An amazing night of Jazz @ The Ryman

That’s right.  Sunday night, August 22, 2010, Herbie Hancock and company came to Nashville and proceeded to delight the audience.  I was glad to be among them.

Herbie is enough of an artist to perform all by himself but the “and company” part of this equation added to the performance.  Playing a good selection of songs from his past on up to his present recording entitled “The Imagine Project,” Herbie was accompanied by a group of seasoned vets and one relatively new artist, Christina Train, who handled (quite well) the majority of the vocals for the evening.  On bass, Pino Palladino, fresh off of his duties with The Who.

Lionel Loueke, from West Africa joined the tour on guitar, Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, and a man who needs no introduction – Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.

For well over 2 hours, the musicianship on that stage was such a pleasure to watch and of course listen to.  I sometimes feel blessed to be at a certain place, at a certain time, and last night…I WAS BLESSED.

If you are lucky enough to see this group of musicians together as they close out this tour over the next few weeks, no distance is too far!

Go to  and look for the tour dates.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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