Big Ears 2017, Part One

I spoke to someone who didn’t attend Big Ears and felt it was simply too much to imagine and to which she might see an entry point. While I made some suggestions for next year, I can say I attended Big Ears and can relate to the feeling. It’s overwhelming in so many ways. There’s […]

Saturday Sounds: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra with Regina Carter

I recently attended the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra‘s concert with Regina Carter. The shows in the Square Room are part of a premium package offered as an addition to the Jazz Orchestra’s regular concert series in the Bijou. Both are great. There really isn’t a better place to hear live music than the Bijou. On the […]

Five Plus Six Jazz Ensemble

Knoxville is a jazz-rich city. It shouldn’t logically have a jazz scene at all. As an Appalachian city our heritage runs in other directions from old time to bluegrass, from a bit of blues to country, our musical heritage is similar to other locals in our region, if a bit more impressive than most. But […]

First Friday Rambling

  A couple of program notes before we get to the meat of the topic, today. I’d like to offer up a semi-random “thank you” to you guys. The site hit 25,000 page-views last month which is a long way from the 5 page views I started with 3 1/2 years ago (four of them were […]

Outdoor Free Jazz Comes to an End for the Season

The Jazz on the Square series has to be one of the best things about downtown Knoxville every summer. Most Tuesday and Thursday nights Vance Thompson, Greg Tardy, Kenneth Brown, Keith Brown and Clint Mullican have kept us entertained since last June. The music is world class: Vance Thompson heads the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Greg […]