Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Pirog’

Jazz Setlist, Dec. 20-26: Not Really a Setlist

Do two items really constitute a "list"? It's a scant week for jazz, obviously. But there are a couple of important gigs you should know about.
Thursday, December 20
Vivid though the term is, there's not much to be done with the descriptor "zombie jazz." It tells you little about the music of Father Figures, who coined [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 18-24: Grammatically Coherent

Thursday, Oct. 18
What does a jazz writer do with a trio that refers to themselves gleefully as "a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization"? That's a jazz-crit buzz phrase all by itself, if not a terribly revealing one. Here's the first description that comes to my head: Thiefs is a band that finds a way to make [...]

Arts Roundup: Angry Puppeteers Edition

A Nov. 3 Million Puppet March is being planned for the National Mall in protest of Mitt Romney's proposed cuts to PBS funding. [Post]
Adams Morgan vintage store Meeps hosts a jazz show this Saturday with Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Anthony Pirog, and Brian Settles. [Capital Bop]
A tour of Capitol Hill costume shop Backstage Inc., which is closing [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 11-17: Five Spot

UPDATE 10/12/12: Location for Sunday's D.C. Jazz Loft has been changed (see below).
An extended edition: There's too much music to cover in the usual format. Off we go!
Thursday, October 11
Setlist has given many hosannas to Robert Glasper, the 34-year-old pianist with pedigrees in both jazz and hip-hop, who might be the finest keyboard player of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Story League Goes Upstairs

D.C.’s steadily growing storytelling scene is moving upstairs. Story League, the twice-monthly tale-telling contest co-founded early in 2011, has booked the Black Cat mainstage tonight—the first locally produced storytelling show at the club, and the first to attempt to fill its upstairs space. Story League shows typically revolve around a loose theme, like “Revenge” [...]

Jazz Setlist, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Go Down, Mose

Thursday, Aug. 30
"Mose Allison," I wrote about a year ago, "is exactly the kind of guy the Pixies would write one of their most joyful songs about ... Onstage, he’s clearly delighted to once again sit behind the keys, and every note sounds with grace and aplomb as he finds new ways to attack 75-year-old [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 26-August 1: Countdown to the Doldrums

Yes, folks, August will soon be upon us, and it's traditionally the slowest month for jazz in D.C. (Hell, it's the slowest month for D.C., period.) But July, in its final week, seems determined to give us the goods.

Thursday, July 26
I've already heard this four-night trio gig at Blues Alley credited to drummer Jimmy Cobb; [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 21-27: Nordica!

Thursday, June 21
There's a pianist in town who hasn't gotten nearly enough attention in this column, and his name is Gene D'Andrea. He's a thoughtful, unassuming fellow who's nonetheless a monster on the keyboard: incredible speed and imagination, a unique way of shaping a melody in an improvisation—one that always keeps one ear to the [...]

Kung Fu Bastard: As Awesome as Its Name

In advertising its first-ever gig last night, the awesomely named Kung Fu Bastard kept its description simple: "The only thing to say is that it is something completely different." This is true. Indeed, there were times during the group's 8 p.m. set at Twins that even back-to-back tunes were completely different.
"The idea behind this group was [...]

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 [...]

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