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Great Albums Concert: Standards – Live at the Village Vanguard by JJ Johnson

The next TJBS Great Albums Concert is set to take place Sunday, August 5th, 2018  in The Lounge at City Winery. This concert highlights J.J. Johnson’s “Standards- Live at the Village Vanguard” lead by trombonist Roland Barber.

Recorded in July 1988 at the renowned Village Vanguard, this set features trombonist J.J. Johnson’s quintet with Ralph […]

By |July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn June/July Edition Part 1

Side 1 – Commentary
A. Black Music Month

June has officially been celebrated as Black Music Month since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter decreed it as THE month of Black music. It was renamed African-American Music Appreciation Month by President Barack Obama in 2009. In one of his final proclamations in 2016, he said, “African-American music and […]

By |July 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps Plus Extra by Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

In honor of both the release of new album and this being CMA Fest week, here’s an interview we did with longtime country star and former Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Sylvia. From 1979-1987 she was among the biggest stars in the genre. Sylvia had a dozen Top […]

By |June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps By Ron Wynn April/May Edition Part II

April/May edition – Part II

I. Spotlight Reviews

A. – Diane Marino
“Soul Serenade – The Gloria Lynne Project”

Though an outstanding interpreter of standards and the Great American Songbook, Diane Marino’s definitely has the versatility to excel outside that arena. Her newest release “Soul Serenade – The Gloria Lynne Project” provides ideal material that allows Marino to display that emotional […]

By |June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: “Song for My Father” by Horace Silver

The next TJBS Great Albums Concert is set to take place Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 7 pm in The Lounge at the City Winery. The Father’s Day edition of Great Albums highlights “Song For My Father” by Horace Silver. Leading this Great Albums’ is pianist Karlton Talyor. Doors open at 5 pm and […]

By |May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert Series: Moanin’ by Art Blakey

The next TJBS Great Albums Concert is set to take place Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7 pm in The Lounge at the City Winery. May’s Great Album highlights the Art Blakey classic ‘Moanin’ performed by acclaimed drummer Chester Thompson. Joining Chester will be  trumpeter Rod McGaha,  saxophonist Rahsaan Barber, pianist Chris Walters and […]

By |May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn April Part 1 by Ron Wynn

April Edition

Jazz commentary

A. Jazz Appreciation Month
Since 2001, April has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month, something I feel about in the same manner as I do Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black Music Month, etc. A major part of my professional and personal life has always been dedicated to celebrating […]

By |May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn February/March Part 2

Part 2 – Reviews
A. Spotlight releases

Charlie Peacock – When Light Flashes Help Is On The Way (Twenty Ten Music)

Jeff Coffin – Next Time Yellow (Earup)

These two discs from a pair of Nashville’s premier jazz musicians reflect the strong influence of early ’70s jazz-rock. This was a time when improvisers freely mixed and matched elements from […]

By |April 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn February/March Part 1

Interview with Eugene Holley Jr.
Editor’s note: Eugene Holley Jr. is a jazz journalist and essayist. His writings have appeared in DownBeat, Hot House, Playbill, and Wax Poetics.

1. What initially got you interested in music and in writing about it?

I’ve always been into music. My mom sang choral music in college with the great black […]

By |March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society Great Album Series: Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage featuring Jody Nardone with Rod McGaha, Rahsaan Barber, Jonathan Wires and Joshua Hunt

The next TJBS Great Album Concert Series is set for Sunday, April 22nd – Earth Day, doors 5 pm, show 7 pm in The Lounge at City Winery. Join us as we celebrate with a tribute to the classic album “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock featuring Jody Nardone, with Rod McGaha and Rahsaan Barber.


We’re […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments