Bob Marley Tribute This Friday

Local production group Kid Electric Concerts puts on a couple of stellar tribute concerts each year, augmented only by the fact that they put them together for charity.  Their mission is “to raise funds and awareness for local non-profit and community based organizations who aim to change not only our great city but the world.  We celebrate these organizations by putting on creatively themed benefit concerts that showcase Nashville’s best artists and pay tribute to great and timeless music.  It is our hope and passion that these concerts motivate our community to get out there and get involved.” This Friday night it’s a Bob Marley tribute act raising money for HESP, benefitting children in Haiti.  It’s going be to a really fun night for a …

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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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Nashville Jazz Jam Sessions Return

Our favorite musical art form, jazz, has a great history of jam sessions.  Traditionally, the language of jazz has been developed and passed down through generations of musicians aurally.  Jam sessions provide a chance for musicians of all ability levels to learn – musically, personally, and professionally. Recently Nashville has lost many of the regular learning opportunities provided by jam sessions.  Despite having a large pool of fantastic jazz musicians, there are currently no regular jam sessions for them to listen, play, and network together.  In a city where the majority of professional musicians have their hands involved with dozens of recording and touring projects ranging the entire musical gamete, how can we ensure that the Nashville jazz scene receives the local and national attention …

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Cobb’s Mob! Coming Right Up

Friends, I hope that you’ll be able to join me for great fun this Thursday night at the 12 South Taproom.  Cobb’s Mob! will be performing an array of my material and a couple of standards.  I’ve also got a special surprise arrangement for those of you who watched cartoons in the late 1980’s. So please come support – great music and it’s FREE! Cobb’s Mob! 9 pm at the 12 South Taproom featuring: Matthew White, trumpet Adam Agati, guitar Michael Rinne, bass Bob Mater, drums Hope to see you there. -evan

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Jazz Jam Sessions in Nashville

So unfortunately Cafe CoCo’s cancellation of live music on their stage has left Nashville’s only weekly jazz jam session homeless for the time being.  I would very much like to continue the weekly session, but obviously need to find a new venue.  I’ll keep you updated on the status as I try to figure it out. Please let me know if you have any thoughts about the jazz jam’s continuation (or discontinuation) and if you have any ideas about a new location. – evan

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Nashville Jazz Jam Session

Friends, I’ve got a great band lined up for the jazz jam session at Cafe CoCo tomorrow.  Please come out and support, and bring your instrument if you’d like to play with some killin’ players – Adam Agati, Mike Rinne, and Chris Brown.  Look forward to seeing you there. -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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Gigs the Weekend of June 6 and 7

I’ve got a couple of gigs going on this weekend that I want to tell you about.  Saturday night I’ll be playing with the Justin Conn Band down at The Pond in Franklin.  If the show is anything like last night’s rehearsal, it will groove hard and be a fun time.  Starts at 9pm, only $5. If you’re looking for a place to rid yourself of a Sunday morning hangover, come out to the Green Hills Whole Foods where I’ll be playing duets with Jonathan Epley from 11 – 1. And last but not least, my quintet Cobb’s Mob! will be performing at Cafe CoCo once again at 8pm this Sunday night.  I’m excited about the lineup and the tunes we’ve got prepared.  As always, …

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End of April Update

Summer seemed to arrive here in Nashville in full force this past Thursday, and upon looking at my calendar I realized we’re already 4 months into the year 2009.  Things have been going well for me here in Tennessee – I’ve become quite busy with teaching and gigging. I got to play two more concerts with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra: one downtown at the Nashville Convention Center where I covered  alto saxophone and flute, and then tenor saxophone and clarinet at this past Thursday night’s “Writer’s Night” at the Blair School of Music.  The saxophone section had some serious shredding to do in Bruce Dudley’s arrangement of Parisian Thoroughfare. …and I got a chance to wail on the debut of a Jim Williamson tune. Spent …

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Media From 3.29.09

Last Sunday was an exciting day for me as I got a chance to play with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra in the afternoon and lead Cobb’s Mob! at night.  NJO played an afternoon set at the Limelight, and I got a chance to wail on a Mike Crotty arrangement of Dolphin Dance and Christina Watson’s tune Free. I’ll be playing with the NJO two more times this month as well, on the 15th and the 23rd. At Cafe CoCo I debuted a couple new tunes and arrangements.  I’m not going to spoil those for you by posting them on here, but I have included some playing highlights below. Straight, No Chaser arranged by EC. Rhythm-a-ning by Thelonious Monk There should be another Cobb’s Mob! show …

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