No Doom or Gloom in the Nashville Jazz Scene

Unquestionably I have been remiss in keeping this blog updated! Rest assured, I have been readily shaming myself. I’ve been feeling obliged to get back online and share some insights into the exciting things going on in the jazz and greater music scene of Nashville in light of the bizarre ‘doom and gloom’ articles recently posted by “writers” in the New Yorker and Washington Post. It’s been an excellent summer, and for that matter, year in 2014! Lots of exciting things happening in the Nashville music world. A few highlights of playing and teaching randomly listed below, along with a photo gallery. – Spent a wonderful week with 30 (yes thirty!) teenagers at the Nashville Jazz Workshop in June for the 3rd annual Nashville Jazz …

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From Summer NAMM

Had a great time at the Summer NAMM show last month charting and supporting Steve Wariner with a horn section.  Also some face time for local friends & colleagues  Roland Barber, brother Rahsaan, and Jim Ferguson.  Here’s the photo spread from the Nashville Musician which came out this week.

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NJO weekly residency news

Just a quick note that the Nashville Jazz Orchestra is ending its weekly residency at the Commodore Grille tonight!  Put another feather in the cap of “venues that don’t get it.”  Details will emerge, but in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a new weekly spot for the NJO soon! -evan

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Weekend happenings

It’s an exciting weekend for jazz fans in Nashville.  This Friday April 12th is a sold-out concert of the great Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Nashville Symphony. If you’re late on Wayne tickets, check out the angelic voice of Cassie Peterson at F. Scott’s on Friday night starting at 7pm. Saturday April 13th the Contemporary Jazz Series of NJW features my friend and colleague Chris West. That same Saturday night I’m also leading a quartet at F. Scott’s with Pat Coil, Jonathan Wires, and Chris Brown from 7:30 to 11:30. Finally on Sunday there are two shows by the super-talented NYC pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton at Nine48jazz.  It’s Champian’s debut in Nashville – click these links to buy tickets, although the early show is …

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Talking with Andy Reiss

When I first moved to Nashville, there was a guitarist I kept hearing people in the jazz scene talk about in the most glowing of terms: Andy Reiss.  It was hard to find Andy playing in a ‘typical jazz setting’, although the first time I heard Andy was in an ensemble with George Tidwell at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  Lots of people were humming about the Western Swing band Andy played in every week at the Station Inn: The Time Jumpers. I didn’t realize then that Western Swing = jazz, so it took my stupid self some time before I got hip to the band, but boy am I glad that I did (their weekly spot is now at 3rd and Lindsley). Last week Andy …

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The Cosmonaut, live

The Nashville Jazz Workshop just posted a performance of The Cosmonaut from the Falling Up CD Release Party last year.  One of my favorite examples of the Quintet’s ensemble playing.

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Talking with Alex Graham

Dr. Alex Graham moved to Nashville in the summer of 2011 to become the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Belmont University.  Beyond teaching a studio of around 15 commercial and classical saxophone students, Alex also directs a big band and both of the jazz combos. A clip of ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ from his CD “Brand New” on Origin Records   Dr. Graham will be the featured guest at this Sunday’s Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session.  Last week Alex and I grabbed lunch at Tequila’s and spoke a lot about the jazz scene in Nashville: how it’s viewed, how it’s going, and where it’s headed.  Here are some excerpts from that conversation. EC:  What were your first impressions of the jazz scene in …

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Talking with Steve Herrman, part 2

Here’s the second half of the recent conversation with Steve Herrman.  After talking about the benefits of Nashville’s location, we got off topic discussing our very happening lunch at Jamaica Way – curried goat for Steve and bbq soy for me.  Eventually Steve steered our ship back onto track.   SH: So I started really getting into the R&B scene – you know we would play a lot of festivals and I started hearing about the Muscle Shoals thing and Stax and listening to all that music I hadn’t been all that familiar with before. EC: Is that when you first got in touch with Jim Horn? [the horn section leader for the Kenny Chesney band] SH: Yes actually Delbert brought him out when we …

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