Nashville pays tribute to local R&B preserver Carol Ann Jenkins

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family and friends said goodbye Wednesday to a Nashville entrepreneur who helped preserve R&B music across the city.

Carol Ann Jenkins had a home-cooking café on Murfreesboro Road in South Nashville where they served up more than just food.

“Everybody comes out on Tuesday night for grown folks night,” said Jimmy Church.

Church is a local R&B legend who plays in the house band at Carol Ann’s, but he’s just one of many who take the state each week, serving up some of the best rhythm and blues in town.

The weekly jam nights are a vision of Carol Ann’s.

“Carol Ann opened her doors to all the musicians in Nashville and she gave us a night, Tuesday night, where anybody who ever played music could come in and sit in and play. Everything was free,” said Lucius Talley.

This past Tuesday night was a time to say goodbye and thank to Carol Ann.

Her daughter Farrah opened the doors of the restaurant so that musicians who have shared their talents on this stage could show their love for the woman who gave them a chance to do what they loved most.

She loves music blues, and she wanted a place where people could come and have a nice time and be safe,” said Farrah Young.

“Where can you find live music, live drums, real horns, you know real guitar… all the stuff now is so computerized,” Church noted.

The local musicians plan to do whatever they can to preserve Carol Ann’s legacy of live, old school R&B.

She was laid to rest Wednesday and is survived by her husband and three daughters.

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