jazz pianist and band leader who has performed with a long list of jazz greats, and has received a number of awards and accolades for his talent. Austin plays a mix of jazz standards and arrangements of classic Stevie Wonder tunes.

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).

11:30 PM – Jimmy Sullivan
Virginia native Jimmy Sullivan’s career as an electric and upright bassist began in Richmond, continued to New York, and now centers in Nashville. Sullivan works as a touring and session musician across multiple genres. He will be joined by Adam Davis on guitar and Wes Little on drums.

Saturday, November 23
5:30 PM – Marcus Finnie Band
Memphis native and Nashville resident Marcus Finnie has performed with industry giants like Taj Mahal, Donna Summer, Billy Preston, and many more. He has also recorded with Grammy and Stellar Award nominated and winning artists like Keb mo & Taj Mahal, India Arie, Michael McDonald, and more.

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.

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

6:00 PM – Cliff Richmond and the CliffNotes
Guitarist Cliff Richmond leads a powerful group serving up a blend of soulful, swinging, and funky jazz. The group’s music incorporates a wide range of styles from mainstream swing to rhythm and blues, Latin and reggae.

9:00 PM – The 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.

City Winery

Tuesday, November 26 7:00 PM – NJO: A Night In Tunisia w/ Lalo Davila & Special Guests
The Nashville Jazz Orchestra presents a night of music inspired by Dizzy Gillespie’s Afro-Cuban Big Band, featuring music from Queen Celia Cruz and Tito Puente’s Oye Como Va, Ran Kan Kan.

University Jazz Life

Middle Tennessee State University

Thursday, November 14 8:00 PM – MTSU Singers
MTSU’s premier vocal jazz ensemble will give a concert in Hinton Hall. These performances often feature complex vocal arrangements of jazz standards, as well as arrangements of traditional spirituals.

Monday, November 18 7:30 PM – Jazz Ensemble II
MTSU’s second big band ensemble will give a performance in Hinton Hall.

Vanderbilt University

Thursday, November 14 8:00 PM – Blair Big Band with Francisco Torres, trombone
Director Ryan Middagh will lead the Blair Big Band in a concert with special guest Francisco Torres on trombone.

JAZZ JAMS – For those looking to hone their improvisation skills, whether they be seasoned musicians or less advanced players, there are two regular jazz jams in the area, one at Rudy’s every Sunday night from 9:00-12:00, and one at Christ Lutheran Church every Saturday from 2:00-4:00.

Those are your highlights for the next two weeks. Thanks!

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