The 12th annual DC Jazz Festival is perhaps its most adventurous yet.
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New director Willard Jenkins brought fresh energy and ideas to this year's phenomenal festival.
Her potential is becoming realized in a delightful and delightfully hip way.
The saxophonist will perform an Afro-jazz opera in tribute to Nelson Mandela tomorrow night.
Until recently, the magnificent composer's legacy was overshadowed by Duke Ellington's.
Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent
Hip-hop and jam bands offer footholds into jazz for people who aren't already there.
Willard Jenkins has long been an important voice in D.C. jazz in the most literal sense—he's a longtime announcing talent on jazz radio station WPFW. He's also been a major contributor to jazz journalism and arts presentation, as a consultant to both the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Smithsonian Institution. (His influence extends beyond [...]
Last week, I prefaced the DC Jazz Festival with a piece that criticized its overreliance on standby acts that we see every year (or all year round). Now that the festival's over, you're surely waiting with bated breath to find out: Did it stay fresh? Did it prove me wrong?
Yes and no.
At its best, this year's DC Jazz [...]
In town tonight are clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and his ensemble, pianist Marc Cary, rock- and hip-hop-inflected quartet Butcher Brown, legendary drummer Ginger Baker, and saxophonists Braxton Cook and David Sanchez among many, many others. How do you choose?
Here's one possible solution: Pick one at random and head out to Bohemian Caverns afterward to see how many of the [...]