Saturday, October 21, 6-10pm, Liberty Hall, The Factory at Franklin
The best night of the year
Jazzmania is the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s premiere event of the year with a start studded lineup of incredible jazz musicians and patrons, coming together for a glamorous night in support of jazz education.
The goal of this year’s event will be to raise money to support the Workshop’s growing roster of community programs, which include the long-running Jazz on the Move, the popular Jazz A.M. for young children and families, free concerts such as Jazz in the Park and International Jazz Day, and monthly Jam Sessions for all musicians. These programs are all free to attend, and seek to educate and entertain our local community and introduce more people to the magic of Jazz.
The evening will include
- Performances by world-class artists as well as future jazz stars
- Dinner from The Clean Plate Club
- Wine, beer, and spirits courtesy of Lipman Brothers
This year’s artist lineup:
Wendy Moten is a genre-defying singer-songwriter whose soaring vocals earned her the nickname “The Voice,” and there couldn’t be a more appropriate description of the woman who won America’s hearts when she became runner-up on the NBC show The Voice Season 21.
As a solo artist, she is known for the Top 5 hit “Come In Out of the Rain” and for her solo performances in stadiums across America with Michael Bolton as his opening act. She’s had an extensive recording career, releasing three solo projects on EMI Records and a jazz project, Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting, produced by Paul Brown.
Moten spent two decades as one of the most in-demand background vocalists. She toured the world with Julio Iglesias as his duet partner, singing in four languages and joining him onstage before world leaders. She toured many years on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tours, spent several years with Martina McBride, and joined Vince Gill in 2016. She performs at the Grand Ole Opry often and is a member of the Grammy winning band The Time Jumpers.
The Voice has established Moten as an amazing lead singer and gained her millions of new fans. Now that her impeccable reputation has spread nationally, she’s working with producers including Paul Worley (Martina McBride, Lady A) and eager to showcase all that she can do.
THE PAT COIL TRIO WITH BOB SHEPPARD
Pat Coil is a musician’s musician and another boundary-crossing artists. An alumnus of the fabled North Texas jazz program, his jazz credentials include stints with Carmen McRae and Woody Herman. Equally at home in pop and commercial settings, Pat has served as musical director for Michael McDonald and written for film and television shows such as Star Trek. A frequent teacher and performer at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, Pat is a poster child for the artistry and versatility of Nashville’s jazz artists. In a rare treat for the Nashville audience, Pat’s trio for Jazzmania will be joined by noted L.A.-based saxophonist Bob Sheppard.
Some musicians’ careers are easily pigeonholed. Not so Bob Sheppard’s. For more than four decades, the multi-instrumentalist has played on countless sessions with an astounding crop of A-list jazz giants—among them Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Lyle Mays, John Beasley and Steps Ahead—and artists within several other genres. He’s also recorded and toured as a leader, contributed to hundreds of movie and TV soundtracks, served as an educator and more.
NASHVILLE YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE SMALL GROUP
Showcasing NJW’s commitment to supporting the development of young musicians, Jazzmania will also feature a small group representing the Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble. A nonprofit organization directed by Dr. Rich Ripani, the NYJE is composed of over 50 young musicians from the Middle Tennessee area, studying and performing in two big bands and several small groups. The NJW is proud to partner with NYJE, furnishing space for weekly rehearsals and an annual concert.
A UNIQUE HOME FOR JAZZ
For over 23 years the Nashville Jazz Workshop has been a place where students of all ages and abilities learn jazz directly from the masters, and where audiences hear jazz in a world class listening room. Visiting artists who’ve toured all over the country continually tell us the Jazz Workshop is truly unique. Jazz fosters creativity and expression in students of all ages, and feeds the spirit of listeners.
ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
Special programs go outside NJW’s walls to bring jazz to the community. The acclaimed Jazz on the Move program has for over 15 years combined an educational experience and a great jazz performance in a community setting for all ages. Free programs for the community include the new summer Jazz in the Park concert series in Hadley Park, monthly Jam Sessions in the Jazz Cave, and special events such as the free International Jazz Day concert and programs for the Juneteenth neighborhood festival.
BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF JAZZ LISTENERS AND PLAYERS
Jazz AM, introduces young children and families to the delights of jazz with live music and puppets, through improvisation, song, and movement.NJW partners with the Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble to support the development of young musicians through special workshops and rehearsal and concert space.
TICKETS AND PATRON LEVELS
Individual Ticket: $250
Table for Four/Eight: $1,000/$2,000
Patron Ticket: $350
Includes special recognition and 2 Complimentary Tickets to a Jazz Cave Concert
Silver Patron Table: $3,000
Includes special recognition and 8 Complimentary Tickets to a Jazz Cave Concert
Gold Patron Table: $5,000
Includes special recognition and 16 Complimentary Tickets to a Jazz Cave Concert
Live and Silent Auctions
The Live Auction at Jazzmania gives you the chance to bid on fabulous one-of-a-kind items including unique experiences, special dinners, a vacation getaway, and paintings by noted artists.
The Silent Auction is online again this year, open for bidding at the event and by those at home. The Silent Auction features NJW's signature Small Works Art Exhibit and also includes larger art pieces, fine dining, and entertainment packages.
The Auction includes pieces by some of Nashville's finest artists, such as John Guider, Phil Ponder, Edie Maney, Rod McGaha, Ev Niewoehner, Michael McBride, Martica Griffin, Joe Swing, Jessica Eichman, and the list goes on and on!
CLICK HERE to see the items and bid in the online auction. Jazzmania ticketholders will receive bidding information by email. Others may register on the bidding site.