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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

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn, October/November Edition Part 1

A. Introduction

With the end of 2017 fast approaching, the holidays are usually a time for family gatherings, revival and reflection. It has been wonderful for me to revive this column for the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, and doing it has also provided me with a renewed appreciation for and interest in a host […]

By |November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn Sept 2017 Jazz & Blues Reviews

Jazz and Blues Reviews
Spotlight Review

Dave Pomeroy
“Angel in the Ashes”
(Earwave)

Bass ace Dave Pomeroy not only been a prolific and versatile player (more than 500 recorded appearances in multiple genres), he’s also a noted writer and a longtime union advocate. But his first love has always been playing, and he demonstrates impressive technical acumen and idiomatic […]

By |November 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn September Edition Part 2

Interactions: Interviews with national and local jazz and blues artists and writers

A. Willard Jenkins -WPFW-FM/Editor/contributor Open Sky.

Willard Jenkins does so many things we could devote an entire column just to his various activities. He’s among other things an independent arts consultant, concerts and festivals artistic director/curator, producer, writer and editor under his Open Sky banner. […]

By |November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

VIDEO: from TJBS Great Albums Concert: Herbie Hancock “Head Hunters”

From the November 2016 Great Albums Concert, “Chameleon.” From the Herbie Hancock album “Head Hunters.” Concert featured Paul Horton (keyboards), Greg Bryant (bass), Rahsaan Barber (saxophone), Giovanni Rodriguez (percussion), and Derrek Phillips (drums).

By |October 31st, 2017|0 Comments