Posts Tagged ‘eric wheeler’

One Track Mind: Mark Meadows’ “Once Upon a Purple Night”

Standout Track: No. 5, “Once Upon a Purple Night,” a gentle jazz waltz led by the wordless vocals of Christie Dashiell on Mark Meadows' Somethin' Good. At least, it starts out as a gentle jazz waltz. But after melodic, one-chorus solos by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Brent Birckhead, and pianist Meadows (and a restatement [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 12-18: MARS 4-Tet, Satoko Fujii, and George Colligan

Friday, June 13
Area saxophonist and jazz superman Jeff Antoniuk, the A of the MARS 4-Tet, says that the band formed upon a shared realization. The jazz scene at large tended to build its repertoire, and its compositional concepts, on the mainstream jazz of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. But so much great music had happened [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 12-18: It’s Monk Time

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 5-11: Colligan’s Gig

Thursday, July 5
George Colligan is an emphatic pianist: He attacks his instrument with a certain intensity that rings out from the keys. That's not to say he never plays softly, though, which is one of the delightful mysteries of Colligan's playing. How does the guy work quiet on the piano and still get that unique oomph [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 31-April 6: Canada Day Comes Early

Friday, April 1
Night of the Cookers. The Modern Jazz Giants. The Bebop All-Stars. One of those big hyperbolic album titles should by rights be hung around the necks of the cast of characters D.C. jazz patriarch Paul Carr has assembled for the weekend. In truth, Carr, born and bred in the "Texas Tenor" tradition of [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 1-7: Jolley Brothers, Brian Settles, and More

Friday, July 2
Nathan and Noble Jolley Jr. are together one of the most powerful musical forces known to man. The twin sons of local legend Noble Jolly Sr., who passed away in 2003, play drums and keyboards, respectively, and swing each with such intensity and aggression that it can often seem like they're barely in [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 1-7: Big Bad Bassists and More

Thursday, April 1
Yes, there is and will be an entry for Ron Carter in this column for every appearance he makes in town—he's earned it. Carter has been the most important bassist in jazz for nearly all of the 50-plus years he's been a part of it, including, of course, his work for Miles Davis' [...]

Jazz Set List, Dec. 10 – 16: Tim Warfield, Sean Gough, and More

Dec. 11
Tim Warfield has the interesting distinction of being the most important jazz musician in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley region. But the high-octane tenor saxophonist has also built a sizable following in New York, Philadelphia, and here in D.C. For all his aggressive, sharp-edged playing, however, Warfield has for nearly two years had an album of [...]