“Jazz Party of the Year” Energizes Nashville’s Thriving Jazz Scene

The Nashville Jazz Workshop announces its 18th annual fall fundraising event, Jazzmania, Saturday, October 20, from 6-10 p.m. at the Factory at Franklin, in Franklin, TN.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) is renowned for its thriving educational programs and world-class jazz performances. Top professionals teach at the Workshop and play together in a superb performance space, the Jazz Cave, designated by DownBeat Magazine as one of the world’s great jazz venues. In addition, NJW continues to strengthen relationships with local non-profits and businesses to promote jazz music and to build the jazz community. Community partners include the Frist Art Museum, Nashville Public Library, Arts and Business Council, Nashville Symphony, Music for Seniors, and many others.

Internationally-acclaimed jazz artists The Jeff Hamilton Trio headline the evening’s entertainment. Award-winning vocalist Dara Tucker and an all-star band will open the night’s festivities. Guests will also be entertained by an amazing group of young students from the NJW’s Scholarship and Summer Jazz Camp programs. The event provides a full array of exciting activities, including dinner, wine and spirits; an online auction with “Small Works” art, dining and entertainment experiences; and an energetic live auction. Capping off the evening is the presentation of the prestigious Heritage Award. This award is presented to an individual who has impacted and expanded the world of jazz in Middle Tennessee.

Proceeds from the Jazzmania event benefit the Nashville Jazz Workshop and support its mission of enriching people’s lives by offering classes, performances, community outreach programming, and special events. Key sponsorships, along with individual donations have strengthened and sustained the jazz landscape across Middle Tennessee.

The NJW brings great jazz to the community through its performances and through community programs such as Jazz On The Move, a popular lecture/performance series the Frist Art Museum. Innovative series such as the B-Side Social and Cabaret at the Workshop expand the range of musical offerings.

NJW offers extensive Youth Programming, including the annual Summer Jazz Camp, our Scholarship Lessons Program, and a new Precollege Program. Donor support at Jazzmania and throughout the year helps to support these programs and to provide scholarship assistance for students in need.

Nashville Jazz Workshop Director of Education Lori Mechem says, “The NJW Summer Camp is an enriching experience for our young jazz students, and I am pleased to share that a group of talented students will be performing at this year’s Jazzmania event!”

Tap into the Nashville Jazz Experience: Visit jazzmania.nashvillejazz.org to order tickets today.


Founded in 1998 by Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer, The Nashville Jazz Workshop, with its performance venue, “The Jazz Cave,” a 4,000 square foot performance and teaching facility, is located in the Neuhoff Complex at the end of Monroe Street – in the historic Germantown area. The mission of the Nashville Jazz Workshop is to expand and enrich people’s lives by offering world-class jazz education and performance in supportive and creative environments. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a community center for jazz, with classes for all ages, instruments, and levels; public performances; and special events for the community. Visit www.nashvillejazz.org