Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes and more of the weeks' jazz offerings.
Posts Tagged ‘Jason Moran’
Including Jason Moran and skateboarders, and Mary Halvorson and Ches Smith.
A ranking of “Finding a Line”’s opening-night features, from worst to best.
Here's what to do if you're in town for Labor Day Weekend.
When the Kennedy Center first released its jazz schedule for the 2014-2015 season yesterday, my eye, like WaPo's Chris Richards', was immediately caught by the appearance of Muhal Richard Abrams. Pianist and composer Abrams is one of the most important figures in the history of avant-garde jazz (a co-founder and the first president of Chicago's [...]
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, [...]
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. [...]
This weekend, the Kennedy Center hosts the finals of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which effectively opens its jazz season. It's the second with celebrated pianist Jason Moran as the institution's artistic advisor for jazz; his debut in 2012-13 was marked by adventurous choices, along with Kennedy Center favorites and a surprising amount of [...]
Your metalhead friends wept openly when they heard about the death of Jeff Hanneman, one of Slayer's founding members. Right then, something hit you: “Maybe I should listen to some Slayer. Y’know, out of respect.” When you put on “Angel of Death,” you remembered that metal fucking rules, and now you’re fucking hooked. Good, news, [...]
The jazz saxophonist whose music was once a hit with the “don’t trust anyone over 30” crowd turns 75 this year. Charles Lloyd doesn’t play much jazz for hippies anymore but he hasn’t completely abandoned that era’s yearning for freedom. His birthday celebration tonight promises to include a variety of dimensions: His current quartet (pianist [...]