On Aug. 29, a mix of faculty, staff, and students gathered in Rhodes’ Hyde Hall as the strains of “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” and “Son of a Preacher Man” played in the background. They came for lunch and an intimate discussion about the life, music, and Memphis roots of Aretha Franklin, who died Aug. 16.
Mike Curb Institute for Music
The pioneering Afrofuturist jazz ensemble will perform live on the Rhodes College campus, also featuring the Rhodes Jazz Band. Continuing the legacy of Sun Ra, the Arkestra is under the direction of original member Marshall Allen, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Earlier that week, on Tuesday 10/23 at 6:00 in Blount Auditorium, the Turley Memphis Center will host a panel in conjunction with the concert titled “Memphis Afro-Futurism and Speculative Fiction.”
A part of Indie Memphis Nights Weekly Film Series. Directed and produced by Bestor Cram, Written and produced by Michael Streissguth.
Located at The Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Acts include Joyce Cobb, the Rhodes Faculty Players, the Rhodes Jazz Band, and the Stax Academy Jazz Ensemble. Free and Open to the Public.
This event is a part of Rhodes Family Weekend. Alumni Relations and the Memphis Chapter are hosting a VIP party on top of the hill featuring appetizers and refreshments beginning at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $10 for those who pre-register and $15 at the door. Members of the Rhodes community may register here.
A conversation with Tonya Dyson, Dr. Charles Hughes, and Dr. John Bass.
Bring your lunch to Hyde Hall and join us for a discussion about the life and career of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin and listen to some of our favorite recordings.
Legendary pianist and Memphis native Harold Mabern with Eric Alexander, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth
Tickets are $15 general admission/$5 for Rhodes students, faculty, and staff and available at rhodes.edu/haroldmabern
Dr. John Bass of the Department of Music and director of Rhodes’ Mike Curb Institute for Music has published a commentary in The Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Lessons from Elvis on Inspiring Today’s Young People.”
Featuring the Rhodes College Jazz Band performing a wide variety of swing dance and jazz band classics.
Brian Hodge, condctor
The Red Hot Lindy Hop Dancers will be on hand teaching swind dance techniques beginning at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute
for Music, Alumni Relations, and the Rhodes Chapter of Memphis,
the evening features a performance by the incomparable Dee Dee
Bridgewater, returning to her Memphis roots. Bridgewater is a
three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Tony
Award-winning stage actress, and a 2017 NEA Jazz Master. The
concert is free and begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Rhodes Jazz Band led by Dr. John Bass, director of Rhodes’ Mike Curb Institute for Music, will participate in Grahamwood Elementary School’s annual Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 24.