Music City's Authentic Jazz Club

Serving classic New Orleans prohibition cocktails, local brews, and New Orleans cuisine.
HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
Mondays: 5-7pm $6 Wells, 1/2 price Crafters Union Wines ~ 9pm-close $7 Cuba Libres
Wednesdays: 5-7pm $6 Wells, $4 Yazoo Drafts
Thursdays: 5-7pm $8 Sazeracs, French 75, Daquiris
Sunday: 5pm-12am $8 Wines (Cab, Malbec, Pinot Grigio), $1 off all drafts
TONIGHT'S SHOWS
The Sofia Goodman Group
6:00pm-8:15pm, $13 in advance, $15 at the door
Sofia is a drummer and composer residing in Nashville, TN. She first started playing drums in middle school and was soon told that drums were a "man's instrument." In high school, her music teacher, Claudia Keller saw her passion for music and recommended that she attend Berklee. Before enrolling at Berklee College of music for her Bachelor's, Sofia was fortunate to learn and perform in a student ensemble taught by grammy award winning artist Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza's encouragement inspired Sofia to perfect her craft. After graduating Berklee, Sofia unintentionally moved to Nashville. In Nashville, Sofia's resume grew and she worked as a freelance musician and teacher. Tony Rounce of Ace Records said this about her playing at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy: "There isn't enough time to do full justice to the qualities of every member of Heart & Soul, but it would be wrong not the spotlight the unit's brilliant drummer Sofia Goodman, whose drive and precision across 5-6 hours behind her kit each night put her in a class with any of the world's great soul drummers." Other notable performances include Bonnaroo and Floyd Fest with world folk group HuDost.

In 2017, she began leading her own group, The Sofia Goodman Group, a modern jazz ensemble that fuses American, Afro-Latin and Middle Eastern genres. They have performed at various festivals such as The Elkhart Jazz Fest (2x), The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest (3x), West Georgia Jazz Fest, and more. Currently she is accompanied by Troy Atkins on saxophones, Alex Murphy on piano, Serah Zhannell on percussion, Rheal Janelle on guitar and Leland Nelson on bass. Her debut album "Myriad of Flowers" was released in 2018 and was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz album of 2019. In 2020, Sofia was nominated by The Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz Instrumentalist. In 2021, she earned her Master's Degree in Commercial Music Composition and Media Writing at Belmont University. Recently, she won the Pathways to Jazz Grant to fund her work on her sophomore album, Secrets of the Shore, which is planned to be released in the summer of 2022. She is a Zildjian artist and is on the Vic Firth Education Team, and is dedicated to passing down her craft to future generations, especially young women, whose presence is needed in the music industry.
Regi Wooten & Friends
9:00pm-11:15pm, $15 at the door
Known as “The Teacha”, Regi Wooten is one of the most innovative, talented and dynamic musicians around the scene, and has pushed the boundaries of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, and even bluegrass to some of the most extreme musical limits. From picking, slapping, strumming, thumping, and tapping to some of the most ear bending advanced chords you’ll hear on any instrument, Regi has earned world-wide notoriety and comparisons to other innovators such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry. Perfecting, creating and discovering new techniques and jazz theory while incorporating and layering into strong funk grooves for keen listeners to uncover and pick up on is one of his many notable fortes.

At only nine years old Regi started teaching his younger brother Victor Wooten bass guitar and Joseph Wooten keyboards, and soon the Wooten Brothers Band was formed featuring; Regi on ukelele, Roy on drums, Rudy on Saxophone, Joe on Keys and Victor on bass. Regi was ten years old at the time, Roy was nine, Rudy was eight, Joseph was five and Victor was two. The rest, as they say, is Musical History.

Assembling a cast of Nashville's best, Regi Wooten and Friends dig deep into the roots of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul. You never know who might jump on stage! Don't miss a beat!


UPCOMING SHOWSFULL CALENDAR
May 26
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays; Rudy’s French Connection
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Hot Club Gypsy Jazz Thursdays; Rudy’s French Connection

Every Thursday we honor our New Orleans and French roots and Rudy’s comes alive with a variety of small groups in the style of gypsy jazz swing. We bring you music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with "Hot Club" gypsy jazz swing. Known for fierce tempos and effortless improvisation, our Hot Club Gypsy Thursdays are sure to entertain, inspire, and bring you back to some authentic "jazz manouche" with groups either led or curated by New Orleans LA native Brook Sutton.

There’s no better place to chill, cozy up and relax after work. Enjoy $8 French Quarter inspired cocktails (Sazerac, French 75, Daquiris from 5pm-7pm), 1/2 priced beignets, have a glass of Côtes du Rhône, and enjoy some gumbo while listening to the rhythm and mood of hot club jazz in Nashville’s most intimate and romantic room.
Mike Baggetta Trio
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
"...vintage twang in service of Americana-meets exploratory Jazz-psych..." -Rolling Stone

"Guitarist Mike Baggetta bends notes, and his genre, to make music that sounds like life." -Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar

"Mike Baggetta makes stealthy, mysterious music...he’s trying to do something personal with collective improvisation without ever getting in the way of beauty." -Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"...a kind of post-Frisellian sonic explorer...with his wild whammy-bar articulations, ambient looping and rippling arpeggios...full of subversive surprises, hellacious skronking, string-scraping and a general hornets' nest of fuzz-toned dissonance" -Bill Milkowski, DownBeat Magazine / Slate Magazine

"Mike Baggetta is a genre-blurring guitar hero...at the forefront of an army of guitar innovators" -JazzTimes

Join guitarist Mike Baggetta at Rudy’s Jazz Room to hear his award-winning and genre-defying music performed alongside some of Nashville's, and the world's, greatest musicians Jon Estes and Jordan Perlson. Mike's singular and very personal musical style seeks to blur the lines between composition and improvisation, while connecting a wide range of musical genres that influence him. He has earned accolades from the press that call this approach "...beguilingly atmospheric..." (Time Out New York) and that "Baggetta's music is quietly transgressive... Even when he plays a lot of notes, his playing can sound almost static, as though ideas were being snagged out of thin air." (Hartford Courant)

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May 27
Don Aliquo Quartet
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $15 at the door
Saxophonist Don Aliquo continues to be one of the most active artists in the region and beyond.

He has played or recorded with many notable artists including Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Greg Osby, Roger Humphries, Harold Danko, Jim McNeely and Obed Calvaire. Don has been described as a "fluid and articulate player with a flow of always surprising ideas complete with a dexterous technique and an incredibly smooth tenor sound." His most recent cd release (The Innocence of Spring) was recorded live with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens at Hinton Hall on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University where Aliquo is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies.

Rounding out the rhythm section is pianist Jody Nardone, Jonathan Wires on bass, and Jordan Perlson on drums.
Dave Potter and Retro Groove Album Release Show
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $22 at the door
After honing his skills for more than 10 years with Jason Marsalis, Dave Potter has taken to the road as a leader with his own ensemble with a new project featuring Jazz-flavored arrangements of modern classics from Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Living Colour, Peter Gabriel, The Doobie Brothers, etc. A native of North Carolina, Dave began performing with many of his elders in the RDU area at the age of 16. After relocating to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University, Dave quickly sought out Marcus Roberts as a musical mentor, an important relationship that endures today. Dave has performed with Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Russell Gunn, Takana Miyamoto, Greg Tardy, and many others.

Dave Potter- drums
Miguel Alvarado - saxophones
Austin Johnson - piano
Terrell Montgomery - bass
David Williford's Open Question
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
Composer and woodwind player David Williford returns to Rudy's for a night of improvising, dynamic compositions, and free expression.

Born and raised in Knoxville, TN, Williford had his first musical experiences playing blues, soul, and rock with his father before leaving home to study modern jazz and classical music with artists like Don Aliquo. Through his years freelancing, he has found a diverse and soulful place in the changing Nashville music scene.
May 28
Geoff Pfeifer Quartet
5:30pm-7:15pm central, $12 at the door
The Geoff Pfeifer Quartet, gritty, edgy, the real deal NYC style jazz. Saxophonist Geoff Pfeifer brings some of Nashville's top jazz cats out, and you'll be sure to feel the energy. Playing a mix of original material and Wayne Shorter tunes.

Geoff Pfeifer, a Nashville based musician and composer, has been living and performing in Nashville since 2005. Geoff studied saxophone with Ted Nash and Ralph Lalama and composition with Mike Holober and Jim McNeely. He is a saxophonist and arranger with the R&B band Chubby and The Dots and plays the 2nd Tenor Saxophone chair in The Establishment Big Band.
Jeff Berlin Trio
8:00pm-10:15pm central, $22 at the door
Jeff Berlin is widely considered to be one of the greatest innovators of the electric bass in the world. Long associated with the "Big Three” (Clarke, Pastorius, Berlin), Jeff played with Bill Buford, Allan Holdsworth and Frank Zappa. He was a member of HBC featuring Jeff along with Dennis Chambers and Scott Henderson. Jeff is a solo artist with seven solo recordings to his credit. Jeff is the favorite bassist of Geddy Lee who called Jeff, "the greatest bass player on the planet."
Jeff's group features some of Nashville's best musicians including Pat Coil on piano and Bruce Guttridge on drums - “a monster” of a player as Dennis Chambers recently described.
The Music of John Coltrane & Friends
11:00pm-1:00am central, $12 at the door
The group will present an exploration of the music of John Coltrane. Drummer John Hanrahan leads the group featuring Don Aliquo on saxophone.

John Hanrahan has performed throughout the country with his Coltrane Celebration which headlined The Monterey Jazz Festival 2014 to honor the 50th anniversary recording of A Love Supreme. He has performed and recorded with Henry Kaiser, Mike Watt, Michael Manring, as well as performed with Buddy Guy, Andrew Dixon, Don Aliquo, George Porter Jr, and Cyril Neville.

A veteran of the Chicago music scene, drummer/singer John Hanrahan has made a strong and versatile impression in jam bands throughout the country as well as the project with his quartet performing and releasing in 2016, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Currently the John Hanrahan Quartet has been performing a variety of celebrations around the country to great jazz musicians of the 60's, including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis projects. The band was showcased in the SF Bay Area at SFJAZZ, at Yoshi's, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, in Chicago at The Jazz Showcase and at Rudy’s Jazz Room in Nashville. John Hanrahan’s various ensembles have been playing together in the US and around the globe for over 20 years. Jazz fans will also recognize the John Hanrahan Quartet from their breakout performance at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, where they celebrated Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme', widely considered one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.
May 29
Luke Rowland Quintet
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $10 at the door
The Luke Rowland Quintet is a jazz combo comprised of young musicians from Nashville, Tennessee who are on their way to becoming professional musicians. The combo features Nadia Reist (trumpet), Daniel Kuk (piano), Parker Bakkal (bass), and Riley Trauscht (alto saxophone). They have all pursued extensive music and Jazz education throughout high school in Nashville from organizations such as the Nashville Jazz Workshop and the Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble. Luke Rowland began playing drums at the age of 6 in Denver Colorado, where he studied at Denver School of the Arts and Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. He moved to Nashville in 2019 and immediately began playing with talented local jazz musicians in Nashville. Luke and Nadia are both seniors in high school at the nationally recognized Nashville School of the Arts, and will both be attending Berklee College of Music in 2022 on full tuition scholarships. Daniel Kuk is a senior in high school at Centennial High, who is an incredible composer and pianist attending Middle Tennessee State University in 2022 majoring in Jazz Studies. Parker Bakkal is a sophomore at University of Tennessee in Knoxville pursuing a degree in Jazz Performance, and Riley Trauscht is a sophomore Jazz Studies major and woodwind double at Middle Tennessee State University. These artists have been playing together in different groups throughout their music careers and have a special bond that serves the music they play together. This special performance includes songs that are original compositions by the quintet members, and songs written by artists who serve as big inspirations to the development of their musicality, such as Chick Corea, Kenny Garret, Nate Smith, and more. The show is a display of some of the top jazz musicians that Nashville has to offer before they leave for college and pursue their music careers.
Rudy's Jazz Jam
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $10 at the door
Rudy's hosts the official pro jazz jam. Come out and experience some of music city's best as they take the stage with Nashville's next generation of jazz performers! You will hear a variety of young, old, new and undiscovered players showing what they can do on stage. Part of the jazz tradition and what jazz embodies is the unknown and spontaneous exploration of new musical territory with new musicians sitting in live on stage; you never know who or what to expect other than the unexpected!

We welcome all ages to this show and have a $10 food or beverage minimum.
May 30
Ubuntu Motifs
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $14 at the door
Looking for some music that will catapult you into your week, uplift your spirits with dreamy undertones, submerge your senses in the subtle melodic excursions of the unknown?

YOUR SEARCH IS OVER. Swing by Rudy’s Jazz Room for a first-rate program presented by up-and-coming upright bass talent, Jacob Jezioro. The band hopes you’ll take part in this evening of "capital-G Great music" (Music City Review).

Nashville-bred unicorn, Jezioro, procured his careful education in traditional jazz styles (with a western classical foundation) through his undergraduate work at Indiana University. Later, from 2018-19, he expanded his musical awareness through a formal mentorship program at Berklee. Jezioro's stint in the Northeast granted him close contact with respected elders of the [now global] art form we call "jazz". At Berklee, Jezioro's mentors included John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street and others. Prior to his collegiate study, Jezioro grew up in a musical household in Nashville.

From the crib to the stage, Jacob maintains his passion for art and continues to develop his craft as a young enthusiast and professional bassist. His new sextet filters "Ubuntu Motifs" through more open, freer forms of group improvisation, fearlessly negotiating the anonymous musical histories of each selection. The band will consist of Matt Endahl on piano, David Williford on alto saxophone and clarinets, Chester Thompson on drum set, Joel Frahm on tenor saxophone, and Tim Kreis on soprano and clarinet. They will perform a variety of hot and cold selections, original and specially curated from the contemporary jazz canon. This will undoubtedly result in an exciting Rudy's debut.
Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $12 at the door
A Nashville favorite on the Salsa and jazz scene and electric night of Salsa dancing! Multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Rodriguez, one of Nashville's leading percussionists, bassists and favorite on the Salsa and jazz scene, plays the sounds of salsa, bachata and percussion-driven rhythms with some of the most seasoned veterans in the Nashville Latin music scene. Melvin Macias (piano/vocals), Jesus Agreda (Timbales), Lorenzo Molina Ruiz (Trumpet), Manuel 'Manotas' Ramierez (multi-Percussion), and Giovanni Rodriguez (bass/vocals).

For this show general admission tickets are available for standing and sitting in the front section of the room near the stage with the dance floor. Tickets for bar seats and tables are available as well. General admission tickets for the front section are not guaranteed to have seats as we will have a large part of the front section seating cleared for the dance floor. General admission tickets will have standing room as well as limited seating. Only our tables and bar seats will have guaranteed seating for this show.
Jun 1
Trio T.B.E.
6:00pm-8:15pm central, $12 at the door
Trio T.B.E. is the amalgam of three established Nashville jazz musicians, Chris Broomhead, Matt Endahl and Scott Trayer, presenting their take on the classic piano trio format. All three musicians bring their own unique musical experiences to bear in a performance that features tunes from the great American songbook, lesser-known standards, as well as originals.

A native of Melbourne and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Chris is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and works in a variety of settings and projects as a drummer, composer, producer, leader and teacher. His Australian piano trio project Refraction, released their debut album As We Were in March 2015 and it was nominated for Best Jazz Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards of that year. Their follow-up recordings include Inerrant Space (2016), Reimagined (2017) as well as The Outsider and the mini-EP Three Improvisations (both 2019).

Matt Endahl is a pianist, composer and educator, currently based in Nashville TN. Since moving here in 2013 he has performed in groups led by Jeff Coffin, Chester Thompson, Dara Tucker, Rahsaan Barber, Duffy Jackson, Christina Watson, Marcus Finnie, and many others. He’s shared the stage with legendary figures like Jimmy Heath, Henry Grimes, David Liebman, Jane Ira Bloom, Arthur Blythe, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Marcus Belgrave, Roger Humphries, Dave Douglas, Nicolas Bearde, and Karrin Allyson.

A graduate from University of North Texas and Manhattan School of Music, Scott Trayer has taught both jazz and bass studies at the University of Michigan and North Texas, and is an established player in the country music world, touring with legends Collin Raye, Jim Lauderdale and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Regi Wooten & Friends
9:00pm-11:15pm central, $15 at the door
Known as “The Teacha”, Regi Wooten is one of the most innovative, talented and dynamic musicians around the scene, and has pushed the boundaries of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, and even bluegrass to some of the most extreme musical limits. From picking, slapping, strumming, thumping, and tapping to some of the most ear bending advanced chords you’ll hear on any instrument, Regi has earned world-wide notoriety and comparisons to other innovators such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry. Perfecting, creating and discovering new techniques and jazz theory while incorporating and layering into strong funk grooves for keen listeners to uncover and pick up on is one of his many notable fortes.

At only nine years old Regi started teaching his younger brother Victor Wooten bass guitar and Joseph Wooten keyboards, and soon the Wooten Brothers Band was formed featuring; Regi on ukelele, Roy on drums, Rudy on Saxophone, Joe on Keys and Victor on bass. Regi was ten years old at the time, Roy was nine, Rudy was eight, Joseph was five and Victor was two. The rest, as they say, is Musical History.

Assembling a cast of Nashville's best, Regi Wooten and Friends dig deep into the roots of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and soul. You never know who might jump on stage! Don't miss a beat!