MTSU Jazz Jam Debuts Dec. 5

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MURFREESBORO – The Middle Tennessee State University Jazz Department and Blue Restaurant & Bar announce the debut of “MTSU Jazz Jam” on Monday, Dec. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Blue Restaurant & Bar in Murfreesboro.

During MTSU Jazz Jam, students from the MTSU Jazz Department, both instrumentalists and vocalists, will be featured performing a variety of jazz standard tunes. Jazz combos coached by the MTSU Jazz Faculty will perform to begin MTSU Jazz Jam, followed by a Jazz Jam session that will feature MTSU Jazz students, faculty and members of the community.

Admission is free and open to the public. Blue Restaurant & Bar is located in Jackson Heights Plaza at 810 Northwest Broad Street, Suite 222.

“The jazz jam session continues to be where aspiring jazz musicians and pros go to share ideas and improve their skills,” said Don Aliquo, MTSU’s Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone. “We are excited to partner with Blue in giving our talented students this opportunity.”

MTSU Jazz Jam offers the opportunity for the MTSU Jazz Department and entire university, as well as the local community, to hear what MTSU Jazz has to offer. MTSU Jazz Jam is also open to other jazz musicians throughout the community. There will be a registration sheet for all musicians, who will be rotated during Jazz Jam to showcase talents and skills and allow the opportunity for musicians to play with other musicians possibly for the first time.

“The MTSU Jazz Jam is a must for all jazz musicians in Murfreesboro and the surrounding areas and for those who love music in general,” said MTSU Jazz Jam director and co-founder Ashley Kimbrough, MTSU Adjunct Professor of Jazz Voice and Assistant Director of the MTSU Singers, directed by Dr. Cedric Dent.

“It will be featuring the talented students from Middle Tennessee State University’s Jazz Department,” she added, “and others are certainly welcome to jam with us.”

The last tune of the evening will be “Billie’s Bounce” written and originally performed by jazz legend Charlie Parker. All musicians and vocalists will play and/or sing on the finale.

“Blue Restaurant & Bar is excited to be the host location for such a wonderful event,” said Greg Pogue, Blue Restaurant & Bar managing partner. “MTSU has long been a beacon in the world of jazz and has such a wonderful tradition of producing exceptional jazz musicians and vocalists. We are eager to hear what the students, faculty and those in the community are into when it comes to the world of jazz.”

Initial plans call for MTSU Jazz Jam to be held the first Monday of each month, but it could expand to offer more evenings.

“We would love to host MTSU Jazz Jam every Monday night,” Pogue said. “I think this community is more than ready for such a weekly music outlet of such high standards.”

For more information, call Pogue at 615-410-3383. To learn more about Blue Restaurant & Bar, visit

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