Even jazz musicians take a break for the holidays.
Posts Tagged ‘Howard “Kingphish” Franklin’
Hear a saxophonist whose tone is the stout beer of jazz and take the tykes to an "instrument petting zoo."
This is an uncommonly good week for jazz, especially over the weekend.
Not everything was hunky-dory, with the (temporary) loss of HR-57 and the (perhaps permanent) loss of the U Street Jazz Jam, but there was a hell of a lot of good music.
Thursday, February 27
There's a multidimensional aspect to theThe Greater U Street Jazz Collective's name. The quintet, populated by veteran D.C. jazz musicians, looks to remember and uphold the legacy of jazz life and culture, and through it the legacy of African-American life and culture, in D.C. U Street has long been the core of that [...]
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. [...]
On Tuesday night, as he kicked off his Bohemian Caverns residency, trumpeter Donvonte' McCoy had a healthy mix of local veterans and new young talent in his quintet. Elijah Easton is a promising saxophonist, with a tone like Dexter Gordon's and a predilection for eighth-note runs; pianist Bill Murad has chops for miles, and drummer [...]
Friday, Feb. 22
When local pianist Darius Scott came down with the flu this past week, he was unable to make an announced gig at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. The person he called to take over the gig? That was Antonio Parker, who put on an absolutely crackling set of blues, modal jazz, and a [...]
The holiday weekend prevented me from properly addressing the death last week of Jerry Gordon, a favorite local guitarist who was renowned for his lovely melodic imagination and mastery of the playing style first developed by Wes Montgomery. Gordon was a longtime area resident, having performed in D.C. for over 20 years, and was a [...]