Jazz on the Move | A Centennial Celebration of Saxophonist Arnett Cobb w/ Kirk Whalum

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Presented by Nashville Jazz Workshop and Frist Art Museum at Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

Jan 28
Jazz on the Move | A Centennial Celebration of Saxophonist Arnett Cobb w/ Kirk Whalum

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, announces the 12th season of the popular jazz performance and education series, Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz.

The programs take place on a series of Sunday afternoons. All performances are at 3pm in the auditorium at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN. Performances in the series are free and open to the public. Each performance is led by a jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. Presentations in this year’s series are:

January 28, A Centennial Celebration of Saxophonist Arnett Cobb with Kirk Whalum

Arnett Cobb was a tenor saxophonist from Houston, Texas, who rose to prominence in the 1940s jazz scene as lead tenor and arranger for Lionel Hampton, earning the reputation as “The Wild Man of the Tenor Sax.” He is considered to be the originator of the “open prairie” tone and “southern preacher” style, and many jazz artists credit him as a major influence, including Kirk Whalum. Cobb, along with Illinois Jacquet, developed the “Texas Tenor” sound which was later to make its way into popular music through David “Fathead” Newman and King Curtis.

The roots of Kirk Whalum’s unmistakable rich tenor sound are in his Memphis soul upbringing. From there, he studied and performed in Houston, Texas, where he was mentored by Arnett Cobb. Kirk’s recording career includes more than 25 solo recordings, including several #1 album. He has received three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and two Stellar Awards (Gospel music’s highest honor). An 11-time Grammy nominee, he won a Grammy award for Best Gospel Song with “It’s What I Do,” co-written with Jerry Peters. Kirk has recorded with top artists including Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and, most notably, Whitney Houston, whose smash hit “I Will Always Love You” was fueled by Kirk’s famous sax solo.

Upcoming Jazz on the Move events:

  • February 25, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong with Jamey Simmons
  • March 25, The Life and Songs of Nancy Wilson with Dara Tucker
  • April 15, The Life and Compositions of Miss Peggy Lee with Monica Ramey

Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist will be able to visit the Frist’s exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking.

Source: Nashville Jazz Workshop

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Those attending Jazz on the Move at the Frist will be able to visit the Frist’s exhibits free of charge, and will also receive discounted parking.

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Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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