Nashville Jazz Workshop presents special June 19th stream with Freedom Rider Rip Patton and guitarist Geary Moore

Celebrating Juneteenth with 2011 Lecture/Concert "From The Archives"

NASHVILLE, TENN. – (June 16, 2020) – On Friday, June 19 at 8pm CDT, the Nashville Jazz Workshop "From The Archives" will present the first of a special two-part program in honor of Juneteenth and Black Music Month.

In February 2011 Nashville native, Mississippi Freedom Rider, and jazz drummer Dr. Rip Patton appeared in the Jazz Cave along with a band led by guitarist Geary Moore and including bassist John Birdsong and pianist Joe Davidian. The occasion was the anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Rides, in which Dr. Patton was a participant. This moving, informative, and swinging program included a presentation on Nashville's history in the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Freedom Rides.

Rip Patton was a student at TSU (then Tennessee A&I) in 1961 when he participated as a Freedom Rider and was jailed in Mississippi. Along with other students he was expelled from TSU, years later receiving an honorary doctorate from that institution. In the meantime he lived in Los Angeles and worked as a jazz drummer, playing with artists including Roy Ayers and Lou Rawls. Now a Nashville resident again, he is in demand as a speaker and teaches Civil Rights and nonviolent protest at several southern universities.

Geary Moore moved to Nashville after a 30-year career in New York as a jazz guitarist. A protege of George Benson and Jimmy Ponder, Mr. Moore has worked with jazz luminaries such as Jimmy McGriff, Arthur Prysock, Slide Hampton, T.S. Monk, David "Fathead" Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many others. He also taught, for 5 years, at the world famous JAZZMOBILE in Harlem, NY.

The program, streamed on the Nashville Jazz Workshop's YouTube channel (, will be presented in two parts:

Friday, June 19, 8pm CDT, "History of the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville," with music by Geary Moore, Rip Patton, John Birdsong, and Joe Davidian.

Friday, June 26, 8pm CDT, "The Mississippi Freedom Rides," with music by Geary Moore, Rip Patton, John Birdsong, and Joe Davidian.

Here's the link to watch:

About the Nashville Jazz Workshop

For two decades the Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) has presented, instructed and preserved the art of jazz in Music City, USA. Countless musicians, amateur to professional, and ardent jazz fans have expanded their skills and appreciation for this distinct American art form by playing in NJW ensembles and studying in NJW’s classrooms. Local and national jazz artists are presented in the Jazz Cave, an acclaimed listening room. As a nonprofit organization, NJW’s mission is to enrich people’s lives through jazz eduction and performance. Located in the Neuhoff Complex for the past 20 years, NJW is moving to a new home at 1012 Buchanan Street in 2020. For further information, contact the Nashville Jazz Workshop at 615-242-JAZZ (5299).