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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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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Happy New Year

It’s hard to believe we’re now thirteen years into the ‘future’.  Pretty much every year from here on out sounds like a science-fiction number to me.  Then again, I watched a season 1 episode of The Sopranos the other day from 1999, and that seemed outdated.  Perhaps I’m just an anachronism. Anyways, in 2013 I’ve resolved to be a bit more active on this blog.  As facebook has become a nightmarish tool for those afraid to have a civil discussion on a barstool, I’m trying to disengage from the malicious source altogether.  There’s all sorts of great things happening in Nashville’s jazz scene, and ideally this blog will give me a chance to illuminate them without inundating my “virtual friends.” So to kick things off, …

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NY Times

The show with JD Souther was a big hit (despite what Stephen Holden might lead you to believe!).  The band played great and JD was totally captivating.  There’s a review of the show with a beautiful picture in the NY Times. Also exciting is that this week Falling Up has officially ‘charted’ – reaching number 36 on Jazzweek’s Top 50 Jazz Chart for January 17th.  It’s the only album among the top 50 that is self-released! And for future excitement, I just confirmed that I’ll be playing with Cassandra Wilson when she performs with the Nashville Symphony as part of the jazz series on March 2nd.  Time to practice! – evan

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And off we go!

After a couple of rehearsals and warm up show at Sportman’s Grille this week, the quintet had its debut performance last night at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  I came home with a huge smile on my face still shaking my head my head thinking about how great the band played.  Matt White, Bruce Dudley, Jonathan Wires, Josh Hunt and guest Jeff Coffin all blew me away tonight – they have made music out of my tunes and it really showed in the concert.  This morning we head to the studio to lay it down for the album, and I’m ecstatic! There’s still one more day to pledge and preorder a CD on kickstarter – if anyone needs convincing I’ve posted a track from the set …

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Successful First Jazz Jam Night

The jam session this past Wednesday night at Edgehill Studios Cafe was a rousing success.  We had a good turnout, many original works played, and plenty of learning experiences all around. Happily, the jam session is forging ahead!   So mark your calendars for the next installment on Monday, March 1st again at 7pm at Edgehill.  We’ll be keeping the same format, so be sure to put your name down on the sign-up sheet along with what you want to play.  Original tunes and arrangements will continue to get preference. -evan

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Download the Cobb’s Mob! Show of 8.30.09

Good times were had at Cafe CoCo this past Sunday night.  The band played well and had a ball, as did the audience.  If you didn’t make it out and would like to hear some of it, I’ve put most of the show up for a free download . The password is ‘coco’, but act fast as the mp3s will only be available for one week.  I’ve also posted a solo clip in the setlist below, as well as links to the fine players’ personal projects. Setlist: 1. Skeeter ‘Da – EC 2. Red Cross – Charlie Parker, arr by EC 3. A Love That Lasts – EC 4. Marie Antoinette – Wayne Shorter 5. Crescent City Ditty – EC 6. Autumn Leaves w/ Denis …

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Thinking of Dexter Gordon

Saxophonist Dexter Gordon is one of the first names I mention to young students looking to get hip to the sounds of jazz.  Unmistakable for his saxophone sound and rhythmic feel, Dexter’s playing remains easily identifiable among legions of followers and imitators.  I learned a number of standards from his recorded renditions, including It’s You Or No One, Love For Sale, The Shadow of Your Smile, You Stepped Out of a Dream, and Star Eyes. While Dexter became known to a mainstream audience late in his career due to his leading role in the movie ‘Round Midnight for which he was nominated as best actor for the 1986 Oscars, he has always been known to jazz fans for his use of riffs and quotes in …

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