Planning for the Weekend and Beyond

It’s the weekend! Here’s a way to celebrate: Check out the beginning of the Sites and Sounds from Big Ears┬áseries starting tonight. The series will take you to some of the best sites Knoxville has to offer, as well as highlighting excellent local music or music from further afield. Tonights site is the beautiful Bijou […]

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 […]

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 […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Tennessee Theatre

I love mash-ups of cultural elements not usually situated in close proximity, so to see African drummers, a jazz band, a symphony orchestra and slam poets all on the same stage is naturally going to grab my attention. Such was the celebration last night at the Tennessee Theatre. The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the […]