Posts Tagged ‘setlist’

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 13-19: Damn Snow

Damn snow messed up my beautifully organized Setlist this week. Now two of these three shows are in conflict with each other. But I'm going to write about them anyway, and you can choose the one that tickles your fancy.
Sunday, Feb. 16 (moved from tonight)
It's fascinating that David Ornette Cherry plays piano. Trumpeter Don Cherry's [...]

Jazz Setlist: Kahil’s Back

Thursday, Feb. 6
Tim Whalen has been kicking it up lately. Always a popular sideman in town—and for very good reason—Whalen has bands that seem to be increasingly visible on the scene. That's especially true of his septet, but Whalen also leads a trimmed down quartet featuring one horn (tenor saxophonist Tedd Baker) and a rhythm [...]

Jazz Setlist: Lori Williams, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and Helen Sung

Thursday, Jan. 30
The only thing better than Lori Williams' velvet voice, expressive and elastic time, and delectable phrasing is the irrepressible joy she communicates with every syllable. Williams simply loves to sing, and it shows. In that sense she's like Ella Fitzgerald, who was always absolutely delighted to be with you. But only in that [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 23-29: Two Nights in the Caves

Friday, Jan. 24
A year ago this week, the jazz world lost a vastly underappreciated giant. Lawrence "Butch" Morris played trumpet and cornet, but his major contribution to the music was, believe it or not, as a conductor. More precisely, it was as the architect of "conduction." Morris formulated an approach to the leadership of an [...]

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, Dec. 12-18: Old Favorites

Thursday, Dec. 12
If you're looking for a Latin Jazz band with as complete as possible a concoction of Latin and jazz musics, look no further than Maryland's Afro-Bop Alliance. It's percussionist Joe McCarthy—the defining force of the band—prodding them into rhythmic intensity and real Afro-Caribbean flavor. But one can't discount the rest of the rhythm [...]

Jazz Setlist, December 5-11: D.C.’s Newest Jazz Club

Thursday, Dec. 5
"D.C.'s Newest Jazz Club" is the tagline that they're using, and at least one night a week it's true. As D.C. jazz promoter Jeff Stacey noted in our People issue last week, Dukem, perhaps the most highly regarded Ethiopian restaurant in Washington (a city of many, many Ethiopian restaurants, if you haven't noticed), [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Holiday Edition

Friday, Nov. 29
My God, Odean Pope is 75. It's no small thing to remind oneself of this, that tenor saxophonist Pope has been part of the jazz community since the mid '60s. He spent almost 25 years working in bands led by iconic drummer Max Roach, but left plenty of time and space for his own [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 21-27: Save the Caves!

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 7-13: Good Fortune

Thursday, Nov. 7
The salty, melodic sound of Sonny Fortune's alto sax is one of the hidden pleasures of jazz. It's also one of the most surprising: Fortune has a tendency to play his themes straight, with little to no embellishment, letting you think you're in for a smooth ride on the tune. Come the improvisation, [...]

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