New Jazz Club Rudy’s Jazz Room offers great programming

Rahsaan Barber

Rahsaan Barber

Rudy’s Jazz Room is a new venue located in the Gulch which provides an authentic jazz experience in Nashville. Standing out as a beacon in the city and filling a huge void, Rudy’s Jazz Room raises Nashville to the level of other great cities like New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and Portland. Rudy’s truly allows Nashville to live up to its name as “Music City” by acquiring a full fledged and accessible jazz club, embracing and contributing to the flourishing Nashville scene.

Much attention to detail has been put into Rudy’s design, aesthetics, and environment which, alongside its great music and food, is one of its greatest appeals to customers seeking a unique, warm, and intimate late night bar and jazz club experience. The design and layout of the club is very eclectic, warm and cozy, and very “New York City meets New Orleans” vibe, similar to Smalls jazz club in New York City, and many other intimate listening room style jazz clubs throughout the world.

Rudy’s Jazz Room is located at 809 Gleaves Street in Nashville TN 37203. Call 615.988.2458; email them at: or check out their website:

Come check out some of their upcoming special events this month:
Wooten Wednesdays every Wednesday, Regi Wooten assembles a cast of Nashville’s best as they dig deep into the roots of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul. You never know who might jump on stage.

Speakeasy Swing w/ Shindig Mafia on Thursdays. Shindig Mafia presents Speakeasy Swing at Rudy’s. Thursdays are the new best-night-out at Nashville’s only jazz club, featuring 1930s-1940s live music, vintage swing dancing, swanky ladies and gents, tipsy cocktails, and a New Orleans inspired menu to match. Carpe noctem!

Marc Payne solo piano on Aug 24 and 31. One of the most talented young up and coming jazz pianists in Nashville, Marc Payne is sure to dazzle you with beautiful chords, lines, rhythms, and harmonies.

Stephanie Adlington on Monday, Aug 21. Stephanie Adlington is a working singer, songwriter, actress, and vocal coach with a passion for learning and teaching. As a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Classical Voice Performance, a Post Graduate Degree in Musical Theatre Performance, and an LRAM, (Licentiate from the Royal Academy Of Music), in vocal training. Additionally, she attended The Eastman School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. While in London, Stephanie recorded with the Folk/Rock band “Renaissance” which produced 3 critically acclaimed international albums. Upon returning to America, Stephanie performed in “Always, Patsy Cline” and “Stand By Your Man”, the Tammy Wynette story. Her vocal styling is sultry Jazz and can be seen performing with her swag trio around Nashville and throughout National venues across America. Stephanie’s music can be heard in various independent films and documentaries, as well as, her own solo project releases. She can also be seen in the feature film “Old Chicago Souls” and music documentary, “More Than Words: A Journey Into Songwriting In Nashville”. Stephanie currently teaches at Belmont University in the School of Music, specializing in Commercial Style Singing. Stephanie says, “Learning the art and craft of singing is the most essential part of becoming a professional if one wants to maintain a long lasting career.”

Rahsaan Barber CD Release on Aug 25 and 26. Since earning a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in 2005, Rahsaan Barber has set out on a distinguished path of musical excellence in education, performance and composition. Rahsaan currently resides in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, where he enjoys a performance career that encompasses a range of musical styles including jazz, blues, funk, fusion, salsa and soul. Rahsaan’s passionate, sincere and studious approach to music-making has vaulted him into a distinguished career as a celebrated bandleader, composer, and performer, notably with his own bands, which include TrioSoul, a traditional jazz trio featuring B-3 organ legend Moe Denham, and Everyday Magic, a contemporary jazz quintet featuring the saxophonist’s original compositions. Rahsaan also is a celebrated collaborator within Music City’s jazz scene, serving as co-leader in two standout jazz ensembles, El Movimiento (World Music/Latin Jazz Septet) and the Barber Brothers’ Quintet, which he co-leads along with his twin brother, trombonist Roland Barber. Rahsaan’s versatile skills have garnered professional appearances with a varied list of musical heavyweights of all styles including the Temptations, Delfeayeo Marsalis, Kirk Franklin, Bobby Sanabria, Shelly Fairchild, and the Wooten Brothers.

And Aug 27, Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society Great Albums, “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Miles Davis. The Great Albums Concert Series shows the incredible talent of Nashville’s jazz and blues artists with performances of the greatest jazz and blues albums in history. The series features rare, often first-time collaborations between Music City’s most celebrated singers and instrumentalists, tackling live performances of works by artists such as Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. Audiences will leave with new knowledge and appreciation of a landmark album, and will understand the greatness of our own artists, as they “step into the shoes” of the most historic and engaging musical artists of the 20th century. The Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society is a nonprofit organization with a 40-year history of supporting and promoting jazz and blues in the area. With an acclaimed website and newsletter along with concert productions, the TJBS is active in “connecting, supporting, and serving jazz and blues.” This Month’s Featured Album: “Someday My Prince Will Come” – Columbia Records – 1961. Featuring jazz trumpeter, Emmanuel Echem.

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