Author Archive for Michael J. West

East of the River, the DC Jazz Festival Explores Billy Strayhorn

Until recently, the magnificent composer's legacy was overshadowed by Duke Ellington's.

Your Guide to the 2015 DC Jazz Festival

Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent

A Prelude to the DC Jazz Festival: It’s a Rebuilding Year.

Hip-hop and jam bands offer footholds into jazz for people who aren't already there.

DC Jazz Festival Eve: Jazz Setlist, June 4-9

Hear a saxophonist whose tone is the stout beer of jazz and take the tykes to an "instrument petting zoo."

Jazz Setlist, May 14-20

Reginald Cyntje at Jazz Night in Southwest, the Makanda Project at Michigan Park Christian Church, and more.

Jazz Setlist, May 8-13

A virtuosic trombonist and a shamefully under-praised D.C. pianist

International Jazz Day: Jazz Setlist, April 30-May 6

A focus on local acts for a fraught, trying week in our nation and region.

The Jazz and Cultural Society Will Open in Brookland Tomorrow

"There's a lot of old cats who are still cookin', but this city has forgotten about them. And one thing in jazz is, you can't forget about the people who came before you."

Living Legends: Jazz Setlist, April 23-29

Hear big-band music from local universities and see Andrew White perform A Love Supreme.

Thursday Twofer: Jazz Setlist, April 16-22

See MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer play live at Sixth & I