Chattanooga Now Jazzanooga wrapping up this weekend

Chattanooga Now Jazzanooga wrapping up this weekend

April 24th, 2014 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Ruben Studdard, left, and Lalah Hathaway.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.


Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard

¦ When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

¦ Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

¦ Admission: $55, $150.

Gregory Porter, Avery*Sunshine

¦ When: 6:45 p.m. Sunday, April 27

¦ Where: Memorial Auditorium Community Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave.

¦ Admission: $55, VIP $150.

Edible Jazz

¦ What: Food historian and culinary blogger Michael Twitty hosts a community lecture and cooking demonstration on the importance of tradition, nature and availability of ingredients in African-American and Southern culture.

¦ When: 5:30 tonight, April 24.

¦ Where: Dish-T-Pass, 302 W. Sixth St.

¦ Admission: $25.

The Jazzanooga Festival wraps up this week with a parade, a food demonstration and two concerts featuring Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard and Gregory Porter and Avery*Sunshine.

The Hathaway/Studdard show will take place Friday, April 25, at the Tivoli. Hathaway will host the evening of classic soul and jazz with some R&B thrown in. The pair will sing songs from their own catalogs, as well as some duets and fan favorites.

The Porter/Avery*Sunshine show will take place Sunday, April 27, in the Community Theatre upstairs at Memorial Auditorium.

Porter, touted as a new "king of jazz," has been compared with the greatest of the greats, such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye.

Avery*Sunshine is a new voice in R&B, soul, jazz and gospel. A trained pianist, she counts Chaka Khan and Roy Ayers among her fans. She has worked with producer Dana Johnson who co-wrote and co-produced many tracks on India.Arie's "Voyage to India" CD.

The Jazzanooga Festival was created by Shane Morrow as a monthlong celebration of jazz music in general and the jazz scene in Chattanooga. It features events at multiple locations around the city.


¦ Thursday: Jazz at Memo's, featuring local musicians, 6 p.m. Music served up with a side of barbecue and chopped wieners at one of the city's iconic eateries.

¦ Friday: Downtown Jazz at Waterhouse Pavilion, 12:30-2 p.m., conclusion of weekly concert series featuring Chattanooga State Community College Jazz Ensemble, Jazzanooga Youth Academy and Chattanooga's Jazz Divas.

¦ Saturday: Series concludes with JazzWalk, a traditional New Orleans second-line parade, beginning at 11 a.m. at Whiteside Park and concluding at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, where activities continue until 4 p.m. Set to perform are Tennessee State University Jazz Collegians, University of Tennessee Knoxville Trombone Ensemble, Sweet Georgia Sound, Ninth Street Stompers and the Jazzanooga Youth Music Academy.