Next Occurrence:

  • March 10, 2019 – 3:00 pm

Jazz on the Move 2019


  • Miles Davis's Kind of Blue album will be featured at the February 10 concert to celebrate Black History Month. 

  • Trumpeter Jamey Simmons will play the music of Miles Davis February 10.

  • Saxophone player Rahsaan Barber will be featured at the February 10 Jazz on the Move concert. 

  • The life and music of Nina Simone will be featured at the March 10 Jazz on the Move concert which celebrates Women's History Month. 

  • Vocalist Dara Tucker will be featured performing the music of Nina Simone on March 10.

  • Modern jazz pioneer Stan Getz will be celebrated at the April 14 Jazz on the Move concert. 

  • Saxophonist Don Aliquo will perform the music of Stan Getz at the final Jazz on the Move concert of the season on April 14.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Art Museum, presents the 13th season of the popular performance and education series Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artists/educators, the series offers audiences world-class music, as well as opportunities to learn more about the genre. Each performance is led by an individual jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled, with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. Those attending Jazz on the Move will be able to visit the Frist's exhibitions free of charge and receive discounted parking in the Frist visitor parking lot. 

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a nonprofit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community through classes, public performances, and special events. For further information, contact the Nashville Jazz Workshop at 615-242-JAZZ (5299).

The Jazz on the Move series is presented with support from ArkivJazz, Caterpillar Financial, Peter and Anne Neff, and Adam J. Liff.

Each concert begins at 3:00 p.m., and doors open at approximately 2:20 p.m.



Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m.
Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" with Rahsaan Barber
A presentation for Black History Month

Miles Davis – trumpeter, bandleader, and composer – is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Davis was at the forefront of some major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Davis' legendary musical groups elevated the careers of artists such as John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Herbie Hancock among many others.

Miles Davis's album Kind of Blue was released by Columbia Records in August 1959. Featuring pianist Bill Evans, saxophonists Cannonball Adderly and John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, the album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2008. It is regarded by many as Davis's masterpiece recording. Rolling Stone ranked the album #12 on its 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Nashville saxophonist Rahsaan Barber will present the afternoon's program along with Jamey Simmons (trumpet), Evan Cobb (saxophone), Bruce Dudley (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), and Derrek Phillips (drums).


Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.
The Life and Music of Nina Simone with Dara Tucker
A presentation for Women's History Month

Nina Simone was a multi-talented artist whose music spanned jazz, classical, blues, R&B, gospel, and pop. A gifted musician from an early age, she studied at Julliard before embarking on a career as a jazz singer. She recorded more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974. She is most remembered today for her Civil Rights activism and protest music during the 1960's and 70's, which inspired many and also made her a controversial figure at the time. In her later years her musical output was uneven and her personal life erratic. Nevertheless, Nina Simone remains one of the most brilliant, challenging, and fascinating figures to grace the jazz scene.

Dara Tucker is one of the most popular and versatile vocalists on Nashville's jazz scene. She records extensively, tours nationally and internationally, and somehow has found time to teach Master Classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Dara recently led a Jazz on the Move performance on the Life and Music of Nancy Wilson, and is currently teaching a class on the stylings of that jazz legend.


Sunday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. 
The Life and Music of Stan Getz, with Don Aliquo

Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz had a long and successful career, from the 1950's until his death in 1991. He was noted for his warm sound and light touch, taking his inspiration from the style of Lester Young rather than the harder-edged tenor players of the day. Starting out in the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman bands, Getz soon established himself as a top-ranked soloist. In the 1960's, he was the most identifiable American exponent of the Bossa  Nova, and in his later career, he produced a string of superb straight-ahead recordings. According to All About Jazz, he recorded over 150 albums over the course of four decades. 

Don Aliquo is a familiar figure on Middle Tennessee's Jazz Scene. A noted educator and longtime faculty member in MTSU's Jazz Studies program, Don has been a frequent Jazz on the Move presenter.




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