When the Kennedy Center first released its jazz schedule for the 2014-2015 season yesterday, my eye, like WaPo's Chris Richards', was immediately caught by the appearance of Muhal Richard Abrams. Pianist and composer Abrams is one of the most important figures in the history of avant-garde jazz (a co-founder and the first president of Chicago's [...]
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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 [...]
The 2012 DC Jazz Festival landed amid a perfect storm. From the opening of The Hamilton—maybe the best thing ever to happen to the festival, but more on that later—and the reopening of the Howard Theatre to the increasing confidence and imagination of CapitalBop and the accession of Jazz at the Atlas to the proliferation of [...]
The proudest legacy of the late Dr. Billy Taylor's reign as the Kennedy Center's artistic director for jazz is, by his own account, the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. "It was the first thing I wanted to do at the Kennedy Center," he told me in a 2009 interview. "When I told [...]
(Update 10/5 7:32 AM: It bears mentioning that I missed the first hour of Sunday's semifinal, which included Salvant's performance for that day. My critique of her singing would surely have been affected if I'd seen her perform twice, as I did Wade and Amie. Caveat emptor.)
Two things to remember:
(1) Singing is perhaps the most [...]
Bad news for Dianne Reeves fans — especially those who have already purchased tickets to see her at the Lisner Auditorium June 12 as part of the DC Jazz Festival. Reeves has had what festival promoters describe as a "family medical emergency," and has canceled not only her DC appearance but a substantial portion of [...]
The encroaching holiday makes it a short week, and—unless your tolerance for Christmas music is extraordinarily high—a slim one. But there are still some winners in the bunch, even among the carolers.
Put simply, Dianne Reeves is a virtuoso singer. She has mastered the standard repertoire, ekes surprising depth out of the silliest pop songs, [...]