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The Jazz Times of Nashville 10/2

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! Read on for the latest in upcoming jazz events around town! Remember to click each event for more information, including tickets and location.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

There won’t be any events at the Workshop itself to report until next time, but they do have a few community events coming up for those interested.

Friday, October 4 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 vocalist Christina Watson. Next month it will be saxophonist David Williford. The Workshop strongly suggests reservations for those that want to attend.

Saturday, October 5 6:00-9:00 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 James Richardson.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Marcus Finnie

Thursday, October 3 9:00 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.

Friday, October 4
5:30 PM – Charles “Wigg” Walker
Rudy’s continues its Friday Happy Hour Soul and Jazz Series with Charles “Wigg” Walker. Walker was born in Nashville in 1940 and remains one of the few remaining original soul singers from when this music was first hitting the scene. Walker’s career has spanned more than fifty years, having recorded for Chess Records and touring the country with the J.C. Davis Band opening for giants of the era including James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, and many more. This experience gives him an authenticity that few have been able to match.

8:00 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 Steve Kovalcheck, Don Aliquo, Brian Allen and Jim White.

11:30 PM – Bruce Dudley Trio
Bruce Dudley has been playing piano professionally for over forty years, and in that time he has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Randy Brecker, Herb Ellis and many more. He has played keyboards in more than thirty-five touring Broadway shows, including Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many other popular shows.

The Trio includes Jim Ferguson and Jim White.

Saturday, October 5
5:30 PM – Jerry Navarro
Originally from Oxnard, California, Jerry Navarro eventually found his way to Nashville, where he attended Belmont University studying Music Performance and Composition, and also attended classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Navarro has taken an interest in many types of music, and as a result of his dedication to the instrument he has shared the stage with popular acts like Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Martina McBride, and more; he’s also performed with important jazz artists Rod McGaha, Jody Nardone, and Beegie Adair, to name a few.

Navarro will be joined by renowned musicians Jerome Gegey on guitar, and Pete Abbot on drums.

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 – Miguel Alvarado Quartet
A Florida native who’s made Nashville his home, Miguel Alvarado leads a band that has enjoyed the success of performing with some of the industry’s top acts, including the Marsalis family, George Clinton, and Kelly Clarkson.

Alvarado on saxophones, the band consists of Dave Potter (drums), Will Goble (bass), and Austin Johnson (piano).

Tuesday, October 8 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, October 10 9:00 PM – Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers
Led by the charming and enigmatic Sweet Megg, the Wayfarers re-imagine a world in which all of the jazz greats are playing together, side-by-side. The band incorporates elements of many of jazz’s classic genres, from New Orleans swing to Harlem swing to Parisian cabaret to gut bucket blues.

Friday, October 11
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 – Gregory Tardy
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.

He will be joined by Jody Nardone, Roger Spencer, and Chester Thompson.

11:30 PM – Cliff Richmond and 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.

Saturday, October 12
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.

Perry Smith

8:00 PM – Perry Smith
San Francisco native Perry Smith is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where he maintains an active performance schedule, and he has also performed at a number of jazz festivals around the world. He has released three records under his own name featuring his quintet. Smith blends a variety of jazz influences into a unique sound that both echoes tradition and voices modernity.


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, October 15 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.

University Jazz Life

Middle Tennessee State University

Monday, October 7 7:30 PM – MTSU Jazz Ensembles I & II
Both of MTSU’s Big Band ensembles will take the stage at Hinton Hall. These ensembles represent some of the top jazz talent at the University, and the ensembles regularly perform with internationally acclaimed jazz artists. The big bands frequently feature both classic big band charts and arrangements of standards, but also new compositions by contemporary big band composers.

Belmont University

Wednesday, October 9 6:30 PM – Nashville State Community College Jazz Ensemble
The Nashville State Community College Jazz Ensemble will perform in Belmont’s McAfee Concert Hall.

Wednesday, October 16 7:30 PM – Jazz Faculty Group
Belmont’s School of Music will feature its jazz faculty together in concert.

Vanderbilt University

Thursday, October 3 8:00 PM – Blair Big Band Plays the Music of Charles Mingus
The DownBeat award-winning Blair Big Band will perform a concert dedicated to the music of Charles Mingus, one of the most important trailblazers in jazz music. The concert promises to capture the radical spirit and spontaneity of Mingus’ music.

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 coming weeks! As always, please reach out to us at if you want us to highlight an event that might not be so well-known.

ALSO if you are someone with experience in jazz and are interested in possibly writing jazz reviews for Music City Review please reach out as well.


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