Posts Tagged ‘Marshall Keys’

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.

Jazz Setlist, July 24-30: U Street’s Hopping

Thursday, July 24
If you haven't heard Lyle Link on saxophone before, brace yourself. The image that his sound calls to mind is that of a scimitar: strong, elegant, full of opulent curves—and ready to run through your gut in a second. It's simply a sound like no other, and Link carries it with him across [...]

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, November 21-27: Save the Caves!

Thursday, Nov. 21
As I've noted, the older (pre-bebop) styles of jazz have a very small toehold in D.C. and even more diminutive press coverage. The former, those of us who write about jazz can't do much with; the latter, we can and should. Especially when the practitioners of those styles have the sheer vitality of [...]

Jazz Setlist, September 12-18: It’s Monk Time

Friday, Sept. 13
If you're a fan of that hard-swinging, 1950s hard-bop sound, one of your spiritual fathers is likely Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, who would have turned 85 this Sunday. The Tampa-born alto saxophonist is really most famous for his work in the Miles Davis band (the Milestones/Kind of Blue era), when Miles was moving away [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Pancho Sanchez’s Mambo de la Mediocre

Jazz, the writer Whitney Balliett said, is "the sound of surprise." Obviously that goes for Latin jazz too. But for all my comments yesterday about Poncho Sanchez's bending the idea of "straightforward," his set at the Hamilton was nothing if not straightforward. To a fault, in fact. If jazz sounds like surprise, the only thing [...]

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, Nov. 29-Dec. 5: The Goods

Friday, Nov. 30
What's now just another Subway franchise at 2517 Pennsylvania Avenue NW used to be something special. One Step Down was the jazz club in D.C. for a long time—the headquarters for the local scene and a favorite stop for touring musicians until it closed in 2000. (Thanks, real-estate boom!) All these years later, [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 5-11: Colligan’s Gig

Thursday, July 5
George Colligan is an emphatic pianist: He attacks his instrument with a certain intensity that rings out from the keys. That's not to say he never plays softly, though, which is one of the delightful mysteries of Colligan's playing. How does the guy work quiet on the piano and still get that unique oomph [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 1-7: Collectivity

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 [...]

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