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Posts Tagged ‘Cyrus Chestnut’
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.
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 [...]
As it ages, the 2014 DC Jazz Festival is getting shorter: This year, it will run for six days from June 24 to June 29, down from nine days in 2013 and 10 the year before. But it's making the most of the tighter timeframe, according to the lineup the festival announced today.
Last year's one-night [...]
The holiday weekend prevented me from properly addressing the death last week of Jerry Gordon, a favorite local guitarist who was renowned for his lovely melodic imagination and mastery of the playing style first developed by Wes Montgomery. Gordon was a longtime area resident, having performed in D.C. for over 20 years, and was a [...]
Every year, you hear some grumbling about one aspect of the DC Jazz Festival from the circle of local jazz snobs of which, for better or worse, I'm a member. The complaint? The festival's repetitive programming.
As regular festivalgoers surely have noticed, there's a small coterie of musicians who have headlined the festival over and over [...]
Here we are again in the first week of June, when D.C. jazz brings out everything but the kitchen sink. Yup—it's festival time.
This year brings a lot of changes to the DC Jazz Festival. Its previous two-week duration has been trimmed down to 10 days (June 1-10). After regaining its signature "Jazz on the National [...]
This is one of those weeks when I wish I could be in several places at once. Alas, dear reader, I cannot, and therefore can't recommend more than one at a time for you.
Friday, Dec. 9
Tim Warfield is one of the best Christmas gifts D.C. gives its jazz fans every year. He does an annual [...]
Inverse? Yes—in contrast to our usual weekend-heavy setlists, each of this week's picks falls on a weekday. If you can bear to brave the heatwave this week, school nights are where the action's at.
Thursday, June 21
By and large, you can take it for granted that every jazz musician in the world will have a bad [...]
Music festivals tend to be backloaded, primarily to keep people coming back for more, but as a nice side effect it keeps the most happening stuff fresh for critics who do post-festival wrap-ups. Thus this writer is basking in the afterglow of last night's smash "A Night in Treme"—maybe the first time an event at [...]