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The clearest alto saxophone tone you've ever heard: huge, iron-hard, and rather menacing.
The motto for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Standing Up for Real Jazz,” smacks of rigid definition—the Jazz-as-Ideology school. And admittedly, that is the modus operandi of festival curator Paul Carr within and without the festival. Yet inside the small maze of rooms on the first floor of the Hilton Rockville Hotel, Carr doesn't just wave [...]
Chris Grasso, pianist and mastermind of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's weekend Jazz Series, which was cancelled in July, lost no time returning to the bandstand. The second edition of the series premieres tonight at its new venue, Petworth bistro Chez Billy. The event features Grasso on piano, a yet-to-be-named bassist, and Lena Seikaly (shown), one [...]
Thursday, September 5
There's an ambitious and impressive project that doesn't work very often in the District proper. Indeed, this very gig is in Bethesda, but it's worth the trip. I speak of Shannon Gunn, a longtime member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra's trombone section, who is also the head of her own catchily named [...]
Next month, Petworth will bear witness to a merger between two proven D.C. jazz commodities.
The first, Chez Billy, is a popular French restaurant on Georgia Avenue NW. Its upstairs lounge has also been the home base for CapitalBop's D.C. Jazz Loft for a little under a year now, enjoying quite a successful run on the [...]