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Giant Steps: Ron Wynn’s Year End Column Part 1

Note: we’re a bit late getting this posted, so some of the things mentioned have already occurred, but the ideas contained here are relevant as ever. Contents: Commentary, Appreciations (Clora Bryant, Harold Mabern, Richard Wyands, & Larry Willis), Marcus Finnie Interview, & Nick Nixon tribute.
Need for a Jazz Awards ceremony
The Grammy nominations were recently […]

By |February 9th, 2020|0 Comments

TJBS Great Albums Concert: Sarah Vaughan “How Long Has This Been Going On” w/ Connye Florance

On Sunday, March 8 at 7pm, the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society will present its first Great Albums Concert of 2020. The featured album is Sarah Vaughan’s “How Long Has This Been Going On,” performed by popular Nashville vocalist Connye Florance with Kevin Madill (piano), Brian Allen (bass), Marcus Finnie (drums), and Mel Deal (guitar).

The […]

By |February 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Giant Steps: Feature Reviews

by Ron Wynn

Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra
“Live From Nashville”

Baritone saxophonist, composer and arranger Ryan Middagh has worked tirelessly since 2014 in making the Blair School of Music’s jazz studies program a great one. One of his areas of emphasis has been on the large jazz ensemble and orchestra, and this new CD spotlights both his […]

By |January 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn, Jazz Commentary & Appreciation

COMMENTARY: Jazz & popular music; APPRECIATION: Harold Mabern

For many decades a loose coalition of musicians, critics and academics have lobbied hard to have jazz viewed as distinct from, and to a large extent outside, the realm of popular (and certainly “pop”) music. There are many variations on this argument, many of them valid. The […]

By |January 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn: Jazz Commentary & Conversations

The NPR track record when it comes to jazz is spotty. They’ve had their share of triumphs with such valuable and historically significant shows as “Piano Jazz” and “Jazz Profiles.” But in recent years, the trend on too many NPR stations has been towards more news/talk, less jazz, something the late Nat […]

By |December 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Blue Note 80th Anniversary Tour: TICKET DISCOUNT!

See below for ticket discount information!
Blue Note Records, established in 1939, is a household word among jazz fans. Not content to rest on their laurels, the label is celebrating their 80th Anniversary with a spectacular tour by three of their finest and most dynamic artists!

Our friends at the City Winery donated 3 pairs of tickets […]

By |November 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

TJBS Great Albums Concert: Hank Mobley “Soul Station”

The next Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society Great Albums Concert is Sunday, November 3 at 7pm, and showcases the classic Hank Mobley recording “Soul Station,” presented by the Rahsaan Barber Quartet featuring Bruce Dudley, John Birdsong, and Chester Thompson.

“Soul Station” was released in 1960 at the height of the classic Blue Note era, and […]

By |October 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

WIN TICKETS: Jazz Legend Ahmad Jamal at the Schermerhorn!

An NEA Jazz Master, a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend and GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ahmad Jamal makes his first Nashville appearance in recent memory Friday, November 18 at 8pm.

Our friends at the Nashville Symphony have donated a pair of tickets to be given away to a lucky TJBS member or supporter. To […]

By |October 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Tedeschi Trucks Band — WIN TICKETS

The Tedeschi Trucks Band will be performing on Thursday, February 27, Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Ryman Auditorium located at 116 5th Ave. N., Nashville, TN. 37203. These shows are all ages and begin at 8:00 PM with doors opening at 7:00 PM.

Our friends at the Ryman are offering […]

By |September 29th, 2019|0 Comments

TJBS Great Albums Concert: Monk’s “Misterioso” performed by the David Rodgers Quartet

The next concert in the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society’s Great Albums Series at the City Winery takes place Sunday, September 15 at 7pm and features the classic Thelonious Monk LP “Misterioso.” TJBS is proud to present the David Rodgers Quartet performing this iconic recording. David brings a group of top-flight musicians: Vicente Archer […]

By |August 16th, 2019|0 Comments