Posts Tagged ‘Lena Seikaly’

What to See at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Our exhaustive guide to this year's festival.

Jazz Setlist, Jan.14-20: Sunday, Sunday

The Jazz and Freedom Festival, Jazzmeia Horn, and more.

Three D.C.-Area Jazz Vocalists In the Monk Competition Semifinal

Three local singers make D.C. proud in the prestigious competition.

KenCen Sk8rjazz: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 10-16

Including Jason Moran and skateboarders, and Mary Halvorson and Ches Smith.

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. [...]

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