Jazz Lunch : Duke Ellington

The Nashville Jazz Workshop offers JAZZ Lunch, a new jazz-themed group event, promoting the diversity of music in Nashville, for group tour operators and select corporate events or private groups. The hour and a half JAZZ Lunch, loaded with musical entertainment is based on jazz legends, including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and more. Guests will relish the upbeat atmosphere of “The Jazz Cave” as they enjoy fascinating stories about the music, the era, and the artist while dining.

On Monday, May 1 at 11:30 am, NJW will present a special Jazz Lunch, open to the public, and featuring a presentation on the life and music of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington is one of the icons of American jazz, with a career spanning over 50 years. Though widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase "beyond category" as a liberating principle, and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music, rather than to a musical genre such as jazz. As a bandleader he lead one of the finest orchestras in the history of jazz, elevating the music to the status of an art form. As a composer he wrote or co-wrote extended orchestral pieces, sacred music, and countless songs that have become jazz standards. 

Performing will be Liz Johnson Schafer & Joe Freel (vocals), Lori Mechem (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), Marcus Finnie (drums), and Don O. Henry (narration).

Tickets are $30, which includes lunch. Ticket sales will start Monday, April 17, with tickets available online from Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006 or 615-242-5299.