Jazz on the Move Returns Virtually in November
The Jazz on the Move Series, sidelined by the COVID-19 restrictions in March of this year, has returned with all-new streamed performances.
The first of these took place Sunday, October 11, and featured The Life and Music of Bessie Smith presented by vocalist Crystal Miller. The program was presented in partnership with the Tennessee State Museum. The second took place on Sunday, November 1 and featured The Life and Music of Bud Powell, presented by pianist Bruce Dudley.
Sunday, November 15 – The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins, with Rahsaan Barber
Sonny Rollins has been called “the greatest living improvisor,” and his 1956 album, “Saxophone Colossus,” has also become a well-deserved nickname. His career spans the eras of bebop, hard bop, free jazz, and has extended to the modern era . . . he only recently retired from touring in 2012 at the age of 81. His compositions are among the most played of modern jazz standards, and include “St. Thomas,” “Doxy,” “Valse Hot,” and Sonnymoon for Two.” An NEA Jazz Master since 2013, Rollins retains a modest outlook. Despite his many awards and accolades, he usually maintained that he was “still trying to get better.”
Nashville saxophonist Rahsaan Barber is one of the city’s most accomplished saxophonists. A graduate of Indiana University’s jazz program, where he studied with Dr. David Baker, he went on to receive a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently working on a doctorate from the University of Memphis. Since his return to Nashville 10 years ago, Rahsaan has been a successful bandleader and touring and recording artist, and serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society. Rahsaan’s previous Jazz on the Move presentations have included programs on John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
The Jazz on the Move series is presented with support from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Caterpillar Financial, Peter and Anne Neff, the Carolyn Kulkin Fund for Education and Community, New City Properties, and ArkivJazz.