IF YOU GO
■ What: Living Jazz concert series, featuring the David Walters Quartet.
■ When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
■ Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
■ Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students with ID.
■ Phone: 423-624-5347.
■ Website: www.barkinglegs.org.
Jazzanooga and Barking Legs Theater are set to launch a concert series that features some of Chattanooga’s best jazz artists. Living Jazz debuts Sunday, Dec. 8, with the David Walters Quartet.
“One of the main reasons I developed Jazzanooga is for it to be an educational and supportive gateway to showcase our city’s rich cultural presence and significance in jazz and its history,” says Jazzanooga director Shane Morrow.
He cites Bessie Smith and Yusef Lateef, “both famous jazz legends that originated from Chattanooga,” as examples of “how our city’s linkage to one of America’s greatest cultural achievements should not be understated but appreciated.”
Morrow is also artistic director and co-founder of The Creative Underground, a community arts initiative that creates citywide awareness and performance opportunities for locally based artists and performers.
Bruce Kaplan of Barking Legs says the monthly Sunday performances will bring “strong, Chattanooga-based jazz acts, most often heard in bars and restaurants, to an intimate concert stage.”
Walters is as well-known in jazz as he is for his extensive work in classical music. He serves on the piano faculties of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cadek Conservatory of Music and Chattanooga State Community College, where he teaches classical and jazz piano.