Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson’

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 2-8: Junebug Memorial Edition

It hardly needs saying that Washington's jazz community is still mourning the loss last weekend of Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson. The much-loved drummer, singer, raconteur, and goofball is being mourned and celebrated all over town, but in particular at the HR-57 jam sessions he so often led. Last night's and tonight's jams are both being dedicated to [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Simon Doonan on Gay Men Don’t Get Fat

Simon Doonan’s latest book, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, is clearly not interested in truth. Like his 2008 lifestyle book, Eccentric Glamour, it purveys a type of fabu-wisdom—a twinkly, floral-printed, and meticulously cataloged understanding of the world, where gay men are French women with penises (his words), straight men are burpy and totally yuck, and even food [...]

Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, 1957-2012

Jimmy Jackson, the D.C.-based jazz drummer who was best known by his nickname "Junebug," died of congestive heart failure at about 1 a.m. today at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Ten days earlier, he had turned 55.
Jackson had struggled recently with his health. "We played with him last two thursdays ago [at HR-57's weekly [...]

HR-57 Is Moving—Again

Yesterday afternoon, Prince of Petworth picked up a report via the Twitter feed of H Street Festival publicist Margaret Holwill that the popular HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues will soon be relocating for the second time in a year.
"That's true," confirms drummer Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson, the venue's house drummer and de [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 13-19: Snap-Crackle-Bop

Friday, October 14
They don't call him "Snap-Crackle" 'cause he loves Rice Krispies. Roy Haynes got his nickname for his startlingly sharp attack on the drums, with a special zeal on the snare (snap) and ride cymbal (crackle). The distinctive sound has netted Roy one of the most eye-popping musical resumes you'll ever see. He had [...]

“We Finally Got It Open!”: HR-57 Returns

Photo: Prince of Petworth.
"We finally got it open!" Drummer Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson exclaimed to applause when he hit the stage Friday, sitting in on a number during HR-57's soft re-opening.
Once inside, this writer knew it was a mistake not to have brought a camera. The new H Street location of HR-57 is quite different from [...]

No News Is Good News? Radio Silence on HR-57

Shortly before HR-57 closed down its 14th Street location in favor of new digs on H Street NE, owner Tony Puesan informed Washington City Paper that "we haven't got an opening date for the new location, but it'll be somewhere in mid-January." The venue's website similarly advertised that "Reopening is set for this coming January [...]

HR-57 Owner: “Wherever We Go We’ll Be Just Fine”

After a few attempts — he's a busy man — I finally caught up with HR-57's owner, Tony Puesan, at this week's Wednesday night jam session. As it turns out, this was the second-to-last such session in the club's 14th Street location; it closes on December 18. "We haven't got an opening date for the [...]