The U Street Jazz Jam rises again and Jeremy Pelt returns to town.
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As it ages, the 2014 DC Jazz Festival is getting shorter: This year, it will run for six days from June 24 to June 29, down from nine days in 2013 and 10 the year before. But it's making the most of the tighter timeframe, according to the lineup the festival announced today.
Last year's one-night [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Every year, you hear some grumbling about one aspect of the DC Jazz Festival from the circle of local jazz snobs of which, for better or worse, I'm a member. The complaint? The festival's repetitive programming.
As regular festivalgoers surely have noticed, there's a small coterie of musicians who have headlined the festival over and over [...]
Here we are again in the first week of June, when D.C. jazz brings out everything but the kitchen sink. Yup—it's festival time.
This year brings a lot of changes to the DC Jazz Festival. Its previous two-week duration has been trimmed down to 10 days (June 1-10). After regaining its signature "Jazz on the National [...]
Friday, October 7
We all know easy-listening trumpeter Chris Botti, right? He wasn't always such light, soft fare. He moved to New York City in 1985, the story goes, to establish himself as the baddest young bebop trumpeter on the scene. But something happened there to scare him away from that goal, sending him running into [...]
It's all been leading up to this, funseekers.
For many music festivals, a daylong program of artists on an outdoor stage would constitute the entire festival. For the DC Jazz Festival, Jazz on the National Mall is merely the crown jewel of a two-week, 50-venue event. And as crown jewels go, six-and-a-half free hours of [...]
Ahh, it comes 'round again—the big event, the area's jazz gig of the year: The D.C. Jazz Festival, scheduled this year for June 1-13. The lineup was announced today.
Some good news: The festival's signature event, Jazz on the National Mall, returns after last year's absence, with a new sponsor (Bing). The free daylong concert this [...]
Friday, Jan. 7
It's perhaps the most casual gig in town, but something interesting is always happening at Westminster Presbyterian's Jazz Night. Under the buzz of people chatting quietly to each other, or the scraping of plates of food sold by the SW Catering Company downstairs, can be heard the most swinging and warm jazz music [...]