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

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.