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 [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Howard University Jazz Ensemble’
Thursday, Nov. 7
The salty, melodic sound of Sonny Fortune's alto sax is one of the hidden pleasures of jazz. It's also one of the most surprising: Fortune has a tendency to play his themes straight, with little to no embellishment, letting you think you're in for a smooth ride on the tune. Come the improvisation, [...]
Today begins the second biggest jazz festival in the region. It's a three-day gala of music: performances, master classes, panels, even competitions. And it all happens under one roof, The Hilton Rockville, so that going from one great jazz event to the next can be as simple as crossing the hall. Highlights below.
Friday, Feb. 15
Thursday, March 3
Of all John Coltrane's protegees–which to some extent includes every tenor saxophonist who came after him– Pharoah Sanders is the strongest and most important. A member of Trane's last band, the wild and free one, Sanders elaborated on his mentor's unspoken spiritual commitment and sometimes made it spoken, as in his best-known composition [...]