Far from the dreaded show choirs and a cappella groups of school campuses, Third Coast Vocals will bring professional-caliber vocal jazz back to the Nashville Jazz Workshop Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. This will be the group’s first Snap on 2 & 4 performance in two years.
In 2009, Nashville jazz scene staples Jeff Hall, Sandra Dudley, Mark Stephens and Christina Watson joined forces to create a vocal jazz-super group. In the tightly-harmonized tradition of Manhattan Transfer or New York Voices, Third Coast Vocals performs exciting and complex arrangements of jazz standards and original material. The group released its debut album 3CV in 2011.
Tenor Jeff Hall is both the music director and main arranger for the group, not to mention an exceptional soloist. The trip to Germantown and the $20 ticket would be worth it just to hear one of his improvised solos.
Honestly, the trip and ticket would be worth it to hear any single member of Third Coast Vocals. Alto Sandra Dudley has been wowing audiences in Nashville for years with her dynamic and emotional performances. Soprano Christina Watson made quite an impression on the Nashville jazz community with her 2008 album, A Flower Truly Blue, which is filled with original songs and unique arrangements. And, experienced session vocalist Mark Stephens grounds the group with his swinging bass lines and vocal precision.
The group will be backed by Nashville jazz veterans Lori Mechem on piano, Roger Spencer on bass, Don Aliquo on saxophone and Duffy Jackson on drums.
For more information and tickets, visit www.nashvillejazz.org.