Posts Tagged ‘lenny robinson’

Jazz Setlist, April 24-30: Return of the Son of JazzApril

Thursday, April 24
Since the mid '90s, there's really been one predominant figure on the jazz piano: Brad Mehldau. "Predominant" is not to say that he's the greatest pianist going (though he's certainly up there), but certainly he's the most visible and influential of his generation. Jazz educators tell of a decade meeting legions of young [...]

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 [...]

I Was Wrong About Pianist Allyn Johnson

For all my effusive praise of Allyn Johnson, I have nevertheless been unfair to D.C.'s top jazz pianist. I've frequently compared him to the late Oscar Peterson, and not always in the best light.
Oscar Peterson, in case you're not familiar, is Canada's finest jazz musician and one of the all-time greatest virtuosos of the jazz piano. [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 10-16: Even More Local!

Kids, you thought last week's Setlist was stacked with great D.C. jazz musicians? Not even. Check this out.
Friday, Jan. 11
Antonio Parker sounds like he's playing the blues at every turn, be it a standard or his own melodic, hard-swinging tunes. That's only to speak of the rawness and vocal quality that he brings to the [...]

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2012

Last year's Jazzies were created on a whim, searching for a way to sum up the year in D.C. jazz; to our surprise, it went viral within the local community, giving Washington City Paper little choice but to turn the cute one-off into an annual tradition. Thus, without further ado, here are the winners of [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 15-21: Sax and Guitar

Thursday, Nov. 15
This year, there was no shortage of jazz recordings that generated buzz both inside and outside of the jazz community. But I placed at the top of my list the fairly straightforward and not tremendously hyped Angelic Warrior, the new album by alto saxophonist Tia Fuller. She, too, is doing pretty well outside [...]

DC Jazz Festival: The Lofty Ambitions of CapitalBop’s MegaFest

Saturday was the day of CapitalBop's 11-hour MegaFest at 629 New York Ave. NW. Unable to attend the full event, I instead stopped in every couple of hours to get a sense of it and enjoy the goings-on. Here are my impressions of each visit.
3:49 p.m. The setup here is pretty neat. It's a huge [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Planning Your Mega-Weekend

You've already met Alex Brown, our festival pick for this evening (midnight at Cashion's Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW, Free). But there are even more big things happening over the weekend—especially tomorrow.
SATURDAY
There's always a rickety, homemade vibe to DIY projects and events—to some extent, that's the point. But it doesn't mean DIY can't be [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 9-15: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Thursday, Feb. 9
The resurgence of the New Orleans brass band in the late 2000s was just about the unlikeliest musical development of its time. In some ways, it was a product of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a living proof of the steadfastness of the people of the Crescent City who endured such horror, natural and manmade. [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 10-16: Swing Kids

Thursday, November 10
It seems that Troy Andrews' star is on the rise. At least in terms of the name he works under: Trombone Shorty. Perhaps you know him from his appearances at the DC Jazz Festival, or from his appearances on the round of late-night talk shows. Perhaps you're one of the (apparently) few people [...]

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