Mon February 3, 2014

Acclaimed Beegie Adair Radio Show Begins Rebroadcasts Feb. 9 on WMOT-FM 89

Middle Tennessee Public Radio, WMOT-FM 89.5, will rebroadcast the beloved radio talk/music show “Improvised Thoughts” with jazz piano legend Beegie Adair beginning Sunday, Feb. 9, in its original 7 p.m. weekly time slot.

“Improvised Thoughts” is hosted and co-produced by jazz piano legend Beegie Adair and jazz radio veteran Greg Lee. Recorded at WMOT-FM from 1991 to 1997, the popular program featured local and international jazz artists, including such greats as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson and Helen Merrill. 

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Thu January 30, 2014

Feb. 13 MTSU Jazz Artist Series Features ‘World-Class’ Alumni Duo

Shawn Purcell

"World-class musicians" Shaun Purcell and Jim White will showcase their work Thursday, Feb. 13, in the second concert of MTSU's popular Jazz Artist Series for 2013-14. 

Guitarist Purcell and drummer White are alumni of MTSU's Masters of Arts program in jazz and will perform with the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and MTSU Jazz Faculty at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Hinton Music Hall inside the university’s Wright Music Building.

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Tue January 21, 2014

Pat Metheny Unity Group at Ryman This Sunday the 16th!

20-time Grammy Award award winner Pat Metheny and his stellar Unity Group featuring Chris Potter (sax), Antonio Sanchez (dr), Ben Williams (b), and Giulio Carmassi (voice/misc instr.) will make their debut appearance at Ryman Auditorium on February 16th.

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Tue September 24, 2013

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:06 am

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.

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Mon August 19, 2013