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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
TONIGHT'S SHOWS
Geoff Pfeifer Quartet
5:30pm-7:15pm, $12 at the door
The Geoff Pfeifer Quartet, gritty, edgy, the real deal NYC style jazz. Saxophonist Geoff Pfeifer brings some of Nashville's top jazz cats out, and you'll be sure to feel the energy. Playing a mix of original material and Wayne Shorter tunes.

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.
Jody Nardone Trio
8:00pm-10:15pm, $22 at the door
"Thanks to a dynamic style that can shift from the whispered beauty of Bill Evans to the percussive flights of McCoy Tyner, Nardone has emerged as one of Nashville's preeminent jazz pianists. His reputation is also blowing up nationwide, where he is receiving raves in Downbeat and Jazziz for his role in the Crimson Jazz Trio, a Nashville-to-L.A. combo led by former King Crimson drummer Ian Wallace and former Vital Information bassist Tim Landers."

-Michael McCall, Nashville Scene
Oracle Blue plays Soulquarians
11:00pm-1:00am, $15 at the door
Oracle Blue performs music by Black American Music collective, Soulquarians. Come check out music by artists such as Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove, D'Angelo & more! About Oracle Blue - Nashville-based group Oracle Blue blends elements of Neo-Soul, electronic music and #BAM (Black American Music) to create a newfangled soundscape with a sullen danceability. The group is fronted by producer Liz Kelley on guitar and effected vocals, supported by playback engineer Zach Douglas on trumpet and electronic sampling, and rounded out by a rotating cast in the rhythm section. Influences include artists ranging from Hiatus Kaiyote to Sylvan Esso, while creating a sonic culture that is uniquely their own. Occasions of note include multiple opening performances for five-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lalah Hathaway, endorsements from Traveler Guitar and Aston Microphones, a performance at NAMM, and a recent listing on DownBeat's "What to Stream This Week". The group has spent recent months collaborating on music with producer Justin Trout and bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Mac Miller, Ne-Yo), which was released in the spring of 2021.


UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
Sep 26
Diane Marino Quartet featuring Joel Frahm
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
"Diane Marino is an unusually unique relent - great pianist, vocalist and arranger" -Les Davis, Real Jazz Sirius/XM

"Diane’s personal style provides the ultimate in cool for jazz listeners of all stripes. Her pacing is pure perfection, and her tones are full of the energy of life …A superb jazz vocal ("Soul Serenade" -The Gloria Lynne Project) that you will treasure for years to come" - Dick Metcalif, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Diane Marino (Piano/Vocals)
NYC native & M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded, performed, and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Ralph Lalama, Joe Henderson, Rickey Woodard, Clayton Cameron, Wycliffe Gordon, Kirk Whalum, and more. She has recorded seven CD’s- all of which have received widespread airplay and critical acclaim. Diane has performed Great American Song Book, traditional jazz, Latin and Brazilian jazz to captivated audiences at festivals, performing arts centers and national jazz venues. www.dianemarino.com

Frank Marino (Bass)
An accomplished bassist of vast diversity and a NY native, Frank Marino has performed /recorded with Houston Person, Wycliffe Gordon, Clayton Cameron, Harry Allen, Ralph Lalama, just to name a few. As founder of M&M Records and The Piano Den Recording Studio, he has produced, recorded and appears on all Jazz pianist/vocalist Diane Marino’s CD’s.

Joel Frahm (Saxophone)
For nearly 30 years, Joel Frahm has lived in New York City, working in jazz clubs, collaborating with other musicians, and honing his craft. His bold, inventive tenor sound has won fans in the U.S. and across the world. He has worked alongside Betty Carter, Kenny Barron, Freddy Cole, Dianne Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Bill Charlap, Brad Mehldau, Matt Wilson, Cyrille Aimee, and many other top artists. He has played as a leader or sideman on more than 100 recordings and has appeared at jazz festivals in the United States, Europe, Israel, Canada and South America. In addition to his work as a performer, he has taught jazz classes in clinics at the University of North Carolina, the University of Connecticut, New York University, Wichita State University, the University of North Texas, Baylor University, Colorado State University, Furman University, the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Manitoba and others. He also has worked at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation program; the Sant Andreu Youth Jazz Orchestra in Barcelona, Spain; the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California; the Center for Jazz Studies at the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv; the Czech Jazz Workshop in Prague; and the Siena Jazz Workshop in Italy. Joel grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and moved to West Hartford, Connecticut as a high school freshman, where he became part of the acclaimed Hall High School jazz band. It was there he developed a passion for jazz, exploring the music of jazz greats such as Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver and Wayne Shorter. In 1992, he received a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Neil Tufano (Drums)
NYC native, drummer Neil Tufano has spent most of his drumming career in New York freelancing with a multitude of artists, he carved out a successful career, covering a variety of musical genres. He has toured with famed Jazz Piano Giant Monty Alexander as well as Dave Liebman, Joe Lavano, Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch Ralph LaLama and more. You can find Neil today at his state of the art recording studio where he writes, teaches and produces music for many artists.
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.
Sep 27
Re-Evolution
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Featuring Brian Cornish on saxophone, Regi Wooten on bass, Daryl Johnson on drums, Adam Charney on guitar, and Marc Payne on piano. 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...
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.
Sep 29
Guthrie Trapp, Ted Pecchio & Josh Hunt
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s preeminent guitar talents. He’s currently finishing work on a follow-up to his successful solo album, Pick Peace, a 2012 showcase for Trapp’s stellar talent that long supported the careers of superstar artists and his own bands. Pick Peace served as a perfect template for Trapp’s brilliant mix of musical influences, exploring country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and experimental music. The innovative guitarist worked with long-time collaborators on Pick Peace, including bassist Michael Rhodes, percussionist Dann Sherrill, drummers Pete Abbott and Doug Belote, and Reese Wynans, former keyboard player for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, on B-3 organ, most of whom perform regularly with Trapp in live performances throughout Nashville with the Guthrie Trapp Trio, TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes) and the Nashville supergroup 18 South.

As a member of dobro legend Jerry Douglas’ band for five years, Trapp played on two of recordings of the “Muhammad Ali Of Dobro”, including “Jerry Christmas” and the Grammy-nominated album Glide, and toured extensively throughout North America and the UK, taking the stage at New York City’s Blue Note, Radio City Music Hall, Celtic Connections and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Trapp is a versatile musician who crosses many genres with ease, taste and authenticity. Prior to joining Douglas’ crew, he spent several years with revered country artist Patty Loveless, appearing on two studio albums with her including the Grammy-winning Mountain Soul 2. Onstage or in the studio, Trapp has supported the world’s most talented and best-selling artists including Garth Brooks, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O’Brien, Delbert McClinton, Randy Travis, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, “Cowboy” Jack Clement and many others.

Trapp was surrounded by music during his youth on the Florida/Alabama coast. His family exposed him to numerous genres. By age seven, Trapp had taken up harmonica, by age 10, he had graduated to guitar, later adding mandolin to his musical resume. Joining his first band at age 13, he was a regular performer at the clubs, festivals and events throughout the Gulf Coast region. At ages 15 and 16, Trapp won consecutive statewide guitar and mandolin competitions in Alabama. At age 18, Trapp travelled to Nashville to record on Gove Scrivenor’s album, Shine On, which also featured John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Lari White and Ray Flacke. Also a young adult, he teamed up with Nick Branch to form the popular band Filthy Rich, touring throughout the US and France.

Trapp eventually settled in Nashville in 2001, paying early dues with the heralded Don Kelley Band at the famed honky-tonk Robert’s Western World. He made his way to Music Row, where one of his first master sessions was playing mandolin alongside industry staples Willie Weeks, Ian Wallace and Tim Hinkley. He’s never looked back, expanding his resume to include participation as one of the most in-demand performers on the popular Artist Works instructional website, serving as music consultant got the “Nashville” television show, record-producing (singer Rylie Bourne’s debut album) and hosting weekly both a talk-show on Acme Radio and a live-music evening at Acme Feed & Seed, another one of Nashville’s hottest venues.
Regi Wooten & Friends
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
Known as “The Teacha”, Regi Wooten in 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!
Sep 30
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays with Artillerie Lourdes
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. This week Artillerie Lourdes brings you music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with "Hot Club" gypsy jazz swing. Known for fierce tempos and effortless improvisation, Artillerie Lourdes is sure to entertain, inspire, and bring you back to some authentic "jazz manouche" with a group led 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.
Jake Botts and Andrew Golden present: A Tribute To the Adderley Brothers Part II, Cannonball Adderely Quintet In San Francisco
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $20 at the door
Join saxophonist Jake Botts and trumpeter Andrew Golden for their second installation of sophistication and soul as they pay homage to the legendary Cannonball Adderley Quintet. For this show, the band will be paying homage to the classic 1960 record, "Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco".

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 and influenced generations of future musicians 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 1960 album, "Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco".
Oct 1
Christian Kyle and Pangea
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $12 at the door
Born and raised in the third coast city of Houston, Texas, Mr. Burgs thrives in a culturally rich environment; appreciating diversity in both musical and social settings alike.

Christian is a musical chameleon, comfortable in any musical setting no matter the role or genre. He has been prominently featured in recordings and performances with legends and leaders such as: Ellis Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Al Jarreau, Activist and Black Panther Leader Angela Davis, E.W. Wainwright, Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Jason Moran, Edward Simon, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Mike Aaberg,Theo Croker, Common, David Sanchez, and Roland Barber amongst others. Christian has also had the opportunity to play at Monterey Jazz Festival, tour twice with Bobby Watson and Lisa Henry, and speak on Good Morning America and the Early Show in New York City. Christian studied at the famous Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts (Beyonce, Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Eric Harland) San Francisco Conservatory and is finishing at Belmont University here in Nashville.

For this evening, expect to hear beautifully transcendent Black American Music featuring a collection of Nashville's most promising players. Don't miss this night in music you're sure to remember!

Son of the city, Marc Payne on piano, the brilliant Tahina Fiaferana on guitar, Maestro Giovanni Rodriguez on bass (12 Manos), and the talented Zachary Douglas on Trumpet (Oracle Blue).
Stephanie Adlington
8:00pm-10:15pm 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".
Colleen Orender
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
"Nashville Recording Artist Colleen Orender's new music is a sultry jazz dream with pop sensibilities and a touch of James Bond.” - NPR

A touring jazz and blues artist for decades, Orender turns your hometown venues into smoldering 1930's Mississippi juke joints. She teamed up with Michael Davey (Martina McBride, Angie Aparo)in Nashville to produce her new sound that many are comparing to Amy Winehouse with Julie London's essence. “The Mouth You Feed” written by Orender and Greg Becker (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Michael Davey was featured on NPR’s “10 Artists to Add from Nashville” list. Her latest single “Company of Older Men” Written by Orender, Greg Becker, Nikki Williams and Michael Davey released January 8, 2020 and was quickly scooped up by Apple Music adding it to their New Music Daily Playlist. Orender is a regular on AAA radio stations with her last single “Love Me Harder” WMOT Root’s Radio in Nashville features Orender’s singles on the Local Brew, and she recently recorded four of her songs for NPR Sessions in a 1940’s cotton mill in Tupelo, MS. Orender’s band features Roy Agee (Prince, Lauren Daigle, Keb Mo, Bela Fleck) on Trombone.
Oct 2
A Love Supreme Celebration
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $14 at the door
The group will present an explorative rendition of John Coltrane's seminal 1965 suite "A Love Supreme", along with a special selection of material from Coltrane's other works. Featuring John Hanrahan, Bruce Dudley, Jonathan Wires and Don Aliquo.

A veteran of the Chicago music scene, drummer/singer John Hanrahan has made a strong and versatile impression in jam bands throughout the country as well as the project with his quartet performing and releasing in 2016, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Currently the John Hanrahan Quartet has been performing a variety of celebrations around the country to great jazz musicians of the 60's, including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis projects. The band was showcased in the SF Bay Area at SFJAZZ, at Yoshi's, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, in Chicago at The Jazz Showcase and at Rudy’s Jazz Club in Nashville. John Hanrahan’s various ensembles have been playing together in the US and around the globe for over 20 years. Jazz fans will also recognize the John Hanrahan Quartet from their breakout performance at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, where they celebrated Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme', widely considered one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.

Saxophonist Don Aliquo continues to be one of the most active artists in the region and beyond. He has played or recorded with many notable artists including Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Roger Humphries, Harold Danko, Jim McNeely and Obed Calvaire. Don has been described as a "fluid and articulate player with a flow of always surprising ideas complete with a dexterous technique and an incredibly smooth tenor sound." His most recent cd release (The Innocence of Spring) was recorded live with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens at Hinton Hall on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University where Aliquo is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies.

Bruce Dudley has been playing piano professionally for over 40 years. His recent recordings include: Semblance, Mostly Monk, and The Solo Sessions. One writer for Jazz Times wrote, “Bruce Dudley’s Mostly Monk respectfully takes the music of Thelonious Monk and lifts it to a new level with his musical imagination and masterful creativity.” Rahsaan Barber, founder of Jazz Music City Records wrote, “The Solo Sessions is a fresh addition to Dudley’s discography, presenting new compositions from the pianist as well as standards from the the Great American Songbook, all played with Dudley’s trademark lyricism, touch, and wit.” As well as appearing as pianist on the recordings by Evan Cobb, Imer Santiago, Sandra Dudley, Rachel Price, JazFX, and others, Dr. Dudley has performed concerts with popular and jazz artists such as Aretha Franklin, Crystal Gayle, Randy Brecker, Herb Ellis, Fraser McPherson, Eddie Daniels, George Russell, and others. He has played keyboards in the orchestras of over 35 touring Broadway shows, including Wicked, Jersey Boys, Grease, My Fair Lady, Aida, State Fair, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Peter Pan, and Will Rodgers Follies.

Bassist, composer, and educator Jonathan Wires is originally from New Hampshire, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Memphis. In 2011, he pursued a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Middle Tennessee State University, which brought him to Nashville, TN. In addition to performing and composing, Jonathan has been an active educator at both Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Nashville State Community College. Under Jeff Coffin's Ear Up label, Jonathan released his first recording entitled "Weaving" which features Jeff Coffin, Matt Endahl, and Joshua Hunt with guest appearances by Lindsey Miller, Don Aliquo, James Westfall, and Jamey Simmons.

Each one of these performers are quite famous on their own, but when they come together, you can expect an amazing show. Join us to spend an evening with some of Nashville's finest musicians!
Ryan Middagh and the Nashville Jazz All Stars
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $25 at the door
Eight of Nashville's elite jazz players come together to form a swingin' small big band with Ryan Middagh and the Nashville Jazz All Stars. Led by Ryan Middagh on baritone Saxophone with Rod McGaha on trumpet, Ray Mason on trombone, Jeff Coffin on tenor saxophone, Lindsey Miller on guitar, David Rodgers on piano, Jacob Jezioro on bass and Marc Widenhofer on drums.

Ryan Middagh is an innovative composer, arranger, saxophonist, band leader and clinician who has traveled the globe sharing his unique blend of talents and musical influences with audiences and music students. Middagh’s quartet has performed at jazz festivals around the world, including tours and performances on behalf of the U.S. State Department. While at home, he is a studio musician and performs in a wide array of genres. In addition to leading his own jazz small groups, he has recently started the Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra, which features some of Nashville’s finest musicians and acts as a vehicle for his new compositions and arrangements. His album "Live From Nashville" is the recipient of a Global Music Award, and was nominated for Best Jazz Group and Best Jazz Album in the 2020 Nashville Industry Music Awards. The Nashville Scene named Middagh "Best Jazz Educator and Advocate" in its 2020 Best of Nashville awards.
A Love Supreme Celebration
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
The group will present an explorative rendition of John Coltrane's seminal 1965 suite "A Love Supreme", along with a special selection of material from Coltrane's other works. Featuring John Hanrahan, Bruce Dudley, Jonathan Wires and Don Aliquo.

A veteran of the Chicago music scene, drummer/singer John Hanrahan has made a strong and versatile impression in jam bands throughout the country as well as the project with his quartet performing and releasing in 2016, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Currently the John Hanrahan Quartet has been performing a variety of celebrations around the country to great jazz musicians of the 60's, including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis projects. The band was showcased in the SF Bay Area at SFJAZZ, at Yoshi's, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, in Chicago at The Jazz Showcase and at Rudy’s Jazz Club in Nashville. John Hanrahan’s various ensembles have been playing together in the US and around the globe for over 20 years. Jazz fans will also recognize the John Hanrahan Quartet from their breakout performance at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, where they celebrated Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme', widely considered one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.

Saxophonist Don Aliquo continues to be one of the most active artists in the region and beyond. He has played or recorded with many notable artists including Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Roger Humphries, Harold Danko, Jim McNeely and Obed Calvaire. Don has been described as a "fluid and articulate player with a flow of always surprising ideas complete with a dexterous technique and an incredibly smooth tenor sound." His most recent cd release (The Innocence of Spring) was recorded live with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens at Hinton Hall on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University where Aliquo is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies.

Bruce Dudley has been playing piano professionally for over 40 years. His recent recordings include: Semblance, Mostly Monk, and The Solo Sessions. One writer for Jazz Times wrote, “Bruce Dudley’s Mostly Monk respectfully takes the music of Thelonious Monk and lifts it to a new level with his musical imagination and masterful creativity.” Rahsaan Barber, founder of Jazz Music City Records wrote, “The Solo Sessions is a fresh addition to Dudley’s discography, presenting new compositions from the pianist as well as standards from the the Great American Songbook, all played with Dudley’s trademark lyricism, touch, and wit.” As well as appearing as pianist on the recordings by Evan Cobb, Imer Santiago, Sandra Dudley, Rachel Price, JazFX, and others, Dr. Dudley has performed concerts with popular and jazz artists such as Aretha Franklin, Crystal Gayle, Randy Brecker, Herb Ellis, Fraser McPherson, Eddie Daniels, George Russell, and others. He has played keyboards in the orchestras of over 35 touring Broadway shows, including Wicked, Jersey Boys, Grease, My Fair Lady, Aida, State Fair, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Peter Pan, and Will Rodgers Follies.

Bassist, composer, and educator Jonathan Wires is originally from New Hampshire, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Memphis. In 2011, he pursued a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Middle Tennessee State University, which brought him to Nashville, TN. In addition to performing and composing, Jonathan has been an active educator at both Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Nashville State Community College. Under Jeff Coffin's Ear Up label, Jonathan released his first recording entitled "Weaving" which features Jeff Coffin, Matt Endahl, and Joshua Hunt with guest appearances by Lindsey Miller, Don Aliquo, James Westfall, and Jamey Simmons.

Each one of these performers are quite famous on their own, but when they come together, you can expect an amazing show. Join us to spend an evening with some of Nashville's finest musicians!