Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, and new local sextet Eastern Standard Time take the stage.
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This might be the best year yet for the 24-years-running jazz fest across the Potomac.
Thursday, May 8
The interesting thing about Nnenna Freelon is that her charisma doesn't really hit you until after the fact. She's an intense performer, one who addresses her audience both in song and in her banter with a certain tossed-off vibe that's as casual as the light tousle in her hair. Once the set is [...]
We're strictly local this week, folks, and that's a good thing.
Thursday, April 17
The Young Lions trio became an emblem, the triple faces of D.C.'s jazz renaissance, partly because they could make room for anything in their conception of jazz music. But whatever "anything" entailed, it was bound to be attached to groove. That's what allowed [...]
Thursday, Feb. 6
Tim Whalen has been kicking it up lately. Always a popular sideman in town—and for very good reason—Whalen has bands that seem to be increasingly visible on the scene. That's especially true of his septet, but Whalen also leads a trimmed down quartet featuring one horn (tenor saxophonist Tedd Baker) and a rhythm [...]
It's been a year of up-and-down swoops for D.C. jazz. But even in its tough spots, our local scene finds occasion to show its best sides. (There was likelier no tougher spot this year than the death of Butch Warren, but the tributes and dedications to him across the city were a thing to behold. [...]
Thursday, Nov. 21
As I've noted, the older (pre-bebop) styles of jazz have a very small toehold in D.C. and even more diminutive press coverage. The former, those of us who write about jazz can't do much with; the latter, we can and should. Especially when the practitioners of those styles have the sheer vitality of [...]
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 [...]
Few people would picture The Half Street Fairgrounds—the little lot off of Nationals Park (you probably know it as The Bullpen) where pre- and post-gaming happens—as the venue for a jazz or wine festival, let alone both. And perhaps that's the point. These are products that we think of as ivory-tower stuff, to be sought [...]
Friday, August 23
Regular readers of Setlist will know that much of the year has been devoted to tributes to Wayne Shorter and his forthcoming 80th birthday. Why is this such a big deal? Well, you must understand that while he's not the only jazz titan still alive, Shorter's legacy runs deeper and wider than almost [...]