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by Karanja A. Ajanaku kajanaku@tsdmemphis.com Ask Tremayne Thompson of TK Productions about saxophonist Mike Phillips, and he starts by describing “such a cross-cultured guy.” “From hip hop to R&B to jazz, playing with Prince, Stevie Wonder as one of their main musicians and MD (musical director), he is an explosive guy (and...
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Assuming you haven't stuffed yourself silly with barbecue and you're looking for a way to relax and chill this Labor Day, you might need to get to Fresh Ideas Entertainment's Bluff City Jazz Festival at the Cannon Center. The Festival will be headlined by iconic smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, with performances...
Housed within a historic yet modern space with fancy drinks, live music and a diverse crowd, the new lounge, tapas and cigar bar Tailors’ Union/The Pocket feels every bit of royal. Catered to local professionals seeking a laid-back evening away from the regular Memphis scene, this intimate lounge is one of...
I was out on the town last weekend, celebrating the birthday of Sandra Booker (my sister-in-law) with a visit to Memphis Sounds on Mud Island. Guess who was in the house? OK, I’ll tell you. It was award-winning actress Cassi Davis, who is from Holly Springs, Miss. Davis is a well-recognized...
Le Diner en Blanc – Memphis style – was a grand night out. I was flattered to attend and to be selected as a table host. The event concept dates back to Paris nearly 30 years ago when a gentleman – un monsieur if you will – named Francois Pasquier...
One of my favorite songs by Gladys Knight is "Love Overboard." I like that little part where the background singers are saying her name "Gladys, Gladys! Woo!" Well, on Saturday night at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, Gladys and her band wooed us! It was a great show for this ageless...
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Check out this footage of Nick Collione's performance at The Perfect Note Memphis! The show was Friday Night (July 27) at The Guest House at Graceland. Perfect Note Memphis is a series of intimate shows designed to mix more live jazz into the Memphis Music scene. About halfway through Collione's show, he...
I stay tuned to the Memphis music scene and I’ve been to a ton of parties and gatherings across the city. No one throws a party better than Memphis’ own Curtis Givens. For 17 years, Givens has been a prominent figure in the local entertainment industry and one of Memphis’...
Yo Gotti bashed in his birthday at the FedExForum (June 28) and after six years of attending this event, I say this was his best show yet. Things were very different this year, all the way down to the production. Last year, the Roc Nation affiliate gave us a replica...