NJW In Review, December 10, 2019

2019 is almost done and big changes are afoot for the Nashville Jazz Workshop. In early 2020 the Workshop will be moving to a new building, on Buchanan Street. 2020 will also mark the 20th anniversary of NJW as a nonprofit!

So for the next few weeks we’ll dive into the archives and remember some great moments in jazz performance and education, and some of the experiences our students have shared.

Leading off is the incomparable Kirk Whalum, who appeared in the Jazz Cave in August 2019. In this clip he’s joined by special guest Kandace Springs, an NJW alumna who has gone on to fame as a Blue Note recording artist, featured on the label’s 80th anniversary concert tour. Watch and enjoy!


NJW co-founder and Director of Education Lori Mechem teaches many classes, including a series for keyboard players on jazz piano voicings. Here she is with a lesson on how to play the famous “Count Basie ending” the correct way.


Another NJW alumna, Rachael Price, has used her jazz training as a foundation for musical success as lead vocalist for the pop sensation, Lake Street Dive! Here’s what Rachael has to say about her experience at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.