Upcoming Occurrences:

  • February 25, 2018 – 3:00 pm
  • March 25, 2018 – 3:00 pm
  • April 15, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Jazz on the Move 2018

Auditorium ~ FREE

  • Kirk Whalum

  • Arnett Cobb

  • Nancy Wilson

  • Miss Peggy Lee

  • Jamey Simmons will perform a tribute to Louis Armstrong SUnday, February 25.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, announces the 12th 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. The series begins Sunday, January 28  at 3:00 pm, and features a tribute to saxophonist Arnett Cobb by Kirk Whalum. 

The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Performances in the series are free and open 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. Presentations in this year's series are: 

January 28 - A Centennial Celebration of Arnett Cobb, presented by Kirk Whalum

Arnett Cobb was a  tenor saxophonist from Houston, Texas, who rose to prominence in the 1940s jazz scene as lead tenor and arranger for Lionel Hampton, earning the reputation as "The Wild Man of the Tenor Sax." He is considered to be the originator of the “open prairie” tone and “southern preacher” style, and many jazz artists credit him as a major influence, including Kirk Whalum. Cobb, along with Illinois Jacquet, developed the “Texas Tenor” sound which was later to make its way into popular music through David “Fathead” Newman and King Curtis.

The roots of Kirk Whalum's unmistakable rich tenor sound are in his Memphis soul upbringing. From there, he studied and performed in Houston, Texas, where he was mentored by Arnett Cobb.  Kirk's recording career includes more than 25 solo recordings, including several #1 album. He has received three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and two Stellar Awards (Gospel music's highest honor). An 11-time Grammy nominee, he won a Grammy award for Best Gospel Song with "It's What I Do," co-written with Jerry Peters. Kirk has recorded with top artists including Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and, most notably, Whitney Houston, whose smash hit "I Will Always Love You" was fueled by Kirk's famous sax solo.

Here's what Kirk Whalum has to say about Arnett Cobb: "The day I met Arnett Cobb I played a little something for him. He waved me to stop after about a minute of playing my very best and fastest licks… Then he said, lovingly, “You’re playin’ too many notes and you ain’t sayin’ a damn thing. . .  that was probably the most important day of my formative years musically! Arnett became my primary mentor. . . Arnett’s daughter Lizette put his ring on my finger a few days after the funeral. . . I still weep when I hear him play 'The Nearness of You.'"

Upcoming concerts:

Sunday, February 25 - A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, presented by Jamey Simmons

Trumpeter Louis Armstrong is perhaps THE major influence on jazz as we know it today. He was the first jazz musician to develop the art of solo improvisation, and the “swing” in his phrasing sounds modern today. Born and raised in New Orleans, he moved to Chicago in 1922 and later to New York City. An exceptional trumpet and cornet player, he also became known for his stage charisma and scat singing. Armstrong was the first African American to host a nationally broadcast radio show in the 1930s. He remained a major figure in the jazz world for over five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. By that time he had also become an icon in American popular music as well as jazz.

Sunday, March 25 - The Life and Songs of Nancy Wilson, presented by Dara Tucker

Nancy Wilson is an icon of American music whose appeal and fame transcends the jazz world. She began her singing career at age 15 when she won a talent contest hosted by her local TV station in Columbus, Ohio, resulting in television appearances and singing in clubs. She began touring with big bands in 1956, followed shortly thereafter by her first commercial recording on Dot Records. At the encouragement of Cannonball Adderly, she moved to New York City in 1959, and in 1960 she was signed by Capitol Records. She has appeared in numerous television shows, recorded over 70 albums, and won three Grammy Awards. She performed publicly for the last time on September 10, 2011 at Ohio University.

Sunday, April 15  - The Life and Compositions of "Miss Peggy Lee," presented by Monica Ramey

Peggy Lee was a composer and singer whose career spanned six decades. She got her first big break in 1941 singing with Benny Goodman's big band. In 1947 Peggy began recording for Capitol Records, resulting in a string of hits, most of which were written by herself and husband Dave Barbour, including "It's a Good Day," "Mañana," and "I Don't Know Enough About You." In the late 40s and early 50s she appeared regularly on the radio with Perry Como, Jo Stafford and Bing Crosby. She recorded "Black Coffee" in 1953, and her signature recording, "Fever," in 1958. Lee was the recipient of three Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and left a stunning legacy of recordings and compositions that are some of the most memorable in the Great American Songbook.


Those attending Jazz on the Move will be able to visit the current exhibitions free of charge and will also will receive discounted parking in the Frist Center visitor parking lot. 

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. www.fristcenter.org.

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). www.nashvillejazz.org. 

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






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