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Big Ears Festival’s 10th annual musical celebration wrapped up its four-day run in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday with anticipated performances from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Bill Frisell ended his string of performances throughout the weekend with his group, Bill Frisell’s Harmony, in an afternoon …

Photos and story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Big Ears Festival continued into the weekend with a jam-packed day of music Saturday, filling theaters, museums and bars alike across the city of Knoxville. The day was highlighted by striking performances by modern-classical composer Nils Frahm, historic jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and banjo player and …

The eclectic Big Ears Festival kicked off its four-day residence in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, Thursday night with a wide array of diverse musical talent on display. Among artists performing on Thursday were Avey Tare from Animal Collective, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the ’90s psychedelic group, Mercury Rev. Lesser-known artists like the Japanese math-rock trio, …

Photo by Hayden Goodridge / MTSU Sidelines Kamasi Washington is one of the greatest forces in contemporary jazz music. In 2015, the saxophonist released a massive album titled “The Epic,” which spanned three hours and featured a personnel of over 30 musicians. This year, he released a more succinct, but no less powerful EP titled …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Kamasi Washington stands as one of the leading voices in today’s jazz culture. Having collaborated with prominent names in hip-hop like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, the West Coast tenor saxophonist and composer surprised the music world with the 2015 release of his critically acclaimed, ambitiously long jazz …

Photos by Tayhlor Stephenson / Assistant Lifestyles Editor The first weekend of May brought with it Murfreesboro’s annual Main Street JazzFest, just as it has done for 21 years. The highly anticipated local music festival was a two-day event featuring a variety of artists, such as this year’s headliner Valerie Gillespie. Free of charge, people …