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Giant Steps by Ron Wynn Year-End Column

Year-End Column
A. Year in Review
As a fan and advocate for jazz, blues and other idioms that seldom find their way onto commercial airwaves or into discussions of what’s supposedly culturally relevant, every year has mixed blessings. The sad reality in the jazz and blues world is each year we will lose legendary and irreplaceable […]

By |January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Portraits of Duke Ellington with Andy Reiss

TJBS proudly kicks off 2019 by presenting “Portraits of Duke Ellington” by Joe Pass presented by the guitarist for the Time Jumpers Andy Reiss. Sunday, January 13, 2019 in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased […]

By |December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps Bonus Interview: Rod McGaha

Giant Steps bonus interview – Jazz Conversations with Rod McGaha

Trumpeter Rod McGaha has become such a prominent part of the Nashville jazz world that it seems he’s been here forever. But he actually grew up in the Windy City (Chicago). He was a student of the great Clark Terry during his days at DePaul […]

By |December 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn September/October Edition Part 2

September/ October Column – Part 2
A. Appreciations
1. Roy Hargrove

Trumpeter and bandleader Roy Hargrove brought an individual brilliance and sparkling personality to his music, traits that allowed him to excel in any and all situations. They also enabled him to avoid the in-fighting and concerns over idiomatic purity that have bothered many of his contemporaries. […]

By |November 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Clifford Brown & Max Roach

The album “Clifford Brown and Max Roach” was critically well received and includes several notable tracks, including two that have since become jazz standards. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and was included in Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings, ranking at #34. New […]

By |November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn September/October Edition Part I

I- Tributes

A. Randy Weston
It has long been a point of contention in some circles over whether there’s been significant African influences on jazz. Some like Stanley Crouch have long insisted that there’s no connection or ties. But the great pianist, composer and bandleader Randy Weston spent the bulk of his esteemed life refuting that […]

By |November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

TJBS presents the recently discovered album by the late John Coltrane, “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album” presented by the Don Aliquo Quartet. Sunday, November 11, 2018, in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased […]

By |October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Mongo at the Village Gate Reprise

TJBS closes out Hispanic Heritage Month by reprising last month’s performance “Mongo at the Village Gate” by Mongo Santamaria featuring the Yamil Conga Octet. This performance will feature songs from “Mongo Explodes at the Village Gate” including his smash hit, Afro Blue. Sunday, October 14, 2018, in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors […]

By |October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps, August Edition Part II by Ron Wynn

Jazz Conversations II
A. Rusty Hassan
Rusty Hassan has been a jazz collector, broadcaster, educator and historian since the mid-’60s. As with many others who’ve participated in this series, we initially met online, though I had long been a fan of his radio show on WPFW in Washington, D.C. (it now airs Thursday nights from 9 […]

By |September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn August Edition

I – Commentary
A. The reaction to Stanley Crouch being a 2019 Jazz Master

When the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of their 2019 Jazz Master Fellowships in June one name leaped off the page and immediately overshadowed all the others. It wasn’t the late Bob Dorough, whose masterful skills as a lyricist, […]

By |August 27th, 2018|0 Comments