The Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and much more this weekend.
Posts Tagged ‘Leigh Pilzer’
Not everything was hunky-dory, with the (temporary) loss of HR-57 and the (perhaps permanent) loss of the U Street Jazz Jam, but there was a hell of a lot of good music.
A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann
There's been some attrition lately in the once routinely sold-out audience for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. But news travels fast in this scene: BCJO trombone player Shannon Gunn put word on the street last night that Wycliffe Gordon, international jazz trombonist extraordinaire, would be a special guest with the band last night. By the [...]
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, 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 [...]
Thursday, April 18
The Smithsonian's "Take 5!" series that's been unfolding this season has been a fascinating experiment: the works of jazz's more gifted, prolific, and often overlooked composers, played by local D.C. musicians specializing on those composers' instruments. One of the writers in question is Pepper Adams, best known as the fastest, howlingest baritone saxophonist [...]
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 [...]
If everybody else can make a stupid fake word out of "sequester," so can I.
Friday, March 8
"Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project" premiered last September in New York and was immediately acclaimed. A long-form, multimedia performance collaboration between Vijay Iyer—the much-talked about, award-winning jazz artist of the moment—and poet Mike Ladd, it's a difficult, [...]
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 [...]