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.
Posts Tagged ‘Karine Chapdelaine’
Akua Allrich and the Washington Women in Jazz Festival are back.
A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann
Last night's "gala show" of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival was worthy of its elevated status on the festival agenda. Festival organizer Amy K. Bormet—interviewed by Mike West last week—put together an all-star sextet featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson (pictured above), drummer Allison Miller, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bassist Karine Chapdelaine, and Bormet [...]
Thursday, March 13
Myra Melford is arresting. The often experimental composer and piano player has worked with (and at the head of) a variety of ensembles. But her most recent release, last year's Life Carries Me This Way, highlighted Melford's solo work for the first time. She has a beautiful way with constructing melody lines, and perhaps [...]
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 [...]
Twenty-one-year-old Isabelle De Leon already has an eye-popping musical résumé. The University of Maryland senior is the drummer in her family band Ivy Rose, opening for Weezer and making the semifinals of last season's America's Got Talent. She's also won scholarships from the Washington Post and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; participated in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate [...]
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 [...]
Thursday, March 15
You'll hear a lot of talk in just about all music criticism about innovation and innovators. But it's not often you hear discussion of an innovator who actually developed a new way to play an instrument. In the 1980s, guitarist Stanley Jordan developed the two-handed "touch" or "tap" technique, which allows him to [...]
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 [...]