The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Mary Halvorson, and more in jazz this week!
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Last night's "gala show" of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival was worthy of its elevated status on the festival agenda. Festival organizer Amy K. Bormet—interviewed by Mike West last week—put together an all-star sextet featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson (pictured above), drummer Allison Miller, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, trumpeter Jaimie Branch, bassist Karine Chapdelaine, and Bormet [...]
Thursday, March 13
Myra Melford is arresting. The often experimental composer and piano player has worked with (and at the head of) a variety of ensembles. But her most recent release, last year's Life Carries Me This Way, highlighted Melford's solo work for the first time. She has a beautiful way with constructing melody lines, and perhaps [...]
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 [...]
One of the saddest things about the death of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck at 91 is the timing: He died yesterday and today he would have turned 92. This edition of Setlist is dedicated to him; if it seems unrelated to D.C. jazz, rest assured that he's on the minds of an awful lot of [...]
I have never put so much effort and anguish into a year-end list of CDs as I did this time. That it was such a bloody mess trying to whittle them down to 10 can only mean that 2010 was an extraordinarily good year for recordings. God knows there were dozens on my shelf that [...]