The City is Alive With Urban Music

What is urban music? Consider the connections you make with various kinds of music. Country and bluegrass music make me think of rural hinterlands. I attached sixties folk and folk rock to cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rap or Hip Hop is clearly urban, but before that there was an urban […]

A New York Moment and a Fine Friday Night into Saturday in Knoxville

Memory is tied to all the senses: a touch on the skin, a glimpse of something familiar, a smell that transports. I have what I call San Francisco mornings. It’s something about a chill on a spring morning along with a fresh-baked smell and leisurely moments on a patio. It hits me sometimes in downtown […]

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, […]