It has been a long time coming and we are excited to be back, on April 9th we re-opened and we continue to have live music shows every Friday and Saturday night each week! We have gone above and beyond with regards to making Rudy’s as safe as possible for everyone. Below are some of the measures we have taken for everyone’s safety and check out our Covid Safety page for more info:

  • Capacity Limit
  • Room Cleaning Before All Shows
  • Masks Required
  • Plexiglass in front of Bands
  • Temperature Checks for all Employees
  • HVAC Ultraviolet Sanitizing Lights Installed
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations
  • Active Ongoing Cleaning
  • Vital-Oxide Fogging Prior to Opening Each Day
  • Haze Machine w/ Propylene Glycol
  • Stage Equipment Cleaning
  • Social Distancing

Check our calendar for upcoming shows, our information page on seating, and this page as well as our socials for announcements of additional open days.

Because of COVID-19 and city mandates restricting the use of our space such that we cannot operate as necessary in order to pay all of our bills, we must still rely on public assistance and generosity to get through these times.  We ask, if you have the means, value what Rudy's brings to your life and would like to support the continuation of what we do by bringing live jazz to Nashville and nurturing the live creative process in an intimate setting, that you consider donating what you can and feel comfortable with to our cause, no matter how small it may be.

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UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
May 14
Oracle Blue
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
Oracle Blue is enticingly unequivocal when it comes to genre-branding, marrying musical nostalgia with newfangled soundscapes. Under the banners of Swank-Pop and Alt-Jazz they craft for themselves a realm entirely their own with strong female vocals garnished by multi-instrumentalists in the rhythm and horn sections.

The band's resume includes performances at Montreux, Vienne and Umbria Jazz Festivals, a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance in the Blues/Pop/Rock category, and the honor of being selected through competition by five-time GRAMMY Award winner Lalah Hathaway to open for two performances on her 2018 'Honestly' tour. Their debut album, Gilded Kingdoms, is comprised primarily of original works, and also includes reimaginings of jazz standards "Don't Explain" (Billie Holiday) and "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronisalw Kaper). Gilded Kingdoms is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and at OracleBlueBand.com.
Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $22 at the door
Multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Rodriguez, one of Nashville's leading percussionists, bassists and favorite on the Salsa and jazz scene, play 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), Michael Morton (Flute), Yosvany Cordero (bata/bongo/Quinto), Manuel 'Manotas' Ramierez (multi-Percussion), and Giovanni Rodriguez (bass/vocals).
May 15
Alayna Renae
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
Alayna Renae is an interdisciplinary composer, vocal artist, community organizer, and activist based in Nashville, TN. Learning from past legends like Nina Simone, Alayna’s music reflects the times we are living through as she sings from personal transformation. When attending a live performance, you can expect a consciously curated musical journey to transcend you from any situation. Alayna sings from her soul and is best known for her inviting spirit. Her mission is to cultivate connectedness among her audience, yet further unfold reflection and aspiration for each attendee’s personal experience.

Influenced from a vast range of musical genres, and artists such as Nancy Wilson, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote, & Erykah Badu, Alayna creates a contemporary sound reflecting the ever-changing fusion of Jazz and Neo-Soul. Contributing to the new generation of jazz musicians, she honors the traditional stylings with a fluidity to keep you in the now. Alayna has collaborated with a wide range of local musicians like Dara Tucker and Kira Hooks, and shared the stage with world-renowned musicians like Charlie Hunter.

Alayna is the founder of Nashville Musicians For Change; a learning organization committed to creating and sustaining positive change in Music City. She has spent much of her time investing in her community by hosting inclusive jazz jams, volunteering with a variety of organizations, and organizing musicians to join the movement for social justice and liberation for all.

Alayna has yet to release a debut album, but you can be sure it will illuminate her artistry and satisfy a much anticipated wait. Until then, you can find her doing what she loves in the heart of Music City - performing at her home away from home, Rudy’s Jazz Room.
Brook Sutton & Friends play Mingus
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $22 at the door
If you like Mingus, and you should, then this show is for you. Brook Sutton & Friends Mingus tribute features some of Nashville's top jazz cats; Brook Sutton, Geoff Pfeifer, Don Aliquo, Emmanuel Echem, Marcus Finnie and Matt Endahl.

American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock. Mingus' compositions continue to be played by contemporary musicians ranging from the repertory bands Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra, to the high school students who play the charts and compete in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. In 1993, The Library of Congress acquired Mingus's collected papers—including scores, sound recordings, correspondence and photos—in what they described as "the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library's history".
May 21
Don Aliquo Quartet
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
Saxophonist and active recording artist, composer and educator Don Aliquo has performed and/or recorded with internationally known artists such as Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Harold Danko, Roger Humphries, Gary Burton, Obed Calvaire and many others.

Pushing musical boundaries while honoring the tradition, Aliquo's quartet performs a mix of originals and classics in a dynamic set tailored for "late night" listening. Don Aliquo on sax, Bruce Dudley on piano, Jimmy Sullivan on bass, and Chris Brown on drums.
David Williford Quartet Mostly Plays Monk
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $22 at the door
Composer and woodwind player David Williford returns to Rudy's Jazz Room to pay tribute to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century: the enigmatic Thelonious Monk. Joining David will be Chris Leidhecker on drums, Bryan Harrison on piano, and Ken Perkerwicz on bass.

Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Williford had his first musical experiences playing blues, soul, and rock with his father before leaving home to study modern jazz and classical music with artists like Don Aliquo. David has found a diverse and soulful place in the changing Nashville music scene. Apart from his own projects, David has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists as a player and arranger. Some highlights include John Mailander, Dynamo, Mike Hicks, The Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, Jeff Coffin, Sory Diabate, Rick Wilkerson, Jonathan Wires, Charles Butler, Michael Toman, and David Rodgers.
May 22
Stephanie Adlington
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
Stephanie Adlington, otherwise known as, "The Siren Of The South", is a working singer, songwriter, actor, and vocal coach. Born and raised in Grafton, WV, Miss Stephanie is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and also attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and (pre-college) Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While in London, Stephanie recorded with the folk-rock band Renaissance, which produced three critically acclaimed international albums. Known for her unique vocal styling, an evening with Miss Stephanie carries her audience back to the prohibition era - a scandalous rendezvous in a wicked speakeasy, where swagger goes and bourbon flows. Her show titled, "The Jazz, Pearls, and Bourbon Review" is a throwback to the glorious days of old school jazz: think top-shelf juke joint meets Southern hospitality. Drink in an infusion of bourbon, Johnny Mercer, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, and Fats Waller and you just sidled up to the bar next to, "The Siren Of The South".
Jake Botts and Andrew Golden present: Tribute to The Adderley Brothers
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $22 at the door
Join saxophonist Jake Botts and trumpeter Andrew Golden on this unique night of sophistication and soul as they pay homage to the legendary Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Cannonball Adderley and his brother Nat were pioneers of the Soul Jazz movement in the 1960's. The quintet combined influences of bebop, RnB, blues, and gospel music. Although the Quintet was most known for their soul jazz staple, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” the contributions of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet went far beyond that as they influenced musicians for generations to come.

Joining Botts and Golden will be a Nashville all star lineup consisting of David Rogers on piano, Jimmy Sullivan on bass, and Marcus Finnie on drums. The first set will consist of sections from the Cannonball and Nat Adderley songbook, and the second set will be a full run-through of the pivotal 1966 album, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Live at the Club”.
May 28
Mike Baggetta with Viktor Krauss & Jordan Perlson
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
“…vintage twang in service of Americana-meets exploratory Jazz-Psych…”
-Rolling Stone

“Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar hero… at the forefront of an army of guitar innovators.”
-Brad Cohan, JazzTimes

“...this is something else. Mr. Baggetta is into making clearly delineated music, melodies and chord patterns and actual songs, but he’s also into sound and space and texture. He’s a soloist, but interested in the whole area of a piece of music: backgrounds and middle grounds as much as foregrounds. What’s especially good… is that he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty.“
-Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

“Jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta bends notes, and his genre, to make music that sounds like life.”
-Premier Guitar

It has been said that Mike Baggetta is “a guitarist of slippery proficiency” (New York Times), that his performances are “totally compelling” (Jazz Journal, UK) and that “his melodic sense is truly beautiful.” (JazzReview.com)

Join guitarist Mike Baggetta at Rudy’s Jazz Room to hear his award-winning and genre-defying music performed alongside some of Nashville's, and the world's, greatest musicians Viktor Krauss and Jordan Perlson. Mike’s singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. He has earned accolades from the press that call this approach “…beguilingly atmospheric…” (Time Out New York) and that “Baggetta’s music is quietly transgressive… Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though ideas were being snagged out of thin air.” (Hartford Courant)
Ike Stubblefield
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $25 at the door
Ike Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review greats like The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. Getting back to his roots on Hammond B3 organ in 1970 and with his vast understanding of music and feel, Ike Stubblefield performed live on stage from 1970-1975 with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. During that time, he lived in San Francisco, New York and London.

From 1976-988 Ike worked as a studio musician, composer, songwriter and producer with such artists as Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Jim Capaldi, Wendy Waldman, Larry Lee, Michael O’Hara, Allan Rich, Tom Witlock, Allan Blazek, Bill Szymczyk, Giorgio Moroder, Tracie Spencer and many more. He also worked scoring music for films and T.V.: "The Best of The Best" with Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland, as well as "Summer Job," in addition to commercials and countless shows for the BBC and CBC.

In 1990, Ike moved to Vancouver, Canada and helped start a great music scene with The Purple Onion, a huge two-story warehouse club with three separate music venue rooms, where he performed with his band, Is Not Was, and booked the rooms with other top Canadian and international artists. The Purple Onion is still going strong today. In 1995, he moved to Seattle, re-forming his band, Is Not Was, a Hammond B3 organ quartet, that performed at Jazz Alley and other main event venues through out Seattle and Portland, Washington.

Ike decided to move back to his roots - Toledo and Detroit – in 1997 to help out the local music scene. He opened a club called Yikes Supper Club in his Toledo hometown, where he brought all of his years of experience together. He called on his pals to help launch it, including Rodney Dangerfield, who came for the grand opening. During its first year, organ greats Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy McGriff, as well as such other stellar performers as Jenna Mammina, Art Blakey, and Dave McMurray performed at the club.

After several recording nominations awards for his band, Ike won the L.E.W. People´s Choice Award in 1999 for the “Best Jazz Performer of the Year.” In 2001, after running a club and trying to stay active in the music business became a bit too much, he moved to Atlanta, where he found a home at Café 290, a jazz hot spot in Sandy Springs. Bringing the Hammond B3 sound back to Atlanta, Ike was greeted with open arms, performing at The Variety Playhouse, The Roxy, The Dogwood Festival, and working with Sonny Emory, Sam Skelton, Count M'Butu, The Derek Trucks Band, Jeff Sipe, Caroline Aiken, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Code Talkers, Francine Reed and Susan Tedeschi.

In 2004, Ike went back to Europe for an extended tour of Germany, Spain, France and England as well as recording with and producing various artists throughout Europe. He returned to Atlanta in 2005 and was inducted into the city’s downtown Hard Rock Cafe' location’s Hall of Fame with the first Hammond B3 on display on a wall in any Hard Rock Cafe' world-wide. He also filled-in for Billy Preston on organ during Eric Clapton’s winter European tour.

In 2005, Ike also met David Neel, owner of a new club called The Blue Room, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The two soon joined forces to create the only Hammond B3 venue on the east coast outside of New York City to showcase the lost art of the Hammond B3 organ. The Blue Room features live music Monday through Saturday, with the official Grand Opening on March 24th and 25th featuring legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and the Groove Masters (Reuben Wilson on Hammond B3 organ and Grant Green, Jr. on guitar). Ike and David also created an "All Star Hit" (jam session) at The Blue Room on Monday nights, where Hammond B3 meets grand piano on a full backline stage, where all styles of music are welcome, and old-school networking can help bring the music scene in Atlanta closer together.

Ike Stubblefield is truly keeping the Hammond B3 organ sound alive in Atlanta, and is currently busy recording his new Latin/Jazz/Funk project together with German artist Roland Peil on percussion, Bernard Purdie on drums, Fred Vigdor on sax, Bill Summers on percussion, Takana Miyamato on Fender Rhodes piano, Grant Green Jr. on Guitar, Bernard Purdie on Drums and other guest artists, which is slated for release in May, 2007.
May 29
The Magnolia Quintet
6:00pm-8:00pm central, $22 at the door
Playing a mix of original compositions and jazz standards, the young yet seasoned members of The Magnolia Quintet perform old-school jazz with passion and sophistication. The Magnolia Quintet strives to illuminate the genre’s future while also paying homage to the heyday of bebop and hard bop. The Quintet’s members have performed on stages around the world, and trained and played with countless jazz legends, yet it is together that they find their greatest spark and inspiration.

Huntley McSwain (vocals) is a freshly-minted graduate of Belmont University. Huntley’s powerful and distinctive contralto jazz and soul voice exhibits both a classic style and a tremendous emotional force. The newest Magnolia, Huntley is originally from Dallas, Texas. She moved to Nashville in 2017 to pursue her passion for music.

Hunter Smith (sax) is a fiery player with a large sound. Hunter is a 2016 graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he was named the program’s outstanding graduate his senior year. Hunter then received an M.M. in 2018 from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi and Donny McCaslin. Since returning to Nashville, Hunter has been widely active as a performer and educator. Please visit http://huntersmithjazz.com.

Bill Alexson (piano) is a performer, composer, and educator. Bill holds a B.M. from Belmont University, and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he received the Presidential Distinction Award while studying with Frank Carlberg and Jason Moran. Bill’s experiences run the gamut from performing for George Jones’ 80th birthday celebration to receiving the Bösendorfer Silver Award at the American Jazz Pianist Competition. Please visit https://bill-alexson.squarespace.com.

Chris Mondak (bass) plays with a dynamic, aggressive style. A 2020 graduate of the New England Conservatory, Chris studied with jazz luminaries Cecil McBee and Dave Holland, and he has performed with musicians such as Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Douglas, Marvin Stamm, and Jeff Hamilton. Chris’s tune “Always Smiling” was named the best original composition at the 2019 Hengqin Cup Jazz Competition in Zhuhai, China. Please visit https://chrismondak.com.

Chris Broomhead (drums) came to Nashville from Melbourne, Australia, where he trained at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts. Prior to moving to Nashville, Chris’s trio Refraction released four CDs including the widely acclaimed “As We Were” (2015). Since his arrival, Chris has been active on the Nashville music scene, via both live performances and studio sessions. Please visit http://chrisbroomhead.com.
Ike Stubblefield
9:00pm-11:00pm central, $25 at the door
Ike Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review greats like The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. Getting back to his roots on Hammond B3 organ in 1970 and with his vast understanding of music and feel, Ike Stubblefield performed live on stage from 1970-1975 with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. During that time, he lived in San Francisco, New York and London.

From 1976-988 Ike worked as a studio musician, composer, songwriter and producer with such artists as Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Jim Capaldi, Wendy Waldman, Larry Lee, Michael O’Hara, Allan Rich, Tom Witlock, Allan Blazek, Bill Szymczyk, Giorgio Moroder, Tracie Spencer and many more. He also worked scoring music for films and T.V.: "The Best of The Best" with Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland, as well as "Summer Job," in addition to commercials and countless shows for the BBC and CBC.

In 1990, Ike moved to Vancouver, Canada and helped start a great music scene with The Purple Onion, a huge two-story warehouse club with three separate music venue rooms, where he performed with his band, Is Not Was, and booked the rooms with other top Canadian and international artists. The Purple Onion is still going strong today. In 1995, he moved to Seattle, re-forming his band, Is Not Was, a Hammond B3 organ quartet, that performed at Jazz Alley and other main event venues through out Seattle and Portland, Washington.

Ike decided to move back to his roots - Toledo and Detroit – in 1997 to help out the local music scene. He opened a club called Yikes Supper Club in his Toledo hometown, where he brought all of his years of experience together. He called on his pals to help launch it, including Rodney Dangerfield, who came for the grand opening. During its first year, organ greats Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy McGriff, as well as such other stellar performers as Jenna Mammina, Art Blakey, and Dave McMurray performed at the club.

After several recording nominations awards for his band, Ike won the L.E.W. People´s Choice Award in 1999 for the “Best Jazz Performer of the Year.” In 2001, after running a club and trying to stay active in the music business became a bit too much, he moved to Atlanta, where he found a home at Café 290, a jazz hot spot in Sandy Springs. Bringing the Hammond B3 sound back to Atlanta, Ike was greeted with open arms, performing at The Variety Playhouse, The Roxy, The Dogwood Festival, and working with Sonny Emory, Sam Skelton, Count M'Butu, The Derek Trucks Band, Jeff Sipe, Caroline Aiken, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Code Talkers, Francine Reed and Susan Tedeschi.

In 2004, Ike went back to Europe for an extended tour of Germany, Spain, France and England as well as recording with and producing various artists throughout Europe. He returned to Atlanta in 2005 and was inducted into the city’s downtown Hard Rock Cafe' location’s Hall of Fame with the first Hammond B3 on display on a wall in any Hard Rock Cafe' world-wide. He also filled-in for Billy Preston on organ during Eric Clapton’s winter European tour.

In 2005, Ike also met David Neel, owner of a new club called The Blue Room, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The two soon joined forces to create the only Hammond B3 venue on the east coast outside of New York City to showcase the lost art of the Hammond B3 organ. The Blue Room features live music Monday through Saturday, with the official Grand Opening on March 24th and 25th featuring legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and the Groove Masters (Reuben Wilson on Hammond B3 organ and Grant Green, Jr. on guitar). Ike and David also created an "All Star Hit" (jam session) at The Blue Room on Monday nights, where Hammond B3 meets grand piano on a full backline stage, where all styles of music are welcome, and old-school networking can help bring the music scene in Atlanta closer together.

Ike Stubblefield is truly keeping the Hammond B3 organ sound alive in Atlanta, and is currently busy recording his new Latin/Jazz/Funk project together with German artist Roland Peil on percussion, Bernard Purdie on drums, Fred Vigdor on sax, Bill Summers on percussion, Takana Miyamato on Fender Rhodes piano, Grant Green Jr. on Guitar, Bernard Purdie on Drums and other guest artists, which is slated for release in May, 2007.
Jun 3
An Investigation of the Blues with Don Aliquo
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $18 at the door
Saxophonist and active recording artist, composer and educator Don Aliquo has performed and/or recorded with internationally known artists such as Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Harold Danko, Roger Humphries, Gary Burton, Obed Calvaire and many others.

Pushing musical boundaries while honoring the tradition, Aliquo's quartet performs a mix of originals and classics investigating the different forms, arraignments, and expressions of blues in jazz. Don Aliquo on sax, Jody Nardone on piano, Jimmy Sullivan on bass, and Chris Brown on drums.
Greg Robbins
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $18 at the door
Greg Robbins is a jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist who recently transplanted to Nashville from Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Greg was trained formally in Vocal Performance at Berry College in Rome, GA. He went on to receive a robust vocal and compositional training on the Atlanta jazz scene from mentors Kermit Walker, Kevin Bales, Delbert Felix, and many more. After going full time for a few years in Atlanta, he moved to NYC where he learned from legendary artists such as Sachal Vasandani, Johnny O’Neal, and Marc Cary, while performing at various venues like the Manderley Bar in Chelsea, Gin Fizz in Harlem, and The Back Room speakeasy in lower Manhattan.

Greg returns to Rudy’s on June 3 melding outlaw country and folk music with contemporary and traditional jazz sounds. He will be joined by Nashville guitarist Adam David Davis, Louisville’s Kendall Carter (organ), and Atlanta’s Larry Wilson (drums).
Jun 4
Joseph Wooten and The Hands Of Soul
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $22 at the door
Joseph Wooten, aka "Hands of Soul" is one of the talented Wooten Brothers and since 1993 is the current keyboardist/vocalist for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller Band. Joseph is also a talented songwriter, motivational speaker, composer, and producer and recently added author to his resume with the release of his new book, "It All Matters", available on Amazon.

Joseph is a master of many styles. Jazz, soul, funk, R&B... Be prepared for an enjoyable musical journey. You will want to listen... And you will want to dance too!