Posts Tagged ‘elijah balbed’

Washington Renaissance Orchestra’s “In the Tradition” was a Triumph of Passion and Craft

When I called In the Tradition, Friday night's Washington Renaissance Orchestra concert at the Lincoln Theatre, "the D.C. jazz occasion of the year," I wasn't being hyperbolic. The show was magisterial, an emotional powerhouse built with superlative work from 17 of the best musicians the District has to offer. It was a complete triumph.
Though the concert was organized and led by drummer [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 8-14: Mother’s Day Jazz

Thursday, May 8
The interesting thing about Nnenna Freelon is that her charisma doesn't really hit you until after the fact. She's an intense performer, one who addresses her audience both in song and in her banter with a certain tossed-off vibe that's as casual as the light tousle in her hair. Once the set is [...]

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2013

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. [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 4-10: Blues Across Generations, Antonio Hart, and Tony Martucci

Friday, July 5
One of the great gifts of Dick Smith, the founder and organizer of Jazz Night at Westminster Presbyterian Church, is succinct descriptions for the shows he books. This week, for instance, is a sextet performance billed simply as "Two Generations of the Blues." Really, what can I or anyone else add to that [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 30-June 4: Festival Eve

I'm treating this week like a six-day week. Why? Well, the D.C. Jazz Festival begins next Wednesday, June 5, and it's on that day that I'll begin covering the festival in full. So consider this installment of Setlist a transition to DCJF.
Thursday, May 30
We don't get enough Joe Brotherton around these parts lately. The Tampa native [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 25-May 1: You Just Got JAM’d

Hey, D.C.! It's been Jazz Appreciation Month, and though Setlist hasn't thrown it around much you've probably heard about it anyway. (It's also being called "JazzApril" this year.) So here's a way to wrap up the celebration of great music—with great music (and a terribly witty Parks and Rec allusion. You're welcome).
Thursday, April 25
To play [...]

Elijah Balbed Named a Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

The International Songwriting Competition, an annual contest (now in its 12th year) for composers that presents awards in 22 categories, announced its finalists last weekend. Among the 325 names on the list, there is exactly one from the District: tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, a finalist in the Jazz category for his tune "Checking In."
The [...]

What to See at This Weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Today begins the second biggest jazz festival in the region. It's a three-day gala of music: performances, master classes, panels, even competitions. And it all happens under one roof, The Hilton Rockville, so that going from one great jazz event to the next can be as simple as crossing the hall. Highlights below.
Friday, Feb. 15
The [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 24-30: Potpourri

Thursday, Jan. 24
The Smithsonian's American Art Museum runs jazz performances in its Kogod Courtyard every third Thursday, but this year it's trying a novel sort of series. Local musicians are taking on the music of jazz greats, living and dead, with local and legend matched by instrument (trumpeters covering trumpeters, pianists covering pianists, etc.). This [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 25-31: The Residents

Friday, Oct. 26
When the late Dr. Billy Taylor was the Kennedy Center's Artistic Adviser for Jazz, you'd see him cross the institution's stages occasionally—primarily as a guest in other artists' sets, and increasingly less as he got older. The new artistic adviser, Jason Moran, is considerably younger and more energetic (his fresh perspective helped him land [...]

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