This is an uncommonly good week for jazz, especially over the weekend.
Posts Tagged ‘donvonte mccoy’
Muhal Richard Abrams is often called a "free jazz pianist," but his work extends far beyond "free" and "jazz."
Thursday, May 15
Thad Wilson's gigs are suddenly not as rare as they used to be. The trumpeter and bandleader is fresh off his April residency at Bohemian Caverns, where his music was often incredibly hip, and in between those weekly sessions he managed a gig or two at Twins Jazz and Westminster Presbyterian. Still rare, [...]
Saturday, May 3
Look, everyone knows about the Funk Parade at this point, right? It's a daylong outdoor fair and festival on U Street that's assumed such proportion that, frankly, the titular parade seems to be one of the smallest parts. And while, yes, funk is the dominant motif of the day, there'll be plenty of [...]
It's been a year of up-and-down swoops for D.C. jazz. But even in its tough spots, our local scene finds occasion to show its best sides. (There was likelier no tougher spot this year than the death of Butch Warren, but the tributes and dedications to him across the city were a thing to behold. [...]
Friday, Sept. 13
If you're a fan of that hard-swinging, 1950s hard-bop sound, one of your spiritual fathers is likely Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, who would have turned 85 this Sunday. The Tampa-born alto saxophonist is really most famous for his work in the Miles Davis band (the Milestones/Kind of Blue era), when Miles was moving away [...]
Friday, August 23
Regular readers of Setlist will know that much of the year has been devoted to tributes to Wayne Shorter and his forthcoming 80th birthday. Why is this such a big deal? Well, you must understand that while he's not the only jazz titan still alive, Shorter's legacy runs deeper and wider than almost [...]
Sisters and brothers—especially sisters—if you're reading this, you probably already know that the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival is taking place this weekend at the Kennedy Center. It's taking a refreshing approach this year, featuring, alongside legendary singer Sheila Jordan and pianist and past MLW Competition winner Helen Sung, the inventive up-and-coming Dutch [...]
On Tuesday night, as he kicked off his Bohemian Caverns residency, trumpeter Donvonte' McCoy had a healthy mix of local veterans and new young talent in his quintet. Elijah Easton is a promising saxophonist, with a tone like Dexter Gordon's and a predilection for eighth-note runs; pianist Bill Murad has chops for miles, and drummer [...]
Thursday, Aug. 9
Creating jazz improvisations from the music of the Balkans and other Eastern European countries is a fairly new development in the music, at least on this side of the pond. Really, it started in the early '90s with Dave Douglas and his Tiny Bell Trio. But it's evolved from there into an easy-access [...]