The next TJBS Great Albums Concert is set to take place Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 7 pm in The Lounge at the City Winery. May’s Great Album highlights the Art Blakey classic ‘Moanin’ performed by acclaimed drummer Chester Thompson. Joining Chester will be trumpeter Rod McGaha, saxophonist Rahsaan Barber, pianist Chris Walters and bassist Jack Aylor.
Moanin’ features some of the greatest music Blakey has produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. Three tracks from the album have been deemed immortal and will stand the test of time. The title selection is a pure tuneful melody stewed in a bluesy shuffle written by pianist Bobby Timmons, while tenor saxophonist Benny Golson’s classy, slowed “Along Came Betty” and the static, militaristic “Blues March” will always have a home in the repertoire of every student or professional jazz band. “Are You Real?” has the most subtle of melody lines, and “Drum Thunder Suite” has Blakey’s quick blasting tom-tom-based rudiments reigning on high as the horns sigh, leading to hard bop. A completely satisfying album, Moanin’ ranks with the very best of Blakey and what modern jazz offered in the late ’50s and beyond
In 1995, Chester Thompson and his family moved from L.A. to Nashville. He is known for a very successful playing and recording career with such artists as Weather Report, Frank Zappa, George Duke, Phil Collins, Genesis and many more. Chester is on the faculty at Belmont University in Nashville. He is very much in demand in the studios, and is constantly traveling to do clinics and master classes. Chester teaches drumset classes and ensembles at Nashville Jazz Workshop, and has also served on its Board of Directors.
The Lounge at City Winery has comfortable seating and great acoustics where patrons can enjoy great dinner selections and cocktail options while seeing the show. Doors open at 5 pm and the concert begins at 7 pm. Unlike previous Great Album concerts, there will be only one performance during the evening. Tickets are $20, $15 for TJBS members, available on the City Winery website. Members will receive the code via email.