Author Archive for Michael J. West

Potpourri: Jazz Setlist, Aug. 26-Sept. 2

Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Cheyney Thomas, and more

Bluesy Twists: Jazz Setlist, August 20-26

Jazz gets colored by hints of the blues this weekend.

This Blows: Aaron Martin’s Saxophone and Luke Stewart’s Bass Stolen from Union Arts

They believe it happened on Sunday night.

Nobody’s Moving Away This Week: Jazz Setlist, August 13-19

When you're watching any jazz scene, never underestimate the importance of the hustle. The players that rise to the top of the heap are the ones who are busting their asses.

Farewell to Balbed: Jazz Setlist, August 6-12

Friday, August 7
Anyone who's seen him play must have known it was coming. Tenor man Elijah Balbed, who we named D.C.'s Best New Jazz Musician in 2010 and Best Tenor Saxophonist in 2013, was always too talented, too ambitious, too relentless in pursuit of his craft to not make The Big Move. Yes, New York calls [...]

Goodbye Lyle Link: Jazz Setlist, July 30 – August 5

Thursday, July 30
Saxophonist Lyle Link is a D.C. native, has been playing music since childhood, and as long as most of us can remember, has been one of D.C.'s most penetrating and distinctive musical voices. But the city won't have him for much longer. Link and his family are moving to San Francisco next week, [...]

It’s About the Venues: Jazz Setlist, July 23-29

Aaron Myers celebrates his birthday at Mr. Henry's.

Improv Genius: Jazz Setlist, July 16-22

More and more, saxophonist JD Allen evokes memories of the great improviser Thelonious Monk.

Jazz Setlist, July 9-15

Shannon Gunn, Orange Kellin & The New Orleans Blue Serenaders, and Duane Eubanks

Low, Low Price: Jazz Setlist, June 25-July 1

Nils Berg Cinemascope considers a video projector to be its fourth member, using footage of a different person for each song.

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