Posts Tagged ‘Paul Carr’

Sharón Clark, Stefon Harris, and Avant-Garde Saxophone: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 11-17

The clearest alto saxophone tone you've ever heard: huge, iron-hard, and rather menacing.

Jazz Setlist, April 24-30: Return of the Son of JazzApril

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 [...]

What to See at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Which Starts Tonight)

The motto for the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, “Standing Up for Real Jazz,” smacks of rigid definition—the Jazz-as-Ideology school. And admittedly, that is the modus operandi of festival curator Paul Carr within and without the festival. Yet inside the small maze of rooms on the first floor of the Hilton Rockville Hotel, Carr doesn't just wave [...]

Jazz Setlist, August 22-28: Tributes, We’ve Got Tributes

Friday, August 23
Regular readers of Setlist will know that much of the year has been devoted to tributes to Wayne Shorter and his forthcoming 80th birthday. Why is this such a big deal? Well, you must understand that while he's not the only jazz titan still alive, Shorter's legacy runs deeper and wider than almost [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 18-24: Grammatically Coherent

Thursday, Oct. 18
What does a jazz writer do with a trio that refers to themselves gleefully as "a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization"? That's a jazz-crit buzz phrase all by itself, if not a terribly revealing one. Here's the first description that comes to my head: Thiefs is a band that finds a way to make [...]

DC Jazz Festival: The Lofty Ambitions of CapitalBop’s MegaFest

Saturday was the day of CapitalBop's 11-hour MegaFest at 629 New York Ave. NW. Unable to attend the full event, I instead stopped in every couple of hours to get a sense of it and enjoy the goings-on. Here are my impressions of each visit.
3:49 p.m. The setup here is pretty neat. It's a huge [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Planning Your Mega-Weekend

You've already met Alex Brown, our festival pick for this evening (midnight at Cashion's Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road NW, Free). But there are even more big things happening over the weekend—especially tomorrow.
SATURDAY
There's always a rickety, homemade vibe to DIY projects and events—to some extent, that's the point. But it doesn't mean DIY can't be [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 16-22: Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 9-15: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Thursday, Feb. 9
The resurgence of the New Orleans brass band in the late 2000s was just about the unlikeliest musical development of its time. In some ways, it was a product of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a living proof of the steadfastness of the people of the Crescent City who endured such horror, natural and manmade. [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 31-April 6: Canada Day Comes Early

Friday, April 1
Night of the Cookers. The Modern Jazz Giants. The Bebop All-Stars. One of those big hyperbolic album titles should by rights be hung around the necks of the cast of characters D.C. jazz patriarch Paul Carr has assembled for the weekend. In truth, Carr, born and bred in the "Texas Tenor" tradition of [...]

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