Posts Tagged ‘Esperanza Spalding’

Esperanza Spalding Turns Apprehension Into Admiration at D.C. Jazz Festival

Her potential is becoming realized in a delightful and delightfully hip way.

Your Guide to the 2015 DC Jazz Festival

Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent

ToDo ToDay: Esperanza Spalding, Jesmyn Ward, and Making Movies

Balance out a discussion of a serious memoir with a few gin cocktails.

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Wayne Shorter, Jeremy Pelt, Lyle Link, Kneebody, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, Sept. 26
Much of the D.C. jazz scene gave over the summer to celebrating tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, the music’s greatest living composer and, arguably, bandleader. (Shorter turned 80 in August.) Fitting, then, that the capstone should be an appearance by the man himself, barely a week after receiving an in-person tribute at this year’s [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 18-24: Pepper Adams, Mark Whitfield, Esperanza Spalding, and Andrew White

Thursday, April 18
The Smithsonian's "Take 5!" series that's been unfolding this season has been a fascinating experiment: the works of jazz's more gifted, prolific, and often overlooked composers, played by local D.C. musicians specializing on those composers' instruments. One of the writers in question is Pepper Adams, best known as the fastest, howlingest baritone saxophonist [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 13-19: Vive Gypsy Jazz!

Thursday, Sept. 13
The "Hot Club" trend is one that this writer hopes never goes away: Gypsy jazz is too good to fade out. A bit of context might help here: Around 1933 or so, somewhere in France, a Parisian violin virtuoso named Stephane Grappelli met a Belgian-born Romani guitarist named Django Reinhardt. Discovering their mutual [...]

Howard Theatre’s Lineup Looks Kinda Familiar

This morning, the Going Out Gurus gave us a glimpse of the Howard Theatre's entertainment schedule thus far. The lineup is star-studded—almost guaranteed to pack the house every night. My only quibble? Most of these performers have played the D.C. area in the last six months.
Wanda Sykes will play three nights at the venue, April [...]

Esperanza Spalding: The Grammy Effect

Regular readers—if I have any—will know I'm ambivalent at best about bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. (Especially if the regular reader is former Arts Desk editor Sarah Godfrey, who's tolerated my rantings about Spalding for at least two years.) Put simply, I think Spalding is a spectacularly talented bassist who sounds better every time I hear her play; her [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sep. 30-Oct. 6: We’re in It for the Monk

Friday, Oct. 1
The Airmen of Note are a fine attraction all by themselves, aren't they? This is Washington—we know a thing or two about military bands—and "the Note," the Air Force's jazz ensemble, has a storied history of great players and even better arrangers (Sammy Nestico, Mike Crotty, Alan Blaylock) who've both maintained the band's [...]