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Cotton Club comes to life this weekend at the Schermerhorn

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New York City’s Cotton Club was the kind of place F. Scott Fitzgerald was thinking about when he wrote The Great Gatsby. Founded in Harlem during the height of Prohibition, it’s where Tom Buchanan would have taken Nick Carraway for an illicit night on the town, where Meyer Wolfshiem would have discussed business with the […]

Music Review: Vijay Iyer, vamping in Technicolor in the Land of Oz

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It’s hard to believe Oz Arts Nashville is not yet a year old. In short order, this adventurous, forwarding-looking venue for the contemporary arts has fundamentally changed the creative landscape of Music City. Now, anything seems possible. On Saturday night, the renowned composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer was at Oz, exploring the possibilities of […]

Jazz pianist and MacArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient Vijay Iyer debuts at Oz Arts Nashville this weekend

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One of the world’s most daring and innovative musicians will be following the yellow brick road to Oz Arts Nashville this weekend. Vijay Iyer, a noted composer, jazz pianist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will make his Oz debut on Saturday night in two innovative works: Mutations I-X, an extended suite for string quartet, piano […]

Music Review: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center swing into Nashville

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The 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returned to Nashville Sunday night, and this time their destination was the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where they performed a mix of repertory and a pair of originals during a 90-minute plus, two-set concert before a packed house. The JALC orchestra provides the best of two worlds in regards […]

Jazz Plus: Legendary Coltrane disc finally appears

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For decades there were many stories about a famous John Coltrane concert held at Temple University during the last part of his life. Supposedly the place was initially packed, then started emptying out when the music began playing. Coltrane was reported to have started beating his chest and screaming, and the program was deemed so far out […]

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 […]