Jazz By The Book at Parnassus

Have you been to NJW's monthly "Jazz By The Book" concert series? It's a special collaboration with Nashville's own independent bookstore, Parnassus Books! We're very excited about Parnassus and their philosophy about a real bookstore, with real books. They've been featured on multiple national media outlets - check out their website for more information on this important addition to Nashville's cultural scene!


The next performance will be Saturday, November 7, 4-5 PM. The program will be a presentation of the music of composer Billy Strayhorn in this, the 100th anniversary year of his birth. 

Admission is FREE!

The cast from the Nashville Jazz Workshop includes vocalists Joe Freel, Debra Gayle, Lisa Taylor, Scott Crowe, and Lynn Lewis, accompanied by pianist and NJW Director Lori Mechem, bassist Scott Chambers, and saxophone by Liz Johnson Schafer. 

The show will take place inside Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, in Nashville. 


The event continues a year-long celebration of Strayhorn's life and music that has included presentations of the "Jazz on the Move Series" in April and September, and a November 7 presentation of "Jazz By The Book" at Parnassus Books, and a special student show November 20.

Few artists have influenced generations of those to come like composer, arranger, lyricist, and pianist Billy Strayhorn. Born November 29, 2015, William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn remains one of the most influential figures in American music. The composer of "Take the A Train," the theme song of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Strayhorn joined Ellington's band in 1939, at the age of twenty four.

Some of Strayhorn's other compositions are: "Lush Life" (which he composed at age 16), "Chelsea Bridge," "Day Dream," "Johnny Come Lately," "Rain Check," "Clementine," and Ellington's signatory, "Lotus Blossom." 

Duke Ellington had this to say of Strayhorn: "....Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine."