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
TONIGHT'S SHOWS
Trio T.B.E.
5:30pm-7:15pm, $12 at the door
Trio T.B.E. is the amalgam of three established Nashville jazz musicians, Chris Broomhead, Matt Endahl and Scott Trayer, presenting their take on the classic piano trio format. All three musicians bring their own unique musical experiences to bear in a performance that features tunes from the great American songbook, lesser-known standards, as well as originals.

A native of Melbourne and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Chris is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and works in a variety of settings and projects as a drummer, composer, producer, leader and teacher. His Australian piano trio project Refraction, released their debut album As We Were in March 2015 and it was nominated for Best Jazz Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards of that year. Their follow-up recordings include Inerrant Space (2016), Reimagined (2017) as well as The Outsider and the mini-EP Three Improvisations (both 2019).

Matt Endahl is a pianist, composer and educator, currently based in Nashville TN. Since moving here in 2013 he has performed in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Dara Tucker, Rahsaan Barber, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He’s shared the stage with legendary figures like Jimmy Heath, Henry Grimes, David Liebman, Jane Ira Bloom, Arthur Blythe, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Marcus Belgrave, Roger Humphries, Dave Douglas, Nicolas Bearde, and Karrin Allyson.

A graduate from University of North Texas and Manhattan School of Music, Scott Trayer has taught both jazz and bass studies at the University of Michigan and North Texas, and is an established player in the country music world, touring with legends Collin Raye, Jim Lauderdale and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Pat Bianchi Organ Trio
8:00pm-10:15pm, $24 at the door
Grammy Nominated organist Pat Bianchi, winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll and Hot House magazine’s 2019 poll has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. Bianchi has consistently performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan with his trio. Late 2021 marked the third year Donald Fagen invited him to open for Steely Dan on the East Coast.

Bianchi’s latest release on Savant Records, “Something To Say… The Music of Stevie Wonder” continues to be very well received, charting on the JazzWeek Top 10 for almost 12 weeks.

In addition to being a prolific bandleader, Bianchi has appeared as a guest on over 30 recordings and has performed with legendary musicians including: Pat Martino, Lou Donaldson, Chuck Loeb, George Coleman, Joe Locke, Javon Jackson, Mark Whitfield and Terell Stafford among many others.

His love and knowledge of jazz-organ history combined with a wide range of other musical influences has shaped his unique and fiery voice at the organ. Bianchi acknowledges the tradition of the great organ trios while looking beyond it in the same moment. Surrounding himself with likeminded musicians, Bianchi makes it a point to draw from each band members extensive musical background, fostering a collaborative musical experience that consistently explores and embraces a sense of risk on the bandstand.

“Pat Bianchi is more than a disciple of the great organ players we’ve known over many years. He is a monster player and a unique creative master with a different approach.” Monty Alexander
Oracle Blue
11:00pm-1:00am, $12 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.


UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
May 21
Caravan Tales
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $15 at the door
If you're missing traveling, the music of "Caravan Tales" mixes rhythms, sounds, and songs from different cultures in the world through the jazz idiomatic realm. A voyage of eclectic impressions, melodic emotions, and exotic grooves.

Jerome Degey is a platinum and gold album producer, arranger, and guitarist from Paris-France, now living in Nashville. With his French and Afro-Caribbean family heritage and a long immersion into the Brazilian culture, he naturally blends jazz, soul, world music, and "popular songs" in his musical choices.

Charles Treadway is considered the top organist in Nashville. He has played with the finest jazz and blues musicians and beyond in various settings and is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff, and other greats.

Marcus Finnie is an Award-winning drummer artist who leads his own band. He also worked with Kirk Whalum, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Larry Carlton, Donna Summer, India Arie, Billy Preston, Earl Klugh, Michael McDonald...

Born in Italy to Dominican parents, Giovanni Rodriguez is a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer-arranger, and session musician based in Nashville. He is also the bandleader of the "Music City Latin Orchestra," "Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos," and "Music City Soul Breakers."
Pat Bianchi Organ Trio
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $24 at the door
Grammy Nominated organist Pat Bianchi, winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll and Hot House magazine’s 2019 poll has established himself as one of the premier organists on the international scene today. Bianchi has consistently performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan with his trio. Late 2021 marked the third year Donald Fagen invited him to open for Steely Dan on the East Coast.

Bianchi’s latest release on Savant Records, “Something To Say… The Music of Stevie Wonder” continues to be very well received, charting on the JazzWeek Top 10 for almost 12 weeks.

In addition to being a prolific bandleader, Bianchi has appeared as a guest on over 30 recordings and has performed with legendary musicians including: Pat Martino, Lou Donaldson, Chuck Loeb, George Coleman, Joe Locke, Javon Jackson, Mark Whitfield and Terell Stafford among many others.

His love and knowledge of jazz-organ history combined with a wide range of other musical influences has shaped his unique and fiery voice at the organ. Bianchi acknowledges the tradition of the great organ trios while looking beyond it in the same moment. Surrounding himself with likeminded musicians, Bianchi makes it a point to draw from each band members extensive musical background, fostering a collaborative musical experience that consistently explores and embraces a sense of risk on the bandstand.

“Pat Bianchi is more than a disciple of the great organ players we’ve known over many years. He is a monster player and a unique creative master with a different approach.” Monty Alexander
Geoff Pfeifer Quartet
11:00pm-1:00am 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.
May 22
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.
May 23
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.
May 25
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. She first started playing drums in middle school and was soon told that drums were a "man's instrument." In high school, her music teacher, Claudia Keller saw her passion for music and recommended that she attend Berklee. Before enrolling at Berklee College of music for her Bachelor's, Sofia was fortunate to learn and perform in a student ensemble taught by grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza's encouragement inspired Sofia to perfect her craft. After graduating Berklee, Sofia unintentionally moved to Nashville. In Nashville, Sofia's resume grew and she worked as a freelance musician and teacher. Tony Rounce of Ace Records said this about her playing at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy: "There isn't enough time to do full justice to the qualities of every member of Heart & Soul, but it would be wrong not the spotlight the unit's brilliant drummer Sofia Goodman, whose drive and precision across 5-6 hours behind her kit each night put her in a class with any of the world's great soul drummers." Other notable performances include Bonnaroo and Floyd Fest with world folk group HuDost.

In 2017, she began leading her own group, The Sofia Goodman Group, a modern jazz ensemble that fuses American, Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern genres. They have performed at various festivals such as The Elkhart Jazz Fest (2x), The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest (3x), West Georgia Jazz Fest, and more. Currently she is accompanied by Troy Atkins on saxophones, Alex Murphy on piano, Serah Zhannell on percussion, Rheal Janelle on guitar and Leland Nelson on bass. Her debut album "Myriad of Flowers" was released in 2018 and was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz album of 2019. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz Instrumentalist. In 2021, she earned her Master's Degree in Commercial Music Composition and Media Writing at Belmont University. Recently, she won the Pathways to Jazz Grant to fund her work on her sophomore album, Secrets of the Shore, which is planned to be released in the summer of 2022. She is a Zildjian artist and is on the Vic Firth Education Team, and is dedicated to passing down her craft to future generations, especially young women, whose presence is needed in the music industry.
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!
May 26
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.
Mike Baggetta Trio
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
"...vintage twang in service of Americana-meets exploratory Jazz-psych..." -Rolling Stone

"Guitarist Mike Baggetta bends notes, and his genre, to make music that sounds like life." -Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar

"Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music...he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty." -Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"...a kind of post-Frisellian sonic explorer...with his wild whammy-bar articulations, ambient looping and rippling arpeggios...full of subversive surprises, hellacious skronking, string-scraping and a general hornets' nest of fuzz-toned dissonance" -Bill Milkowski, DownBeat Magazine / Slate Magazine

"Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar hero...at the forefront of an army of guitar innovators" -JazzTimes

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 Jon Estes 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)

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May 27
Don Aliquo Quartet
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $15 at the door
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.

Rounding out the rhythm section is pianist Jody Nardone, Jonathan Wires on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums.
Dave Potter and Retro Groove Album Release Show
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $22 at the door
After honing his skills for more than 10 years with Jason Marsalis, Dave Potter has taken to the road as a leader with his own ensemble with a new project featuring Jazz-flavored arrangements of modern classics from Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Living Colour, Peter Gabriel, The Doobie Brothers, etc. A native of North Carolina, Dave began performing with many of his elders in the RDU area at the age of 16. After relocating to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, Dave quickly sought out Marcus Roberts as a musical mentor, an important relationship that endures today. Dave has performed with Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Russell Gunn, Takana Miyamoto, Greg Tardy, and many others.

Dave Potter- drums
Miguel Alvarado - saxophones
Austin Johnson - piano
Terrell Montgomery - bass
David Williford's Open Question
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
Composer and woodwind player David Williford returns to Rudy's for a night of improvising, dynamic compositions, and free expression.

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. Through his years freelancing, he has found a diverse and soulful place in the changing Nashville music scene.