Posts Tagged ‘elijah balbed’

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Finding Joy in Smooth Jazz

Thursday, Sept. 27
Since two years ago, when Washington City Paper named Elijah Balbed D.C.'s Best New Jazz Musician, he's only gotten better. The tenor saxophonist—who has a sleek, lyrical sound both brawny and understated—remains one of the hardest-working artists in the District, gigging heavily as both leader and sideman (including as the final saxophonist for [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Planning Your Mega-Weekend

You've already met Alex Brown, our festival pick for this evening (midnight at Cashion's Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW, Free). But there are even more big things happening over the weekend—especially tomorrow.
SATURDAY
There's always a rickety, homemade vibe to DIY projects and events—to some extent, that's the point. But it doesn't mean DIY can't be [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Return of Balbed

It was probably inevitable that Elijah Jamal Balbed, Washington City Paper's Best New Jazz Musician in 2010, would eventually move on to greener pastures. Yes, Balbed, like so many gifted musicians before him, has made the pilgrimage to New York. Frankly we're lucky to have had him around here for as long as we did. But on the [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 2-8: Junebug Memorial Edition

It hardly needs saying that Washington's jazz community is still mourning the loss last weekend of Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson. The much-loved drummer, singer, raconteur, and goofball is being mourned and celebrated all over town, but in particular at the HR-57 jam sessions he so often led. Last night's and tonight's jams are both being dedicated to [...]

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