Jam-session culture in D.C. is hitting peak bloom.
Author Archive for Michael J. West
Muhal Richard Abrams is often called a "free jazz pianist," but his work extends far beyond "free" and "jazz."
A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann
Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, and new local sextet Eastern Standard Time take the stage.
The clearest alto saxophone tone you've ever heard: huge, iron-hard, and rather menacing.
This might be the best year yet for the 24-years-running jazz fest across the Potomac.
Free jazz shows, now with kids music!
Thursday, August 21
The partyin'-est, beat-heaviest, most flat-out fun jazz ensemble of any kind in Washington D.C. has got to be Yamomanem. Leader and sousaphonist Monty Montgomery (who you may also know as the front man for Black Masala) has his roots, both personal and artistic, in New Orleans. But his branches extend a long way [...]
Thursday, August 14
He's a drummer and percussionist, a composer and an improviser, and a conceptualist. But even within the ivory tower of avant-garde jazz, William Hooker's is a somewhat obscure name. It needn't be, considering the heft of his resume: He's worked with everyone from David Murray to David S. Ware, from DJ Spooky to [...]
Saturday, August 9
Here's what I had to say last August, in my review of the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival at the Half Street Fairgrounds:
Despite unending claims of jazz's death, people are willing to pay good money to see this music....indeed well worth paying for. It was incredible, flavorful music that brought head bobs [...]