Posts Tagged ‘Jason Moran’

Jazz Setlist, October 25-31: The Residents

Friday, Oct. 26
When the late Dr. Billy Taylor was the Kennedy Center's Artistic Adviser for Jazz, you'd see him cross the institution's stages occasionally—primarily as a guest in other artists' sets, and increasingly less as he got older. The new artistic adviser, Jason Moran, is considerably younger and more energetic (his fresh perspective helped him land [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 9-15: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Thursday, Feb. 9
The resurgence of the New Orleans brass band in the late 2000s was just about the unlikeliest musical development of its time. In some ways, it was a product of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a living proof of the steadfastness of the people of the Crescent City who endured such horror, natural and manmade. [...]

Arts Roundup: Carl Bernstein’s Crush on Donovan

Carlsonics: At age 23, Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein was a mere five years away from cracking Watergate wide open, but about a zillion years away from a career in music criticism. Check out this review of a Donovan concert he wrote in 1967 (his second year at the newspaper): "The incredible musical gifts of Donovan"! [...]

Jason Moran Named KenCen Artistic Advisor for Jazz

As beloved as he was in Washington and the jazz world at large, Dr. Billy Taylor was a man of fairly conservative taste in jazz. This was reflected in the jazz programming at the Kennedy Center, where Billy Taylor served for 16 years as the center's first artistic advisor for jazz. Even in his [...]

Kris Bowers Wins 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition

"We've got the jazz stars of tomorrow," boasted T.S. Monk (known for the occasion as Thelonious Jr.) at the start of last night's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition finals. Never has that statement rung more true; by the time the evening's three stellar piano finalists had finished performing at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, it [...]

Purple Rain, Purple Rain: Meshell Ndegeocello on Her Prince Covers Show

Singer/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello hasn't had a hit since her 1994 cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night," a duet with John Mellencamp, but she's kept busy and maintained a devoted fanbase with various challenging, genre-spanning projects. With her “Gett Off: Meshell Ndegeocello covers Prince” tour, which arrives at the State Theatre in Falls Church tonight, she gets to be [...]

The 2010 Top 10, Jazz Division

I have never put so much effort and anguish into a year-end list of CDs as I did this time. That it was such a bloody mess trying to whittle them down to 10 can only mean that 2010 was an extraordinarily good year for recordings. God knows there were dozens on my shelf that [...]

Jason Moran Receives MacArthur Genius Grant

How about that Jason Moran, who keeps finding new and exciting ways to grace these pages? The ludicrously acclaimed (and entirely deserved) pianist and composer had his name on two fantastic albums this summer; played a stellar set at this month's Rosslyn Jazz Festival; and, yesterday, is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship: the [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 9-15: Yet Another Festival Weekend

Friday, Sept. 10
"Brûlée has never called itself a jazz group," the quartet says in its mailings, "But the strong jazz influences in our music are unmistakable." No kidding. Two of the four members, bassist Andrew Brown and drummer Lex O'Brien have both worked as professional jazz musicians (especially O'Brien, a startlingly accomplished drummer and composer [...]

Just Announced: Rosslyn Jazz Festival Breaks Out the Big Guns

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival, which takes place every September in Rosslyn's Gateway Park, has in the past generally been a small-scale fest (one day, outside the city, with free admission) with a small-scale lineup.
Not this year. It's the festival's 20th anniversary, and it's responding with some A-tier musicians. Headlining on September 11 is Tierney Sutton, [...]