If you want to see four well-fed Music Row hitmakers have a musical circle jerk as they congratulate each other for writing songs generic and dumbed-down enough to garner massive country radio airplay, this isn't that kind of writers night, so look elsewhere. But if you'd like to see the 17-piece Nashville Jazz Orchestra play original compositions penned by some of our city's finest jazzers, don't miss this concert. Composers include pianist and studio ace Pat Coil, TSU adjunct faculty member Paul Epp, Brentwood Academy band director Matt Nygren, MTSU faculty member Jamey Simmons, pianist/producer/arranger Ted Wilson, Vanderbilt sophomore Eric Wormsbaker, NJO director Jim Williamson and Mike Crotty, composer/arranger with U.S. Air Force jazz ensemble Airmen of Note. Special guest vocalist Christina Watson will perform three of her own original songs. April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so show your love.
Thu., April 23, 8 p.m., 2009