Jazzmania 2013

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

When pianist Lori Mechem and and bassist Roger Spencer decided in 1998 to open a jazz school in the country music capital of the world, a lot of folks must have been scratching their heads. But 15 years later, Nashville Jazz Workshop is thriving — and thanks to folks like them, Music City USA has become a much more inclusive moniker. Jazzmania is NJW’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the 2013 edition shines a light on three of Nashville’s finest jazzers, all of whom teach or have taught at the workshop: Kirk Whalum, Sandra Dudley and Evan Cobb. It’s a safe bet nearly everyone in this country has heard Whalum, even if they don’t know his name — the R&B and smooth-jazz saxophone powerhouse played the solo on the late Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. (And Whalum won a Grammy for co-writing the 2011 Best Gospel Song, “It’s What I Do.” How many jazz saxophonists have a Grammy for songwriting?) Dudley is a fabulous singer, and the sort of nuanced performer who can transform The Carpenters’ pop staple “Close to You” into a harmonically complex jazz voyage. Cobb is a gifted saxophonist and oboist whose 2011 album Falling Up spotlights his formidable writing skills on adventurous compositions such as “Mahdernism” and “Eastern Bell Feel.” 

—Jack Silverman

Sun, Oct 20 | 4:00 PM
The Factory at Franklin
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Kirk Whalum

Memphis TN  |  Jazz

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