East Tennessee PBS and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to create a new televised concert series called “Live at Lucille’s.” The shows will be taped in front of a live audience at East Tennessee PBS’ studios near downtown Knoxville, and will feature local, regional and national jazz artists. Tickets for the live taping sessions go on sale beginning Monday, August 13 and will be available at the KJO website: www.knoxjazz.org
A total of six shows will be taped for broadcast between September 2018 and April 2019. The broadcasts will occur on ETPBS later in 2019. WUOT will broadcast audio from the segments. The series will be sold as a six concert package for $180. Tickets to single events may be made available at a later date depending on availability.
Long time Knoxville residents may remember Lucille’s Jazz Club in the Old City. The club was in operation throughout the 1990s and played host to local, regional and national talent. When the club closed in 2001, East Tennessee PBS production manager Chris Smith bought the neon sign that hung in the window at the business’ estate sale. He also secured the rights to the name Live at Lucille’s in hopes of one day being able to create something that built on that legacy.
Series schedule and lineup:
Brown Brothers Reunion – Friday, Sept 28, 7:30pm
Brothers Ken and Keith Brown were mainstays of the Knoxville music scene until Keith’s relocation to New York City in 2017. Their reunion for our inaugural episode will feature special guest Darryl Hall, one of Europe’s finest jazz bassists.
Bobby Broom’s Organi-Sation – Friday, Nov 30, 7:30pm
Guitarist Bobby Broom made his Carnegie Hall debut with Sonny Rollins before he was 20 years old. Broom formed his latest band Organi-Sation at the behest of Steely Dan, who then took the group on a North American tour of 52 cities. The band will perform music from its new CD Soul Fingers.
Christian Sands Trio – Friday, Jan 25, 7:30pm
Still in his 20’s, Christian Sands is a Steinway piano artist and 5 time Grammy nominee who has performed with Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis and many others. His group will perform music from their acclaimed CD Reach.
Mark Boling Trio Life- Friday, Feb 22, 7:30pm
Guitarist Mark Boling served for many years as the head of Jazz Studies at UT. His trio with Keith Brown and Jon Hamar is a crown jewel of the Knoxville music scene. They will perform original music by Boling, Hamar and Donald Brown.
Thomas Heflin/Mitch Butler Quintet- Friday, March 29, 7:30pm
Trumpeter Thomas Heflin is a former KJO member who now teaches in Greensboro, NC. His group with trombonist Mitch Butler is a modern take on the trumpet/trombone quintet, a format that is never short on fire and excitement.
Greg Tardy’s NYC Trio – Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Saxophonist Greg Tardy has called Knoxville home since 2010. His trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown has performed around the globe, but this will be their Knoxville (and PBS) debut.
Sponsors include Visit Knoxville, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Melinda Grimac of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, Lane Music, Moxley Carmichael, WUOT, Tennessee Arts Commission, Stellar Visions and Sound.