DC Jazz Festival, Night 6: Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra With Yotam Silberstein
Update 3:32 PM: According to festival producer Charlie Fishman, the DCJF's listing of a 10:30 PM master class is a typographical error. The class actually occurred at 10:30 AM this morning.
The core of the DC Jazz Festival has been for a few years now the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars. They pop up in various configurations from year to year; in 2011, it’s as a sort of traveling rhythm section. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars currently features Yotam Silberstein on guitar; John Lee on bass; and the legendary Tootie Heath on drums. They're performing together and separately, often as accompanists and sometimes as the headliners themselves. Tonight you'll find Silberstein doing a bit of both simultaneously.
Monday nights at Bohemian Caverns remain the same, festival or no: The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, 17 pieces representing the District's finest young jazz musicians, own the evening with their sterling performances of the work of the best arrangers in jazz history—as well as original pieces and arrangements. Led by trumpeter Joe Herrera and saxophonist Brad Linde, the band is really nonetheless a group effort, with an army of high-polished horns working against a crackling rhythm section. This time they're also augmented by Silberstein's guitar, a smoky sound with one of the bluesiest, whip-fastest techniques on Planet Earth. He joins them for two shortened sets at 8 and 9:45 p.m.; then, at 10:30 p.m., Silberstein rejoins the All-Stars for a master class, a nice integration of DCJF's educational effort into their performance roster.
The BCJO and Silberstein perform at 8 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. $7.