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Music Review: Jazz vocalist Dara Tucker lights up Nashville’s Jazz Cave

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The challenge for any contemporary jazz performer, vocalist or instrumentalist, is to strike a balance between mastery of traditional requirements and an approach that is fresh and personal. Dara Tucker consistently excelled in both ways throughout her show last Friday at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave. The concert was designed to spotlight her third studio […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

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It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Music Review: Laubrock and Rainey headline Indeterminacies’ last concert

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Indeterminacies is one of the most vital events in our city’s artistic and musical landscape.  Unique to Nashville, this true salon is held at Zeitgeist as a labor of love (and ideas) by Lesley Beeman and Lain York (with curatorial support by Rodger Coleman). In other cities, salons like this are sponsored by local universities or contemporary […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

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(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure GivingMatters.com form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Music Review: Nashville jazz community honors Billy Adair

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Several of Nashville’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists joined forces over two weekends to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a beloved friend and mentor to numerous area performers young and old. The outstanding arranger, guitarist/bassist, bandleader and instructor Billy Adair, who passed away last month, was honored in two memorial concerts at Ingram Hall by The Blair Big Band (April 19) and […]

Music Review: Guitar legend Pat Metheny makes a long overdo return to Nashville

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Pat Metheny has always prided himself on being a maverick in musical circles, ignoring genre conventions and looking ahead rather than behind. After not having a saxophonist or reed instrumentalist in his group for nearly three decades, Metheny recruited ace multi-instrumentalist Chris Potter for his Unity Band in 2012. He was a key addition. The […]

Nashville jazz icon William “Billy” Adair dies at 66

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Nashville’s jazz scene suffered a tremendous loss today. William “Billy” Adair, the founder of the Blair Big Band and a fixture in the city’s jazz community, died this morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was 66 years old and had been suffering from melanoma cancer. Adair boasted a musical resume that was second-to-none. A multi-instrumentalist, […]

Music Preview: Guitar legend Pat Metheny, finding ‘Unity’ in music at Ryman Auditorium

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Guitarist, bandleader and composer Pat Metheny has enjoyed a stellar career and managed the difficult feat of maintaining popularity while constantly tackling new artistic challenges. From his early days with Gary Burton right up to his latest project with his Unity Band, Metheny’s continually been willing to operate in different musical arenas, while simultaneously developing […]

Music Review: Marcus Roberts Trio excels at Schermerhorn

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Few three-piece units approach performance in a manner similar to the Marcus Roberts Trio, whose brilliance was consistently displayed throughout a superb two-set program last Friday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The best parallel to this group would be the famed Oscar Peterson Trio of the ’50s and ’60s, which was more a cooperative venture […]

Music Review: Nashville Jazz Workshop pays homage to the genius of Max Roach and Clifford Brown

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Jazz On The Move, a free concert series held at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in conjunction with the Nashville Jazz Workshop, began its eighth season Sunday in excellent fashion. A first-rate quintet celebrated the compositions and artistry of the Max Roach/Clifford Brown quintet. They were a superb hard bop unit whose tenure […]

Music Review: Roberta Flack’s voice remains astonishing

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It’s been more than four decades since Roberta Flack’s alluring, sensational voice was introduced to the public at large via Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut Play Misty For Me, and in particular the spectacular ballad “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” While jazz and soul fans had already embraced the 1969 debut LP First Take, […]

Time is running out …

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The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Jazz Plus: Ron Wynn picks some of his favorite blues and world music CDs just in time for Christmas

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James Booker “Classified: Remixed and Expanded” (Rounder) New Orleans piano marvel James Booker combined artistry, soul and technique in a flamboyant, remarkable fashion that established his rank in the upper echelon of pianists in any genre. Originally issued in 1982, “Classified” remains perhaps the only Booker album that those not plugged into the underground scene (where bootleg cassettes […]

TV Review: Denyce Graves headlines this year’s joyous ‘Christmas at Belmont’

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Few college music programs offer their students the chance to perform on national television. At Belmont University, this opportunity is practically a given. For the past 11 years, the university’s school of music has presented its Christmas at Belmont holiday show to a national audience on PBS. This year’s glistening Christmas special, taped in November […]

Music Review: Annie Sellick, Nashville Jazz Orchestra and Blair Big Band ring in the holidays with swing

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Annie Sellick has been an area favorite for many years. Her consistently strong voice and personable stage presence, coupled with an equally distinctive delivery and sense of swing, place her in the upper echelon of the city’s jazz vocalists. Thursday night she debuted before songs from her first holiday release, “Let’s Make A Christmas Memory,” before an […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

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Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

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It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

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Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

Music Review: Bruce Dudley Quartet gets downright contemporary at the Jazz Cave

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Pianist, bandleader and composer Bruce Dudley’s amassed both a strong reputation and impressive credits as a player and contributor to several outstanding area sessions. Plus he’s widely admired for his stellar interpretations of works from such greats as Thelonious Monk. The presence of several young faces at Saturday night’s Bruce Dudley Quartet performance at the […]

Jazz Plus: Nashville’s top jazz players score big with new recordings

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Roland Barber, “Heart Expressed, Art Finessed” (RolandBarber.com) The trombone wizard of Music City delivers a super set of predominately mid-tempo and mellow numbers on his new release. Ronald Barber displays remarkable technique on trombone, whether playing it with a mute or open, delivering flashy or smooth solos. He’s heading an excellent quintet with brother Rahsaan steadily […]