Posts Tagged ‘Afro Bop Alliance’

Jazz Setlist, Dec. 12-18: Old Favorites

Thursday, Dec. 12
If you're looking for a Latin Jazz band with as complete as possible a concoction of Latin and jazz musics, look no further than Maryland's Afro-Bop Alliance. It's percussionist Joe McCarthy—the defining force of the band—prodding them into rhythmic intensity and real Afro-Caribbean flavor. But one can't discount the rest of the rhythm [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 9-15: Yet Another Festival Weekend

Friday, Sept. 10
"Brûlée has never called itself a jazz group," the quartet says in its mailings, "But the strong jazz influences in our music are unmistakable." No kidding. Two of the four members, bassist Andrew Brown and drummer Lex O'Brien have both worked as professional jazz musicians (especially O'Brien, a startlingly accomplished drummer and composer [...]

Just Announced: Rosslyn Jazz Festival Breaks Out the Big Guns

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival, which takes place every September in Rosslyn's Gateway Park, has in the past generally been a small-scale fest (one day, outside the city, with free admission) with a small-scale lineup.
Not this year. It's the festival's 20th anniversary, and it's responding with some A-tier musicians. Headlining on September 11 is Tierney Sutton, [...]

The Wammies: Are Good Performances and Good Intentions Good Enough?

Once again last night, the Washington Area Music Association’s 24th Annual Wammies at the State Theatre in Falls Church exhibited the inspiring and  troubling aspects of  this self-described “umbrella organization of Washington area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses working together to address areas of common concern.” Hosted [...]