A tribute to a great jazz mentor and a steady bandleading gig for Joe Brotherton
Posts Tagged ‘Quincy Phillips’
This might be the best year yet for the 24-years-running jazz fest across the Potomac.
Thursday, June 5
How many times have you sat here hoping for the best of Brazil's jazz musicians to someday forge an onstage alliance with the best of D.C.'s jazz musicians? Not many, I'll wager; you probably don't spend a lot of time pitting a city against a whole country of distinct culture and constituent parts. [...]
Saturday, May 3
Look, everyone knows about the Funk Parade at this point, right? It's a daylong outdoor fair and festival on U Street that's assumed such proportion that, frankly, the titular parade seems to be one of the smallest parts. And while, yes, funk is the dominant motif of the day, there'll be plenty of [...]
We're strictly local this week, folks, and that's a good thing.
Thursday, April 17
The Young Lions trio became an emblem, the triple faces of D.C.'s jazz renaissance, partly because they could make room for anything in their conception of jazz music. But whatever "anything" entailed, it was bound to be attached to groove. That's what allowed [...]
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 [...]
Not yet, anyway.
Friday, Oct. 4
You often hear jazz described as "laid back." But so many of its greatest practitioners could never be described that way. Does Coleman Hawkins sound laid back? John Coltrane? Sonny Rollins? Of course not. And neither does Tedd Baker, the lead tenor saxophonist in the U.S. Air Force's Airmen of Note. [...]
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 [...]
Thursday, Feb. 7
Andrew Hare is The Melodic Drummer. That's the name of his always fascinating blog and book, but more to the point, it describes his approach to the instrument. Hare looks to build arrangements, accompaniments, and solos with the structure and phrasing that we usually associate with melody. And he does it without sacrificing [...]
Happy New Year, folks! Thought I'd ring in 2013 with a headline that screams 2011. That said, two of my picks below feature D.C. jazz musicians, so it works, right?
Friday, Jan. 4
We don't hear enough from the trio that jump-started the new Silver Age of D.C. jazz. Yes, it was The Young Lions who in [...]