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.
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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 [...]
Mark Meadows, Rochelle Rice, and more
Romeir Mendez, a Baltimorean bass player, requires huge sounds from his sidemen to keep him from devouring the bandstand whole.
"...the way we have rehearsals is to get your brain in there, you know?
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.
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."
See SFJAZZ, Christian McBride, and Abdullah Ibrahim this weekend.
Young musicians will workshop with local jazz veterans and play public concerts.
Jam-session culture in D.C. is hitting peak bloom.