Friday, July 5
One of the great gifts of Dick Smith, the founder and organizer of Jazz Night at Westminster Presbyterian Church, is succinct descriptions for the shows he books. This week, for instance, is a sextet performance billed simply as "Two Generations of the Blues." Really, what can I or anyone else add to that [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Antonio Hart’
Friday, July 5
Two of the city's biggest annual jazz events, in the same week? Yup. And that's not all.
Thursday, Sept. 20
One of the best one-night showcases of jazz in the country is a staple in Washington—oh, and it's free. I speak, of course, of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, part of the [...]
Every year, you hear some grumbling about one aspect of the DC Jazz Festival from the circle of local jazz snobs of which, for better or worse, I'm a member. The complaint? The festival's repetitive programming.
As regular festivalgoers surely have noticed, there's a small coterie of musicians who have headlined the festival over and over [...]
The lineup tonight at the DC Jazz Festival's downtown hub The Hamilton offers an interesting profile of a particular stylistic approach to the saxophone. Yes, Antonio Hart is an alto player, and Jimmy Heath is a tenor man. But both come from similar backgrounds: They grew up in Baltimore and Philadelphia (i.e., worn-down, industrial mid-Atlantic [...]
Here we are again in the first week of June, when D.C. jazz brings out everything but the kitchen sink. Yup—it's festival time.
This year brings a lot of changes to the DC Jazz Festival. Its previous two-week duration has been trimmed down to 10 days (June 1-10). After regaining its signature "Jazz on the National [...]
Music festivals tend to be backloaded, primarily to keep people coming back for more, but as a nice side effect it keeps the most happening stuff fresh for critics who do post-festival wrap-ups. Thus this writer is basking in the afterglow of last night's smash "A Night in Treme"—maybe the first time an event at [...]
It's not that Antonio Hart is an unknown commodity in the jazz world: He gained prestige playing with Art Blakey and Roy Hargrove before launching his own career. It's that he's not as known as he ought to be. Hart, an alto saxophonist with a sound both hardened and pliant, is a virtuoso in the [...]