Music store and recording studio opening on Central

Jeremy Barzizza plays on a restored Rhodes piano at Sadhana Sound Studios.

A new music store and recording studio is hoping to strike a chord with Midtown’s music community.

Sadhana Sound Studios and Midtown Music and is aiming to open by Nov. 1 in a space at 2272 Central at Philadelphia, just across the street from Cooper-Young, in a mid-century modern building once occupied by WRVR studios.

Jeremy Barzizza, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has a degree in jazz saxophone from Indiana University and plays upright bass with the Side Street Steppers, said he had been repairing saxophones for a living for a while when he decided to expand on his musical vision by taking over the studio space about four months ago.

He’ll still offer sales and repair for woodwinds, but also much more.

“I want to appeal to like-minded folks, cool folks, and it seems like there’s a congregation of them in this part of town,” Barzizza said.

In the back of the building, Sadhana’s two studios will offer both digital and analog tape recording capabilities with Pro Tools mastering for music, film or TV. The spaces are filled with restored vintage upright pianos, guitars, drums and a Rhodes piano, and Barzizza said he’ll have engineers and session musicians available.

When not in use for recording, the studios will be open for private music lessons or as rehearsal space for bands.

Ukeleles fill a wall at Midtown Music.

In the front of the building is a retail space with new and vintage woodwinds and brass, guitars, amps and accessories, keyboards, upright basses, banjos and various other instruments on consignment. Barzizza said he hopes to fill any niche that isn’t being currently served by Memphis music stores, including one instrument he says is exploding in popularity, but is difficult to find locally: ukuleles.

“Nobody has ukuleles in town,” said Barzizza, plunking out a blues walk on a bass ukulele.

He said he hopes to offer at least two of every instrument he carries, an entry-level model and a high-end instrument. But there is one instrument, Barzizza says, he doesn’t plan to offer on a regular basis ─ he’ll direct drummers down the street to Cooper-Young’s world-famous Memphis Drum Shop.

Midtown Music and Sadhana Sound Studios will also offer private lessons, group lessons and master classes.

Find out more at midtownmusicshop.com or sadhanasoundstudios.com.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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