Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Excursion to the Left Coast: John Zorn @ Yoshi’s San Francisco

I recently flew across the country to watch a New York musician play a series of concerts in San Francisco. If that doesn't seem to make much sense, consider that downtown legend John Zorn, a recent recipient of the half-a-million-bucks Macarthur "Genius" grant, almost never plays live except in New York City and Europe. [...]

Tonight: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s Annual D.C. Show

Transparent Productions is still basically defunct, but it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that the name is being resurrected to accommodate Kahil El'Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, who for the past 8 years have played a Black History Month show in the D.C. area. Last year it was special: a 35th-anniversary extravaganza that included a [...]

Cosmologic: Friday Night Jazz at Pyramid Atlantic

Cosmologic are a four-piece jazz combo and a recent signing to Silver Spring's Cuneiform Records. They fit in well with the rest of Cuneiform's jazz output: stuff that is very recognizably coming from within the jazz tradition, but pushes boundaries in any number of subtle ways. Not really free jazz and certainly not unrestrained collective [...]

2009 Duke Ellington Fest Lineup Announced

Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (DEJF) Executive producer Charlie Fishman and managing director Sunny Sumter have announced the 2009 lineup for the DEJF.
As previously announced, the theme for this year is "The Musical Heritage of New Orleans," and the headliner as such is trumpeter Terence Blanchard — who will be performing his 2007 piece A [...]

Music 2008: Alienate Your Friends

Where 2007 was my love-affair year with free jazz, 2008 saw my affections turn to extreme metal in all its varied forms. The sad departure of Transparent Productions meant a dearth of interesting avant-garde jazz in the District, and I replaced concertgoing expeditions to Sangha (RIP) and Twins Jazz with rather different expeditions to places [...]

How Che Screwed Jazz

Some forms of political protest are beneath contempt, and one of them is sporting–sans a shred of irony–a Che Guevara T-shirt. Yet most Che-sporting hipsters don't know that Guevara opposed art forms that carried the taint of "imperialism"–including jazz and rock music. (Uninformed hipsters? Surprise!) My colleagues at Reason produced an eye-opening video about Paquito [...]

Freddie Hubbard in a Coma

Freddie Hubbard, 70, arguably the most important jazz trumpeter after 1960, suffered heart failure and collapsed last Sunday, December 1 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He has since been in the Intensive Care Unit at Sherman Oaks hospital where, as of Friday, he remained in a coma.
"He is being worked on to revive [...]

Butch Warren Gets a Gift From the City

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Butch Warren in action. Uploaded by YouTube user radiokingz.
Local bass player Butch Warren is not just a tenured townie and a pickup musician, he's one of the most celebrated bass players in the history of jazz.
Born in the District, Warren starting gigging around town [...]

Tom Porter: Vinyl Sale Is Sunday!

Jazz Guru Tom Porter just called. He wants to let Black Plastic Bag and our readers know that his next vinyl sale has been moved from this Saturday to this Sunday. "It's jazz, jazz, jazz, Brazilian, Latin, Hip Hop, R and B, Funk, and classical," Porter says. "It's not the stuff that was out last [...]

Tom Porter: More Vinyl For Sale In My Backyard

This past weekend, Local Legend Tom Porter held a massive vinyl sale in his backyard. We hyped it.
Some of you complained that you missed out. Today, we are glad to report that Tom Porter is hosting another vinyl sale in his Chapin Street backyard (1435 Chapin Street NW). The sale will be on Saturday. We [...]