Author Archive for Michael J. West

Farewell to Balbed: Jazz Setlist, August 6-12

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 [...]

Goodbye Lyle Link: Jazz Setlist, July 30 – August 5

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, [...]

It’s About the Venues: Jazz Setlist, July 23-29

Aaron Myers celebrates his birthday at Mr. Henry's.

Improv Genius: Jazz Setlist, July 16-22

More and more, saxophonist JD Allen evokes memories of the great improviser Thelonious Monk.

Jazz Setlist, July 9-15

Shannon Gunn, Orange Kellin & The New Orleans Blue Serenaders, and Duane Eubanks

Low, Low Price: Jazz Setlist, June 25-July 1

Nils Berg Cinemascope considers a video projector to be its fourth member, using footage of a different person for each song.

Watch D.C.-Bred Jazz Singer Andréa Wood Cover “Call Me Maybe”

Victory for jazz aficionados with three-year-old daughters!

And Now for the Nordic: Jazz Setlist, June 18-24

The DC Jazz Festival just ended, but don't forget about the Nordic Jazz Festival.

After a Few Disappointing Years, the DC Jazz Festival is Back.

New director Willard Jenkins brought fresh energy and ideas to this year's phenomenal festival.

Esperanza Spalding Turns Apprehension Into Admiration at D.C. Jazz Festival

Her potential is becoming realized in a delightful and delightfully hip way.

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