NJW presents brunch with Strayhorn
April 5, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Each week the Nashville Jazz Workshop is pulling out a past show from the video archive that hasn't been seen publicly and streaming it as a special treat. This Sunday grab your brunch and tune into our wonderful Jazz on the Move archives performance. Use this link to watch the show! This week is a tribute to the great Billy Strayhorn, led by vocalist Kevin Whalum. He's joined by the NJW All-Stars featuring George Tidwell (trumpet), Denis Solee (sax), Roland Barber (trombone), Lori Mechem (piano), Roger Spencer (bass), and Chester Thompson (drums). This concert will be streamed on YouTube beginning at 12 noon CST this Sunday, April 5th.
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John Di Martino releases 'Passion Flower' CD
April 10, 2020
Billy Strayhorn's music has been an essential part of John DiMartino's repertoire since the beginning of his forty-five year professional music career. He recalls, "My first encounter with Strayhorn's music was through an older cousin who gave me a recording of Chet Baker and Russ Freeman's version of Lush Life and requested that I learn the tune." DiMartino was just 15 years old at the time (ironically, Strayhorn's age when he wrote the piece). John has been entranced with the composer's music ever since. A fantastic quartet has been put together for this CD. Release date-April 10th.
John Di Martino - piano
Eric Alexander - tenor saxophone
Boris Kozlov - bass
Lewis Nash - drums
Raul Midón - vocal (Lush Life)