Not everything was hunky-dory, with the (temporary) loss of HR-57 and the (perhaps permanent) loss of the U Street Jazz Jam, but there was a hell of a lot of good music.
Posts Tagged ‘Antonio Parker’
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 [...]
Friday, March 28
Forty-five years ago next month, D.C.'s greatest musical son, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, returned home and visited the White House (where his father had sometimes worked as a butler in the early years of the 20th century) to celebrate his 70th birthday. It was a huge gala: A tribute band featuring Dave Brubeck [...]
Thursday, Jan. 9
There are often (but not always) two separate audiences for vocal jazz and instrumental jazz, and it may seem as though the newly established Dukem Jazz is aiming for the former. After all, its first month of existence was entirely given over to singers, Akua Allrich and Sharon Clark. Admittedly, both of these [...]
Friday, May 10
With his handsome, piercing countenance, J.D. Allen looks like he'd play a silky-smooth tenor sax. He doesn't. One of the most highly regarded young tenor players working today, Allen ties his sound up in tangled harmonic knots—and paradoxically razor-slashes through those knots even as he ties them. You oftentimes have to listen very [...]
Friday, Feb. 22
When local pianist Darius Scott came down with the flu this past week, he was unable to make an announced gig at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. The person he called to take over the gig? That was Antonio Parker, who put on an absolutely crackling set of blues, modal jazz, and a [...]
Kids, you thought last week's Setlist was stacked with great D.C. jazz musicians? Not even. Check this out.
Friday, Jan. 11
Antonio Parker sounds like he's playing the blues at every turn, be it a standard or his own melodic, hard-swinging tunes. That's only to speak of the rawness and vocal quality that he brings to the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Friday, January 27
Longtime D.C. alto saxophonist Antonio Parker is one of the city's busiest, most reliable musicians, a first-call player and a regular leader in his own right (especially at HR-57, where he plays weekly) with perhaps the firmest grasp of the blues of any jazz sax around. He's kept so busy, in fact, that [...]