Posts Tagged ‘Leigh Pilzer’

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2014

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.

The City’s Best Saxophonist: Jazz Setlist, Oct. 2-8

A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holds Its Own With Wycliffe Gordon

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 [...]

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2013

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. [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 5-11: Bullettes, Billy, and Bass Clarinet

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 18-24: Pepper Adams, Mark Whitfield, Esperanza Spalding, and Andrew White

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 14-20: Party with Jack

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 7-13: Jazzquester

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, [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 15-21: Wailin’ Women

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 [...]

Washington Women in Jazz Festival Balloons in Its Second Year

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 [...]