Posts Tagged ‘Gary Bartz’

Our Top Picks for the DC Jazz Festival

Tuesday, June 24
It's awfully hard to find a reason not to recommend Allyn Johnson for the opening night of the festival—but then again, why would you even search for one? The evening represents the capstone on Johnson's June residency at Bohemian Caverns, where he's spent every Tuesday in solo piano performance. (He's also been recording [...]

What to See at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Which Starts Tonight)

The motto for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Standing Up for Real Jazz,” smacks of rigid definition—the Jazz-as-Ideology school. And admittedly, that is the modus operandi of festival curator Paul Carr within and without the festival. Yet inside the small maze of rooms on the first floor of the Hilton Rockville Hotel, Carr doesn't just wave [...]

Tonight: McCoy Tyner at the Birchmere

It's hard to overstate the importance of McCoy Tyner in the world of jazz and jazz piano over the past 50 years. Working with the John Coltrane Quartet, he helped revolutionize the music, to entrench both modalism and the avant-garde firmly into jazz, and to foster its development as a spiritual conduit. He reharmonized jazz, [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 4 – 10: Wolf Trap Sandwich

Feb. 5
The temptation to compare Hiromi Uehara, aka Hiromi, to Lady Gaga is awfully strong. Not because of the music, but because they share a unique and ostentatious fashion sense that does much to define both their images. Unlike Gaga, though, Hiromi ultimately defines herself with her music. Jazz is unlikely to find a [...]

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