We had the good fortune of connecting with Linny Nance and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linny, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I am the youngest of four brothers. Fortunately they were great role models and let me know that an artistic career was possible at a very young age. They lead by example because they were already doing it
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
LINNY NANCE is… The youngest of 4 brothers, He was born into a family rich in music: Trombone, acoustic bass, congas and drums. Taking up piano at 8 years old and trumpet at 11, MUSIC has always given Linny’s creativity and passion a way around cerebral palsy. “I thrive on what differences bring.” Linny began his professional career with Little Joe Blue; Since then, he has shared the stage and/or studio with Universal Music recording artist Lucky Peterson, Yarborough and Peoples, James Ingram (on a Patti LaBelle tour), Grammy nominated Breggett Rideau, blues artist Tutu Jones, Shanachie Entertainment recording artist Pamela Williams,Concord Records Artist Ashleigh Smith, Rendezvous recording artist Tom Braxton, Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks and a variety of other talented acts. Linny has played all over Europe, Japan, Canada, and the Caribbean: his performance credits include the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jazzhaus, the Montreal Jazz festival… Linny stays very busy. He likes it that way. As a professional musician, Linny Nance works out of his Dallas studio, writing, composing and producing for R&B groups, jazz, rap and gospel artists Recently, Linny did showcased his talents in “The look of Love” & “Elixir”, albums of Shanachie Entertainment recording artist Saxtress Pamela Williams; also in “Darling Forever” JSP recording artist Tamara Peterson’s first solo release. Last but not least, Linny Nance leads his own band, Network.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Things are a bit different now because of COVID-19 but I would tell them if they wanna hear great music to go by The Freeman Cajun Café (Great food) The Balcony Club Chocolate secrets (chocolate and wine with your music) RL Griffin at blues palace II Sandaga 813 (Great barbecue with you music) The Spot Bar Jazz Becuzz The Granada Theater The south Dallas Cultural Center The wine therapist Club ritzy For some good food: BlackJack Pizza PopupDFW Snuffer’s Terilli’s Kirby’s Thibodeaux’s Cajun Cookin
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is the reason I’m anywhere close to where I want to be I’m my life & career. For those who don’t know I was born with cerebral palsy. That means I’ve walked with crutches my whole life. My mother taking me to every doctors appointment. Every therapy session., camp, lesson, school etc…. I stated in the previous question that my older very talented brothers lead by example let me know that an artist life and career was possible. My father would take me to my older brother’s shows. My brothers would not only take me to their gigs but also taking me to see all the greatest artists both in town and traveling through. All the while never viewing Cerebral palsy as an obstacle. Once my brother took me to a concert to see two of my aisles while I was recovering from surgery and a full body Cast. For that reason my family deserves all the credit.