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Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is enough to constitute a full-on and fervent spiritual experience.
The Jazz and Freedom Festival connects the dots between jazz and social justice activism.
Saturday, August 9
Here's what I had to say last August, in my review of the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival at the Half Street Fairgrounds:
Despite unending claims of jazz's death, people are willing to pay good money to see this music....indeed well worth paying for. It was incredible, flavorful music that brought head bobs [...]
Hey, D.C.! It's been Jazz Appreciation Month, and though Setlist hasn't thrown it around much you've probably heard about it anyway. (It's also being called "JazzApril" this year.) So here's a way to wrap up the celebration of great music—with great music (and a terribly witty Parks and Rec allusion. You're welcome).
Thursday, April 25
To play [...]
That's right, folks—the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival starts tomorrow in Rockville! It extends the whole weekend, and we'll have a preview of it on Arts Desk tomorrow. Go if you can, but if you can't, here are some other possibilities.
Friday, Feb. 15
There were no polls last year for Best Jazz Album Title, which was unfortunate for [...]
Thursday, December 13
The extraordinary performance by the Mary Halvorson Quintet last night was a triumph for its leader/guitarist—but it also betrayed her bassist, John Hébert, as something of a secret weapon. Hébert showed himself to be an extremely dexterous and imaginative player with an elastic sense of time and melodic interpretation. He injects these same qualities [...]
That's right, Washington, it's Jazz Appreciation Month! Now get out there and appreciate some jazz!
Thursday, April 12
The first thing you'll likely notice about Hiromi Uehara, who goes by just her first name when performing, is that she upends the ongoing jazz-dress-code debate. But if you're doing it right—you know, listening—the second thing you'll notice is [...]
Thursday, March 1
Last year, a close-knit group of three jazz musicians with a passion for writing original music came together in an official capacity. They formed the D.C. Jazz Composers Collectve, a nonprofit organization designed to promote new and original music as well educate aspiring composers and the jazz-listening public. Bassist Kevin Pace, pianist Gene [...]