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Your Guide to the 2015 DC Jazz Festival

Top picks for the next week from Arts Desk's jazz correspondent

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 7-13: Neither Heid Nor Hare, Joshua Redman, Ralph Peterson, D.C. Jazz Loft

Thursday, Feb. 7
Andrew Hare is The Melodic Drummer. That's the name of his always fascinating blog and book, but more to the point, it describes his approach to the instrument. Hare looks to build arrangements, accompaniments, and solos with the structure and phrasing that we usually associate with melody. And he does it without sacrificing [...]

Rosslyn Jazz: The Little Festival That Could

Something has happened to the Rosslyn Jazz Festival lately. Its 22 years of life have been dominated by middling selections—easy-listening singers, holdovers from the bigger festivals—and an “all headliner” lineup with sub-headliner offerings. It appears, though, that with the new decade the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (the festival’s longtime organizer) has been infiltrated by jazz-programmer [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 6-12: RIP Jerry Gordon

The holiday weekend prevented me from properly addressing the death last week of Jerry Gordon, a favorite local guitarist who was renowned for his lovely melodic imagination and mastery of the playing style first developed by Wes Montgomery. Gordon was a longtime area resident, having performed in D.C. for over 20 years, and was a [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sep. 22-28: The Caucus

Thursday, Sep. 22
It's the stealth jazz event of the year, the in-the-know concert that more often than not proves just how many people in this town are well-informed when it comes to jazz. Yes, every year the Congressional Black Caucus hosts its legislative conference in downtown Washington, bringing in leaders of the African-American community from [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 14-20: Burrell, Balbed, et al.

Friday, Oct. 15
In the already-tough climate of avant-garde jazz, the piano is perhaps the most fearsome instrument. It's one of the noisiest, for one thing, and for another it's only on the keyboard that you can hear, a la Cecil Taylor, up to 10 dissonant notes played at the same time. Dave Burrell has a [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 18-24: Festival and Smorgasbord

UPDATE 12:28 PM: The 2/24 Roberto Fonseca show at Lisner Auditorium has been canceled.

This, folks, is a spectacular week for live jazz in the D.C. area. Many of the best local musicians are appearing at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, which runs through the weekend (look for a full preview tomorrow). Elsewhere, though, there [...]