The DCJF has a habit of going out with a bang, and this year is no exception: Last night's world premiere of "The Latin Tinge of Jelly Roll Morton" at the Kennedy Center was probably the highlight of the entire festival this year. "The great Duke Ellington once said that 'Good arranging is like re-composing,'" [...]
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Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was living in Washington in 1938, running a U Street club (in the building that now houses Ben's Next Door), when he was invited by Alan Lomax to record his reminiscences at the Library of Congress. Morton had a lot to say—over eight hours' worth—and not all of it was true, [...]
Where was Moody? That's the mystery.
Actually, the physical whereabouts of James Moody, 85, were well-known, even though the saxophonist/flutist wasn't present at the Lincoln Theatre last night for the NEA Jazz Masters' tribute to him. "James recently had a surgical procedure done," DCJF producer Charlie Fishman explained from the stage. "So unfortunately he couldn't be [...]