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  • January 22, 2017 – 12:00 am
  • February 26, 2017 – 3:00 pm
  • March 26, 2017 – 3:00 pm
  • April 16, 2017 – 3:00 pm
  • June 11, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Jazz on the Move 2017 - Centennial Salute to Dizzy Gillespie featuring Jamey Simmons

Auditorium ~ FREE

The Centennial Birthday Salute to Dizzy Gillespie 

(note: this program is rescheduled from February)

John Burks "Dizzy" Gillespie was one of the founding fathers of bebop. He pioneered a virtuoso trumpet style that is distinctive and wholly original, and has not been equaled since.  Getting his start in jazz in big bands during the 1930's, Gillespie played in and led many noted bands during the 1940's and 1950's, and reigned as jazz royalty throughout the rest of his life. He was also a pioneer in introducing Afro-Cuban elements into jazz. Besides his prodigious talent, Dizzy's engaging personality and good humor made him a beloved figure and an ambassador of jazz around the world. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dizzy’s birth with a presentation and performance by trumpeter and MTSU jazz studies professor Jamey Simmons, leading an all-star ensemble with Matt Endahl, Jim Ferguson, Derrek Phillips, Roland Barber, Rahsaan Barber, and Denis Solee.

Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist will be able to visit the Frist's exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking. 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an accredited nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. It is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts celebrates the 11th 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 artists/educators, the series offers audiences world-class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. 

The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the Frist Center, and free to the public. Each performance is led by a jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled, with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. All performances are first come, first seated. 

Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist are invited to visit the Frist’s exhibitions free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking. 

Jazz on the Move concerts at the Frist Center are generously sponsored by Caterpillar Financial and Peter & Anne Neff.

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). For more information, visit


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