Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Gardiner’

Jazz Setlist, March 15-21: Wailin’ Women

Thursday, March 15
You'll hear a lot of talk in just about all music criticism about innovation and innovators. But it's not often you hear discussion of an innovator who actually developed a new way to play an instrument. In the 1980s, guitarist Stanley Jordan developed the two-handed "touch" or "tap" technique, which allows him to [...]

Washington Women in Jazz Festival Balloons in Its Second Year

Pianist Amy K. Bormet may be—OK, is—one of the personally silliest people in local jazz. But she's a serious musician, and she's put together a serious festival that's now in its second year. The Washington Women in Jazz Festival started its life on a much smaller scale: Though it was a month long, it consisted [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 24-Mar. 2: Turkish Delight

Friday, Feb. 25
Ever since Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines recorded "Weather Bird" in 1928, jazz has had a special reverence for duo performances. Not all of them have been worthy of that reverence, mind you, but not all of them have featured the great pianist Roger Kellaway. A terrifically skilled, criminally underrated player and composer, [...]

Wednesdays in March: The First Annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival

Amy K. Bormet, a D.C.-based pianist, accordionist, and occasional singer, was working last year at the Kennedy Center's annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and noticed something. "Half of the women in this festival, working in these orchestras and ensembles, were local D.C. people that I knew," she says. "I saw this and [...]

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