Any thought that the Harlem memorial service for Dr. Billy Taylor last night would be a somber, mournful affair was dispelled after the opening prayers at Riverside Church of New York. First, Reverend Calvin O. Butts (from the nearby Abyssinian Baptist Church) delivered the evening's gathering prayer; then, he said, "One of the things I [...]
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Still groggy from last night's monumental Cecil Taylor concert, I arrive to find a smothering stack of notices for jazz gigs all on Sunday, the 14th. A bad day for people who want an easy choice, but a good day for jazz in the District — enough so that four different shows, each of a [...]
Chicago pianist Ramsey Lewis was gigging with his trio at DC..'s Bohemian Caverns 45 years ago this month when he covered Dobie Gray's hit single "The In Crowd." Lewis' version would become a massive Top Five hit, eclipsing even the original and marking one of jazz's last gasps as jukebox music.
Lewis has remained a jazz [...]
Friday, May 14
Terell Stafford is a sharp dude: suave, snazzily dressed, and with trumpet skills to spare. Stafford has strong D.C. roots, as well: He spent his formative years in Silver Spring and attended the University of Maryland, where he learned his craft before moving on to the New York scene. Stafford's no radical: He [...]