Swingin' for Duffy

The Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) and friends of Duffy Jackson will hold a benefit concert for the legendary drummer on Sunday, June 30, 12:30-3:30 pm, at 3rd & Lindsley. The purpose of the concert is to raise funds to pay for extraordinary medical expenses incurred by Duffy in his recent surgery. Musicians contributing their time and talent to this cause are The Time Jumpers, The Duffy Jackson Big Band, and the NJW All-Stars, led by saxophonist Denis Solee and featuring Jamey Simmons, Chester Thompson, Kelli Cox, and NJW Directors Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer.
Since moving to Middle Tennessee Duffy Jackson has become an indispensibe part of the area's musical fabric. Whether performing with small groups, leading his own big band, or making guest appearances with luminaries such as the Time Jumpers, Duffy always brings energy, wit, and most of all, swing.
The son of bassist Chubby Jackson, Duffy was introduced to jazz at an early age, and was introduced to musicians such as Buddy Rich as a child. He soon established himself as a formidable musician in his own right, earning spots in the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Count Basie and performing with a long list of artists including Lena Horne, Ella Fitgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and on and on. A longtime educator, Duffy began teaching and performing at the Nashville Jazz Workshop soon after moving to the area. In 2009 he organized his own big band in Nashville, with charts collected over his years on the road with Basie, Hampton, and others. The band's regular performances at the Workshop became smash hits, with standing-room-only crowds.
Duffy has continued to perform with ferocious intensity and swing despite physical challenges over the years, but recently was sidelined with surgery and is facing huge medical bills. His many friends and musical associates are joining forces  for this benefit concert to raise money to help with these expenses.
Nashville Jazz Workshop Director Roger Spencer observes that "Duffy has contributed so much to the musical community in Nashville. There's no way we can actually repay the musical gifts he has given all of us -- musicians and listeners alike -- but this concert is a way to help, and show Duffy how much we all love him."
The event happens Sunday, June 30, 12:30-3:30 at 3rd & Lindsley, where Duffy has been a frequent guest with the Time Jumpers. 3rd & Lindsley owner Ron Brice is contributing the venue, and some of Duffy's many musical friends and colleages are contributing the music. Musical performers for the benefit concert include:
The Time Jumpers
The Duffy Jackson Big Band, led in Duffy's absence by Jeff Steinberg, with guest drummer Chris Brown and vocalist Sandra Dudley
Nashville Jazz Workshop Faculty Jam, with Denis Solee, Jamey Simmons, Chester Thompson, Lori Mechem, Roger Spencer, Kelli Cox, and other guests.
Admission charge for the concert is a suggested minimum donation of $25, with the entire proceeds going to help offset Duffy's medical expenses. Doors open at 12:00 noon, and the concert begins at 12:30.
If you can't make it to the concert, you can still donate to the medical fund. Click here to donate online.
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Duffy Jackson Big Band - When Will We Meet Again
Recorded live in the Jazz Cave