The Tennessee Jazz  Blues Society and Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville kicked off the new performance series, Sessions at Steinway on Saturday, September 6 with legendary drummer Duffy Jackson, hosted by pianist Bruce Dudley.

Duffy, son of famed bassist Chubby Jackson, grew up with jazz legends in his family’s living room, started playing drums at age 4 and was a professional by the time he was a teenager. He noted that right after his high school graduation he was invited to go on the road with Ray Brown, and his resume from that time on reads like a who’s who of jazz greats, from Count Basie and Lionel Hampton to Lena Horne and Sammy Davis, Jr. The audience for the inaugural Steinway Session was treated to a fascinating interview of the great drummer, punctuated by humorous anectodes and some great playing. Duffy led his trio (with bassist Michael Rinne and pianist Matt Endahl) in several tunes demonstrating not only his superb drum chops, but his mastery of taste and subtlety, frequently using brushes to play with quiet intensity.

At the end of the program the Trio was joined by host Bruce Dudley on piano, and the afternoon closed on a humorous but amazing note, as Duffy switched from drums to piano and then to bass on the final musical selection, demonstrating his virtuosity on multiple instruments (oh, and he also scatted!) as trio-mates Endahl and Rinne also took up other instruments! The audience at the Steinway Gallery was treated not only to a great jazz performance, but to rare insights into the life and career of a jazz master.

The next, program in the series, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 4, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The scheduled guest artist, Jeff Coffin, is unable to appear due to an unexpected schedule conflict.

The next confirmed dates in the series are:

Saturday, November 1, Guest artist, Jody Nardone, Host Cliff Richmond

Saturday, December 6, Guest artist, Chester Thompson

Sessions at Steinway is modeled after the award-winning series, Inside The Actors’s Studio and was conceived by saxophonist and TJBS Vice-President, Rahsaan Barber. The new series combines interview and performance, featuring guest hosts and artists whose work enriches Music City’s jazz and blues scenes. It offers audiences the rare chance to to hear unique and personal accounts of life both on and away from the stage. The “sessions” will include short performances and a Q&A segment for audience interaction.

Tickets will be $10 for TJBS members and $15 for non-members. Student tickets will also be available for $10.

We thank the Steinway Piano Gallery for their co-sponsorship of this event!

Since 1929, Steinway Piano Gallery has offered the very best pianos in every price range, as a result we sell more pianos than any else in Middle Tennessee.”

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