A Weekly Jazzonian Newsletter
February 5, 2018

...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!


Welcome to this week's Jazzonian narrative that essays to glowingly commend Jazz music, its eclectic diversity, its creatively adroit musicians, and its erudite enthusiasts, a weekly newsletter brought to you by the word tinhorn.

  • tin·horn (tın"hôrn") n. Slang. A petty braggart who pretends to be rich and important. [From the horn-shaped metal can used by chuck-a-luck operators for shaking the dice.] --tin"horn" adj.

Example: The governor of the great state of Denial (which has nothing to do with the river that flows through Egypt) descants that the current president is not a tinhorn, and the governor does so with the importunate and puerile tenacity of a prepubescent's whining about the veracity of Santa Claus because the cookies she left out for the benevolent elf--the charioteer of a miniature sleigh powered by ascending, hoofed and enchanted, ruminant mammals--were eaten on Christmas Eve.

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This past Saturday I went to Piccolo's Lounge the Hotel at Auburn University. I rolled into the lounge and navigated my wheelchair through a maze of pied coffee tables, leathern couches, and stuffed chairs that splotched the carpeted floor. The joint was divided into three sections. I entered the first section, which was farthest from the stage, and the acoustic bass warmly invited me into its nurturing bosom. I then maneuvered through the second section, which had against its far left wall a monitor's displaying a televised fire that actually had heat emanating warm and wavy air-currents from a vent below the screen of undulating tongues of wood-consuming fire. Finally, I then entered the third section that had a small stage against the back wall that bore a trio of accomplished jazz musicians: Taylor Pierce (guitar), Jason deBlanc (bass), and Eric Buchanon (drums).

Initially, the joint was nearly empty, but Auburn University has a really successful, highly ranked basketball team this year (which hasn't been the case in recent history) so it was speculated, albeit by persons not enamored with sports, that, maybe, the basketball game drew away much of the regular Saturday evening crowd. There was no one in the first section and only a handful of folks in the second faux-conflagrated section, but there was a mini Eighth and Rail reunion in the third bandstand section: Akiko Buchanon, Eric's wife; Roger and Jamie Pierce, Taylor's father and brother, respectively; Teresa Rodriquez, an artist and Eighth and Rail jazz jam regular; my nephew Aaron and I were there in jazzonian solidarity.

The crowd grew larger and more animated as the evening progressed (which gives credence to the tentative basketball-stealing-our-audience hypothesis); it gave the venue a more collegiate feel; most of the folks were there for the atmosphere instead of for the music. 

The initial section, the one furthest from the stage, housed the younger crowd of University students and their ilk, one table was filled with a fraternity of young men playing cards. Another table harbored a sorority of young women. Actually, the first section was full of anxious vernal possibility. The second section housed more of the urbane collegiate essence, the successful alumni, professorial hubris around the faux fire that symbolized strained erudition and a pitying attempt to remain relevant that matched the menu's subtle attempt to make vegan chili a viable option in an academic milieu wherein football and carnivorousness remain the dominate, bullying benchmark. The third section housed the aforementioned citizenry of jazz enthusiasts. Its vibe didn't change throughout the evening, remaining as constant and sequacious to the ideal of Jazzonian diversity as is an ovine supporter of an inept charlatan even when the Kleptocratic leader demonstrates irrevocable evidence of his obvious lack of mental acuity.

All in all, the evening was delightful. The trio asked me to sing a couple songs, which was nice; although, there were no microphones... only Taylor's guitar was amplified, but a few patrons complimented my singing, especially the young waitress named Allie. I really enjoyed the evening and hope to return soon. Who knows, maybe I can get a gig there. Regardless, I know amazing musicians like La'Roy Bodiford, Chris Helms, Coleman Woodson III, and Emory Kidd (to name a few) play often, and that is beyond exciting. I just wish that Piccolo's promoted the jazz more effectively. I only knew about this gig because Taylor told me directly.

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This was an exciting week for me because i went to three jazz events. Of course, I went to Eighth and Rail's weekly jazz jam that has become the happenin' Tuesday evening event in Opelika, Alabama, but this week's jam was highlighted by a few newcomers: Frank Briscoe, trumpet;
Reggie Sampson, Sax; and Gavin Anderson, Trombone; and they added so much energy to the jam. It's beautiful when friends drop by out of the blue and know that they will be accepted into the fold and have an opportunity to contribute to the felicity. The same can be said about the people who come to the jam to listen; everyone who glides through the door seems to understand the synergistically peaceful and harmonic vibe that permeates the entire township of Opelika. The entire assembly digs the vibe.

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Lastly, I went to The Loft's weekly jazz concert that featured Solar Quintet, who venerate the memory of Fred Ezekiel, whose compositions they play with the dignity and respect earned by our dearly departed friend with Don Tipton (keys), Elwood Madeo (guitar), David Morgan (drums), Stan Murray (sax), and Jeff Smith (bass). The night's original jazz music was as creative and inspiring, as it is whenever I hear these cats play, but the night was especially festive because it was a CD Release Party! That's right! "Solar Clock" is now out and available for public consumption. As my friend (and iconic jazz vocalist) Jan Smith attests:

“This, the second of two ambitious projects by Solar Quintet, secures the group’s footing as a ‘source to be reckoned with’ in the world of fusion jazz.” – Jan Hyatt

Check out the section of this newsletter entitled Last Week at The Loft for a link to purchase the CD or download individual songs. I am continually impressed with the compositions. Solar Quintet's music makes me happy. I found on the website a review by Jan Hyatt, which I will reprint in the aforementioned section. I hope no one minds. Her words are dead on.

Peace Through Music
Piccolo's Lounge, the Hotel at Auburn University
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
  • Wednesday, February 7 – Don't miss our special guest host for this week's edition of Al Smith's Midtown Atlanta Jam Session! Enjoy an evening of contemporary jazz, soul, and R&B at Apache Cafe, 64 Third Street NW, Atlanta.
  • Friday, February 9 – Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet World Tour At Atlanta Symphony Hall.
  • Dr. Mike Pendowski, assistant Professor of Saxophone/Jazz at Auburn University, is giving a jazz recital at Auburn University on Monday, February 26 at 7:30 pm Central Time featuring the music of John Coltrane, with Jason de Blanc on bass, Trent Briden on piano, and Andy Martin on drums. More details are printed further down, including a bio. Fo' mo' info about Auburn University's Music Department, 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.
  • Sunday, March 25 – Legendary bassist Stanley Clark will start playing at the Atlanta City Winery. Fo' mo' info, click here.
  • June 4-7, Joan Armatrading at Atlanta City Winery. Fo' mo' info, click here.
This Week at The Loft
Friday, February 9 from 7-9 pm ET, The Loft features Southern Standard Time once again.
Rusty Taylor (vocalist) and Taylor Pierce (guitar) will initiate the evening's music with a couple vocal tunes, quite possibly "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" and either "Devil May Care" or "Tangerine." Jeff Smith (bass) and Mark Parker (drums) will then join in on the fun and the quartet will play the kind of music that inspires poets to dream, dancers to dance, and procrastinators to take lengthy naps. Obviously, I am excited. Each time I get on stage to sing, especially with such accomplished musical accompaniment, my heart expands to fill the Universe. If you are in the neighborhood, come on out and hear us. The venue is the grooviest in the city; the staff are wonderful; and you can hear the best live jazz music around. It's more fun than a pen full of puppies.

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
Last Friday witnessed Solar Quintet's return to The Loft's stage, and it was a CD Release Party! Solar Clock can be purchased by clicking on the CD cover link below (along with their debut recording Simply Said). Jan Hyatt writes very perceptively:

In this music Solar Quintet has been able to successfully advance their reach into the general culture in ways that major innovators of each generation are uniquely called upon to do. From the percussive opening composition, “La Jolla”, to the last note of the last track, “Equation”, this effort sets Solar Quintet apart from other groups as it contributes new meaning to the world of original fusion works. 

The melodic “Summer Dance” with it’s compound meter creates the lilt expected from the title while these players join together in a joyful celebration. With each offering the improvisers honor the tune, respond to each other as accompanists as well as soloists, and have each idea weigh in with a sense of inevitable direction and meaning. This serves as a reminder of just how wonderful jazz can be for the human mind and spirit! 

Tune after tune you will find delight in this album as these talented, musically ambitious gentlemen carry you on a musical journey. The world becomes a listening place when Solar Quintet begins to play!
– Jan Hyatt
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 http://www.cla.auburn.edu/music/​ 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.
The Columbus, Georgia Jazz Scene
1940 - 1985

Memories of Jazz
The History of Swing and Jazz in the Columbus, Georgia Area From 1940 – 1980... Who played... Where they played
by Gene Kocian

[NOTE: I found this book at Judybug's Books, a quaint bookstore on the 1000 block of Broadway in downtown Columbus, Georgia. It's a book about the jazz history of Columbus, Georgia from the 1940s to the 1980s. It is my intention to highlight interesting passages from the book in my weekly jazzonian newsletter. Since this book's publishing date, Columbus, Georgia and surrounding area has seen a slow and steady increase in the interest of jazz, beginning with the establishment of the Jazz Studies curriculum at Columbus State University (formerly Columbus College) under the direction of Dr. Paul Vander Gheynst to the creation of the Columbus Jazz Society in the mid-1980s-CSU's Schwob Jazz Orchestra and combos are currently under the direction of Dr. Kevin Whalen and they are garnering national recognition. The Loft, in downtown Columbus, Georgia, sponsors a weekly jazz concert, and there are a few area jazz jams sprinkled throughout the Chattahoochee Valley and beyond. Jazz influence is experiencing a renaissance. This book, however, is a small, personal jazz reflection from the experiences of Gene Kocian who wrote that, for young jazz enthusiasts, his words are a "heretofore unrecognized facet of Columbus' musical culture... [our] roots!" Enjoy]

From the book's back cover:

This book is living proof that jazz music is alive and well here in the Chattahoochee Valley... it always has been... particularly from the late 30s to the early 80s. Actually, it's still going relatively strong, considering the fact that the onslaught of both modern jazz and "rock and roll" (from the 50s on) damn nearly did it in.

This book deals with the early styles of swing music or jazz in the Columbus, Georgia area... from the Gertie Handy and Edgar White ragtime piano styles... to the Gene Kocian Dixieland groups... to the early big band sounds of once-popular Suzie Freeman Band, Dean Hudson, Spot Rivers (the area's only black big band), Buddy Bair... to the many little combos in all the nightspots... then to the more contemporary sounds of the newer small groups of the 60s and 70s... and the Harry James, Benny Goodman, Miller, Dorsey, and Count Basie styles, as performed by Jimmy Fuller's band all the way from the 40s to the 80s.

Other favorite outstanding area performers are spotlighted, including: Jack and Merle Garrett, Tom Hipps, the Mullin Brothers, the Abstracts, Del Harvey, Lou Vallee, and more... plus all the very capable "side-men"... many, who were, and still are, outstanding musicians capable of playing great world-class jazz with any big-name anywhere!

Gene Kocian, Warren Clayton, Jimmy Fuller, and John Suhr all know and have performed with most of the musicians so carefully listed and pictured in this book. Warren, a skilled veteran guitarist who thrived in area bands and clubs of the mid-30s to early 40s... from that point, both Gene and Jimmy created and led the area's biggest bands, playing at THE important social events and shows... then in the mid-50s came a then-young "Johnny" Suhr who bridged the generations by performing with most of the well-known area musicians (including 20 years with Fuller's Cavaliers band), fill-in stints with the Garretts, Handley, Kocian, Hipps, and Vallee, plus actively working with other young musicians and groups.

Gene Kocian paid his dues by performing in nearly all the area clubs during World War II... then with The Georgians... then forming his own fine group, The Gene Kocian Orchestra. This 7- to 9-piece group was really super-tight, loaded with top area talent and their specialty was highly energetic Dixieland arrangements... you wouldn't hear any better out of the French Quarter itself, and dancing crowds of all ages loved 'em!

Fuller had a big band in college, played briefly with Les Brown, returned to Columbus [Georgia] in the early 40s and formed a 10-piece Southern Cavaliers (later to be called The Cavaliers), styled in the Goodman/James/Miller mode. By 1954, as Suhr and others joined the group, it grew to 15 pieces and the style evolved to Dorsey/Basie/May. The band spanned a period of over 45 years before it disbanded, and through the years over 60 highly proficient area musicians performed with it.*

HEY! This isn't all history!! At date of publication many of the people in this book are still working! Small jazz and swing groups continue to fill the demand for a returning interest in ballroom dance music. For Columbus area dancers, this is the book that puts the names with the faces you've seen through the years... for young jazz-oriented musicians, this is a heretofore unrecognized facet of Columbus' musical culture... your roots!

* The Cavaliers are still extant and is currently under the direction of Jim Evans after Dr. George Corridino retired. Obviously, I'll have to do more research as time allows. If any of you dear readers know the history of The Cavaliers, please let me know, and I'll disseminate the knowledge.
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

When he wrote about jazz, Langston Hughes often incorporated syncopated rhythms, jive language, or looser phrasing to mimic the improvisatory nature of jazz; in other poems, his verse reads like the lyrics of a blues song. The result was as close as you could get to spelling out jazz.

The Weary Blues
Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
   I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
   He did a lazy sway . . .
   He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
   O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
   Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man’s soul.
   O Blues!
In a deep song voice with a melancholy tone
I heard that Negro sing, that old piano moan—
   “Ain’t got nobody in all this world,
    Ain’t got nobody but ma self.
    I’s gwine to quit ma frownin’
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.
When the lunch program resumes, I'll let you know.

Video of the Week

In a tweet from August 2, 2016, a fan asked David Crosby, "Do you have a favorite cover someone else did of your song?" David responds, "Miles Davis ... Guinevere." This totally contradicts his initial reaction to Davis' interpretation:

Miles Davis recorded a lengthy psychedelic jazz version of Guinevere. David Crosby couldn't get his head around Davis' 20-minute interpretation of his song at first. He told Uncut in 2016: 

"Miles played it for me, but I didn't get it because there's no recognizable part of Guinevere in it. I was more concerned about my tune than I was in the honor of the fact that he used it as a starting point for one of his records. I was kind of snooty about it. But now, obviously, I am completely thrilled."

Originally intended for inclusion on Davis’ 1970 Bitches Brew album, the Jazz legend's cosmic cover didn’t make the final cut. It was first made available to the general public on 1979’s collection of leftover Davis tracks, Circle in the Round.
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.

I reckon that's it for this week. I hope your future is filled with Jazzonian happiness. Until next week...

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.

#SouthernStrategy #QuestForBest #GroovicusMaximus #FantastAbility #WheelChairistotle #SCI #Handicapplication #Impairistotle #MuscoviteMarionette #BlackLivesMatter 
#Wheelcherry #RudePundit #MakeStagesAccessible 

@SSTJazzVocalist @frangelaDuo @JoeGransden @AtlantaMagazine @VenkmansATL @rudepundit @MalcolmNance @EricBoehlert @CharlesPPierce @StephMillerShow @JohnFugelsang @Thom_Hartmann @ anniesellick  @TheRealTBone