Nashville’s City Winery has made a big splash since its opening in 2014, getting raves as a warm and spacious music venue combined with a wine bar and restaurant. The music bookings have been mainly singer/songwriter, as you might expect from a venue so close to the city’s new convention center. However, the establishment has been dipping its toes into jazz, first booking the Nashville Jazz Orchestra for what we hope will become a regular series of performances, and most recently, the celebrated jazz artist Brian Blade and his Mama Rosa project, set to appear on Friday, June 19 at 8pm.

Opening for Brian Blade will be local favorite Nioshi Jackson and his trio, with Jody Nardone and Jerry Navarro.

Congratulations to Barbara Rhodes and Gary Dryden, who each won a pair of tickets to the concert, courtesy of our friends at the City Winery. A random drawing for the winner was held last Friday to select the winners.

Despite the Winery’s promotion, which depicts Blade in his most familiar jazz drummer persona, the upcoming show will feature the artist’s Mama Rosa project. Blade, as it turns out, is also an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter. His 2009 CD of the the same title was a tribute to his grandmother and family. Co-produced by Blade and Adam Samuels, the album featured Daniel Lanois, vocalists Kelly Jones and Daryl Johnson, bassist Chris Thomas, guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Goffrey Moore, pedal steel guitarists Greg Leisz and Patrick Smith, and pianists Aaron Embry and Jon Cowherd.

Tickets for the June 19 performance range from $18 to $25, available through the City Winery’s website:

http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/tickets/brianblade061915.html

If you’re interested in learning more about the Mama Rosa project, here’s a review at All About Jazz:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/mama-rosa-brian-blade-verve-music-group-review-by-john-kelman.php