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Great Albums Concert: Mongo at the Village Gate Reprise

TJBS closes out Hispanic Heritage Month by reprising last month’s performance “Mongo at the Village Gate” by Mongo Santamaria featuring the Yamil Conga Octet. This performance will feature songs from “Mongo Explodes at the Village Gate” including his smash hit, Afro Blue. Sunday, October 14, 2018, in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors […]

By |October 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps, August Edition Part II by Ron Wynn

Jazz Conversations II
A. Rusty Hassan
Rusty Hassan has been a jazz collector, broadcaster, educator and historian since the mid-’60s. As with many others who’ve participated in this series, we initially met online, though I had long been a fan of his radio show on WPFW in Washington, D.C. (it now airs Thursday nights from 9 […]

By |September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn August Edition

I – Commentary
A. The reaction to Stanley Crouch being a 2019 Jazz Master

When the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of their 2019 Jazz Master Fellowships in June one name leaped off the page and immediately overshadowed all the others. It wasn’t the late Bob Dorough, whose masterful skills as a lyricist, […]

By |August 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Mongo at the Village Gate

TJBS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting “Mongo at the Village Gate” by Mongo Santamaria featuring Yamil Conga. Sunday, September 16, 2018 in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Yamil will be joined by Evan Cobb and Jovan Quallo (saxophones), Joshua Harner […]

By |August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps Extra by Ron Wynn: Tachoir Duo

Giant Steps Extra
Tachoir Duo presents World Premiere Piece

Nashville has been the home base since 1979 for Marlene and Jerry Tachoir, also known professionally as the Tachoir Duo. Both have impressive credentials. Pianist/vocalist Marlene Tachoir is a graduate of both the Quebec Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude in Arranging […]

By |August 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn June/July Edition Part II

Jazz Conversations

My first introduction to Lazaro Vega was in the mid-90s. I spent two years working as a researcher, reviewer and ultimately first editor of The All Music Guide To Jazz. I stayed in the rather small town of Big Rapids, Michigan. There wasn’t a whole lot to do and I didn’t know many […]

By |July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Great Albums Concert: Standards – Live at the Village Vanguard by JJ Johnson

The next TJBS Great Albums Concert is set to take place Sunday, August 5th, 2018  in The Lounge at City Winery. This concert highlights J.J. Johnson’s “Standards- Live at the Village Vanguard” lead by trombonist Roland Barber.

Recorded in July 1988 at the renowned Village Vanguard, this set features trombonist J.J. Johnson’s quintet with Ralph […]

By |July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn June/July Edition Part I

Side 1 – Commentary
A. Black Music Month

June has officially been celebrated as Black Music Month since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter decreed it as THE month of Black music. It was renamed African-American Music Appreciation Month by President Barack Obama in 2009. In one of his final proclamations in 2016, he said, “African-American music and […]

By |July 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps Plus Extra by Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

In honor of both the release of new album and this being CMA Fest week, here’s an interview we did with longtime country star and former Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Sylvia. From 1979-1987 she was among the biggest stars in the genre. Sylvia had a dozen Top […]

By |June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Giant Steps By Ron Wynn April/May Edition Part II

April/May edition – Part II

I. Spotlight Reviews

A. – Diane Marino
“Soul Serenade – The Gloria Lynne Project”

Though an outstanding interpreter of standards and the Great American Songbook, Diane Marino’s definitely has the versatility to excel outside that arena. Her newest release “Soul Serenade – The Gloria Lynne Project” provides ideal material that allows Marino to display that emotional […]

By |June 8th, 2018|0 Comments