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The Jazz Times of Nashville 10/16

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.

Hey folks! Welcome back to The Jazz Times of Nashville. There are some exciting events coming up in the next couple weeks, so read on to find a show for you!

The Nashville Jazz Workshop

Saturday, October 19 6:00 PM – Jazzmania!
The Workshop will be holding its annual fundraiser, featuring performances from some of the city’s finest musicians. Headlining the event will be Gerald Clayton, a phenomenal jazz pianist. Also performing will be Lori Mechem Quartet and NJW Young Artist Ensemble. There will also be a special reception for table hosts, sponsors, and patron ticket-holders before the event, serving hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a meet-and-greet with the Gerald Clayton Quartet. The even will also feature both live and silent auction.

Rudy’s Jazz Room

Friday, October 18
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 – Bruce Dudley Quartet
Bruce Dudley leads a quartet playing the music of Thelonious Monk, celebrating the jazz great’s 102nd birthday. The Quartet will feature Nashville favorites Don Aliquo (saxophone), Jonathan Wires (bass), and Marcus Finnie (drums).

11:30 PM – Jeff Goodkind Quartet
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jeff Goodkind leads a quartet featuring his unique compositional voice.

Saturday, October 19
5:30 PM – Les Sabler
Formerly of Montreal, Les Sabler has made Nashville his home for the last five years, and is making his debut performance at Rudy’s. Sabler’s latest CD Jobim Tribute, has gotten a lot of good press, and reached #1 on Amazon Brazilian Jazz and Latin Jazz and #36 Latin Music one week after release.

8:00 PM – Diane Marino Quintet
Accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger Diane Marino will lead a quintet featuring some of Nashville’s finest jazz musicians. Originally from Manhattan, Marino has been performing since she was very young, and has been featured at major jazz festivals. Her quartet will feature Don Aliquo (saxophone), Frank Marino (bass), Neil Tufano (drums), and Jerome Degey (guitar).

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, October 25
5:30 PM – Talisha Holmes
Backed by one of Nashville’s most talented jazz groups, Cliff Richmond and the CliffNotes, Talisha Holmes will showcase her eclectic style, blending everything from jazz to soul to frunk to whatever else inspires her in the moment.

MILEStones: Tribute to Miles Davis

8:00 PM – MILEStones: Tribute to Miles Davis

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.

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 the

ir repertoire includes both original recordings featuring elements of a number of genres, as well as reinterpretations of classic jazz standards. Our Derek Volkmann attended one of their previous performances at Rudy’s. Check out his review here.

Saturday, October 26
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 – 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 – 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.

The Cobra

Tuesday, October 29 8:00 PM – A Night of Jazz and Afrobeat with Sunny Dada & the Afrokokoroots Band, with the Kyle Etges Quartet and Miranda Powell
A bit of a special announcement as my Afrobeat band will be playing at the Cobra for a spooky Halloween-themed show. Miranda Powell will play first, followed by the Kyle Etges Quartet, both of whom are also in the Afrobeat band. Afrokokoroots will start around 11:00 PM.

Ahmad Jamal

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Friday, October 18 8:00 PM – Ahmad Jamal at the Nashville Symphony Jazz Series
Jazz giant Ahmad Jamal, an NEA Jazz Master, Kennedy Center Living Legend and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will make his first Nashville appearance in living memory as guest for the Nashville Symphony Jazz Series.

University Jazz Life

Belmont University
Wednesday, October 16 7:30 PM – Faculty Jazz Group
Belmont’s Faculty Jazz Group will give a performance in Massey Concert Hall.

Monday, October 21 7:30 PM – Jazz Band I & II
Belmont’s two big bands will give a joint performance in Massey Concert Hall.

Tuesday, October 29 7:30 PM – Jazzmin
Belmont’s Jazzmin jazz ensemble will give a performance in Massey Concert Hall.

Vanderbilt University
Monday, October 28 8:00 PM – Blair Jazz Combos
Blair School of Music’s jazz combos will give a performance in Turner Recital Hall.

Those are your highlights for the next couple of weeks. Thanks everyone!!

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