Posts Tagged ‘Jason Moran’

Jazz Setlist, March 21-27: Corey Wallace’s DUBtet, Charles Lloyd, Benny Golson, Ensemble Volcanic Ash

Thursday, March 21
The trombonist and composer Grachan Moncur III is one of the unsung heroes of jazz. A man who first toured with Ray Charles, he then became a regular in New York hard bop—a sideman for Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, and Jackie McLean. The latter served as his transition into the '60s New Thing, [...]

Was Booking Anthony Braxton a Sign That Kennedy Center Is Getting Gutsier?

There's little to add to Ben Ratliff's wide-lens New York Times review of Anthony Braxton's Saturday night concert at the Kennedy Center. There is, however, a section of the review that may merit some closer attention:
Many knew in a general sense what they were coming for. Mr. Braxton, 67, is an American musical force with [...]

Arts Roundup: We’re Not Beliebers Edition

So, Justin Bieber kinda sucked at Verizon Center last night. [Post]
The State Department commemorates 50 years of the Arts in Embassies program with a few big-name events, including a Nov. 30 awards ceremony with Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kiki Smith, and other influential artists; and a Nov. 28 happening at THEARC with performance artist (not Bad Seeds frontman) Nick [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 1-7: De-Election

Thursday, Nov. 1
Singer Roberta Gambarini is a frequent presence around these parts, a regular part of the D.C. Jazz Festival's lineup and an annual performer at Blues Alley, where she returns this weekend. She is always welcome. A native of Torino, Italy, the lovely Gambarini speaks with an Italian accent, but when she sings there's [...]

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 [...]