Posts Tagged ‘Allyn Johnson’

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.

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 24-30: U Street’s Hopping

Thursday, July 24
If you haven't heard Lyle Link on saxophone before, brace yourself. The image that his sound calls to mind is that of a scimitar: strong, elegant, full of opulent curves—and ready to run through your gut in a second. It's simply a sound like no other, and Link carries it with him across [...]

Our Top Picks for the DC Jazz Festival

Tuesday, June 24
It's awfully hard to find a reason not to recommend Allyn Johnson for the opening night of the festival—but then again, why would you even search for one? The evening represents the capstone on Johnson's June residency at Bohemian Caverns, where he's spent every Tuesday in solo piano performance. (He's also been recording [...]

Washington Renaissance Orchestra’s “In the Tradition” was a Triumph of Passion and Craft

When I called In the Tradition, Friday night's Washington Renaissance Orchestra concert at the Lincoln Theatre, "the D.C. jazz occasion of the year," I wasn't being hyperbolic. The show was magisterial, an emotional powerhouse built with superlative work from 17 of the best musicians the District has to offer. It was a complete triumph.
Though the concert was organized and led by drummer [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 19-23: Pre-DC Jazz Festival Weekend

This edition of Setlist stops before next Tuesday, when the DC Jazz Festival begins. Arts Desk will provide extensive coverage of the festival—the build-up weekend, though, is also a particularly good time to get out and see some jazz. Here are three good examples.
Friday, June 20
Festival aside, Friday night is perhaps the D.C. jazz occasion of [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 5-11: 3/4 Caverns

Thursday, June 5
How many times have you sat here hoping for the best of Brazil's jazz musicians to someday forge an onstage alliance with the best of D.C.'s jazz musicians? Not many, I'll wager; you probably don't spend a lot of time pitting a city against a whole country of distinct culture and constituent parts. [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 8-14: Mother’s Day Jazz

Thursday, May 8
The interesting thing about Nnenna Freelon is that her charisma doesn't really hit you until after the fact. She's an intense performer, one who addresses her audience both in song and in her banter with a certain tossed-off vibe that's as casual as the light tousle in her hair. Once the set is [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 24-30: Return of the Son of JazzApril

Thursday, April 24
Since the mid '90s, there's really been one predominant figure on the jazz piano: Brad Mehldau. "Predominant" is not to say that he's the greatest pianist going (though he's certainly up there), but certainly he's the most visible and influential of his generation. Jazz educators tell of a decade meeting legions of young [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 17-23: More JazzApril

We're strictly local this week, folks, and that's a good thing.
Thursday, April 17
The Young Lions trio became an emblem, the triple faces of D.C.'s jazz renaissance, partly because they could make room for anything in their conception of jazz music. But whatever "anything" entailed, it was bound to be attached to groove. That's what allowed [...]

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