Posts Tagged ‘John Kocur’

Nobody’s Moving Away This Week: Jazz Setlist, August 13-19

When you're watching any jazz scene, never underestimate the importance of the hustle. The players that rise to the top of the heap are the ones who are busting their asses.

Jazz Setlist, July 17-23: Repeat Business

Thursday, July 17
It takes some serious chops to infuse a dreamy, wistful tune like "Lullaby of Birdland" with the kind of world-weariness that Alison Crockett does. The singer/pianist isn't some sort of bleak prophet of doom; it's not hard to find the spark of optimism in her standard singing or her original material. But Crockett, who is as much [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 10-16: Integriti Reeves, CapitalBop, and John Kocur

Thursday, July 10
The last year or so has really been the making of Integriti Reeves. She's not exactly a newcomer to D.C. jazz, being a native Washingtonian, a graduate of both the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University, and a veteran of most of the city's jazz bandstands. But last fall Reeves [...]

Tonight, Get Your Smoker On

It is always nice to see John "The Smoker" Kocur again. Now teaching at NoVa, Kocur keeps busy with work and life in northern Virginia, making his occasional D.C. performances a special treat. Especially in this case, when the alto saxophonist is in front of a new quartet. Six-(nylon-)string ace Cristian Perez is the one [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 11-17: The Blackbyrds and Lots of CD Release Shows

Friday, April 12
The passing of trumpeter Donald Byrd, as we've noted before, bore particular significance for the District. But even with lofty achievements like the legitimizing of jazz within academia, and at Howard University in particular, Byrd's musical legacy was most obviously distilled in The Blackbyrds. To form the ensemble, Byrd rounded up some of his [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 24-30: Potpourri

Thursday, Jan. 24
The Smithsonian's American Art Museum runs jazz performances in its Kogod Courtyard every third Thursday, but this year it's trying a novel sort of series. Local musicians are taking on the music of jazz greats, living and dead, with local and legend matched by instrument (trumpeters covering trumpeters, pianists covering pianists, etc.). This [...]

Jazz Setlist, December 15-21: Triumphant Returns

Friday, December 16
Last year, when Bohemian Caverns brought Benny Golson, one of those octogenarian jazz musicians who's achieved unquestionable living legend status, onto its venerable little bandstand, I wrote that the club had scored "an enormous coup....If you miss this, folks, you're doing it wrong and that's that." Which was true. Golson is one of [...]

Jazz Setlist, Jan. 6-12: Roy’s Noise (and Others’)

Friday, Jan. 7
It's perhaps the most casual gig in town, but something interesting is always happening at Westminster Presbyterian's Jazz Night. Under the buzz of people chatting quietly to each other, or the scraping of plates of food sold by the SW Catering Company downstairs, can be heard the most swinging and warm jazz music [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Choreographers’ Video Addiction, Blue Valentine, Trumpet Grrrl

Amanda Abrams leads off this week's arts section with her pronouncement that D.C. choreographers are overusing—and often misusing—video in their productions. Still, some have succeeded, and she shares some of their advice for successfully marrying dance and video.
Film critic Tricia Olszewski reviews the Michelle Williams/Ryan Gosling drama Blue Valentine and the ponderous, seascape-heavy Alamar—two films involving [...]

2010: The Year D.C. Jazz Broke

One of these days someone will write a comprehensive history of jazz in the District of Columbia, and 2010 will have a volume all to itself. Or at least a very long chapter. It's simply been a spectacular year for the scene; not always "spectacular" in the positive sense, but momentous and monumental no matter [...]