Hot New "Jazz of Music City 1" CD Aims to Put Nashville Jazz on National Map

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Great Jazz in Nashville-Not Just Country; National Airplay Began Quickly; Early Indications CD May be A Top Seller in Nashville, Nation

Nashville is home to hundreds—if not thousands—of talented musicians. These musicians populate and play most genres of music. Local jazz festivals are jammed with fans. Two jazz radio stations help satisfy the musical appetite.

Yet, when “Music City” is discussed by the media and by many others country music is frequently the only genre mentioned. And full props to country music. But Music City should cast a wide net and include other genres in the conversation. A hot new CD is pushing the door open to add Nashville’s jazz to that conversation both locally and nationally. To date the CD has been mentioned in Smooth Jazz Daily, Smooth Jazz News and Euro Smooth Jazz.

The new CD, produced in Nashville, features ten of the city’s top jazz musicians. “Jazz of Music City…1” CD is being distributed nationally on the Music City Jazz label, and is gaining traction with jazz radio and Internet stations. It already has attracted attention from “New Urban Jazz,” a national jazz radio program. The great music on this compilation is beginning to focus more attention on the excellent talent and prolific jazz being produced in Nashville, Tennessee. It is available on CD Baby.com

The compilation disc features original music from Michael Fair, Denny Jiosa, Thomas Cain, Moe Denham, Pattie Cossentino. Jim Williamson, Karlton Taylor, Steve Roper, Kenny Zarider and Joe Johnson. They are winning friends and influencing people for Nashville’s jazz talent.

Jazz radio station WFSK (88.1 FM) is excited by the collection of great music on the Jazz of Music City 1 CD and will feature many of the tracks regularly. Other jazz radio stations from Baltimore to Santa Rosa, from Houston to stations in Canada and many stations in cities in between are receiving copies of this new and exciting CD.

According to one excited station, ‘there is so much good music on one CD.’

And because there is so much good music on one CD, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau is supporting the promotion Jazz of Music City…1.

Produced by Peter Woolfolk on the “Music City Jazz” label, he notes that initial response has been exceptionally high. The “Jazz of Music City 1” is available on-line at CD Baby.com. Within weeks it will also be available on many other Internet down-loading sites.

A jazz fan since high school, Woolfolk arrived in Nashville in late 2002. His first foray into music in the Music City was to create smooth jazz programming on radio station WFSK-FM. Within months the station became—and remains to this day—a favorite with Nashvillians. He neither plays an instrument nor reads or writes music. “I’m simply a jazz fan,” he quietly notes. What he did notice was the great jazz talent in Nashville but the minimal promotion and exposure it receives in Music City and beyond. As the former president of the Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society he met many of the talented musicians at concerts. After coming into contact with one of the outstanding pieces on the CD he decided it was time to take action to focus attention on the wonderful jazz in Nashville and so Jazz of Music City…1 was born.

“Based on the early response to Jazz of Music City…1, I believe this could very well be the hottest jazz CD to come from Nashville. Current sales of this CD indicate jazz lovers here and beyond are being pleasantly surprised by this wonderful music,” said Woolfolk.

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