Upcoming Occurrences:

  • March 22, 2015 – 3:00 pm
  • April 26, 2015 – 3:00 pm

Jazz on the Move

Presented in collaboration with the Nashville Jazz Workshop ~ Auditorium ~ FREE

  • Jazz pianist Bruce Dudley opens the 2015 season with a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center, announces the ninth season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz.

This year's series is presented with support from Caterpillar Financial Services and Peter and Anne Neff.


Sunday, January 25A Tribute to The Modern Jazz Quartet, presented by Bruce Dudley

The Modern Jazz Quartet was formed in 1952 by pianist John Lewis and vibraphonist Milt Jackson. With Lewis’ contrapuntal sense of musical composition and Jackson’s blues-and-bebop based improvisations, the MJQ succeeded in bringing a new sensitivity to jazz, bridging the gulf between jazz and classical music and creating a genre of music called Third Stream Music (a term that was coined by noted composer/musicologist Gunther Schuller). Jazz pianist and Belmont faculty member Bruce Dudley has transcribed from recordings several pieces that were conceived and recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Joining Bruce for the lecture/performance will be Roger Spencer (bass), Todd London (vibes), and Chris Norton (drums).


Sunday, February 22The Music and Life of Billie Holliday featuring Connye Florance

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. April 7, 2015 marks Billie's 100th birthday and who better to portray this incredible talent than Connye Florance.


Sunday, March  22Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music featuring Lalo Davila

For the ninth consecutive year the Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts partner to bring the Nashville community another great lineup of incredible jazz and lectures. Tito Puente is best known for his dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University Lalo Davila and his 9-piece Latin ensemble will perform a number of Tito Puente’s most well-known compositions.


Sunday, April 26The Music of Billy Strayhorn: A Celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month featuring Kevin Whalum & the Nashville Jazz Workshop All-Stars

Billy Strayhorn was a legendary jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington, lasting nearly three decades. Some of his famous compositions include "Take the 'A' Train", "Chelsea Bridge", Passion Flower and "Lush Life". November 29th, 2015 will mark Billy's 100th birthday so we celebrate his music with a NJW all star lineup headed by vocalist Kevin Whalum and an original script written about his life by Don O. Henry.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a nonprofit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community through classes, public performances, and special events. For further information, contact the Nashville Jazz Workshop at 615-242-JAZZ (5299) or visit www.nashvillejazz.org.

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