Tenor Players Passing Through

It’s been an exciting 2012 here in Nashville so far.  Monday nights have been a fun hang  since Chester Thompson started leading his trio at the Commodore Grille, and now the Nashville Jazz Orchestra is playing an early set there every Monday at 5:30!  Sportsman’s Grille has continued its Wednesday night jazz series, the Charles Walker Trio has been playing many Tuesday nights, Beegie Adair Trio on Thursdays at F Scotts…it’s been a thrill getting out and hearing so many inspiring players. As a tenor saxophonist it’s been an especially thrilling winter.  First Bob Mintzer was here as a guest soloist with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra.  The band played about 12 of his charts and Bob sounded ridiculous.  He’s so incredibly expressive, and his tone …

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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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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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Live from Gallery One

Last week my good friend and colleague Sean Neukom presented a wonderful recital at Gallery One.  From top to bottom, the event was really terrific.  Gallery One is a beautiful room with fascinating works that made for a great setting.  The artist Lori-Gene, who sketched each of the three performed pieces, produced amazing results.   Sean not only played spectacularly, but also dissected and presented each of the pieces for the large audience beforehand.  Like living liner-notes, Sean’s presentations helped the large audience get a familiarity with the pieces they were about to hear.  Below I have posted Sean’s presentation on Trio For Oboe, Violin, and Cello by Alyssa Weinberg, as well as the subsequent performance.  I hope you enjoy! Sean’s Presentation Trio For Oboe, Violin, …

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