Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Pirog’

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 [...]

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 [...]

ToDo ToDay: Philip Roth Birthday Celebration, Dead Professional, and Arborea

Philip Roth may be our most celebrated literary kvetcher. Even among a long line of iconic Jewish-American authors like Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow, Roth’s authorial voice was always the loudest and the wryest. Authors Sam Lipsyte and Howard Norman discuss this legacy and Roth’s impact on their own work at the Library of Congress [...]

Photos: Anthony Pirog Trio @ Atlas Performing Arts Center

Local guitarist Anthony Pirog has assembled a new trio with drummer Ches Smith (among many others, of Secret Chiefs 3 and his tremendous collective improv group These Arches) and prolific Baltimore bassist Michael Formanek. Under the name "Anthony Pirog Trio"—the compositions are all Pirog's—they put on their first live show last night at Atlas Performing [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 16-22: Anthony Pirog, Westminster’s Jazz Night, RH Factor, and Kenny Rittenhouse

Thursday, Jan. 16
The more you hear Anthony Pirog, the more interesting he gets. Perhaps it's because jazz is only one of many intersecting avenues in the music he plays on guitar. In fact, Pirog to a great degree gets called "jazz" only because it's the closest his improvisational, experimental work gets to a genre of [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 7-13: Good Fortune

Thursday, Nov. 7
The salty, melodic sound of Sonny Fortune's alto sax is one of the hidden pleasures of jazz. It's also one of the most surprising: Fortune has a tendency to play his themes straight, with little to no embellishment, letting you think you're in for a smooth ride on the tune. Come the improvisation, [...]

DC Jazz Festival: The Third Wheel

On the festival flyers and Twins schedule, they were listed as Double Date: a collective improvisation between two sets of partners, saxophonists Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes, and guitarist Anthony Pirog and cellist Janel Leppin (better known as Janel and Anthony). But Linde got stranded on his way back from the Banff Jazz Workshop in [...]

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, January 3-9: Shit D.C. Jazz Musicians Play

Happy New Year, folks! Thought I'd ring in 2013 with a headline that screams 2011. That said, two of my picks below feature D.C. jazz musicians, so it works, right?

Friday, Jan. 4
We don't hear enough from the trio that jump-started the new Silver Age of D.C. jazz. Yes, it was The Young Lions who in [...]

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2012

Last year's Jazzies were created on a whim, searching for a way to sum up the year in D.C. jazz; to our surprise, it went viral within the local community, giving Washington City Paper little choice but to turn the cute one-off into an annual tradition. Thus, without further ado, here are the winners of [...]

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