Posts Tagged ‘Jessica Boykin-Settles’

A Tribute to Billie Holiday: Jazz Setlist, March 19-25

A beast of the saxophone and some quirky fun in jazz this weekend

Artist of the Year: Jazz Setlist, Jan. 8-14

See Mark Meadows, named Artist of the Year in our 2014 Jazzies, at Twins Jazz.

Jazz Setlist, September 5-11: Bullettes, Billy, and Bass Clarinet

Thursday, September 5
There's an ambitious and impressive project that doesn't work very often in the District proper. Indeed, this very gig is in Bethesda, but it's worth the trip. I speak of Shannon Gunn, a longtime member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra's trombone section, who is also the head of her own catchily named [...]

Jazz Setlist, Jan. 31-Feb. 6: The Singers

Friday, Feb. 1
Festival season is a long way off, but there are a few events that remind us of their imminence: the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, a traveling iteration of Monterey Jazz, stops tonight at the Kennedy Center. That event takes place every September in Monterey, Calif., but its organizers also like to assemble groups of [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 22-28: Ladies First

Friday, March 23
The Washington Women in Jazz Festival continues to be the big jazz event this week. And its Friday night performance sums up the purpose of the festival: demonstrating how much female jazz talent the area can boast. Enough, indeed, to form a powerful big band. Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes is 15 [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 8-14: It’s All Happening at the Dunes

Thursday, March 8
If there is one thing we can safely say about developments in D.C. jazz, it's that the avant-garde is on the upswing here. Transparent Productions is running full blast with its monthly series at Bohemian Caverns; and the new season of jazz at the Kennedy Center includes saxophonist Anthony Braxton, a marriage of [...]

Washington Women in Jazz Festival Balloons in Its Second Year

Pianist Amy K. Bormet may be—OK, is—one of the personally silliest people in local jazz. But she's a serious musician, and she's put together a serious festival that's now in its second year. The Washington Women in Jazz Festival started its life on a much smaller scale: Though it was a month long, it consisted [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 7-13: The Afro-French-Dutch Connection

Friday, April 8
Hey, remember about three weeks back when it was Settles Week at Twins Jazz? The only drawback to the whole thing was that we never got to see D.C. jazz's power couple, tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and vocalist Jessica Boykin-Settles, take the stage together. Well! Now's the time to correct that little oversight. [...]

Wednesdays in March: The First Annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival

Amy K. Bormet, a D.C.-based pianist, accordionist, and occasional singer, was working last year at the Kennedy Center's annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and noticed something. "Half of the women in this festival, working in these orchestras and ensembles, were local D.C. people that I knew," she says. "I saw this and [...]

HR-57’s Move: What Does It Mean?

HR-57’s planned move from 14th Street to the Atlas District made big news this week, with observers agreeing that I’m ignorant/racist for questioning the new location’s accessibility this is a tough break for the strip on 14th Street, but great news for the nascent entertainment corridor on H Street NE. Less discussed, though, is how [...]

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