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Sunday, November 16
The Jazz Cave
Nashville Jazz Workshop, 1319 Adams Street

The next Nashville Jazz Workshop jam sessions takes place Sunday, November 16 from 4-6 pm.

Jam sessions are led by saxophonist Evan Cobb and his quartet, with a featured guest artist each month. Participation is designed for musicians of all ability levels. Besides playing (or singing) a few choice selections, the guest artist will speak about the songs they selected, learning tunes in general, and their personal experiences with jam sessions. The host band will also provide the guest artist with a new tune (with copies for everyone in attendance) so that the audience can hear how a professional dissects a chart on the fly while on the bandstand! All in attendance at the jam will also receive a copy of a tune (most likely a blues) for them to try in just the same manner as the featured guest. The focus of the workshop jazz jam will be to learn about playing, listening critically, and the process of jam sessions altogether. 



The Next Jam Session is Sunday, November 16 w/ featured guest - Vibraphonist James Westfall:

James Westfall prides himself on continuing the tradition of breaking tradition. Whether he is performing with The Wee Trio or his solo projects . . . “Westfall continues to incorporate elements of rock and hip-hop.” – JazzTimes

Westfall was born in Houston, Tx where he attended The High School for Performing and Visual Arts. After graduation he  moved to New Orleans to continue his studies at the University of New Orleans where he studied privately with Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, and Ed Petersen. While attending UNO he was performing in bands led by his peers and elders including Harold Battiste and Steve Masakowski. He was also chosen to attend Betty Carter Jazz Ahead at The Kennedy Center. While still living in New Orleans, Terence Blanchard helped mentor his studies at The Thelonious Monk Institute. While attending the Monk Institute he was able to fulfill his jazz dreams by performing at venues like Tokyo Jazz Festival, Blue Note, and Blues Alley with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, and Clark Terry.

Westfall currently tours internationally with The Wee Trio as well as performing sideman work with several artists. He has also served as a teacher and adjunct professor in jazz piano and vibraphone for several years at The University of Southern Mississippi and NOCCA. After living in New Orleans for 14 years, Westfall has recently moved to Nashville with his wife, vocalist Dr. Kathleen Westfall.



All instruments and vocalists are invited. Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

Free Admission