The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, announces the 11th season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. The second installment in this year’s series is Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 pm, and features a 100th birthday tribute to the great trumpeter and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie.
This year’s series is presented with support from Caterpillar Financial Services and Peter & Anne Neff.
The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN. Performances in the series are free and open to the public. Each performance is led by a jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. The next presentation in this year’s series is:
Sunday, February 26 – A 100th Birthday Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, celebrating Black History Month, presented by Jamey Simmons
John Burks “Dizzy” Gillespie was one of the founding fathers of bebop. He pioneered a virtuoso trumpet style that is distinctive and wholly original, and has not been equaled since. Getting his start in jazz in big bands during the 1930’s, Gillespie played in and led many noted bands during the 1940’s and 1950’s, and reigned as jazz royalty throughout the rest of his life. He was also a pioneer in introducing Afro-Cuban elements into jazz. Besides his prodigious talent, Dizzy’s engaging personality and good humor made him a beloved figure and an ambassador of jazz around the world. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dizzy’s birth with a presentation and performance by trumpeter and MTSU Jazz Studies Professor Jamey Simmons, leading an all-star ensemble. With Matt Endahl, Jim Ferguson, Derrek Phillips, Roland Barber, Cord Martin, and Denis Solee.