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Giant Steps by Ron Wynn: Jazz & Race, Dick Waterman, Toni Morrison

A. Jazz and Race
As in many other areas of American life, many folks prefer not to discuss racial issues as they relate to jazz, or for that matter bring into the musical sphere any type of political topic. It gets people nervous and agitated, in part because music is (inaccurately) considered one of those […]

By |August 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Herbie Hancock at the Ryman: Discount tickets

Our friends at the Ryman are making available discounted tickets to the Herbie Hancock concert Sunday, August 11 at 7:30pm. A limited number of discount tickets are available. Here’s the link for tickets. . . click on the Ticket “Type” icon before selecting seats and enter the discount code JAZZ.

The Ryman also donated a […]

By |July 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Giant Steps – June July Edition Part 1

Giant Steps
June/July edition, Part 1
A. Commentary
Column expansion – It has been and remains a great pleasure to do this column each month. One of the things I have maintained is in my experience most of the folks who love jazz and blues, particularly those who grew up in my time frame (the baby boomers), […]

By |July 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: At Mister Kelly’s performed by Crystal Miller w/ the John Birdsong Trio

The Great Albums concert series continued Sunday, July 28 with “At Mister Kelly’s” by Sarah Vaughn performed by Crystal Miller, with the John Birdsong Trio featuring Kelli Cox & Chester Thompson. The music was great, enjoyed by a lively crowd at the City Winery’s Upstairs Lounge! The next Great Albums Concert is scheduled for Sunday, […]

By |July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Giant Steps – April/May Column Part II

Giant Steps By Ron Wynn
April/May column, Part II
I – Appreciations
A. Chris Albertson
Chris Albertson was a distinguished writer, critic and DJ, whose greatest fame came for his pioneering work writing about and later producing reissue vintage recordings of the great blues singer Bessie Smith. But Albertson, who died April 24 at 87 at his Manhattan […]

By |May 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Time Out by Dave Brubeck Performed by the Bruce Dudley Quartet

The Great Albums concert series continues with “Time Out” by Dave Brubeck performed by the Bruce Dudley Quartet, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for TJBS Members. Members will […]

By |May 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Giant Steps – April

Giant Steps – April Part 1
I – Commentary
A. Jazz Appreciation Month
The Smithsonian Institute initially deemed April “Jazz Appreciation Month” in 2000, and it has become a national and global celebration culminating in International Jazz Day events each year on the final day of the month. This year there was a all-star concert held in […]

By |May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays performed by Music City Big Band

Join TJBS for a special evening of big band jazz!  The Great Albums concert series continues with “The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays” by The Bob Curnow L.A. Big Band performed by Music City Big Band, Sunday, May 12, 2019 in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm […]

By |April 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Giant Steps/January February: Jazz Appreciations & Commentary

Giant Steps/January February Edition, Part II
A. Jazz Appreciations
a. Joseph Jarman/Alvin Fielder 
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) is now a globally recognized and celebrated institution. But when it began in 1965, its founding individuals were widely regarded by the jazz establishment as radicals, mavericks or eccentrics. To a degree all those labels […]

By |April 3rd, 2019|1 Comment

Giant Steps- Jan/Feb Part I: Howard Mandel Interview

Giant Steps- Jan/Feb. Part 1
A. Jazz Conversations
We are quite fortunate for our latest interview subject to get longtime prolific music journalist Howard Mandel. He is a writer, radio producer, educator, lecturer, president of the Jazz Journalists Association, and board member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Born and raised in Chicago, he lived and […]

By |March 25th, 2019|0 Comments