For the past five years, the Space, Learning & Mobility Lab (SLaM) at Vanderbilt’sPeabody College of …


Studio Owner Looks to Get Young People Involved in Jefferson Street Music Revival

You may have seen the murals going up around Jefferson Street or heard about the historic overlay recently placed on the former Club Baron site.
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Visitors of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl stand outside Jefferson Street Sound admiring the recent mural. (photo by Wanda Clay)

Lorenzo Washington has been nestled on Jefferson Street since 2013 as the founder of Jefferson Street Sound, LLC (JSS). JSS located on the Historical Jefferson Street, 2004 Jefferson Street.

JSS houses a music production studio, rehearsal hall that has been a great support to musicians.

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Lorenzo Washington
on Preserving
Nashville’s Blues
and R&B Epicenter

Jefferson Street clubs showcased legends-to-be like Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard and Otis Redding
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Curious Nashville:
The Year Jimi Hendrix Jammed On Jefferson Street And How It Still Reverberates

Before he was an international superstar, Jimi Hendrix spent a year on Nashville’s Jefferson Street. It’s a chapter in Hendrix’s musical life that many biographers gloss over. In our latest episode of Curious Nashville, we explain why he came here — and what it says today about the city’s most prominent African-American neighborhood.
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Jefferson Street Sound featured
on Andrew Zimmern’s Travel Channel Show.


Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Department of Teaching and Learning

Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Department of Teaching and Learning, conducts a course on Inquiry in Education themed around action research / community action and social change.

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Studies Education, Andrew L. Hosteler, Ph.D. (Coordinator, Social Studies Secondary Education), used Lorenzo Washington’s work in the Jefferson street neighborhood as a potential example of a community member who sees an opportunity or need to change something (e.g. as “revitalization” efforts get underway working with the community and policy makers and developers to preserve and enrich the cultural heritage of Jefferson Street). Read More


Friends say goodbye to Marion James, Music City’s ‘Queen of Blues’

Marion James came to Music City fame in the blues clubs of Jefferson Street in the early 1960s, even performing alongside Jimi Hendrix. She later scored a top 10 hit with That’s My Man and continued performing for decades.

James passed away after a stroke Thursday. She was 81. “Marion James had a strong, demanding voice,” said longtime friend Lorenzo Washington. “When she sang, you listened to her. Oh, she was the Queen of the Blues. Music was her life.”
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Queen of the Blues’ Marion James Remembered With Service
Jefferson Street Sound
Jan 9, 2016 – Funeral services for Marion James, Nashville’s “Queen of the Blues” on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2015.

James passed away after a stroke Thursday. She was 81. “Marion James had a strong, demanding voice,” said longtime friend Lorenzo Washington. “When she sang, you listened to her. Oh, she was the Queen of the Blues. Music was her life.”
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The National Museum of African American Music
Jefferson Street Sound
The National Museum of African American Music hosted a reception in partnership with the Nashville Public Library to honor and commemorate the recorded histories of some of Nashville’s original artists, who performed in the nightclubs along Jefferson Street and Printer’s Alley. The reception held on Tuesday, February 3rd in the Special Collections Room of NPL, highlighted local African American artists and their impact on Nashville through their music, as well as celebrated the rich musical history of Jefferson Street. Read More

Jefferson Street Sound hopes to accomplish their own Empire
Jefferson Street Sound
“Empire” is one of the hottest shows on television.
We’ve all followed Lucious, Cookie and their three sons build a giant-record label, launching them all to fame and fortune.
The music business is tough and one of Nashville’s oldest record labels and recording studios is out to try and accomplish the same thing.
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Paying Homage to Nashville Artists
Jefferson Street Sound
After 14 years of delays and fundraising troubles, the National Museum of African American Music is finally on track to be built in Nashville.

Project leaders say construction is expected to begin in early 2015 for the museum, which will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Convention Center led by developer Pat Emery.

The former convention center site is the third location leaders have selected over the past 14 years for the museum, which lowered its fundraising goal when the city offered the site. Museum president and CEO H. Beecher Hicks said the museum is about two-thirds to its latest goal of $25 million, but indicated it is not essential that the full goal be met before construction begins. Read More

Historic Jefferson Street
Jefferson Street Sound
I’ll never forget the day I was sitting in my room, a lonely sixteen year old guitar player isolated in the Kentucky countryside, reading the autobiography of the original Carter family. The story wound its way through the family’s first recording session with Ralph Peer in Bristol, VA when Maybelle Carter, nineteen and pregnant, recorded a guitar sound that changed American music as we know it. Read More

New record label looks to bring music back to Jefferson Street
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Between the 1940s and the 1970s, Jefferson Street was a vibrant corridor of live music where future superstars like Ray Charles, B.B. King, Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix cut their teeth and where local legends like Ted Jarrett, Marion James, Frank Howard and Jimmy Church made their names.

But a series of factors, especially the construction of I-40, which severed the road from the rest of the city and gobbled up some of Jefferson Street’s most prominent venues, conspired to shush the rhythm and blues, soul, rock and jazz music that emanated from there. Read More

A drive down Nashville’s Historic Jefferson Street
Lorenzo Washington, owner of the Jefferson Street Sound record label, and Nashville’s “Queen of Blues” Marion James talk about the history of blacks and music on Jefferson Street in Nashville. The (Nashville) Tennessean. Read More