Thursday, April 24
Since the mid '90s, there's really been one predominant figure on the jazz piano: Brad Mehldau. "Predominant" is not to say that he's the greatest pianist going (though he's certainly up there), but certainly he's the most visible and influential of his generation. Jazz educators tell of a decade meeting legions of young [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bowie’
Thursday, April 24
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The holiday weekend prevented me from properly addressing the death last week of Jerry Gordon, a favorite local guitarist who was renowned for his lovely melodic imagination and mastery of the playing style first developed by Wes Montgomery. Gordon was a longtime area resident, having performed in D.C. for over 20 years, and was a [...]
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 [...]
That's right, folks, it's time once again for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. The Paul Carr-driven heir to the late East Coast Jazz Festival is now in its third year, and like any great annual event it's both growing and getting better with each iteration. Hence, while there are a few scattered jazz events going on [...]
Ten-year-old trumpeter Geoff Gallante is playing a free concert of jazz standards on May 1, at 4 p.m., at the Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria. Jean Baptiste will be playing piano, Michael Bowie will be playing bass, and Harold Summey will be on the drums at the show.
Since first picking up the trumpet at the [...]