A Weekly Jazzonian Newsletter
February 12, 2018 A.D.

...is a jazzonian e-newsletter published weekly unless the author is somehow incapacitated. It details the thriving jazz scene in Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding Chattahoochee Valley, written exclusively by Rusty Taylor, the jester-singer for the vocal jazz band Southern Standard Time
Special Performance

Saxophonist Dr. Mike Pendowski is giving a jazz recital on Monday Feb. 26th at 7:30 pm featuring the music of John Coltrane, with Jason deBlanc on bass, Trent Briden on piano, and Andy Martin​ on drums. Tickets can be purchased online at

or from the music office 334-844-4165. Scroll down for more information. This cat can play!


Quite a few of you already know that I, the author of this weekly rag, am also the vocalist for Southern Standard Time vocal jazz band (that played last Friday at The Loft, a local venue that has a wheelchair ramp that facilitates my access to the stage), and I also join in on the fun on Tuesday nights at Eighth and Rail in Opelika, Alabama, and that it has become a familial community of jazz enthusiasts who come together primarily for the Jazz… either as a musician, singer, and/or enthusiast. The beauty is when a family member returns after a lengthy absence.

Burdette Becks II is an amazing flutist and singer who currently resides in Lagrange, Georgia. I’m not sure how he heard of our weekly community (probably Akiko Buchanan, the wife of house band drummer Eric Buchanan; she is a true jazz enthusiast who effectively uses social media to promote the jam… and Jazz events in general), but Burdette suddenly appeared at our weekly jam and almost immediately won over our hearts with his instrumental mastery, then he was gone… without warning. No explanation… just a very tangible absence. I found out later that he had undergone a serious bout with Mortality, and he nearly shuffled of his mortal coil to immigrate to the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.

Recently, Burdette returned, although his step was a bit less resilient than before. Still and all, his soloing seemed a bit more sublime, as if his confrontation with the unknown catalyzed a need to express itself musically. Obviously, our Jazzonian family welcomed Burdette back with smiles that, hopefully, camouflaged our nearly desperate concern for his well-being.

Last Tuesday was additionally extra special at Eighth and Rail because Alia Torres returned. She’s a vocalist from Columbus, Georgia who has garnered a following with the area’s Indie music scene, but she had come to Eighth and Rail’s jazz jam before wherein she channeled her inner Billy Holiday, much to the approval of those of us who listened to her crooning. Last Tuesday, Alia floored her listeners with her singing “Guilty.” The whole jam was filled with happy people enjoying themselves, including Skyler Saufley and Daniel Bowden who played the blues. A personal highlight was when Alia, Burdette, and I sang “All of Me” with all the musicians on stage. The song ended with Burdette’s and my trading fours. What a way to close out the evening. 

Yes. Jazz is family. At least at Eighth and Rail, Venkman’s, Red Light Café, the 1048 Jazz and Blues Club in Montgomery, Brin’s Wings, and Picollo’s. It’s inclusive, eclectic, diverse… and fun. If you feel neglected, find a jazz family; they will happily adopt you into the fold… if the music is your catalyst.

Peace Through Music
Schwob Jazz Orchestra

The award-winning Schwob Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is the flagship ensemble of the Jazz Studies Program. Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Whalen, this 18-piece large jazz ensemble focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. The band is comprised of many of the finest musicians at the CSU Schwob School of Music, and an audition is required entry into the ensemble. The group actively performs for diverse audiences in Columbus and throughout the southern United States. In January 2018, the Schwob Jazz Orchestra will perform as the featured college jazz ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Conference Annual In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia.

GSU Jazz

The Georgia State University Jazz Studies Program is dedicated to providing practical career preparation for today’s professional musician. The Georgia State University Jazz Bands and Combos are open to all University students regardless of class standing or area of study.

The Jazz Studies Program has been able to bring jazz artists of regional, na­tional and international stature to Georgia State to perform and give master classes and clinics. Among these notable artists are Kenny Garrett, Marcus Roberts, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Slide Hampton, Nick Payton, Kenny Werner, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans, Dick Oatts, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Heath, Clare Fischer, Joe Lovano and many others.
KSU School of Music

Our jazz majors and faculty are active in the Metro Atlanta and the southeast region jazz scene and mix university experience with real-world performing opportunities and training. The KSU Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos develop general jazz performance and improvisational skills, giving students the exibility to meet the varying demands of today’s musical world. Recent performances have included programs of Brazilian and Latin jazz, swing concerts, music from musical theatre, jazz rock, and retrospectives of such composers as Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and others.
Auburn Knights

Today, over seven decades after inception, the Auburn Knights Orchestra is still going strong as an Auburn tradition, composed entirely of a select group of student age musicians from the Auburn community. The future of this organization is great since popularity is returning to big bands and the Swing era is experiencing a rebirth. With such hardworking and dedicated students, the Auburn Knights Orchestra will continue to swing crowds for many years to come.
Groovy Upcoming Events
  • Friday, February 16 from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Friday Jazz featuring Sabor! Brass Band at the High Museum of Art Robinson Atrium. Sabor! Brass Band brings the flavor of New Orleans to the High in February. This traditional New Orleans–style brass band adds their flair to jazz standards as well as original tunes. Their recordings have been featured on television and in films. To learn more, click here.
  • Friday, February 16 – Doors open at 9 pm. show starts at 10 pm ET at Apache Cafe, 64 3rd Street, Atlanta. Alto Saxophonist Trey Daniels’ multi-faceted artistry is influenced by an old school Gospel Jazz vibe. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Sunday, February 18 at 4 PM – West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 presents Sunday Live A Jazz Experience. Join us for an amazing Sunday afternoon of Jazz with Special Tributes to Roberta Flack & Phyllis Hyman. Featured artists are Wilson “JJ” Miller, Jr; Yvette Moore, Lynette Powers & The Edwin Williams Experience featuring Terry Dukes, Nicole Pringle & Toye. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Sun, March 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET - Matthew Kaminski Trio plays at Venkman's in Atlanta. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • March 11, 2018 starting at 7 pm ET - Earth, Wind, and Fire will perform in Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium @ The Macon Centreplex, Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Sat, March 17, 2018 starting at 7:30 pm ET at Spivey Hall in Morrow, GA - Terell Stafford Quintet. Terell Stafford is a professional jazz trumpet player and current Director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Terell Stafford was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in both Chicago, Illinois, and Silver Spring, Maryland. He went on to get a degree in music education from University of Maryland in 1988 and a degree in classical trumpet performance from Rutgers University in 1993. Originally a classical trumpet player, Stafford soon branched out to jazz with the University of Maryland jazz band. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET - Atlanta Blues Festival featuring Sir Charles Jones, TK Soul, Pokey Bear, Tucka, Nellie Tiger Travis and J'Wonn. The Atlanta Blues Festival will be at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Sunday, March 25 – Legendary bassist Stanley Clark will start playing at the Atlanta City Winery. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Thursday, March 29 - Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. 7:00 PM ET doors / 8:00 PM ET show. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s second album Echo in the Valley is simultaneously familiar and wildly innovative. “Some of the most interesting things in the world come together in strange and unique ways and show our diversity,” reflects Béla, a fifteen-time Grammy award winner who is often considered the world’s premier banjo player. “The banjo is just one of those things. It’s a great example of how the world can combine things and create surprising hybrids,” a reference to the ancestral African roots of the banjo combining with Scotch-Irish music in Appalachia. Echo in the Valley is the follow up to Béla and Abigail’s acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, the mission was to take their double banjo combination of three finger and clawhammer styles “to the next level and find things to do together that we had not done before,” says Béla. “We’re expressing different emotions through past techniques and going to deeper places.” The results are fascinating, especially considering their strict rules for recording: all sounds must be created by the two of them, the only instruments used are banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo), and they must be able to perform every recorded song live.
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 2:00 PM 6:00 PM – Jazz Matters, Inc. will be holding auditions for Emerging Jazz Artists in elementary, middle and high school, to perform as opening acts during our summer Jazz Matters at The Wren's Nest, Experiencing Jazz Summer Concert Series. This outdoor series is held the 3rd Friday of June - September at The Wren's Nest in Atlanta's Historic West End. Audition details will be posted early 2018. For more information, feel free to call 404-474-1211.
  • Friday, June 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Wren's Nest. Experiencing Jazz -Jazz, Blues & BBQ. Style. Relax, relate, release, as we open up our 3rd Annual Jazz Matters at The Wren's Nest Concert Series. T. C. Carson, singer/actor, best known for his portrayal of Kyle Barker on the hit sitcom "Living Single" will open up our series, along with performances by The TuTuff Band, The Edwin Williams Experience & Emerging Jazz Artists and more. Tickets Available Online: 
  • https://jmatthewrensnest.eventbrite.com. For More Info, call 404-474-1211.
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Wren's Nest. Experiencing Jazz: With a Little Soul, Funk & A Whole Lotta Jazz. Artist not yet available. Tickets Available Online: https://jmatthewrensnest.eventbrite.com. For More Info, call 404-474-1211.
  • Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Wren's Nest. Artist not yet available. Tickets Available Online: https://jmatthewrensnest.eventbrite.com For More Info, call 404-474-1211.
  • Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Wren's Nest. Artist not yet available. Tickets Available Online: https://jmatthewrensnest.eventbrite.com. For More Info, call 404-474-1211.
This Week at The Loft
This Friday, Impressions will impress you with their skillful jazzonian banter. Nick Johnson blasted on the local scene a couple years ago like a PED-inflated tornado through a trailer park with mobile homes made from balsa. He's a musician's musician, which is a meant to connote that Nick is a creative improviser who listens to the other musicians with whom he communicates with soulful emotion. The same can be said about Impression's rhythm section. Yair Ophir (bass) and Tommy Embrich (drums) are the creme-de-la-creme of Columbus State University's Schwob Jazz Orchestra. Their steady rhythmic prowess allows the other improvisers a solid foundation that supports creative genius, and their solos are sublime.

And everyone knows Don Tipton, photographer, composer, film maker, founding member of Solar Quintet (that recently promoted their second recording that can be accessed by clicking the link to their website). Don is also the talent coordinator for Friday Evening Jazz at The Loft's weekly jazz concert series that keeps Columbus, Georgia in the groove. I expect these cats to play masterfully, and I'm looking forward to absorbing their collective energy.

Upcoming Schedule
Feb 2 - Solar Quintet reunion and CD release party
Feb 9 - Southern Standard Time featuring vocalist Rusty Taylor
Feb 16 - Impressions featuring Nick Johnson on sax
Feb 23 -   Reggie Sampson and Friend
Last Week at The Loft
If you're not aware, my band Southern Standard Time played last Friday at The Loft, "Columbus [GA's] home for live jazz music," so modesty prohibits me from overstating that we were great. Taylor Pierce (guitar) and I started the evening off with two vocal/guitar duets: "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" and "Devil May Care," which set the tone for the rest of the evening. The rhythm section then joined us onstage: Jeff Smith (bass) and Mark Parker (drums) complete the trio of musicians whom I adore... as musicians and men. The final song of the evening was Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas," and Bryan Canonigo joined us onstage to provide soulful saxy poetry. Of course, I was funny, which means, very simply, that I told anecdotes that caused people to audibly moan... what I call "success." I hope it's obvious, but the real musicians and I enjoy playing together and sincerely hope that everyone digs our style.
The Music of John Coltrane

Saxophonist Dr. Mike Pendowski is giving a jazz recital on Monday Feb. 26th at 7:30 pm featuring the music of John Coltrane, with Jason Leblanc on bass, Trent Briden on piano, and Andy Martin​ on drums.

Tickets can be purchased online at

or from the music office 334-844-4165.

Dr. Michael Pendowski is director of the jazz program and professor of saxophone at
Auburn University. He has previously taught classes at the Eastman School of Music,
VanderCook College of Music, Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Harper
Community College. His professional career includes composing, producing and
performing on movie scores, commercial and industrial films, as well as more than
twenty albums. He has arranged for many artists, including Doc Severinsen, The Four
Freshmen, and Peter Cetera and has recorded throughout the United States, Canada, and
Europe. He has over sixty jazz compositions published and has worked as a clinician
throughout the country. He holds a doctorate in Jazz and Contemporary Media from The
Eastman School of Music, as well as degrees in Conducting and Music Education from
Northwestern University

The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble is one of the new exciting sounds of Auburn
University. The 19 member group is selected from the entire student body, and includes
students from many different majors. The group features the best in big band Jazz, with
contemporary compositions from artists such as Gordon Goodwin, Lyle Mayes, Maria
Schneider, Bob Mintzer and Tom Kubis, as well as music from the libraries of Count
Basie, Duke Ellington, Wood Herman, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich. The band performs
on campus and throughout the region. The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble is directed
by Dr. Michael Pendowski.
I Need A Favor... Please
The next time you go see a live musical group, check out the stage. Does it have a wheelchair ramp leading from the audience to the stage or are their steps? Is there a wheelchair ramp backstage? Is there handicapped parking where the performers load and unload? Chances are that the venue doesn’t provide these accommodations. It’s like this: my biggest challenge as a quadriplegic jazz vocalist is finding accessible stages on which to perform. I was once raised up to a five-foot high stage using a forklift and a wooden palette because the stage was not wheelchair accessible. Fortunately, I didn’t die. Point is that there are few wheelchair accessible stages; otherwise, I’d sing much more often.

It’s easy to see why this isn’t a mainstream problem: there are few “physically challenged” performers, but that’s merely an excuse encouraged by indifference. We handicapped performers exist and are eager to share our dreams with fans who dig what we do. But why are we unconsciously ignored? That’s easy: Being unable to perform even the most rudimentary acts of daily living is a major downer; the wheelchair, quite frankly, is a symbol of lost hope. Let’s face it; it’s a marketing problem, and this is where you come in to save the day.

Physical handicaps are wrapped in lugubrious imagery, but not every moment of life in a wheelchair is steeped in mournful decay. Believe it or not, I laugh every day… some days more than others, but if life were perfect, I, for one, would take a bite of forbidden fruit to find some excitement from the decay of entropy (the hypothetical tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity). What I’m trying so desperately to connote here is the fact that having a physical challenge can, at times, be fun and inspirational. What we need is positive imagery, and here’s where I ask for a favor from you, dear reader, and it has to do with social media, more specifically, using the ubiquitous #hashtag: will you help by coming up with a #hashtag meme that has positive connotations for the handicapped and send it to me. This could be fun. Maybe I can come up with prizes for creative contributions. Regardless, this could be the beginning of a social movement that witnesses an outcry of creative energy by talented people who have difficulty overcoming the obstacles that are hidden from people who can hop out of bed running full tilt. By the way, I’ve come up with a possible #hashtag meme that might work: #FantastAbility. What do you think?

The gauntlet has been dropped. Do you accept the challenge? Please reply to this email with as many suggestions as you want, and challenge your friends as well. Let’s see if we can extend this conversation internationally. (Actually, when you send in your suggestions, include the name of your hometown city. We’ll see how far this request goes.) Let’s make the wheelchair a symbol of fun… or grace… or intelligence… or, dare I say it? Let’s make the wheelchair Sexy!

Jazz Poetry

Jazz poetry is, simply, the recitation of poetry with the music of a jazz band. However, as Rexroth noted, the poem shouldn’t merely be read against music, it should integrate into it. “The voice is integrally wedded to the music and, although it does not sing notes, is treated as another instrument," he wrote in a 1958 essay. He was opposed to poems crudely set to background music, a phenomenon he was displeased to see gain momentum, especially among the “sockless hipsters," who he portrayed as scam artists out “for a fast buck or a few drinks.”
Categorization is worthy of the most severe, lamentable, and woeful condemnation imaginable to an urbane disposition. To put it curtly: It sucks. Well… within the music industry. It is probably a bane throughout all terrestrial existence, but Categorization definitely and significantly sucks within the lexicon that so callously delineates the Industrial Music Complex. Categorization has become the acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative and qualitative value, which, quantitatively, isn’t nearly as offensive as expressing musical viability as the exclusive qualitative criterion. 

Categorization was once a convenient way to inquire about a certain piece of music. Let’s say you hear a song by George Jones and decide to go to a record store to purchase the 45.

Obviously, I’ve just dated myself as a quinquagenarian whose first LP album purchase was the Eagles’ Hotel California , so if you have no idea what a 45 is, Google it, or, better yet, ask your grandmother and watch her eyes brighten like aurora australis enhanced with throbbing high definition LED energy. Of course, I realize with the certainty of a Heaven’s Gate cult member that my writing style doesn’t appeal to today’s youth, the generation that begins every narrative with OMG! could not possibly groove on my aureate writing style; although, I dissuade no one from boycotting my written rhetoric simply because it’s been categorized as sesquipedalian . Hopefully, this is the main theme of this narrative.

So you hear the live version of George Jones’ “Fox on the Run” on the radio (before MP3s turned music into a digital, more easily accessible medium of entertainment… at the cost of quality, but the digital format facilitates downloading songs into more ubiquitous media thereby making things like a radio or turntable so passé).

You think to yourself, “Self!” …because you are in a formal relationship with yourself and thereby feel the need to address yourself in the third person. 

“Self!” …you continue unabated.

“Self! You must make your way to the redundantly appellative Yesteryear’s Archaic Days of Yore Antique Store of Good Ol’ Days Historic Antiquity to purchase the vinyl, analogue-recorded version of the song by George Jones.” 

So you saunter your way to the vinyl record emporium (because to saunter is what one did before the Segue made jerky ambulation a quaint episodic mode of transportation undertaken by churlish boors and Luddites unaccustomed to technological innovations that helped to make physical exertion obsolete), and you ask the vinyl peddler for the record.

“That would be in the Country section,” she would say with an edentulous smile.

And that is, in and of itself, fairly innocuous; although it seems to me that one could easily categorize music alphabetically in this technological age of ultra-high-speed binary digital databases cross-referencing authors, titles, publishing dates, performers birthdays, or even the most quotidian information regarding recorded music. Same goes with anything: genres of literature, poetry, weapons, cuisine, art, fiction, biology, anything. 

Categorization is no longer needed as a tool of Capitalism, especially when there are so many more effective tools to promulgate the avaricious nature about which Capitalism necessitates sycophantic justification by its cult members who are otherwise decent people but still justify their embracing the narcissism of “dying with the most toys” that encourages the caricaturizing of the poor as lazy goldbricks who suck on the government’s teat instead of the empathetic creatures their penury merited before Reaganism encouraged making them the enemy of prosperity.

Categorization is segregation, i.e. an effective and socially accepted methodology employed by certain factions of pedagogic demagoguery—who are inexperienced in mental cogitation—to irrevocably accept or reject certain types of music with illusory rationale simply because the urbane perception of musical genres is either positive or negative without regard to any eclectic possibility that such generalization oft precludes an acknowledgment that probity is possible even when contradicting existing methodology, that a wise man can, and does, learn from a fool whereas a fool believes her mental acuity to be irrefutable, the deceptively erudite yet crass aphoristic assurance by impassioned appeals to the emotions of the populace, such as: “All Country music sucks,” or “Jazz appeals exclusively to abstract hardliners who decry the consecrated emotional value of simple harmony accessorized with colloquial rhetoric employed by songwriters with very limited musical virtuosity.” Categorization is generalization, and as such, it fails to recognize the inner beauty of sincerity when it’s wrapped in hand-me-down clothes instead of arranged in hermetically sealed, hypoallergenic expensive brand name packaging of inferior quality. 

No. I have no idea what this essay blazons, but, despite its obvious superfluity, it is rhythmic and sounds erudite, and since I write this newsletter once a week and I have no desire to annoy the three fans of my writing who not only tolerate but actually dig my style, I will include this essay with the rest of this week’s newsletter; nobody else is gonna add rhetorical content, so...

Peace Through Music
Interesting Blogs and Websites by Interesting People

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  • Randy Hoexter is a jazz pianist, composer and educator living in Atlanta. He is currently the Director of Education at the Atlanta Institute of Music. His recent release, “Fromage” Featuring bassist Jimmy Haslip, Drummer Dave Weckl, and the finest of Atlanta jazz musicians has been receiving rave reviews. His previous recording “Radiant” with Mike Stern, Dave Weckl and more, also received critical acclaim. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • Jimmy Haslip  World-renowned bassist
  • Sam Skelton  Saxophone/woodwind virtuoso and educator
  • Trey Wright  Gifted guitarist and composer
  • Kit Chatham  Brilliant percussionist and drummer
  • Carl Culpepper Virtuoso guitarist and educator
  • Jazz Evangelist Great jazz blog and reviews.
  • Wonderful freelance write CandiceDyer
Weekly Area Jams
Eighth and Rail
Every Tuesday 7 - 10 pm CT
The Eighth and Rail in historical downtown Opelika, Alabama is the venue for a wildly groovy weekly jazz jam as hosted by the Jane Drake Jazz Band. It's a cozy celebration of life that has become a buzzing collection of jazz-loving fanatics gathered together in a coterie of peaceful, fun-loving positive energy. I am downright proud as a peacock with enhanced LED-flashing feathers to participate in the jam on a regular basis, and I really love it! Proprietor Mike Patterson makes the wonderful sushi and Miss Tiffany keeps the affable atmosphere at a lovely level of emotive satisfaction. Plus... they serve an awesome cheesecake that'll make you wanna slap yourself so hard as to tell horrific knock-knock jokes to mimes. No lie. We have really talented musicians come in from the bi-state area: Auburn, Montgomery, Tuskegee, Columbus, LaGrange, Fort Valley, et al. The jam begins at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm CT. Hopefully, I'll see you there.

Eighth and Rail
Venkman's Jazz Jam
Every Tuesday starting at 8 pm ET
Venkman's is a nightclub in Atlanta, a venue that Joe Gransden uses for his weekly jazz jam. This is where the Who's Who of the Atlanta Jazz Scene come together to dazzle us mortals. It's free and starts at 8 pm ET. Fo' mo' info, click link below. I've participated in this jam a couple of times, and I love it as well. Joe Gransden always welcomes me with a smile that will melt antarctic glaciers in the middle of winter, which, oddly enough, is during June through August... when it's so hot and humid in middle Georgia that my toenails sweat. Nevertheless, Joe's band often includes keyboardist Kenny Banks (sometimes Kevin Bales), drummer Chris Burroughs and bassist Craig Shaw, and these cats kick it. When I find the transportation, I'm going.

Red Light Cafe Jazz Jam
Every Wed at 8 pm ET

I have not been to the weekly jazz jam at Red Light Cafe, but it is hosted by the Gordon Vernick Quartet, and I am a huge fan of Gordon's, so I'm planning to go soon, and when I do... Ha! I'm very likely to get excited. Fo' mo' info, click here.
Apache Cafe in Atlanta
Every Wed at 9:00 ET

Al Smith's Midtown Jam Session @Apache Cafe!  Contemporary Jazz , Soul, R&B vocalists jam Session. Featuring live band led by keyboardist Al Smith! Vocalists are invited to sign the list and jam with the band, musicians can sit in too... a must attend! Different Dj spinning on the back patio each week! SPECIAL GUEST HOST EVERY WEEK! Doors open at 9pm and list-sign up is at 9pm. Event admission, the day of, at the door, is CASH. Fo' mo' info, click here.
Brin's Wings in Montgomery
Every Wed from 6 to 9:00 CT

Brins Wings in Montgomery presents Coleman Woodson Jr. Jazz Jam from 6-9 CDT. No cover. Fo' mo' info, click here.
La Salle Bleu Piano Bar in Montgomery
Every Wed from 6 to 9:00 CT

Jazz jam La Salle Bleu Piano Bar, 9 until, no cover. Fo' mo' info, click here.
The Suite in Columbus, GA
Every Thursday at 9:00-11:30 ET

Thursday, January 11 from 9-11:30 p, EDT Live Jazz - Big Saxy Thursday, The Chemistry Project Band starting at 9 pm at The Suite Bar and Grill.
Irish Bred Pub in Montgomery
Every Sun at 9:30-12:30 CT

Third Thursday jazz jam session at the Irish Bred Pub Montgomery, 78 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, Corner of Dexter Ave and Perry St, 3 blocks from Capitol. Fo' mo' info, click here.
1048 Club in Montgomery
Every Sun at 9:30-12:30 CT

The 1048 Cafe is in Montgomery, AL. The weekly Jazz Jam led by Sam Williams, 9 pm CDT, $5 cover. I don't really know that much about it, but the 1048 has a jazz jam every Sunday from 9ish 'til whenever. Apparently the jam draws some incredible musicians. Fo' mo' info, click here.
The Suite in Columbus, GA
Every Sun from 6:00-11:30 ET

Michael Johnson and the Silent Threat Band plays at The Suite in Columbus, GA from 6-11:30 pm ET at The Suite Bar & Grill, 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd. Fo' mo' info 'bout the band, click here.
Piccolo's Lounge, Auburn

It's not a jam, but the Piccolo lounge offers a comfortable, clubby environment. Leather club chairs, a cozy fireplace and comfy banquettes serve as a relaxing getaway. Enjoy a single malt scotch and relax and unwind from a hectic day or meet friends to hear live jazz every Friday and Saturday night, of non-home football game weekends. Fo' mo' info, click here.
A Little Lunch Music at Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn University
On Thursdays at Noon, make a lunch date with our region’s finest musicians. A Little Lunch Music is an informal, come-and-go performance presented by JCSM and coordinated by musician Patrick McCurry. You can sit in and listen to the entire performance, dine in the Museum Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT, browse the Museum Shop or explore the galleries.
For more info, click here.

  • February 15 - pianist Vadim Sarabryany
  • February 22 - TBA
  • March 01 - guitarist Luther Enloe
  • March 08 - soprano Patty Holley
  • March 15 - no concert - Spring Break
  • March 22 - pianist Lawrence Quinnett
  • March 29 - Wolf and Clover
  • April 05 - soprano Noemi de Silva with pianist Beibeilin
  • April 12 - mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins
  • April 19 - David Banks Gospel Jazz Experience
  • April 26 - Duo Echo
  • May 03 - TBA
  • May 10 - TBA
  • May17 - euphonium artist Marie Robertson
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)
is a popular song composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1939, with lyrics based on a poem written by Jane Brown Thompson.

I get along without you very well. Of course, I do.
Except when soft rains fall
And drips from leaves then I recall
The thrill of being sheltered in your arms.
Of course, I do,
But I get along without you very well.

I've forgotten you just like I say should. Of course, I have.
Except to hear your name,
Or someone's laugh that is the same,
But I've forgotten you just like I should.

What a guy. What a fool am I
To think my aching heart could kid the moon.
What's in store. Should I phone once more?
No, it's best that I stick to my tune.

I get along without you very well. Of course, I do.
Except perhaps in spring,
But then I should never ever think of spring
For that would surely break my heart in two.
Video of the Week

The Harlem Renaissance and it's Influence on Jazz Poetry
Jazz Association of Macon
We Promote Jazz in Macon
and Middle Georgia
Our purpose is to:
Encourage and support creation, presentation, and preservation of jazz music.
Support the creation of new audiences for jazz music.
Provide education and information about jazz.
Encourage young musicians to learn and appreciate jazz.
Develop a network among local and regional jazz advocates.
Increase awareness of jazz events and musicians in our community.

To read their blog, click here.
Area Musicians
Actually, this is a link to a page of my personal website, but it makes it much easier t maintain. It is a dynamic list of area musicians that will, hopefully, be continually updated until I can no longer do it. If you are a musician who is not listed or you are listed but with invalid info, please let me know, and I'll make the appropriate revisions. Thank you, and click here to visit the link.
High Museum of Art: Atlanta Jazz
Live jazz in the Robinson Atrium at the Atlanta High Museum of Art every 3rd Friday of the month. Fo' mo' info, click here .
On-line Radio
  • WCUG 88.5 Cougar Radio - Columbus State University.
  • KUNR 88.7 Reno, Nevada.
  • KNCJ 89.5 Reno, Nevado.
  • Saturday Night Jazz hosted by Scot Marshall and Dallas Smith (Columbus, GA native) - Scot and Dallas bring their rich musical experiences together in "Saturday Night Jazz" to feature music which ranges from the latest releases to jazz classics and occasional recordings by local artists, as well as announcements of upcoming local jazz events in the Reno-Tahoe area. "Saturday Night Jazz" is supported by the Reno Jazz Orchestra and For the Love of Jazz. Dallas' program airs on KUNR (kunr.org) from 10pm-12am PST/1am-3am EST. The 9pm-1pm EST broadcast is on KNCJ (streaming via the kunr.orgwebsite).
  • WCLK 99.1 Atlanta's Jazz Station, Clark Atlanta University.
  • Adore Jazz - Adore Jazz makes listeners relax, feel, think and smile through listening to the finest vocal jazz.
  • WTSU 88.9 Troy State University - Ray Murray's Jazz Radio Show Saturday nights at 10 pm Central Time.
  • WVAS 90.7 Montgomery - Jazz, Blues, News, and views.
Jazz Matters @ The Wren's Project

Preserving a musical culture, tradition & Art Form
Jazz Matters, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes Jazz Matters, because music matters.  Jazz is America's only original art form and this national treasure was created by African Americans.

It is our vision to Preserve a Musical Culture, Tradition & Art Form by:
  • educating & developing new audiences;
  • inspiring new Jazz artists; and
  • providing a forum for artists to perform and perfect their craft

Peace Through Music

I look up from my computer (well, it's the public library's computer, but it's so much faster than mine), and it's nearly closing time. Sorry, but I don't have time to write a groovy valediction to this week's newsletter. I guess I'll just abruptly stop typing...

Peace Through Music
Social Media Experiment

In an ignorant attempt to exploit social media to expand my personal fan base, I've created this section to list hashtags and other metadata that might auto-magically give more access to the newsletter I write. Hope it works.

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#Wheelcherry #RudePundit #MakeStagesAccessible 

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