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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

Great Albums Concert Series Continues with tribute to Chick Corea

The next TJBS Great Albums Concert Series is set to take place Sunday, March 4 at 7pm in the Upstairs Lounge at the City Winery. The subject will be the classic album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” by Chick Corea featuring the Matt Endahl Trio with Marcus Finne and Jerry Navarro.

We’re continuing our […]

By |February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn January 2018

Giant Steps – January 2018 edition
By Ron Wynn

A. Denise LaSalle Appreciation
Denise LaSalle was a magnificent ambassador for blues and soul, a wonderful performer and consistent, relentless touring professional with a great career that stretched from the ’60s until illness felled her in recent months. She forged a distinctive identity as a singer/songwriter who was equally at home doing risqué […]

By |January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Series kicks off for 2018 with Coltrane/Hartman Tribute

The TJBS Great Albums Concert Series is back for 2018! The inaugural concert takes place Sunday, February 11 at 7pm in the Upstairs Lounge at the City Winery. The subject will be the classic album “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman,” led by saxophonist Rahsaan Barber and vocalist Kevin Whalum.

We’re excited to bring the series […]

By |January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

GIANT STEPS EXTRA

Jason Marsalis interview

At 40, Jason Marsalis may be the least publicized member of an incredible musical family. But his credentials, while perhaps not as familiar to jazz fans as those of Wynton, Branford or Delfeayo (or even their famous father Ellis), are still quite extensive and impressive. He formally studied percussion at Loyola University in […]

By |January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps Special Edition, Gift Guide

By Ron Wynn
Side A – Jazz Plus releases
With Christmas little more than a week away, if you are both a last minute shopper and seeking gifts for a big music fan, here are some items and selections that might prove ideal. All these sets and/or items should be available online, and also hopefully at […]

By |December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn October/November Part 2

Side II – Interactions/interviews
A. Reuben Jackson interview
Radio host, acclaimed poet, and longtime Duke Ellington curator Reuben Jackson is another among many wonderful friends acquired through Facebook. That is how I found out about his fantastic show “Friday Night Jazz,” which as we said earlier is now sadly in its final weeks. But through April […]

By |November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

VIDEO: From the TJBS Great Albums Concert, “Ella and Louis”

From the TJBS Great Albums Concert, “Ella and Louis” September 14, 2016. Featuring Sandra Dudley & Kevin Whalum (vocals), Rod McGaha (trumpet), Bruce Dudley (piano), Andy Reiss (guitar), John Birdsong (bass), and Duffy Jackson (drums).

By |November 24th, 2017|0 Comments