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 ‘Brian Settles’
When it comes to NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas, the reason you should go out and see it in person is because live jazz is awesome. Period.
Luke Stewart—bassist, CapitalBopper, and talent booker at the Union Arts loft—has organized a 50th anniversary celebration of what's been called "arguably the most seminal jazz concert series ever held."
Free jazz shows, now with kids music!
Thursday, July 24
If you haven't heard Lyle Link on saxophone before, brace yourself. The image that his sound calls to mind is that of a scimitar: strong, elegant, full of opulent curves—and ready to run through your gut in a second. It's simply a sound like no other, and Link carries it with him across [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
October is generally a very good month for jazz in Washington, D.C. This particular October, though, has thus far been complicated by furloughs, lost icons, and freak car crashes. Still, if you have the cash to spare, there are places to find good stuff.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Jazz fusion really is, to a great degree, a world [...]
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 [...]