April 16, 2017
– 3:00 pm
- April 16, 2017 – 3:00 pm
Jazz on the Move 2017
Auditorium ~ FREE
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.
March 28: Tribute to Lena Horne featuring vocalist Connye Florance
Actress and singer Lena Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. She left school at age 16 to help support her family and became a dancer at the Cotton Club in Harlem. After having established herself as a sought after live singer, a role she would maintain throughout her life, she later signed with MGM studios and became known as one of the top African-American performers of her time, seen in such films as Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. She was also known for her work with civil rights groups and refused to play roles that stereotyped African-American women, a stance that many found controversial. After some time out of the limelight during the '70s, she made a revered, award-winning comeback with her 1981 show Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Continuing to record into her later years, Horne died on May 9, 2010.
"My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I'm free. I no longer have to be a 'credit.' I don't have to be a symbol to anybody; I don't have to be a first to anybody. I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else."
We pay homage to Lena with a presentation and performance led by vocalist Connye Florance, and featuring trumpeter Rod McGaha, pianist Chris Walters, bassist Roger Spencer, and drummer Marcus Finnie.
January 22, 3:00 p.m.—Bruce Dudley performs music of Thelonius Monk
February 26, 3:00 p.m.—Jamey Simmons performs music of Dizzy Gillespie
March 26, 3:00 p.m.—Connye Florance pays tribute to Lena Horne
April 16, 3:00 p.m.—James Westfall pays tribute to Cal Tjader Latin Jazz Ensemble
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 www.nashvillejazz.org.