Posts Tagged ‘Joe Herrera’

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

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

‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas: Jazz Setlist, December 18-24

In the Jeff Cosgrove Trio, the music is intense, often fiery and fast; just as often, though, it's moody, meditative, even lyrical—and that includes the drums.

The Marsalises, Chelsey Green, and William Hooker: Jazz Setlist, August 14-20

Thursday, August 14
He's a drummer and percussionist, a composer and an improviser, and a conceptualist. But even within the ivory tower of avant-garde jazz, William Hooker's is a somewhat obscure name. It needn't be, considering the heft of his resume: He's worked with everyone from David Murray to David S. Ware, from DJ Spooky to [...]

ToDo ToDay: Sol LeWitt, Lambrusco Week, Joe Herrera

Throughout his life, prolific conceptual artist Sol LeWitt hated receiving awards and giving media interviews—so Dutch filmmaker Chris Teerink did the logical thing and made him the subject of an entire documentary. Sol LeWitt isn’t a biography, though. It’s a testament to the artist’s minimalist wall drawings (many of which are executed by museums and [...]

New Vintage Returns: Jazz Setlist, August 7-14

Saturday, August 9
Here's what I had to say last August, in my review of the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival at the Half Street Fairgrounds:
Despite unending claims of jazz's death, people are willing to pay good money to see this music....indeed well worth paying for. It was incredible, flavorful music that brought head bobs [...]

Jazz Setlist, December 19-25: Oh, Christmas Tree-o

Thursday, December 19
Jazz drummer starts band to play Christmas songs. You'd think that was all the summary you needed for Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, perhaps adding a mention of Wilson's clowning on the bandstand. But, no. Wilson does skew silly in his persona, and the Christmas Tree-O does have a certain affection for the kitsch [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Holiday Edition

Friday, Nov. 29
My God, Odean Pope is 75. It's no small thing to remind oneself of this, that tenor saxophonist Pope has been part of the jazz community since the mid '60s. He spent almost 25 years working in bands led by iconic drummer Max Roach, but left plenty of time and space for his own [...]

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, July 18-24: Double Shot o’ Shorter

Thursday, July 18
I've talked before about the unique approach of this season's Take 5! series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard. To wit, local young musicians are tackling the writing of elder statesmen in dedicated programs. Since 2013 began, though, there's been a particular concentration on Wayne Shorter, the titanic saxophonist and composer [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 14-20: Party with Jack

Saturday, March 16
Jack DeJohnette is coming off a big year. He turned 70, released a fascinating worldbeat-influenced album (Sound Travels)—and, oh yes, he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest honor that America bestows on its jazz musicians. The latter is especially impressive for the man whose breakthrough came with his work on Bitches [...]

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