Charlottesville resident Roland Wiggins is one of the greatest jazz theoreticians of our time. And while he's shared his knowledge with some of the most famous names in jazz (John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, to name just a couple), a spirit of self-expression and generosity is what has come to define his storied career. Photo by Amy and Jackson Smith

Hitting the right note: Jazz legend Roland Wiggins reflects on a lifetime of musical expression

Roland Wiggins taught his first music lesson when he was in elementary school. He was about 10 years old, and his music teacher, Helen Derrick, had written a series of notes and chord intervals on the chalkboard. As the lesson progressed, Wiggins noticed that Derrick had made a mistake. “Excuse me, Ms. Derrick. You’ve made […]

Songwriter Pat Alger has written eight No. 1 songs and many hits for Americana and country artists. He's playing them at C'ville Coffee on Saturday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Pat Alger

Behind the hits: Chart-topping songwriter Pat Alger says, “It never grows old hearing a great singer perform one of my songs.” Alger brought his skills to Nashville in the ‘80s, and made a name penning hits for others including Nanci Griffith and Garth Brooks. His songs have been performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, Dolly […]

Tavern & Grocery owner Ashley Sieg has rebooted the West Main Street restaurant with three new events spaces. Photo: Kristi Ellis

Name that space, win a Benjamin!

Tavern & Grocery is offering $100 toward a meal by chef Joe Wolfson and his team to the C-VILLE Weekly reader who suggests the best name for a newly refurbished room in the 1820 Federal-style brick building on West Main Street. Accessible through the restaurant as well as its own entrance marked by a lantern […]

Willie DE celebrates album number three at IX Art Park on Friday. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Willie DE

Building a groove: Willie DE may be the hardest-working musician in local show biz. As a determined teen he formed his first band, The Wave, at age 13, and busked on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and in the parking lots before UVA football games. Following his education in jazz guitar at VCU and extensive touring on […]