Posts Tagged ‘Don Byron’

The Bang on a Can All-Stars Can Be Whatever You Want Them To Be

The Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble formed in 1992 almost out of necessity. In 1987, composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon inaugurated what would become an annual tradition: the Bang on a Can Marathon, a 12-hour concert meant to explore a vast range of musical styles and build an appreciation for new music. But in the [...]

“Just Playing Music That I Like”: Q&A with Don Byron

There are few musicians of any stripe who first make a splash by playing klezmer music, then 20 years later record at the head of a gospel-jazz quintet. And that doesn't even begin to describe clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron's career trajectory. The gap between those projects has been filled by explorations of Latin music, funk and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Joe Bataan! Howard Homecoming! Cyclocross!

After making music for nearly 50 years, Afro-Filipino R&B singer Joe Bataan deserves his title as the King of Latin Soul. But music is only part of his story. As the popularity of Latin soul music waned, Bataan, a former gang member, disappeared from the industry completely and spent 20 years as a juvenile counselor [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 18-24: Grammatically Coherent

Thursday, Oct. 18
What does a jazz writer do with a trio that refers to themselves gleefully as "a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization"? That's a jazz-crit buzz phrase all by itself, if not a terribly revealing one. Here's the first description that comes to my head: Thiefs is a band that finds a way to make [...]

Rosslyn Jazz: The Little Festival That Could

Something has happened to the Rosslyn Jazz Festival lately. Its 22 years of life have been dominated by middling selections—easy-listening singers, holdovers from the bigger festivals—and an “all headliner” lineup with sub-headliner offerings. It appears, though, that with the new decade the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (the festival’s longtime organizer) has been infiltrated by jazz-programmer [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 6-12: RIP Jerry Gordon

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 [...]

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