Luke Stewart—bassist, CapitalBopper, and talent booker at the Union Arts loft—has organized a 50th anniversary celebration of what's been called "arguably the most seminal jazz concert series ever held."
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A musical tribute to the late spiritual fathers of D.C. rhythm, Keter Betts and Harold Mann
When I called In the Tradition, Friday night's Washington Renaissance Orchestra concert at the Lincoln Theatre, "the D.C. jazz occasion of the year," I wasn't being hyperbolic. The show was magisterial, an emotional powerhouse built with superlative work from 17 of the best musicians the District has to offer. It was a complete triumph.
Though the concert was organized and led by drummer [...]
This edition of Setlist stops before next Tuesday, when the DC Jazz Festival begins. Arts Desk will provide extensive coverage of the festival—the build-up weekend, though, is also a particularly good time to get out and see some jazz. Here are three good examples.
Friday, June 20
Festival aside, Friday night is perhaps the D.C. jazz occasion of [...]
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 [...]
Jazz Setlist, January 16-22: Anthony Pirog, Westminster’s Jazz Night, RH Factor, and Kenny Rittenhouse
Thursday, Jan. 16
The more you hear Anthony Pirog, the more interesting he gets. Perhaps it's because jazz is only one of many intersecting avenues in the music he plays on guitar. In fact, Pirog to a great degree gets called "jazz" only because it's the closest his improvisational, experimental work gets to a genre of [...]
Thursday, August 29
If you read Setlist, there's a good chance you also read This Week in Jazz, DCist's rundown written by Sriram Gopal. In which case you may also know that Gopal is a jazz drummer, too, as well as an enthusiastic celebrant of his own Indian heritage. In that spirit, he's the founder of [...]
Just because an artist is second on the bill doesn't make he's fluff or filler. Nasar Abadey pummeled the drums, especially his rack toms, following fierce volleys from trumpeter J.S. Williams, alto saxophonist Joe Ford, and pianist Allyn Johnson while playing Wayne Shorter's "Free Fall" last night at the Hamilton. Jabari Exum (percussion) and James [...]
Ah, that magical time of year when D.C.'s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of jazz. Which, for the next 12 days, will be everywhere, in greater diversity and density than ever before. Yes, the D.C. Jazz Festival is determinedly getting better and better every year; it remains to be seen whether this year's incarnation, which [...]
Thursday, Feb. 28
The first jazz I saw when I moved to D.C. in the summer of 2001 may well have been Kevin Cordt. At the time, the trumpeter's quartet was holding down Friday nights at Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill, with flyers advertising that their sound evoked the Blue Note albums of the '60s. And [...]