Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Photos of Rob Mazurek at Bohemian Caverns

The show drew influences equally from avant-garde jazz, noise, and Brazilian folk.

Photos: Sun Ra Arkestra at the Lincoln Theatre

Sitting on stage in full glittery regalia, the band looked "ready for space travel at any moment."

The Iconic Photos of Blue Note’s Jazz Albums, by Francis Wolff

It goes without saying that the primary appeal of the classic Blue Note jazz albums (c. 1953-1966) is the music—the vivid trumpeting of the doomed Clifford Brown, the exuberant strains of Jimmy Smith’s Hammond B3 organ, the intensity of the young saxophonist John Coltrane. But the 75th anniversary of the record label offers an opportunity [...]

Photos: Anthony Pirog Trio @ Atlas Performing Arts Center

Local guitarist Anthony Pirog has assembled a new trio with drummer Ches Smith (among many others, of Secret Chiefs 3 and his tremendous collective improv group These Arches) and prolific Baltimore bassist Michael Formanek. Under the name "Anthony Pirog Trio"—the compositions are all Pirog's—they put on their first live show last night at Atlas Performing [...]

Free Friday Night Jazz Comes to Chez Billy in September

Next month, Petworth will bear witness to a merger between two proven D.C. jazz commodities.
The first, Chez Billy, is a popular French restaurant on Georgia Avenue NW. Its upstairs lounge has also been the home base for CapitalBop's D.C. Jazz Loft for a little under a year now, enjoying quite a successful run on the [...]

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

Photos: Vector Trio @ Artomatic

Somehow, D.C. free-improv group Vector Trio has flown under my radar despite being active for the better part of a decade. Until recently, the trio—Scott Forrey on trumpet, Gary Rouzer on bass and cello, Marshall Hughey (pictured above) on drums—leaned heavily on loops and electronics, but during its 45-minute set at Artomatic Saturday, the group [...]

Photos: Some of That Jazz

Bohemian Caverns, December 20

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 11-17: Enough Already, November 14! Edition

Still groggy from last night's monumental Cecil Taylor concert, I arrive to find a smothering stack of notices for jazz gigs all on Sunday, the 14th. A bad day for people who want an easy choice, but a good day for jazz in the District — enough so that four different shows, each of a [...]

Tonight: McCoy Tyner at the Birchmere

It's hard to overstate the importance of McCoy Tyner in the world of jazz and jazz piano over the past 50 years. Working with the John Coltrane Quartet, he helped revolutionize the music, to entrench both modalism and the avant-garde firmly into jazz, and to foster its development as a spiritual conduit. He reharmonized jazz, [...]