Author Archive for Michael J. West

A Top Trombonist, NPR, and CapitalBop: Jazz Setlist, December 11-17

When it comes to NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas, the reason you should go out and see it in person is because live jazz is awesome. Period.

Willard Jenkins Named DC Jazz Festival’s Artistic Director

Willard Jenkins has long been an important voice in D.C. jazz in the most literal sense—he's a longtime announcing talent on jazz radio station WPFW. He's also been a major contributor to jazz journalism and arts presentation, as a consultant to both the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Smithsonian Institution. (His influence extends beyond [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 20-26

Mark Meadows, Rochelle Rice, and more

Living Legends: Jazz Setlist, Nov. 6-12

Romeir Mendez, a Baltimorean bass player, requires huge sounds from his sidemen to keep him from devouring the bandstand whole.

Still Traveling the Space Ways: Q&A with Sun Ra Arkestra Director Marshall Allen

"...the way we have rehearsals is to get your brain in there, you know?

Along Came Ra: Jazz Setlist, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s “arrival”: The jazz composer insisted that he was born on Saturn, arriving on Earth in 1914.

Revolution Revisited: Jazz Setlist, Oct. 23-29

Luke Stewart—bassist, CapitalBopper, and talent booker at the Union Arts loft—has organized a 50th anniversary celebration of what's been called "arguably the most seminal jazz concert series ever held."

The Out-of-Towners: Jazz Setlist, October 17-22

See SFJAZZ, Christian McBride, and Abdullah Ibrahim this weekend.

Coming Soon to Brookland: the Jazz and Cultural Society

Young musicians will workshop with local jazz veterans and play public concerts.

Twins Late Session: The New Jam on the Block

Jam-session culture in D.C. is hitting peak bloom.

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