Posts Tagged ‘Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival’

Spherical Development: A Conversation With Nicole Mitchell

While the Kennedy Center can proudly claim to have presented a broad spectrum of female artists in its annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, the avant-garde hasn't been greatly represented there. That changes this year. As part of Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran's efforts at more diverse and daring programming, the festival [...]

Arts Roundup: Remembering Chuck Edition

When he died one year ago today, Chuck Brown owed more than $75,000 to creditors—mostly John Hopkins Hospital. [Post]
ABC Board says Fur nightclub must improve its security. [WJLA]
The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will no longer be for women only. [Post]
Is the District really becoming more friendly to go-go? [Post]
Thanks, sequestration, for slashing hours [...]

Arts Roundup: Instagram Edition

Kennedy Center announces the 2012 Women in Jazz Festival lineup [Post]
Facebook takes over Instagram: What does it mean for Instagram dorks like you and me? [Post]
Gwydion Suilebhan is now a D.C. representative for the Dramatists Guild [Gwydion Suilebhan]
Capital Bop will present a showcase at Lumen8Anacostia [Capital Bop]

This Week: The 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

The proudest legacy of the late Dr. Billy Taylor's reign as the Kennedy Center's artistic director for jazz is, by his own account, the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. "It was the first thing I wanted to do at the Kennedy Center," he told me in a 2009 interview. "When I told [...]

Women in Jazz Festival: Day 3

Maria Schneider.
Dee Dee Bridgewater was wearing a cowboy hat. If she explained this, I missed it.
Drummond, a flutist, began by duetting with bassist Brandi Disterheft on her original "Swing Thing," then brought out her quartet (Klaus Mueller on piano, Mauricio Zotarelli on drums) for the Brazilian standard "Melancia." The band has a clear division [...]

Women in Jazz Festival: Day 2

Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Winner of last year's Women in Jazz Festival Competition, Hailey Niswanger is an alto saxophonist—19 years old and a student at Berklee. She thus walks a fine line: How much do you criticize a kid who's still learning the basics? Is her position one where criticism is more important or more irrelevant [...]

Women in Jazz Festival: Day 1

Esperanza Spalding.
Host Dee Dee Bridgewater is probably the world's sexiest 59-year-old bald woman.
24-year-old Esperanza Spalding's star is rising—she's the youngest-ever instructor at Berklee; has appeared on Letterman and Kimmel; and played the White House twice this year. It's not hard to see why, since she's even more talented than she is charming and self-confident. [...]

Hello, Mary Lou

Mary Lou Williams cut an enormous figure in jazz history. From 1924, when she began playing piano in public (at the age of 14) to her Carnegie Hall duet with avant-garde titan Cecil Taylor in 1977, Williams was involved in every development in the music. She was a pioneering broadcaster, one of jazz's most sought-after [...]