Posts Tagged ‘Elijah Jamal Balbed’

The Marsalises, Chelsey Green, and William Hooker: Jazz Setlist, August 14-20

Thursday, August 14
He's a drummer and percussionist, a composer and an improviser, and a conceptualist. But even within the ivory tower of avant-garde jazz, William Hooker's is a somewhat obscure name. It needn't be, considering the heft of his resume: He's worked with everyone from David Murray to David S. Ware, from DJ Spooky to [...]

ToDo ToDay: Washed Out, Pure Tango II, and Rare Fish

Washed Out’s 2009 chillwave anthem “Feel It All Around” will transport IFC viewers to sepia-hued nirvana for as long as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein keep it in the title sequence of Portlandia, but on his 2013 Paracosm, the artist known to his parents as Ernest Greene has more ambitious tonal priorities. The seasick ’80s-ish synths haven’t [...]

ToDo ToDay: African Films, Andy Kindler, NoMa Beer Fest, and Trillectro

D.C.’s version of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, returning for its seventh year, seems far too short for an event concerned with global African culture. But its curation may make up for its small slate. Tonight’s kickoff film, African Independence, takes a broad view, talking to African leaders about the continent’s myriad struggles for independence. [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 9-15: Mother’s Day Music

Friday, May 10
With his handsome, piercing countenance, J.D. Allen looks like he'd play a silky-smooth tenor sax. He doesn't. One of the most highly regarded young tenor players working today, Allen ties his sound up in tangled harmonic knots—and paradoxically razor-slashes through those knots even as he ties them. You oftentimes have to listen very [...]

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 29-April 4: Eclectical

Thursday, March 29
To achieve a name like "Captain Fingers," you've either got to be a top-line porn star, or one hell of a guitar player. Lee Ritenour doesn't seem to have any screen credits. Guitar player it is. And he's truly stratospheric in his ability—possessing enough of a rock veneer that he was brought in [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Double Take at AFI, Oddball Music at Saint-Ex

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Tonight, the Alfred Hitchcock retrospective continues at AFI with Johan Grimonprez's surreal, experimental film Double Take. Matt Siblo says, "even when Double Take loses the plot—if it ever had one—it creates an atmosphere with the palpable tension and droll gallows humor that have kept Hitchcock embedded in our cinematic consciousness." The [...]

D.C. Jazz Festival: Sneak Preview

If you've been paying attention, you know by now about this year's big innovation at the DC Jazz Festival. The CapitalBop Jazz Loft, six months old and already an indispensable staple of the city's jazz landscape, will be presenting a series of four double-billed concerts throughout the festival this year, mixing local favorites with cutting-edge [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 14-20: Burrell, Balbed, et al.

Friday, Oct. 15
In the already-tough climate of avant-garde jazz, the piano is perhaps the most fearsome instrument. It's one of the noisiest, for one thing, and for another it's only on the keyboard that you can hear, a la Cecil Taylor, up to 10 dissonant notes played at the same time. Dave Burrell has a [...]

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