Author Archive for Michael J. West

Twins Late Session: The New Jam on the Block

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

This Man Muhal: Jazz Setlist, Oct. 9-15

Muhal Richard Abrams is often called a "free jazz pianist," but his work extends far beyond "free" and "jazz."

The City’s Best Saxophonist: Jazz Setlist, Oct. 2-8

A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann

The CBC, The Place To Be: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, and new local sextet Eastern Standard Time take the stage.

Sharón Clark, Stefon Harris, and Avant-Garde Saxophone: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 11-17

The clearest alto saxophone tone you've ever heard: huge, iron-hard, and rather menacing.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 4-10

This might be the best year yet for the 24-years-running jazz fest across the Potomac.

On the Lawn in Petworth: Jazz Setlist, August 28-September 3

Free jazz shows, now with kids music!

Mexican Food and the Other Jazz Church: Jazz Setlist, Aug. 21-27

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 [...]

The Marsalises, Chelsey Green, and William Hooker: Jazz Setlist, August 14-20

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 [...]

New Vintage Returns: Jazz Setlist, August 7-14

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 [...]

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