Posts Tagged ‘Chuck Redd’

Jazz Setlist, June 5-11: 3/4 Caverns

Thursday, June 5
How many times have you sat here hoping for the best of Brazil's jazz musicians to someday forge an onstage alliance with the best of D.C.'s jazz musicians? Not many, I'll wager; you probably don't spend a lot of time pitting a city against a whole country of distinct culture and constituent parts. [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 17-23: More JazzApril

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 10-16: JazzApril

Thursday, April 10
Gospel music gets impossibly short shrift when discussing the roots and tributaries of jazz. Oh, we'll talk all day and into the night about blues, ragtime, second-line parade bands, and even European-steeped institutions like the Creole operas of New Orleans. The church is an afterthought much of the time. But when Cyrus Chestnut [...]

Jazz Setlist, December 19-25: Oh, Christmas Tree-o

Thursday, December 19
Jazz drummer starts band to play Christmas songs. You'd think that was all the summary you needed for Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, perhaps adding a mention of Wilson's clowning on the bandstand. But, no. Wilson does skew silly in his persona, and the Christmas Tree-O does have a certain affection for the kitsch [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 29-April 3: It Might As Well Be Spring, Goddammit

Friday, March 29
There aren't a whole lot of vibraphonists on the D.C. jazz scene, but the most prominent of those few is a real wizard. Chuck Redd is also a drummer, and in that capacity has mentored many of the young musicians in the District. It's a much greater treat, though, to see him pick [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Christian Parenti, Bill Cunningham New York

Christian Parenti’s Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence chronicles “the most colossal set of events in human history: the catastrophic convergence of poverty, violence, and climate change.” In other words: beach book! A contributing editor at The Nation, Parenti is talking specifically about the mid-latitude belt of [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 14-20: The Slowdown Starts

Yes, it happens every year in July and August—the steady stream of jazz in D.C. slows to a trickle. Summer sluggishness is nothing new in our fair city, and God knows it ain't exclusive to the jazz scene. You're probably slowing down, too, and the music is just trying to match pace with you. And [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 10-16: The Redds Are Coming

Friday, Feb. 11
Freddie Redd is one of the great secret weapons of hard bop piano, a man who spent the 1950s playing on records—his own and others'—that were bona fide jukebox hits. Butch Warren is a living legend, the former house bassist for Blue Note Records whose name is stamped on undeniable classics of the [...]

Jazz Setlist, Jan. 20-26: Frontloaded

Tonight, Jan. 20
The rise of young Miguel Zenon has brought renewed attention on the jazz strands of Puerto Rico, but the Island of Enchantment has a long, long lineage in the music from Juan Tizol to Tito Puente to David Sanchez. Puente remains the king; if there's a Crown Prince of Puerto Rican jazz, however, [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 11-17: Regina Carter, Robert Glasper, and More

March 11
It says something that in 2003, Regina Carter became the first jazz musician ever allowed to play "Il Cannone," the zealously guarded violin owned by the legendary Niccolò Paganini. Namely, it says that the MacArthur Genius Grant winner stands toe to toe with any of the great classical violinists in terms of accomplishment. But [...]

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