Mike Stern, Dennis Chambers, Cheyney Thomas, and more
Author Archive for Michael J. West
Jazz gets colored by hints of the blues this weekend.
They believe it happened on Sunday night.
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
Aaron Myers celebrates his birthday at Mr. Henry's.
More and more, saxophonist JD Allen evokes memories of the great improviser Thelonious Monk.
Shannon Gunn, Orange Kellin & The New Orleans Blue Serenaders, and Duane Eubanks
Nils Berg Cinemascope considers a video projector to be its fourth member, using footage of a different person for each song.