Music City's Authentic Jazz Club

Serving classic New Orleans prohibition cocktails, local brews, and New Orleans cuisine.
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
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays; Rudy’s French Connection
6:00pm-8:15pm, $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.
Zakk Garner Quartet
9:00pm-11:15pm, $10 at the door
Join multi-instrumentalist Zakk Garner and his quartet for a set of original music and jam session to celebrate Zakk’s birthday! His compositions range from soulful swing and down home blues, to beautiful ballads and modern jazz. Zakk will be accompanied by Joshua Karas on piano, Brett Frey on bass, and Luke Woodle on drums.

In addition to his high proficiency across multiple instruments - saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, woodwinds, and more - Zakk is now making his mark in Nashville, as a session and touring musician, music educator, composer, songwriter, and producer. He has had the fortune to have a very diverse career playing live and in the studio with an incredibly wide array of artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Eric Benet, Ron Pope, Cyrille Aimee, Yelawolf, The New Lionel Hampton Big Band, Victor Goines, The Marty Ray Project, Michael Winslow, Elliot Yamin, Struggle Jennings, Caitlynne Curtis, Brianna Harness, and many more.


UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
Jul 1
The Chris Mondak Band
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $12 at the door
Chris Mondak is a Nashville-based jazz composer and bassist, and a frequent performer at Rudy’s. A 2020 graduate of the New England Conservatory, Chris studied there with jazz legends Cecil McBee and Dave Holland. Chris’s newest CD, Glass Spheres (Summit Records), was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studio, and released on April 15, 2022. Featuring seven of Chris’s original compositions, Glass Spheres has reached the top 100 on the Jazz Week chart, and #17 on the NACC (college and community radio) jazz chart. Chris’s quartet is known for its dynamic, high-energy performances. The show will include a mix of jazz standards, pieces from Glass Spheres, and new tracks from Chris’s forthcoming jazz-funk project.
Brook Sutton And Friends
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $22 at the door
Brook Sutton & Friends featuring Marcus Finnie, Laura Mayo, Geoff Pfeifer & Matt Endahl

An accomplished stage and studio performer, Brook Sutton's New Orleans roots accompany him as he travels the world playing with a variety of acts. Brook's versatility and passion for memorable collaborations is immediately obvious to anyone he joins on stage or in the studio.

With a Master's degree in music education and an undergrad in recording production, he is also an award-winning engineer / producer and teacher, who works with an extremely varied cross-section of Nashville's talented independent acts out of an 8,000 square-foot converted church known as The Studio Nashville.

Brook lives with his wife and 7 year old daughter in East Nashville, and wishes to remind everyone that he lived in East Nashville BEFORE it became the hippest place in town. He also bemoans the demise of the four-dollar hamburger as his neighborhood has become the hippest place in town.
Cosmic Collective RETURNS
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
Cosmic collective is a transmuting ensemble of jazz musicians. The group’s effervescent chemistry evolves from performance to performance contingent upon the accompanying star sidemen, making each show a truly unforgettable, unique, and personal experience.
Jul 2
Geoff Pfeifer Quartet
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $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.
Bob Harsen Quintet
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $22 at the door
The Bob Harsen Quintet with Bob Harsen on drums, Joel Frahm on sax, Brian Allen on bass, Matt Endahl on keys and Ben Graves on guitar.

As a graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors Degree of Music in Performance, Bob Harsen has toured/Recorded/Performed with Tiger Okoshi, Randy Brecker, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Rachel Z. & Kilimanjaro while still residing in Boston. Bob also was on faculty at Berklee College of Music from 1986-88 teaching Drums & Electronic Drums, Percussion classes.

In 1988 Bob moved to Los Angeles and toured, recorded and performed with many musicians including Richard Elliot, Melissa Manchester, Peabo Bryson, Bobby Caldwell, Eric Marienthal, Brian Bromberg, Max Bennett, Mitch Forman, Frank Gambale, Lee Oskar, Glenn Hughes, Jack Sheldon Big Band & Quartet, Brandon Fields, John Patittucci, Tim Weisberg, Steve Perry, Rikki Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Sally Kellerman, Ann Margaret, David Garfield, Jon Pena, Luis Conte, Adam Cohen.

Bob has played the Montreal Drum Festival 2001, Clinics worldwide/NAMM Shows/Frankfurt Music Messe for Yamaha, Zildian, Remo, Regal Tip, Audio Technica, Pork Pie, and Meinl.

Currently residing in Nashville,TN Bob does session work, gigs & clinics and is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo Heads, DW Hardware & Audio-Technica Microphones.
Cosmic Collective RETURNS
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
Cosmic collective is a transmuting ensemble of jazz musicians. The group’s effervescent chemistry evolves from performance to performance contingent upon the accompanying star sidemen, making each show a truly unforgettable, unique, and personal experience.
Jul 3
Gypsy Hombres
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $15 at the door
The acoustic violin/guitar based trio, The Gypsy Hombres, blend traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music to create a sound unlike any other musical group. The Hombres' repertoire embraces a wide variety of composers and styles; from Brahms and Chopin to George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong to international folk songs, all while retaining the gypsy spirit. But besides just adding their own arrangements and personalities to standards, they are also accomplished composers with several original songs featured on their various recordings.

Equally at ease with swing, tangos, and waltzes, the Hombres provide plenty of inspiration for dancing, and their free spirit and natural improvisation can win over any audience.

Not just entertaining, their music is ideal for the serious listener, because of their high level of musical ability. In fact, their musicianship is so impressive, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra commissioned their composer in residence, Conni Ellisor, to write a piece incorporating some of the Hombres original songs, melodies and reifs. The result was "Nuage de la Nuit", a twenty-seven minute tribute to the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, featuring the Gypsy Hombres. The performance was broadcast by National Public Radio.
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.
Jul 4
CLOSED
6:00pm-8:15pm central
Rudy's will be closed for Independence Day
Jul 6
Diane Marino Quartet
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.

Ryan Middagh (Saxophone)
Ryan Middagh is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Blair School. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Middagh has received numerous commissions for high schools, colleges and professional musicians and ensembles throughout the country, and currently arranges music for Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. His music has been featured at the International Jazz Composers Symposium, been recorded by professional and collegiate ensembles, and several of his works are published by UNC Jazz Press. As a saxophonist, Middagh is endorsed by Conn-Selmer as a Yanagisawa Artist. Notable performances include performing with the Cab Calloway Orchestra (2013), Nashville Jazz Orchestra (2009-11), and the Colorado Jazz Orchestra (2014). He was also a featured artist at the 2013 North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference. Leading his own jazz octet, Middagh has released two albums, Colorado Brew: Featuring Jeff Coffin and Tom Giampietro and To Somewhere and Back Again (both albums currently available on iTunes). Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt, Middagh served on the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, where his primary responsibilities were directing the Commercial Music Ensemble and teaching Introduction to Music. During his tenure at MTSU he also taught applied improvisation, jazz theory and applied saxophone. Middagh received his Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies with a secondary emphasis in Music Composition at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was the doctoral fellow in music technology. During his time at the University of Northern Colorado, he earned three Downbeat awards as a member of UNC Jazz Lab Band One and sang in the Grammy-nominated Northern Colorado Voices. In 2014 the University of Northern Colorado named him “Graduate Student of the Year."

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.
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!
Jul 7
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.
Rebecca Carlson
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
Singer and songwriter Rebecca Carlson was born and raised in the small town of Milford, Iowa. Both her parents were music lovers. From an early age she was singing gospel with her entire family, and she credits this with instilling in her a great passion for music and a highly developed ear for harmony and melody. She also would lose herself in her father’s immense collection of vinyl LPs, where she got a ‘home-schooling’ like no other -everything from classic blues, jazz, rock, country and soul. She was influenced by vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Linda Ronstadt and Karen Carpenter.

Rebecca was singing professionally while still in her teens, performing jazz and blues standards at local venues. At Waldorf College in Forest City IA, she studied voice and theater. This led to a stint in NYC where she performed in repertory theater and nightclubs.

In Tucson AZ, Rebecca’s powerhouse vocal style quickly established her as a high-profile and in-demand performer. For fifteen years she maintained a steady recording and touring schedule throughout the Southwestern US. She was a founding member of original blues acts The Jane Crowe Band and 22 Black, all the while maintaining her Jazz and Standards catalog at local nightclubs and theaters. Rebecca expanded her regional reputation and following considerably when she joined the ranks of Tucson’s heavyweights, recording and performing with the hi-energy Soul/R&B act The Socials as she continued to record and perform in Tucson.

Rebecca relocated to Los Angeles in 2019, intending to pursue and focus on her songwriting and her solo career. In LA Rebecca met award-winning guitarist/producer Doug Hamblin. Doug’s past work includes classic artists such as Stephen Stills, Johnny Rivers and ‘Southside Johnny’ Lyon. Rebecca and Doug began writing and recording and were immediately excited about the results. The sessions were very productive in a five-month collaboration they finished an album’s worth of all-new original material. The music covers a broad scope of classic American styles.

Upon her move to Nashville, Rebecca teamed up with coveted bassist Jimmy Sullivan to do what she does best. As a singer, Rebecca has developed a formidable turn of phrase -sometimes surreal, fanciful and wry, other times achingly intimate and heartfelt—all anchored by her knockout punch of a voice.