Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Muncy’

Jazz Setlist, April 19-25: Everything in Its Right Place

Thursday, April 19
In 2000, the pianist Brad Mehldau recorded a jazz meditation of Radiohead's anthemic "Paranoid Android" and opened up the floodgates to jazz interpretations of Radiohead. A dozen years later, that trend isn't going anywhere: It's permeated the international jazz scene, trickled down into educational curricula, and become an important project of D.C. saxophonist [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 1-7: Collectivity

Thursday, March 1
Last year, a close-knit group of three jazz musicians with a passion for writing original music came together in an official capacity. They formed the D.C. Jazz Composers Collectve, a nonprofit organization designed to promote new and original music as well educate aspiring composers and the jazz-listening public. Bassist Kevin Pace, pianist Gene [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Revenge of the Electric Car

It would be hard to find a documentary more cinematic than Revenge of the Electric Car. Framed as a thriller, following the personal struggles of four charismatic men and their automotive creations, its scenes of corporate deliberations are shot with such intimacy that it’s hard to believe they weren’t scripted and staged. Through an astonishing level [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 16-22: No Rest From the Fest

So you think D.C. jazz and the festival season cool off a bit following the DC Jazz Festival? Ha! For right on its heels comes the Nordic Jazz Festival, which weaves back and forth between Twins Jazz on U Street and the Finnish and Swedish embassies. It's worthy of a Setlist all its own, and [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 24-30: No Straightahead Here

Thursday, March 24
You could be forgiven if his nearly 20-year association with Jay Leno made you think Kevin Eubanks was a mediocre hack, too—forgiven, but you wouldn't be correct. Before he Jaywalked, guitarist Eubanks (the second of three musical brothers from Philadelphia) was a member of the M-Base Collective, the Brooklyn-based pool of musicians who [...]

Three D.C. Jazz Musicians Found Composers Collective

Bassist Kevin Pace, pianist Gene D'Andrea, and tenor saxophonist Bobby Muncy have for several years collaborated on a project to create and perform all original music in the jazz establishments of Washington, D.C. You may have seen them working at Utopia under Muncy's leadership. But the partnership has always been a marriage of creative equals, [...]

2010: The Year D.C. Jazz Broke

One of these days someone will write a comprehensive history of jazz in the District of Columbia, and 2010 will have a volume all to itself. Or at least a very long chapter. It's simply been a spectacular year for the scene; not always "spectacular" in the positive sense, but momentous and monumental no matter [...]

D.C. Jazz Loft: Wow

It wasn't in a high-profile venue—just a small artists' studio, tucked away in Mount Vernon Square—but last night's D.C. Jazz Loft was the showcase that the local jazz scene has needed for years.
Presented by CapitalBop (which is to say: Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart, the site's staff), the Jazz Loft was an evening-long concert featuring five [...]

Jazz Setlist, Dec. 2-8: Here Come the Christmas Concerts

Thursday, December 2
He calls the sound of his new album, Xmas Vibe "sort of Gary Burton meets George Winston." And while there's a kernel of truth in that, it downplays the uniqueness of what vibraphonist Charles Xavier does. He's based in the precision of jazz percussion (Xavier is a drummer as well), but works on [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 28–Nov. 3: Midterm Edition

Setlist is in a quandary this week, D.C. You see, an emerging saxophone talent by the name of Benny Sharoni is performing Tuesday night (Nov. 2) with his quartet at Blues Alley, 8 and 10 p.m. He plays lilting mainstream jazz with a big, full, open sax tone that deserves your ears. But on [...]