Jazzanooga Celebrates Spirit And Rhythm Of Jazz Through April

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jazzanooga was established in late 2009 to spearhead the city’s celebration efforts by collaborating with local jazz musicians and vocalists, presenters, club and business owners, schools and nonprofit organizations to promote and support Chattanooga’s jazz tradition and assets.   

“April is National Jazz Appreciation Month and we are ready to once again get Chattanooga into the swing of celebrating and bring a deeper appreciation of one of our city’s greatest cultural achievement, jazz,” states Shane Morrow, co-founder of Jazzanooga, which is a community jazz festival.  “This is our third year in a row organizing Jazzanooga and the synergy from it is definitely building. Chattanooga’s role in the history of jazz shouldn’t be understated.”

Jazz Appreciation Month is a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and this year marks the 12th anniversary of the national celebration.  The U.S. Congress passed legislation (Public Law 108-72) which was signed by the President George W. Bush. 

The purpose of the month is to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage. In addition, it is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz—to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz and support institutional jazz programs. The 2013 theme selected this year by the Smithsonian is “The Spirit and Rhythm of Jazz.”

“It is a pleasure to be able to organize even more jazz-related activities and events in Jazzanooga’s third year,” said James McKissic, also a co-founder of Jazzanooga. “The month of activities continues to grow, and more and more people respond each year .”

“Jazz Appreciation Month is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the variety of Jazz musicians we have in the Greater Chattanooga Region," explains Tony Socarras, band leader of Latin Jazz Group, Sabor. “It’s good for fans as well to have so many free and low-cost opportunities to hear great music with friends.”

A complete schedule and detailed information of performances is at www.jazzanooga.com

Highlights of the month include: 

April 5, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Jazzanooga at Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge 

April 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jazz On The Bluff (Free)

April 9, 7-9 p.m. Jazz performance for American Poet Ishmael Reed 

April 14, 2-5 p.m. Sweet Sounds of Jazz

April 17, 12-2 p.m. Jazz at Water House Pavilion (Free)

April 19, 6-9 p.m. Latin Jazz Sessions

April 20, 2-4 p.m. Reel Jazz Movie Series (Movie Screening of “Chops”) (Free)

4-5 p.m. Jazz at Ross Landing (Free)

Lee To Host Faculty Brass Concert

Lee University faculty members Drs. Gordon James, Bill Pritchard, Doug Warner, and Nathan Warner, along with Lee student Matt Kelly, will present a brass concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Chapel.  The evening will feature a variety of Christmastide selections and will invite all in attendance to participate in a carol sing-a-long.  As principal horn of the ... (click for more)

Courtney Holder And Mark Kelly Hall To Play At Puckett's On Friday, Roger Alan Wade On Saturday

Courtney Holder and  Mark Kelly Hall, both singer/songwriters from the Chattanooga area, will bring the Nashville experience to Puckett’s Chattanooga on  Friday . Starting at  9 p.m ., the two will performing their original songs along with a few familiar tunes in an all-acoustic writers round format made popular at well-known venues in Music City. Admission ... (click for more)

Christina Strickland, 35, Shot On Thursday

Christina Strickland, 35, was shot on Thursday.  Chattanooga Police were informed that a shooting victim had arrived by personal vehicle at a local hospital. A Violent Crimes investigator responded and interviewed her. She  suffered a single non-life threatening injury to the ankle. She  was unable to provide any information about her location when she was injured ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)