Conversations in the Jazz Cave: Bill Pursell
The exciting new series, Conversations In The Jazz Cave, continues for 2019 with a very special appearance by pianist Bill Pursell, interviewed by Lori Mechem. It takes place Saturday, February 23 at 8pm in the Jazz Cave at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Conversations In The Jazz Cave features an evening of music and conversation with one of Music City's brightest stars, along with Nashville Jazz Workshop founder and Education Director Lori Mechem.
Bill Pursell is a composer, former session pianist, and music professor at Belmont University. He had a brief but successful career as a pop musician before continuing on as a session player. He is best known for the top ten hit "Our Winter Love."
(The following is from Crooked River City: The Musical Life of Nashville's William Pursell by Terry Wait Klefstad)
A pianist, arranger, and composer, William Pursell is a mainstay of the Nashville music scene. He has played jazz in Nashville's Printer's Alley with Chet Atkins and Harold Bradley, recorded with Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, performed with the Nashville Symphony, and composed and arranged popular and classical music.
Pursell's career, winding like a crooked river between classical and popular genres, encompasses a striking diversity of musical experiences. A series of key choices sent him down different paths, whether it was reenrolling with the Air Force for a second tour of duty, leaving the prestigious Eastman School of Music to tour with an R&B band, or refusing to sign with the Beatles' agent Sid Bernstein. The story of his life as a working musician is unlike any other--he is not a country musician nor a popular musician nor a classical musician but, instead, an artist who refused to be limited by traditional categories.
And here's what a longtime personal and musical friend has to say about him:
“Bill Pursell is truly a Renaissance man; a world class pianist, composer, teacher and musical historian. He is also one of the most entertaining speakers and performers I’ve ever heard.
On Saturday, February 23, at 8pm, he will be doing all those things at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Come enjoy a musical evening with Bill Pursell.” - Beegie Adair
Tickets are $25, $15 for high school and college students, on sale beginning Monday, February at 11 at 10am. Tickets can be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets, by phone at 800-838-3006 24/7, or during business hours at 615-242-5299.