Posts Tagged ‘Amy K. Bormet’

“The Scene Queen”: Amy K. Bormet Talks the Washington Women in Jazz Festival

Saturday night is the opening of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, now in its fourth year. It's especially welcome this time around, as it sees the return (however brief) of pianist Amy K. Bormet. Bormet founded the WWJF in 2011, and it quickly became a well-attended and well-loved part of the D.C. jazz scene, [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 2-8: Nonstop Improv, Indeed

Thursday, May 2
If you're speaking to alto saxophonists under the age of, say, 40, and you ask them about their influences, it's a given that you'll add, "Aside from Kenny Garrett, of course." This is not an exaggeration. His supple, sensuous tone, preternatural rhythmic sense, and snaky short-note phrasings have all become the lingua franca [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 11-17: The Blackbyrds and Lots of CD Release Shows

Friday, April 12
The passing of trumpeter Donald Byrd, as we've noted before, bore particular significance for the District. But even with lofty achievements like the legitimizing of jazz within academia, and at Howard University in particular, Byrd's musical legacy was most obviously distilled in The Blackbyrds. To form the ensemble, Byrd rounded up some of his [...]

Isabelle De Leon Wins WWJF Young Artist Contest

Twenty-one-year-old Isabelle De Leon already has an eye-popping musical résumé. The University of Maryland senior is the drummer in her family band Ivy Rose, opening for Weezer and making the semifinals of last season's America's Got Talent. She's also won scholarships from the Washington Post and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; participated in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate [...]

“I Wanted to Create This Community”: A Chat With Amy K. Bormet

When pianist Amy K. Bormet started the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011, it consisted of four nights of performances—one per week in March—at a single venue. Just two years later, it's a densely programmed week that touches all four quadrants of the District. It's become richer, too, including all varieties of music as [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 26-May 2: Something Different

The DC Jazz Composer's Collective—saxophonist Bobby Muncy, bassist Kevin Pace, and pianist Gene D'Andrea—have already played two gigs since their official incorporation as an educational nonprofit. But while those performances have highlighted the collective's own original compositions, they haven't focused on the DCJCC's overall goal of promoting a whole city's worth of jazz composers. Washington [...]

ToDo ToDay: Bike Snob!

A reading from a book about bicycle commuting, right next to the Capital Crescent Trail in downtown Bethesda? Ordinarily, that sounds like a recipe for a lot of two-wheeled triumphalism. But maybe not when the author is Eben Weiss, better known to self-loathing cyclists as Bike Snob NYC, whose eponymous, hilarious blog about the joys, [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 15-21: Wailin’ Women

Thursday, March 15
You'll hear a lot of talk in just about all music criticism about innovation and innovators. But it's not often you hear discussion of an innovator who actually developed a new way to play an instrument. In the 1980s, guitarist Stanley Jordan developed the two-handed "touch" or "tap" technique, which allows him to [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 1-7: Labor Day Swings

Thursday, September 1
If you know your D.C. jazz, you almost certainly know pianist Amy K. Bormet. She's the backbone of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra; the architect of this year's inaugural Washington Women In Jazz Festival; a favorite accompanist for a variety of leaders, bands, and styles; a surprisingly accomplished singer; and one of the [...]

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