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ime again for the summer festivals. I am sorry to report that yet again there is not as much jazz and blues among the area performances as there used to be. A couple of last year’s finds don’t seem to be happening this season, but they may release some publicity at the last minute. Whatever fits in the “roots” category is increasingly the main menu. But there’s a few snacks for jazz and blues lovers, and again, you may have to drive a bit for some of the choices.

Major festivals

The 4th annual Music City Jazz Festival takes place a little later this year — July 19-20 at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville. Featured artists have not yet been announced. For details on the event’s “smooth jazz” lineup, stay tuned to WFSK 88.1 FM, go to or call (205) 705-3131. More smooth jazz can be heard in Memphis May 25 starting at 1 p.m. “Bluff City Jazz at the Shell” happens in Overton Park on Poplar Avenue, and you can get tickets online. Will Downing and Norman Brown are confirmed with more artists to come. The popular Main Street Jazz Fest in Murfreesboro usually occupies the first weekend in May, with high school bands on Friday and the pro lineup on Saturday. Food vendors and a master class have always been included. For current info, go to www. The Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival usually takes place in the middle of June with a block party downtown on Friday and the main lineup of artists at Bicentennial Mall on Saturday. To get an update, go to A picturesque drive to Blue Ridge, Georgia will get you to this year’s Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (EDT). The day will celebrate the musical, enological — science of wine and wine making — visual, and culinary arts, and will help raise money for student programs in jazz music and education. Visit

BY AUSTIN BEALMEAR after his 2014 health problems. His next date at the City Winery is July 7 at 8:00 p.m. The Ryman Auditorium presents blues legend Buddy Guy on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., and jazz/pop giant George Benson on Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Franklin Theatre bundles some jazz and blues starting in May. The Beegie Adair Trio (with guest vocalist Monica Ramey) plays Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Keb’ Mo’ Grammy-award winning bluesman Delbert McClinton Keb’ Mo’ comes in for three nights, Local wineries but at press time tickets remained Several local vineyards still include some jazz only for the Sunday, June 9 show at 8:00 and blues in their summer-long wine on the p.m. Blues guitar slinger Jimmie Vaughan lawn weekends. At the Arrington Vineplays Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m., and yards in Arrington, Tennessee, “Music in the the Paul Thorn Band rocks on Friday and Vines” starts in April and runs through OctoSaturday, June 21-22 at 8:00 p.m. www. ber on Saturdays and Sundays. Go to www. for more information. In Clarksville, Tennessee, the BeachavNonprofits en Winery offers a variety of music under The Nashville Jazz Workshop holds the banner “Jazz on the Lawn” every other its Summer Jazz Camp at Blair School Saturday at 6:30 p.m., starting May 11. of Music June 24-28. Instruction includes Performing artists should be listed soon at training in vocal and instrumental arts, provisation, theory, jam sessions and more. In Hampshire, Tennessee, (between CoIt’s a great way for pros to expand their kids’ lumbia and Hohenwald) the Amber Falls musical education. Auditions are May 11. Go Winery will include some jazz and blues in to its “Music on the Ridge” series, Saturdays A couple of years ago the popular radio and Sundays. Artists include Markey Blue, documentary Jazz on the Side was a caLe Jazz, and the Jim Fox Trio. Check out sualty of WMOT-FM’s switch to roots proGumbo Sundays 12:30-5:00 p.m. Other gramming, but the show is still heard twice info at a week in Memphis at WUMR 91.7 FM The Jazz Lover. You can tune in via internet Venues streaming at on Schermerhorn Symphony Center has Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Sundays at rescheduled Grammy-winning saxophonist 9:00 a.m. Branford Marsalis and his Quartet for Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. Marsalis remains a viSee you out there. tal force in jazz today, and with pianist Joey Calderazzo, his group is an innovative and forward-thinking ensemble. Blues and soul man Delbert McClinton is still going strong Beegie Adair


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Profile for Kathy Osborne

The Nashville Musician — April - June 2019  

The official journal of the Nashville Musician Association, AFM Local 257. This issue features Del McCoury, Tracy Silverman, and more.

The Nashville Musician — April - June 2019  

The official journal of the Nashville Musician Association, AFM Local 257. This issue features Del McCoury, Tracy Silverman, and more.