Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

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

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

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

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

Roland Barber, “Heart Expressed, Art Finessed” ( 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 […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Jazz Plus: Ron Wynn is back in action with his latest reviews

Jamie Baum Septet: “In This Life” (Sunnyside) The rhythms – and to some extent sensibility – of Asian music underline the compositions on New York-based bandleader and flutist Jamie Baum’s latest release. Her septet includes enough distinctive players and instruments (for instance a trumpet/French horn/sax frontline) to ensure that the East/West blend never loses immediacy or intensity. Baum’s a strong […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

Music Review: More gala glitz, this time from Al Jarreau

Versatility and excellence have been the hallmarks of vocalist Al Jarreau’s appeal and success since he broke out of the supper club/cabaret/nightclub underground and into the mainstream ranks during the mid-70s. Jarreau consistently demonstrated during an exhaustive, two-set show Sunday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that an orchestral background neither threatens nor overwhelms his […]

Music Review: El Movimiento, bringing Latin jazz to the people

“Those are the rules – No cell phones. Please dance. That’s all.” It was the only introduction needed for Nashville’s only Latin jazz band, El Movimiento.  Taking the Nashville Jazz Workshop stage Saturday night to a full house, it was clear that no one would be on their cell phone during this performance anyway.  Founding […]

Jazz Plus: New blues releases spotlight veterans, reissues

Lurrie Bell: “Blues In My Soul” (Delmark) Guitarist/bandleader Lurrie Bell was touted very early in his career as a leader among the next generation of Chicago blues greats. Now he’s an established star, and his newest release celebrates the idiom’s cornerstone styles without being restricted by them. Bell’s rich, rousing voice is appropriately somber on “24 […]

Nashville hosts the ultimate East meets West concert

Zeitgeist Gallery inaugurated its new location at 516 Hagan St. on Sunday night with its most adventurous Indeterminacies concert yet. The performance featured guitarist Denny Jiosa and composer-percussionist Robert Bond improvising via Skype with students in East China. These two groups – separated by over 8,500 miles – gave a joint performance that was intimate, […]

Zeitgeist’s Indeterminacies goes global with real-time intercontinental improvisation

Zeitgeist Gallery’s Indeterminacies new-music series will present one of its most adventurous shows yet on Sunday evening, when guitarist Denny Jiosa and composer Robert Bond perform via Skype with students in China. Bond came up with the idea after a recent conversation on Skype with his friend Fran Zinder, a former Nashville visual artist who […]

Blair Big Band swings into spring

The Blair Big Band gave a cohesive, sparkling performance Friday night with their “Swing into Spring” concert. The event not only featured the strong student ensemble, but outstanding guest performances from top area players. Under Billy Adair’s leadership, the Blair Big Band adheres to the genre’s virtues of precision and discipline as it spotlights an array of talented young musicians whose styles and […]

Wayne Shorter rules the stage in Nashville

Wayne Shorter may be approaching 80, but he’s still looking ahead as a composer, bandleader and instrumentalist. The quartet he’s led since 2002 is a formidable one, and their Friday night concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was an intriguing mix of improvisational works and collective excellence. The opening 50-minute set featured the Shorter ensemble, […]

Aaron Diehl, Ambrose Akinmusire, Miguel Zenon complete Jazz Festival lineup

Pianist Aaron Diehl, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and saxophonist Miguel Zenon are among the final additions to the 36th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. Singers Julie Dexter, Alexandra Jackson and Ginou, as well as saxophonist Uri Gurvich, are also slated to perform on one of two stages during the three-day […]

Nashville Symphony starts happy hour early with Pink Martini

How do you mix the perfect pink martini? Take a dash of classical music, a heaping helping of Latin jazz and a whole lot of carefree campy fun and shake vigorously. Pink Martini followed that recipe with great success on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where it’s headlining this weekend’s pops program with […]

Fleck/Corea summit embodies true musical interaction

Banjo ace Béla Fleck has idolized the pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea since he was a teenager. But it wasn’t until 2008, when the Flecktones were the opening act on several Return to Forever reunion dates, that they began developing a professional relationship which now ranks alongside the lengthy one Corea’s enjoyed with vibist Gary Burton. Last […]

Alex Graham makes promising Nashville Jazz Workshop debut

The crowd was younger than usual at the Nashville Jazz Workshop Friday night. Several college students sat quietly waiting for Alex Graham, alto saxophonist and Belmont University professor, to take the stage. His first performance at the Jazz Workshop since moving to Nashville a year and a half ago, Graham played it safe with song […]

Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Roadies triumph at the Schermerhorn

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the musicians of his Silk Road Ensemble are like master chefs: They really know how to cook. Ma his Silk Roadies were at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday night, dishing up some hot international fare. The entire program was arranged for an unusual mix of Western and non-Western instruments. Naturally, […]