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The Jazz Times of Nashville 12/11

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 everyone to the Jazz Times of Nashville. As this time of year usually slows down in the world of music, this edition will be the last of the year, and possibly the last in general, as I will be stepping down as Jazz Editor at the end of the year to focus on other projects. It’s been a pleasure bringing you these columns, and I hope everyone has a very happy and peaceful Christmas and Holidays.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Friday, December 13
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.

Duffy Jackson

8:00 PM – Duffy Jackson Quintet
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 – The Network
The Network is a live funk and soul powerhouse made up of seasoned touring musicians. Headed by drummer Hubert Payne, the members of the Network come together when not touring with acts such as Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes to deliver audiences heavy funk and soul music that is sure to entertain any audiences.

Saturday, December 14
5:30 PM – Marc Payne Trio
Marc Payne is one of the most talented and promising up and coming artists in the Nashville area, and his trio experience will be sure to attract any jazz lover.

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.

Friday, December 20
6:30 PM and 9:00 PM (two performances) – Sazerac Sleigh Ride
This New Orleans-themed three-night holiday celebration features award-winning vocalist Stephanie Adlington and will showcase your favorite Holiday standards, including old New Orleans Christmas classics.

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

Saturday, December 21
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 – Laura Mayo
Echoing the tradition of great vocalists before her like Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day, Laura Mayo puts a fresh sound on jazz classics. Originally from Memphis, over the last decade Mayo has become a favorite of Nashville studios. She will be delivering her interpretations on standards, accompanied by Matt Endahl on piano, Todd Parks on bass, and Chris Brown on drums.


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.

Friday, December 27
5:30 PM – Jeff Goodkind Trio
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jeff Goodkind leads a trio featuring his unique compositional voice.

8:00 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.

11:30 PM – Geoff Pfeifer
One last chance to catch this electric group before the new year.

Saturday, December 28
5:30 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.

8:00 PM – Diane & Frank Marino
Musical couple and duo Diane and Frank Marino hail from New York City, where each received their music degrees. With a repertoire consisting of all the classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and beyond, Diane provides keys as well as vocals (including the original Portuguese on Bossa Nova tunes) and Frank provides the bass.

11:30 PM – Oracle Blue
Jazz Fusion band Oracle Blue returns to Rudy’s. The band grew out of a university jazz combo, and has turned itself into a touring band. The band’s exact style is difficult to pin down, as their repertoire includes both original recordings featuring elements of a number of genres, as well as reinterpretations of classic jazz standards.

It seems Rudy’s is just about the only place in town for jazz these coming weeks! Expect other venues to pick back up at the beginning of the year. Thanks all!

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