Posts Tagged ‘Lena Seikaly’

What to See at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Which Starts Tonight)

The motto for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Standing Up for Real Jazz,” smacks of rigid definition—the Jazz-as-Ideology school. And admittedly, that is the modus operandi of festival curator Paul Carr within and without the festival. Yet inside the small maze of rooms on the first floor of the Hilton Rockville Hotel, Carr doesn't just wave [...]

Jazz Setlist, December 19-25: Oh, Christmas Tree-o

Thursday, December 19
Jazz drummer starts band to play Christmas songs. You'd think that was all the summary you needed for Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O, perhaps adding a mention of Wilson's clowning on the bandstand. But, no. Wilson does skew silly in his persona, and the Christmas Tree-O does have a certain affection for the kitsch [...]

ToDo ToDay: Free Jazz at Chez Billy! Pickle Shots! Adams Morgan Day!

Chris Grasso, pianist and mastermind of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's weekend Jazz Series, which was cancelled  in July, lost no time returning to the bandstand. The second edition of the series premieres tonight at its new venue, Petworth bistro Chez Billy. The event features Grasso on piano, a yet-to-be-named bassist, and Lena Seikaly (shown), one [...]

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 [...]

Free Friday Night Jazz Comes to Chez Billy in September

Next month, Petworth will bear witness to a merger between two proven D.C. jazz commodities.
The first, Chez Billy, is a popular French restaurant on Georgia Avenue NW. Its upstairs lounge has also been the home base for CapitalBop's D.C. Jazz Loft for a little under a year now, enjoying quite a successful run on the [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 24-29: Lena Seikaly, Mike Reed, and The Young Black Mechanics

Friday, May 24
She's not Janine Gilbert-Carter or Sharón Clark—D.C. long-timers with serious credentials—but Lena Seikaly is nonetheless probably the city's most visible jazz singer. She's a young artist, with a smooth, deep, oaky voice, and phrasing and control that belie her youth. She's also renowned on the scene for her beautiful and progressive approach to composition. [...]

ToDo ToDay: SWV! Janka Nabay! Memorial Day!

It’s been more than 20 years since New York R&B trio SWV dropped its huge debut, It’s About Time.  Tragically, the group split in 1998, turning its attention to things like school and parenthood. But after years of silence, Coko, Lelee, and Taj reunited in 2005 and last year released I Missed Us, their first group effort [...]

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sep. 29-Oct. 5: Vibes on Both Sides

Friday, Sep. 30
With certain musical innovations, we can look back and can see it was just a matter of time before someone thought of that; others are so outside-the-box that they still startle us and make us say, "Wow. Where the hell did that come from?" Gary Burton's decision to beef up his vibraphone playing [...]

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