The Women in Jazz Jam Festival 2018 – A Quick Glance

It seems that every year I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from attending most, if not all of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival produced by Kelle Jolly. This year was no exception, but I did manage to catch some of the performance on Friday night and I’m very glad I did. I first […]

Local Singer Katy Free Set to Release New CD

I’ve enjoyed a number of performances by Knoxville singer Katy Free in recent years. Her jazzy renditions of everything from Broadway to the Beatles, from pop standards to jazz standards captivates me every time. Smooth and elegant, aggressive and earthy by turns, she covers the gamut and makes it look easy as she slips deftly […]

Saturday Sounds: Women in Jazz Jam Festival

In the middle of all the great festivals the city has to offer, we added a couple of new ones this year. The Women in Jazz Jam Festival, produced by local jazz musician and vocalist Kelle Jolly set a high standard for what I hope will be many years of future installments. By all measures, […]

Kelle Jolly Launches Knoxville’s Women in Jazz Jam Festival

She is many things: pensive and effusive, delicate and determined, eloquent and straightforward. She is also very talented and she has a vision which she intends to see through. “What I’m doing this moment has to be good. I’m not waiting for good,” she told me when I sat down with her recently. As we […]

First Friday Fun in Downtown Knoxville, March 2014

As I’ve done before, I’ll let the photographs carry most of the weight for First Friday. It was one of those nights I’ve experienced before in which I was dragging about and not real sure about getting out at all. But then, the weather was awesome and I can’t resist the buzz on the streets […]