Once a year (for the last 20 years) Clark Memorial UMC hosts a night of Jazz.
The M.C. of the evening gave us some history on the beginning of this yearly celebration. He was approached at a club by a pastor who asked him if he’d ever considered playing this kind of music in church.
His reply was….I thought about it. From there the yearly event took birth. He begins the evening with a friendly greeting and declares, “We will start on time at 6 and end on time at 8.”
The musicians are the best in Nashville, or better stated, the BEST anywhere. They gifted us with an amazing evening of two hours that flew by in a flash.
The first group had at least two musicians with Doctorate degrees.
Every possible note and rhythm that could come from a sax plus a few extra notes that don’t even exist came flying out in melodies that wrapped the room with energy beyond description. Bodies swaying, toes tapping, words of encouragement and joy, sighs, hands clapping….
and they had to break out the fans to cool us down a bit.
The bass and the percussion provided the perfect foundation with such grace and ease while the sax and…
keyboard/vocalist took us on the most amazing jazz journey. A deep rich voice that floated through the air with warm keyboard chord progressions and intricate melody lines sometimes drifting and other times dancing from the keyboard.
This talented young man and his group have just returned from Columbia, South America where they were introducing jazz and blues to students in schools and colleges.
Such rich and full tones that surround you with so many emotions. And he became the song when he sang. We were truly blessed to experience him and…
this young man on the keyboard. He held you in the palm of his hand and took your emotions wherever he chose to take you. His hair is definitely a preview of his fun loving personality.
He never spoke or sang but you felt like you knew him after he jazzed and blues-ed us through the evening.
Thank you Clark Memorial UMC from the bottom of my jazz lovin’ heart. xoxo
P.S. Only 364 days until the next concert.