Posts Tagged ‘Herman Burney’

Jazz Setlist, April 17-23: More JazzApril

We're strictly local this week, folks, and that's a good thing.
Thursday, April 17
The Young Lions trio became an emblem, the triple faces of D.C.'s jazz renaissance, partly because they could make room for anything in their conception of jazz music. But whatever "anything" entailed, it was bound to be attached to groove. That's what allowed [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 16-22: Anthony Pirog, Westminster’s Jazz Night, RH Factor, and Kenny Rittenhouse

Thursday, Jan. 16
The more you hear Anthony Pirog, the more interesting he gets. Perhaps it's because jazz is only one of many intersecting avenues in the music he plays on guitar. In fact, Pirog to a great degree gets called "jazz" only because it's the closest his improvisational, experimental work gets to a genre of [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 3-9: No Shutdown in Swingtown

Not yet, anyway.
Friday, Oct. 4
You often hear jazz described as "laid back." But so many of its greatest practitioners could never be described that way. Does Coleman Hawkins sound laid back? John Coltrane? Sonny Rollins? Of course not. And neither does Tedd Baker, the lead tenor saxophonist in the U.S. Air Force's Airmen of Note. [...]

Jazz Setlist, August 22-28: Tributes, We’ve Got Tributes

Friday, August 23
Regular readers of Setlist will know that much of the year has been devoted to tributes to Wayne Shorter and his forthcoming 80th birthday. Why is this such a big deal? Well, you must understand that while he's not the only jazz titan still alive, Shorter's legacy runs deeper and wider than almost [...]

Jazz Setlist, August 8-14: Buy Local (Jazz)

Every now and then Setlist breaks protocol and gives you two recommendations for one night. This is one of those times. The good news is that you can go to both without missing a chunk of either, and without breaking the bank.
Friday, August 9
Butch Warren, throughout the ups and downs he's gone through in his [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 4-10: Blues Across Generations, Antonio Hart, and Tony Martucci

Friday, July 5
One of the great gifts of Dick Smith, the founder and organizer of Jazz Night at Westminster Presbyterian Church, is succinct descriptions for the shows he books. This week, for instance, is a sextet performance billed simply as "Two Generations of the Blues." Really, what can I or anyone else add to that [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 18-24: Grammatically Coherent

Thursday, Oct. 18
What does a jazz writer do with a trio that refers to themselves gleefully as "a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization"? That's a jazz-crit buzz phrase all by itself, if not a terribly revealing one. Here's the first description that comes to my head: Thiefs is a band that finds a way to make [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 6-12: The Colossus Returns

Friday, October 7
We all know easy-listening trumpeter Chris Botti, right? He wasn't always such light, soft fare. He moved to New York City in 1985, the story goes, to establish himself as the baddest young bebop trumpeter on the scene. But something happened there to scare him away from that goal, sending him running into [...]

DC Jazz Festival, Night 9: Victor Provost Synthesis Quartet

Let's go out on a limb and say that Victor Provost is one of the best things about the D.C. jazz scene. Not that there are a lot of direct comparisons to make: How many jazz steelpan players are there anywhere, let alone in the District (where there's only one)? Without doubt, however, Provost will [...]

Jazz Setlist, Jan. 20-26: Frontloaded

Tonight, Jan. 20
The rise of young Miguel Zenon has brought renewed attention on the jazz strands of Puerto Rico, but the Island of Enchantment has a long, long lineage in the music from Juan Tizol to Tito Puente to David Sanchez. Puente remains the king; if there's a Crown Prince of Puerto Rican jazz, however, [...]

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