Music City's Authentic Jazz Club

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HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
Mondays: 5-7pm $6 Wells, 1/2 price Crafters Union Wines ~ 9pm-close $7 Cuba Libres
Wednesdays: 5-7pm $6 Wells, $4 Yazoo Drafts
Thursdays: 5-7pm $8 Sazeracs, French 75, Daquiris
Sunday: 5pm-12am $8 Wines (Cab, Malbec, Pinot Grigio), $1 off all drafts

Come join us at Rudy’s Jazz Room for an Old Fashioned Christmas, featuring the "Siren of the South" Miss Stephanie Adlington! Celebrate the season with some spectacular live jazz including favorite Holiday standards and a collection of old New Orleans Christmas classics, while indulging in one of our holiday cocktails like our Carrot Cake Old Fashioned, and delicious New Orleans inspired holiday food menu.

Take joy in the most wonderful time of the year with an Old Fashioned Christmas and some classic holiday jazz at Rudy’s Jazz Room!

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New Years Eve "The Get Down" with the Wooten Brothers!

Celebrate New Years Eve at Rudy's Jazz Room with "The Get Down" and the Wooten Brothers! Dancing and live music with The Wooten Brothers, New Orleans themed hors d'oeuvres, champagne for the midnight toast, photo booth, and more! General Admission & Table Seating options available. Get your tickets now before they sellout!

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UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
Nov 30
The Sofia Goodman Group
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $13 in advance, $15 at the door
Sofia is a drummer and composer residing in Nashville, TN. Before enrolling at Berklee College of music for her Bachelor's, Sofia was fortunate to learn, perform with, and be encouraged by Grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding in a Berklee summer education program. After graduating from Berklee, Sofia moved to Nashville and worked as a freelance musician and teacher. Her playing has been described as "brilliant" by Tony Rounce of Ace Records.

In 2017, she began leading The Sofia Goodman Group. The group performs Sofia's original compositions and they have performed at various festivals such as The Elkhart Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest, West Georgia Jazz Fest, and more. Her debut album "Myriad of Flowers" was released in 2018 and was nominated by NIMA for Best Jazz album of 2019. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by NIMA for Best Jazz Instrumentalist. In 2021, she earned her Master's Degree in Composition at Belmont University. Recently, she won the Pathways to Jazz Grant to fund her work on her next album, Secrets of the Shore, which will be out before the end of 2022.
Regi Wooten & Friends
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
Known as “The Teacha”, Regi Wooten is one of the most innovative, talented and dynamic musicians around the scene, and has pushed the boundaries of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, and even bluegrass to some of the most extreme musical limits. From picking, slapping, strumming, thumping, and tapping to some of the most ear bending advanced chords you’ll hear on any instrument, Regi has earned world-wide notoriety and comparisons to other innovators such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry. Perfecting, creating and discovering new techniques and jazz theory while incorporating and layering into strong funk grooves for keen listeners to uncover and pick up on is one of his many notable fortes.

At only nine years old Regi started teaching his younger brother Victor Wooten bass guitar and Joseph Wooten keyboards, and soon the Wooten Brothers Band was formed featuring; Regi on ukelele, Roy on drums, Rudy on Saxophone, Joe on Keys and Victor on bass. Regi was ten years old at the time, Roy was nine, Rudy was eight, Joseph was five and Victor was two. The rest, as they say, is Musical History.

Assembling a cast of Nashville's best, Regi Wooten and Friends dig deep into the roots of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul. You never know who might jump on stage! Don't miss a beat!
Dec 1
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays; Rudy’s French Connection
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays; Rudy’s French Connection

Every Thursday we honor our New Orleans and French roots and Rudy’s comes alive with a variety of small groups in the style of gypsy jazz swing. We bring you music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with "Hot Club" gypsy jazz swing. Known for fierce tempos and effortless improvisation, our Hot Club Gypsy Thursdays are sure to entertain, inspire, and bring you back to some authentic "jazz manouche" with groups either led or curated by New Orleans LA native Brook Sutton.

There’s no better place to chill, cozy up and relax after work. Enjoy $8 French Quarter inspired cocktails (Sazerac, French 75, Daquiris from 5pm-7pm), 1/2 priced beignets, have a glass of Côtes du Rhône, and enjoy some gumbo while listening to the rhythm and mood of hot club jazz in Nashville’s most intimate and romantic room.
Pat Bergeson Trio
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
Guitarist, Harmonica player Pat Bergeson grew up in Batavia Illinois and moved to NYC where he honed his Jazz skills for 10 years. He was brought to Nashville by Chet Atkins in 1993 after hearing him on a demo tape. Pat recorded was featured on two of Chet's recordings "Read My Licks" and "Sneaking Around" with Jerry Reed. He has since worked with Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Tommy Emmanuel, Joey DeFrancesco, Annie Sellick, Alison Krauss ,Bill Frisell, Michael McDonald, Madeleine Peyroux, Benny Golson, etc.
Dec 2
Jack Macklin Trio
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $12 at the door
The Jack Macklin Trio is a bright light in the growing community of improvised music in Nashville, and feature’s world class improvisers. The Trio will uniquely navigate their way through popular songs ranging from the present to the 1950’s, as well as sprinkle in original material as well. Macklin will be backed by double-bassist Parker Kaplan and drummer Ryan Brasley.

For a thoughtful artist like Macklin, who will research and connect with a project before debuting the final product, this is a liberating experience to connect with a band on a deep level. There is a sense of spontaneity, and discovery whenever this group sets foot on the bandstand.

During his time in Chicago, Macklin has been heralded by WGN Chicago, Chicago Reader magazine, and Chicago Jazz Magazine for his continuous work to push the music forward, and manifest a community around the Trio. Macklin is thrilled to share his developments with his trio, and expand upon his goal of creating a band that goes beyond genres to connect with the audience on a personal level, to have a compelling experience that leaves the listener wanting more.
Jeff Coffin, Jordan Perlson, Viktor Krauss & Pascal LeBoeuf
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $25 at the door
Saxophonist extraordinaire Jeff Coffin puts a stellar group together with some of Nashville's finest cutting-edge musicians including Jordan Perlson on drums, and Viktor Krauss on upright bass. They will be playing music from an upcoming 2023 trio release as well as some new music and will be joined this evening by the extraordinary pianist/composer Pascal Le Beouf.

Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts his own numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 20+ solo recordings on his label Ear Up Records.

Coffin is known for his passionate and fiery soloing, his melodically driven compositions, his deep involvement with music education, and his continued dedication to improvisational music. He is one of the top, in demand, saxophonists in the world as well as a first call studio musician in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1991. Jeff is both a Yamaha artist/clinician and a Boston Sax Shop Ambassador, he teaches improvisation at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, has released numerous books (including a children's book with 4 more to come!!), and runs his own awesome record label, Ear Up Records. www.jeffcoffin.com

Drummer Jordan Perlson is one of the most dynamic and catalytic musicians on the scene today. He transplanted from NYC to Nashville in 2016 but remains an integral part of a wide international music scene. Be it with cutting edge music innovators like Becca Stevens, Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, progressive musicians Adrian Belew, Echolyn, Kaki King, fusion megastar Hiromi, jazz legends Seamus Blake, Gary Burton, David Liebman, folk heroes Alison Brown, Missy Raines, reggae giants Matisyahu, or Trevor Hall, Jordan has become a well known and sought after force in these many musical circles.

Eclectic composer/bassist Viktor Krauss has been a presence in Nashville Tennessee since 1992 with over 500 album credits as either a bassist, composer/songwriter or producer. On tour, Viktor has been seen with Lyle Lovett's Large Band since 1994. Starting with 1996's "Nashville", Krauss began a long tenure with Jazz great Bill Frisell. Other albums with Frisell include "Gone, Just Like a Train", "Good Dog, Happy Man", "East/West" and "Disfarmer." Other artists over his career have included James Taylor, Tom Jones, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Carly Simon and Jerry Douglas. In 2022, Viktor joined Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as a multi-instrumentalist (electric guitar, piano) on the “Raise the Roof” tour. In 2004, Krauss recorded his solo debut of his original compositions, Far From Enough featuring an all-star band consisting of Frisell, Jerry Douglas, Steve Jordan, and sister Alison (peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard® Contemporary Jazz Chart). Krauss' second album, II , which featured core band guitarist Dean Parks and drummer Matt Chamberlain emerged three years later. Primarily instrumental music, Viktor cites that this music could be described as "a soundtrack without a movie with nods to 'jazz and classic rock'." In 2006, Viktor was awarded a fellowship for the prestigious Film Composers' Lab at the Sundance Institute and his film composing credits include music for directors Ken Burns and the late Robert Altman. Viktor's original compositions from his solo recordings are used daily as musical "bumpers" for National Public Radio between programs.

Joining the trio tonite is an extra special guest musician and recent transplant to Nashville - pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf. Described as "sleek, new" and "hyper-fluent" by the New York Times, Pascal is a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to hybridizing chamber music with production-based technology. Recent projects include commercial recordings and videos with JACK Quartet, Nu Deco Ensemble, Akropolis Reed Quintet, Christian Euman, Hub New Music, Barbora Kolářová, Todd Reynolds, Sara Caswell, Jessica Meyer, Nick Photinos, Four/Ten Media, Bec Plexus featuring Ian Chang (of Son Lux), Dayna Stephens, and Justin Brown. As a keyboardist, Pascal performed as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah US tour and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively performs and records with Le Boeuf Brothers, Friction Quartet, Allan Harris, and his piano trio "Pascal's Triangle" featuring bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Justin Brown. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in Music and Technology at the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, and a Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in music composition at Princeton University.
Alex Murphy Trio Featuring Trulah
11:00pm-1:00am central, $10 at the door
Hailing from Chicago, Alex Murphy grew up in a family of musicians with parents who emphasized musical exploration at an early age. He grew up in an area where the arts were strongly supported and he had the support to grow his passion for jazz. In high school, he had the opportunity to study under many distinguished jazz performers and educators at Birch Creek Jazz Camp and began exploring writing his own music as well as iterations of jazz greats. His passion for jazz led him into continued study at DePaul University in Chicago where he was under the tutelage of Ron Perrillo and Dana Hall. Alex was part of a very talented crop of young musicians working their way into the music scene in Chicago.

Alex’s performance portfolio continues to grow. He has performed at Chicago classics including the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Green Mill, and was featured in a master class at Symphony Center with jazz piano great Bill Charlap. He has been featured in the Chicago Jazz Festival and other area jazz festivals throughout the Midwest. Alex has had the opportunity to share the stage with jazz artists Nicholas Payton, Dave Douglas, Bobby Broom, Joel Frahm, Dezron Douglas, Pharezz Whitted, Mark Colby, Matt Ulery, Dennis Carroll, Roger Ingram, and Joe Grandsden. From a growing studio portfolio with jazz and hip hop artists as well as his continued pursuit of live jazz performance, Alex is excited to expand his talent into the Nashville area.


Trulah is a dynamic vocalist, and astute lyricist who derives sonic inspiration from jazz, gospel, and the big band era. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Trulah relocated to Nashville, TN after attending music college in Memphis, TN. Growing up, she was heavily influenced by gospel and R&B. Her time spent in Memphis schooled her in jazz and soul music, all of which can be heard in her music today.

In addition to writing and releasing her own music, Trulah is a featured vocalist for weddings and special events. Her most recent joy has been uncovering the jazz scene here in Nashville. Through her powerful yet relatable lyrics and smooth style, she contributes a unique and timeless musical experience to this community.
Dec 3
A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Alex Murphy Trio
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $18 in advance, $20 at the door
The Charlie Brown Christmas Special is an American cultural icon, and is synonymous with the holiday season. The music, characters, and message have resonated since it’s airing in 1965. This soundtrack is praised due to the scoring and playing of the fantastic jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. Without Vince’s touch we wouldn’t have this American classic.

Join the Alex Murphy Trio for an evening enjoying the Charlie Brown Christmas Special soundtrack played live with a few friends joining along the way. Lex Warshawsky on acoustic bass, Ryan Brasley on drums and cymbals.
The Marc Payne Quartet
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $20 at the door
One of the most talented young up and coming jazz pianists from Nashville, currently attending the New School of Jazz in NYC, Marc Payne dazzles with beautiful chords, lines, rhythms, and harmonies. Young at heart and old in soul, Marc has soaked up some of the most influential pianists' styles and harmonics and is able to deliver; from Art Tatum to Oscar Peterson, Sony Clark, Thelonious Monk to Hank Jones, James P. Johnson and more.

Born in Virginia and having moved to north Nashville at a very young age, Marc soaked up the sounds of jazz from his father playing jazz records as he grew up. Marc began playing music when he was 11 years old on a light up keyboard and then studied gospel which led him to playing for the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church when he was 13. In his junior year at Pearl-Cohn high school Marc really started to develop an intense interest and more serious pursuit of jazz piano. From there he ended up going to Nashville School for the Arts where he graduated in 2017 to begin his professional career in music.

Some of Marc’s mentors include Jody Nardone, Imer Santiago, Lady Chapman, Chazen Brown, Nioshi Jackson, and Rob Butts. Marc has shared the stage with many great artists such as Bobby Watson, Regi Wooten, Curtis Lundy, Roy Wooten, Duffy Jackson and more, and has played on two of Shannon Callihan’s releases. Marc has played numerous venues in and around Nashville including the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Jazz on the Cumberland, Historic 15th ave Baptist church, and Rudy’s Jazz Room.

One of the most energetic and diverse young pianists, Marc always keeps the music flowing and lively with varying dynamics and interludes mixed and woven into compositions that keep pieces fresh and lively.

Featuring Marc Payne on piano, Jackson Mayhall on bass, Josh Cook on drums and Curtis Olawumi on trumpet.
Chris Mondak Quartet
11:00pm-1:00am central, $10 at the door
Nashville-based jazz composer, bassist, and 2020 graduate of the New England Conservatory, Chris Mondak, has studied with jazz legends Cecil McBee, Dave Holland, and Bob Moses, and has performed with musicians such as Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Douglas, Shelly Berg, Marvin Stamm, Jeff Hamilton, and Jesus Molina.

With an aggressive bass style reminiscent of Mingus, Chris is a past member of the Jazz Band of America, he has toured extensively in the U.S., and has performed in Australia and Mexico, as well as having toured twice throughout China as a member of the Nextgen Jazz Quartet. In 2019, Chris and Nextgen performed at the Hengqin Cup Jazz Competition in Zhuhai, China, where Chris's composition "Always Smiling" received 1st place as the festival's top original composition.

Chris's energetic hard-bop compositions and performances are on full display on his 2019 Eternal Youth, a CD that has amassed radio play on some 400+ stations, including spins on the Jazz Network, Jazz After Hours, and Jazz Happening Now. Says Blurtonline: "Opener 'Voyage Maid' wastes no time in showing us the goods Chris has in store for us. His virtuosity is a wonder to behold as are his compositional skills which soar to lofty heights throughout the album."

Since arriving in Nashville, Chris has maintained an active performance and recording schedule, including numerous shows at Rudy’s with his own combo, with pianist Josh Karas, and with vocalists such as Daniel LeClaire, Russell Hospedales, and James Richardson.
Dec 4
Sully's Swingin' Sunday Supper
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Join us for Sully's Swingin' Sunday Supper, where one of Music City's top jazz and instrumental bassists Jimmy Sullivan leads a swingin' band with different special guest artists and Rudy's serves up a unique and delectable supper special just for the show!

Harmonic adaptability and rhythmic flexibility are the key attributes of any first rate bassist. Though a native born Virginian, Jimmy Sullivan has ascended to the top ranks of Music City's rhythm section comrades, proving himself a versatile and imaginative bassist on multiple occasions. He's excelled in numerous idiomatic sessions, though jazz remains a priority and key musical love. Still, he's flourished while working, recording and/or performing with such top country, rock and pop stars as Lee Ann Womack, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Jason Petty, Becky Warren, Anne McCue. Calbe Caudle and Ben De La Cour among others. But most recently he's become an area favorite backing one of Nashville's most popular and beloved jazz vocalists, Stephanie Adlington.

Sullivan grew up in Reston, Virginia. Despite not having any musicians in the family, Sullivan still became enamored with music at an early age. Teaching himself to play by ear, his early apprentice came as both a singer and instrumentalist. He performed in a choir while also playing piano and clarinet. But his primary instrument became bass at 15, where he began on electric. Soon came formal jazz studies at Northern Virginia Community college, where he obtained a two-year degree before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

At VCU not only did Jimmy receive the seasoning and grounding from an exceptional program founded by the late, great, pianist/composer Ellis Marsalis, he was required to master the acoustic. That was the final step in Sullivan becoming a full-time bassist. Over the next six years, while living in Richmond, he worked in multiple settings and with a host of bands playing the full musical spectrum from classical and jazz to soul, gospel and hip-hop.

Interestingly, upon initially moving to New York, Sullivan didn't initially immerse himself in jazz like many new arrivals. Instead, folk and the gamut of styles known as Americana were how he made his livelihood for much of the next decade, while also getting married. It wasn't util 2017 that he arrived in Nashville, still married and not really even contemplating being a full-time musician much longer. But while his then wife was pursing a singer/songwriting career, a funny thing happened to Jimmy Sullivan. He moved from trying to decide whether to sell his bass to attending jam sessions, meeting fellow players and re-discovering his love for music. The flexibility that he had previously acquired made it easy for him to fit into all the contexts and situations that one encounters in a city like Nashville. Not only did he begin attracting attention from the country and western swing world, but also discovered a growing and intense jazz scene.

While he's now working regularly with Stephanie Adlington, he's also played with other Music City jazz stalwarts like Annie Selleck, Laura Mayo and Jamie Paul as well as international artists Laila Biali and Carol Welsman. He's become good friends and consistently shared the bandstand with Andy Reiss, Marcus Finnie, Geoff Pfiefer and Don Aliquo.

Jimmy Sullivan's now acclaimed not only in Nashville but throughout the region and state as a topflight player. He's already won one Nashville Music Industry Award as Best Jazz Instrumentalist in 2018, and others are sure to follow. But most importantly, Jimmy Sullivan's ferocity on the bandstand, and joy and love of playing music are infectious, and anyone who sees and hears him will immediately discover it as well as the inspiring and motivational power of great performance.
Rudy's Jazz Jam
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $10 at the door
Rudy's hosts the official pro jazz jam. Come out and experience some of music city's best as they take the stage with Nashville's next generation of jazz performers! You will hear a variety of young, old, new and undiscovered players showing what they can do on stage. Part of the jazz tradition and what jazz embodies is the unknown and spontaneous exploration of new musical territory with new musicians sitting in live on stage; you never know who or what to expect other than the unexpected!

We welcome all ages to this show and have a $10 food or beverage minimum.
Dec 5
Re-Evolution
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Re-Evolution is heavily influenced by traditional and classic jazz cutting edge artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Thelonious Monk and many more. Featuring Brian Cornish on saxophone, Regi Wooten on bass, Daryl Johnson on drums, Adam Charney on guitar and Alex Murphy on piano.
Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $12 at the door
A Nashville favorite on the Salsa and jazz scene and electric night of Salsa dancing! Multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Rodriguez, one of Nashville's leading percussionists, bassists and favorite on the Salsa and jazz scene, plays the sounds of salsa, bachata and percussion-driven rhythms with some of the most seasoned veterans in the Nashville Latin music scene. Melvin Macias (piano/vocals), Jesus Agreda (Timbales), Lorenzo Molina Ruiz (Trumpet), Manuel 'Manotas' Ramierez (multi-Percussion), and Giovanni Rodriguez (bass/vocals).

For this show general admission tickets are available for standing and sitting in the front section of the room near the stage with the dance floor. Tickets for bar seats and tables are available as well. General admission tickets for the front section are not guaranteed to have seats as we will have a large part of the front section seating cleared for the dance floor. General admission tickets will have standing room as well as limited seating. Only our tables and bar seats will have guaranteed seating for this show.