This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we spend some time with the legendary record producer and talent scout Joel Dorn.  He is credited with first producing and/or discovering artists such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, Aaron Neville, Bette Midler, Hubert Laws, the Allman Brothers and on and on.   He was a principle producer in the golden age of Atlantic Records from the mid-1960s to the mid-70s.  Upon leaving Atlantic he worked independently for a number of multi-genre record labels, even founding several of his own.  

On Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair is the ever popular pianist & bandleader Gene Harris!  In this show from 1994 the spotlight's on the CD 'Funky Gene's' and the Gene Harris Quartet of the day: Gene Harris; guitarist Ron Eschete; Bassist Luther Hughes & drummer Paul Humphrey.  

Blair Big Band and Nashville Jazz Orchestra

Nov 25, 2014

Blair Big Band, led by Director Ryan Middagh, and Nashville Jazz Orchestra, led by Director Jim Williamson, will perform at Ingram Hall on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

The  winter jazz showcase will combine the talents of Blair Big Band with resident professional ensemble the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. Warm up the cold nights with some cool, hot jazz! 

Tickets will be priced at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and Vanderbilt faculty and staff and free for students with ID. Tickets available at the door.

16th Avenue Jazz

Nov 25, 2014

Check out 16th Avenue Jazz on Nov. 29 at Arrington Vineyards. The Best and most affordable night out in Middle Tennessee!

Arrington Vineyards hosts Music in the Vines every year from April through December. From May through December the events are every Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 5-9 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Music in the Vines is a live outdoor jazz event featuring local groups in our vineyard courtyard. Guests are welcome to come out and enjoy the vineyard grounds with family and friends while listening to great music and enjoying award winning wines.

Dallas Starke

Nov 20, 2014

New York native, Dallas Starke will pleasantly surprise you with throwbacks to the best jazz eras in history. Her voice has a melancholy compared to Billie Holliday and depth, parallel to great blues singers of past generations. Piano favorite, Steve Willets, and upright bass player, Avent Lane, team up with drummer of choice, Duane Norman, to help her create unforgettable performances. The show will take place at Sambucca on Nov. 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.