Dickson’s 19-member Highland Jazz Machine remerges with fanfare

Marco B Divaio
The Highland Jazz Machine plays at Holland Park in Downtown Dickson.

The sounds of brass instruments have filled the air in Downtown Dickson, matching the increase in people going out around the county. 

The 19 members of local favorite band Highland Jazz Machine have performed shows at Holland Park in the spring and summer with more planned for the fall, including Dickson County’s Old Timers Day festival. And, the public is ready for it, said longtime band member Tommy Edwards. 

“People are eager to get out and hear something,” said Edwards, while noting they particularly enjoy live jazz music. Those jazz sounds come from the Machine’s ensemble of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, drums and accordion, among other instruments. 

“We are ready to get back getting on,” Edwards said. 

The band’s musicians have a variety of backgrounds, including Hollie Farris, a trumpeter and former band leader for the James Brown Band from 1975 to Brown’s death in 2006. 

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