Feeling Charged

Despite the fact that today is (likely) Nashville’s coldest day of the year – we won’t hit 30 degrees – I’m feeling charged up about a lot of things happening in our jazz scene. This weekend was a blast.  The quartet had a great show at F Scotts – we played a large mix of new charts, original tunes, and a few standards.  Sometimes there’s a tendency to overlook the “band” aspect in jazz and focus on soloists ability, but that’s nearly impossible when playing with Bruce, Jonathan, and Josh. Prior to the show I had given a lesson to a student alto player.  We had had such a good time that I brought my alto to the gig (as pictured above) and ended up …

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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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Sound Clips and Photos from 1.25.09

The debut of Cobb’s Mob went off successfully at Cafe CoCo this past Sunday night.  Please enjoy some of the highlights below and feel free to add commentary. – evan Questionable Beliefs Crack or Jack  How High The Moon (by M. Lewis) Wail (by Bud Powell)

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Monk’s Music In Nashville

Last night I had the pleasure of playing in another ensemble at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.  The group was a septet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk.  We performed six of his tunes, including two which were previously unknown to me: Four In One and Little Rootie Tootie.  The septet featured some original arrangements and the alto saxophone playing of Denis Solee, as well as the bass playing of the Workshop’s co-owner Roger Spencer.  I’ve posted some personal playing highlights below, with yours truly on the tenor saxophone.  I hope that you enjoy listening. Epistrophy ‘Round Midnight Bright Mississippi – evan

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