Posts Tagged ‘Larry Ferguson’

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 20-26

Mark Meadows, Rochelle Rice, and more

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 28-March 6: Kevin Cordt, Thiefs, Supernova, and Kush

Thursday, Feb. 28
The first jazz I saw when I moved to D.C. in the summer of 2001 may well have been Kevin Cordt. At the time, the trumpeter's quartet was holding down Friday nights at Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill, with flyers advertising that their sound evoked the Blue Note albums of the '60s. And [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 26-August 1: Countdown to the Doldrums

Yes, folks, August will soon be upon us, and it's traditionally the slowest month for jazz in D.C. (Hell, it's the slowest month for D.C., period.) But July, in its final week, seems determined to give us the goods.

Thursday, July 26
I've already heard this four-night trio gig at Blues Alley credited to drummer Jimmy Cobb; [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 28-July 4: The Megagroup

Saturday, June 30
There are supergroups, and then there's Spectrum Road. But it feels like an undersell to refer to this quartet as a supergroup—how about megagroup? In the context of fusion, it's just about the only term that works: guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour), bassist Jack Bruce (Cream), pianist-organist John Medeski (John Scofield, Medeski Martin [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Perfection at the Atlas

"Perfect" is a word you usually want to avoid in music reviews. That goes double for reviews of concerts, and triple for jazz concerts. As Artie Shaw (among others) observed, musicians who don't make mistakes aren't playing at the edge of their ability; they're not taking chances.
One could never accuse the Rodney Richardson Trio of [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Rodney Richardson’s Swan Song

Jazz in Washington just won't be the same without Rodney Richardson. D.C. born and bred, he has been the scene's first-call guitarist for, well, all of recent memory. That will come as no surprise, considering the frequency and variety of settings in which he's appeared on District bandstands. And his sound! It's a woody, smoky [...]

Kung Fu Bastard: As Awesome as Its Name

In advertising its first-ever gig last night, the awesomely named Kung Fu Bastard kept its description simple: "The only thing to say is that it is something completely different." This is true. Indeed, there were times during the group's 8 p.m. set at Twins that even back-to-back tunes were completely different.
"The idea behind this group was [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 5-11: Requiem for a Record Store

Honestly, folks, the best thing jazz fans can do this week is help the good people at Melody Records unload their inventory so they can walk away from their venerable store with something to show for it. Even when the city was flush with record retailers, Melody was far and away the best for jazz, [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 24-30: No Straightahead Here

Thursday, March 24
You could be forgiven if his nearly 20-year association with Jay Leno made you think Kevin Eubanks was a mediocre hack, too—forgiven, but you wouldn't be correct. Before he Jaywalked, guitarist Eubanks (the second of three musical brothers from Philadelphia) was a member of the M-Base Collective, the Brooklyn-based pool of musicians who [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 13-19: Terell Stafford, D.C. Composers, and More

Friday, May 14
Terell Stafford is a sharp dude: suave, snazzily dressed, and with trumpet skills to spare. Stafford has strong D.C. roots, as well: He spent his formative years in Silver Spring and attended the University of Maryland, where he learned his craft before moving on to the New York scene. Stafford's no radical: He [...]