When one thinks of Nashville, jazz is probably not at the top of the list. But Music City, as Nashville is affectionately known, has a vibrant jazz scene, with a diversity of styles being played by some of the best musicians in the world, many of whom have made Nashville their home.
At the top of the list is F. Scott's Restaurant and Jazz Bar in the Green Hills area which features great food and live jazz six nights a week. Another great place to see live jazz is in the Germantown neighborhood at the "Jazz Cave" inside the Nashville Jazz Workshop, which features national artists such as Kenny Barron and Houston Person, as well a monthly contemporary jazz series. They also host a monthly "Jazz On The Move" series at the Frist Museum for the Visual Arts.
There are a number of other venues where you can see live jazz on any given night during the week such as the French Quarter Cafe in East Nashville, home of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and Edgehill Studio's Cafe on Music Row where drummer Marcus Finnie has a fusion set on Tuesday nights. Stillwaters and the Garden Brunch Cafe on historic Jefferson Street near Fisk, Meharry and Tennessee State University also host live jazz brunches.
The Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society, which hosts it's own "Jazz On The Lawn" series throughout the Spring and Summer is a great place to find out who's playing in town and where. You can check the events calendar on their website at www.jazzblues.org.
Whether it's straight ahead, fusion, Latin, Brazilian, contemporary, smooth, standards, or piano bar lounge style jazz, Nashville has something for everyone.
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