Jazz

On this edition of Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we spend an hour with another member of America's jazz royalty, Dr. Billy Taylor, in a program first heard in the spring of 1994.  Though he left us in 2010, how wonderful it is to hear that warm, soothing, immediately identifiable voice again - that of perhaps the greatest advocate/ambassador modern jazz has ever had.  

Snap on 2 & 4 with Lori Mechem

Dec 9, 2014

The final Snap on 2&4 of 2014 is Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. and features Nashville Jazz Workshop Founder and Director Lori Mechem. She is pulling out all the stops to reveal a depth of her artistry that is rarely seen on the Jazz Cave stage. The evening will include some of her original jazz compositions, some fresh new arrangements of pop standards, as well as an assortment of her Brazilian-flavored jazz tunes (with a nod to her Brazilian ensemble, Ritmos Picantes). 

Tony Bennett at the Schermerhorn

Dec 9, 2014

The one and only Tony Bennett makes his first-ever appearance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 11. With classics like “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” Bennett’s remarkable six-decade career includes some of the most memorable songs ever recorded. The legendary vocalist will perform with his jazz quartet and the Nashville Symphony. Highlighted by a holiday song or two, this evening of musical magic is sure to put a sparkle in your season. This concert will also feature a very special guest – Tony’s daughter Antonia Bennett.

Battleground Smokes & Spirits Wednesday Jazz Night

Dec 9, 2014

Battleground Smokes & Spirits presents straight-ahead jazz with renowned guitarist and educator Geary Moore. Geary brings over 30 years of experience performing with Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith to his soulful approach to standards and pop classics.

The event takes place on December 10 at 12 a.m. and is free to the public.

Improvised Thoughts with host Beegie Adair returns with legendary drummer/bandleader Jeff Hamilton!  From working in Lionel Hampton’s band, to becoming a member of the Monty Alexander Trio, joining Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, filling the drum seat vacated by Shelly Manne in the LA4 (alongside Ray Brown, Bud Shank, and Laurindo Almeida), to performing with such prestigious artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, George Shearing, Lalo Schifrin, and Diana Krall, few jazz drummers have had careers as rewarding and success

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