The Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new location at 1012 Buchanan Street. Excited music lovers and interested neighbors gathered in the heart of North Nashville’s historic Buchanan Arts District to check out the facility and learn more about the nonprofit, which has offered world-class workshops and performances for more than 20 years.

NJW co-founders Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer, Executive Director Eric Dilts and Metro council at large member Sharon Hurt were among those who spoke to a large, yet socially distanced, crowd. After the ribbon was clipped, The Midtown Jazz Quartet, a group of musicians who met and formed their ensemble through NJW, performed, and guests took advantage of open house tours and light snacks.

After more than two years of waiting for completion, NJW is finally able to bring jazz to more people through in-person classes and events. It kicks off the beloved Jazz Cave performances with popular local vocalist Paula James Chavis on Saturday, August 14. NJW has put COVID protocols into place for different events, and they may change considering conditions at the time. To keep up with the latest on performances, classes and the latest developments, visit

Photographs courtesy of Nashville Jazz Workshop