Music City's authentic late night jazz club
Experience a spectacular night of Mardi Gras merriment and burlesque that will take your breath away, all to the accompaniment of Brook Sutton's live New Orleans style jazz band. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show while the Rudy's Royal Court shows you a dazzling good time, bringing you a taste of the French Quarter Carnival celebration, so mark your calendars and prepare to be entertained!
An evening of Classic Jazz and Swing Standards as well as original material. Songs that Confess of love as well as confessions of what lead to a broken heart. A Combination of Happy love songs, and a few classic victim songs dating all the way back to the year 1924. Set lists includes songs of the years gone by, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Kahn, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, that deserve to never be forgotten. Songs about real life that weren't just written to rhyme, but were written from the heart, to create songs of reason.
Wendy was Influenced and inspired at a young age by a radio show "Big Band Saturday Night"on the AM dial, and she fell in love with the melodies and words of the Great American Songbook. From this she has quite a repertoire of classics jazz swing songs and stays true to the style they were written in. "There's something truly special in staying on the path of the composer's melody and the lyricist's words. It's sort of like walking in their shoes and stepping back in time". They weren't just rhyming words but were putting their feelings to music. So instead of just creating songs of rhyme, they were Songs of Reason."
Combining his classical training with deep improvisational roots in both jazz and blues, David is the winner of the 2016 James Miltenberger International Jazz Piano Competition, and has also performed with several regional orchestras, most recently with his very own composition, "Concerto for Jazz Piano & Orchestra." His compositions have been performed and recorded internationally, including guest appearances at the 2018 Jazz Education Network's Young Composers Showcase where the U.S. Airmen of Note played his winning big band composition, as well as in Canada where he was invited as a guest artist to the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. In addition to being an active Korg-endorsed artist, he was also a finalist for ROLIʼs first-ever International Next Awards for which he was invited to London to perform as a soloist. He has released two albums as a leader: his 2017 genre-bending, debut project Songs For A Generation; as well as his 2019 album, Doorways.
Les’ seventh CD Jobim Tribute has been well received by critics and radio. Reaching #1 on Amazon Brazilian Jazz and Latin Jazz best sellers and #36 Latin Music one week after its release.
“Like the artists that influenced me most I set out to blend a variety of styles while balancing art and technique.” said Sabler. His catalogue reflects this outlook and direction and his performances demonstrate an eclectic mix of passion and energy.
“Sabler’s playing is dynamic like John Scofield’s, melodic like George Benson’s and compelling like Jeff Beck’s. But Sabler’s sound is not just a conglomeration of his influences, his playing is clearly and refreshingly his own.” - Phil Matlock / MAC
“Les Sabler has created an irresistible recording that crosses the boundaries between genres. Antonio Carlos Jobim would be pleased.” - Scott Yanow / Jazz Times, Jazziz, Downbeat
"Les Sabler delivers a winner on Jobim Tribute as he salutes and remembers a man and his music with a measure of taste and a touch of class, on one of the most compelling and engaging tribute albums to a legend." Edward Blanco / AllAboutJazz.com
“Les sounds great playing and singing these gems. While the source of this music is Brazilian, he’s made them more Latin in feel, which is refreshing. I like his voice in the baritone range – and extra kudos for singing (at times) in Portuguese!” - Robert Lamm / Chicago
“a shimmering guitar style that is sleek, chic and sexy.” - Steve Persall / Players Magazine
“Les’ jazz guitar work is incredible.” - Troy Vanliere / CCM
You really make my Electric Nylon guitar SING!” - Roger Sadowsky, Sadowsky Guitars
Long recognized as possessing the magic formula for top notch contemporary jazz, Les Sabler has come roaring back with his brand new single ‘In The Light’. It is the kind of easy grooving number that succinctly demonstrates exactly what Sabler is all about. - Dennis Poole
The place, where virtuosity meets emotion.” - Hans-Bernd Hulsman / www.smooth-jazz.de
Every Thursday we honor our New Orleans and French roots and Rudy’s comes alive with a variety of small groups in the Django style of gypsy jazz swing. There’s no better place to chill, cozy up and relax after work. Enjoy $8 French Quarter inspired cocktails (Sazerac, Lavender Sidecar, French 75), have a glass of Côtes du Rhône, and enjoy some gumbo or beignets while listening to the rhythm and mood of hot club jazz in Nashville’s most intimate and romantic room.
"David Rodgers has loved music for as long as he can remember. When he was a baby, his mother would play him Mozart, and he began training in piano at age 4. "Loving music is almost an understatement, because there's really no word to describe how much I enjoy doing what I do," Rodgers said. "I'm so lucky to be able to say that." At Blair School of Music, the classically trained pianist found his interest in jazz music exploding. Rodgers is graduating with a degree in piano performance alongside a newly released album of jazz originals he composed, arranged and performed. Then there's his spot in the touring band of Grammy Award-winning blues musicians Keb' Mo' and Taj Mahal." Writing credit: Amy Wolf - Vanderbilt News
As a Memphis native and Nashville resident, Marcus has Toured with Kirk Whalum, keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Lady Antebellum, Larry Carlton, Donna Summer, India Arie, Billy Preston, Earl Klugh and many others. Marcus has also recorded with Grammy and Stellar Award nominated and winning artists' Kirk Whalum, Keb mo & Taj Mahal, India Arie, Michael McDonald, Lalah Hathaway, Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin, American Idols' Ace Young, Rodney Crowell, Vickie Winans, Rachel Lampa, and several others.
2018 NIMAS Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Jimmy Sullivan is one of Music City's most sought after bassists. Since leaving New York for Nashville in 2014, Jimmy has performed and recorded with a multitude of artists spanning many different genres and styles. While being an incredibly versatile musician, jazz remains his passion and his love for the art form shines through in his many performances at Rudy's Jazz Room as both a sideman and band leader.
Geoff Pfeifer, a Nashville based musician and composer, has been living and performing in Nashville since 2005. Geoff studied saxophone with Ted Nash and Ralph Lalama and composition with Mike Holober and Jim McNeely. He is a saxophonist and arranger with the R&B band Chubby and The Dots and plays the 2nd Tenor Saxophone chair in The Establishment Big Band.
Steve Pardo is a professional saxophone/woodwind/multi-instrumentalist, and composes rich soundtracks for a wide range of games and TV for both indie and AAA studios. On top of co-founding his audio and music team, SkewSound, Steve is known for his audio design leadership and inventions at video game studio Harmonix, impacting games and franchises such as Rock Band, Dance Central, and Fantasia: Music Evolved. Steve is actively involved in AI and machine-learning based generative music, and develops interactive music VR experiences with Trio VR. Find out more at stevepardo.com.
DOS features Steve (sax/winds) and the talents of Mike Baggetta (guitar), Amy Pardo (flute), Jon Estes (bass), Liz Estes (violin), and Brian Fitch (drums).
Keith L. Brown is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN, Keith began playing piano and bass at an early age. Raised in a musical family, both Keith's parents played music and many of his aunts and uncles are exceptionally musically talented as well. His father Donald Brown is a world renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and his mother Dorothy is a pianist also and plays various woodwind instruments. Keith first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old. His father helped nurture Keith's musical ambitions by teaching him how to play his original compositions and jazz standards. Keith and his brothers, Kenneth (drums) and Donald Jr., were deep into hip-hop and rap music growing up. Keith began to study jazz seriously after he graduated high school. It was at this time that he really began to be influenced by other great Memphis pianists such as Phineas Newborn Jr., James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. Later Keith would go on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009 and completed his Masters of Music Degree in May 2011. Currently Keith resides in NY where he continues to be in demand making a name for himself as a pianist and composer both nationally and internationally.
Since he began playing jazz, at the age of 18, Keith has been fortunate to perform and record with some amazing musicians both as a leader and a sideman. Keith currently tours as the pianist for Charles Tolliver and Jazzmeia Horn and has shared the stage with great jazz artists such as Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio, Dezron Douglas, Sherman Irby, Steve Stagle, Terreon Gully, Kenneth Whalum III, David Weiss, Mike Clark, Bill Saxton, Joe Farnsworth, Greg Tardy, John Clayton, Benny Golson, and Bobby Watson to name a few. Keith continues to draw inspiration from his roots in R&B, Funk, Classical, Jazz and Hip-Hop and constantly explores new ways of integrating these influences.
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.
A true legendary jazz drummer, Jackson is the son of Chubby Jackson, and played drums as a young child making appearances with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich before he finished high school. In 1971 he relocated to Los Angeles, where he played with Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Lena Horne, Milt Jackson, and Barney Kessel. Following a tour of Japan with Benny Carter, he appeared on television for two years with Sammy Davis, Jr. (1974-1976). Later in the 1970s he played with Grover Mitchell and did a tour of Europe with the Count Basie Orchestra.
In the 1980s Jackson worked with Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Sonny Stitt, and in 1985 re-joined the Basie orchestra while Thad Jones was its leader. Following this he worked with Illinois Jacquet and Artie Shaw, then re-joined the Basie Orchestra under Frank Foster. In the 1990s, he relocated to Fort Lauderdale, where he played with Harry Allen, Billy Ross, and the Manhattan Transfer.
We welcome all ages to this show.