Posts Tagged ‘Tarus Mateen’

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 11-17: Heartbreaker Edition

Despite the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, there's still plenty of shows worth checking out around town.

KenCen Sk8rjazz: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 10-16

Including Jason Moran and skateboarders, and Mary Halvorson and Ches Smith.

Threefer: Jazz Setlist, Sept. 3-9

Including bassist Tarus Mateen, organist Alex Jenkins, and more.

Jazz Setlist, July 24-30: U Street’s Hopping

Thursday, July 24
If you haven't heard Lyle Link on saxophone before, brace yourself. The image that his sound calls to mind is that of a scimitar: strong, elegant, full of opulent curves—and ready to run through your gut in a second. It's simply a sound like no other, and Link carries it with him across [...]

Bassist Tarus Mateen Says D.C.’s a City of Drummers

Even among the great musicians who live in D.C., Tarus Mateen qualifies as a heavyweight. A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Mateen was living in Atlanta when he was invited to work for two weeks in New York with Art Blakey; he later joined the bands of singer Betty Carter—one of jazz's great training grounds—trumpeter Marlon [...]

New Vintage Jazz and Wine Fest Packs ‘Em In

Few people would picture The Half Street Fairgrounds—the little lot off of Nationals Park (you probably know it as The Bullpen) where pre- and post-gaming happens—as the venue for a jazz or wine festival, let alone both. And perhaps that's the point. These are products that we think of as ivory-tower stuff, to be sought [...]

Jazz Setlist, August 22-28: Tributes, We’ve Got Tributes

Friday, August 23
Regular readers of Setlist will know that much of the year has been devoted to tributes to Wayne Shorter and his forthcoming 80th birthday. Why is this such a big deal? Well, you must understand that while he's not the only jazz titan still alive, Shorter's legacy runs deeper and wider than almost [...]

The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2012

Last year's Jazzies were created on a whim, searching for a way to sum up the year in D.C. jazz; to our surprise, it went viral within the local community, giving Washington City Paper little choice but to turn the cute one-off into an annual tradition. Thus, without further ado, here are the winners of [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 1-7: De-Election

Thursday, Nov. 1
Singer Roberta Gambarini is a frequent presence around these parts, a regular part of the D.C. Jazz Festival's lineup and an annual performer at Blues Alley, where she returns this weekend. She is always welcome. A native of Torino, Italy, the lovely Gambarini speaks with an Italian accent, but when she sings there's [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 25-31: The Residents

Friday, Oct. 26
When the late Dr. Billy Taylor was the Kennedy Center's Artistic Adviser for Jazz, you'd see him cross the institution's stages occasionally—primarily as a guest in other artists' sets, and increasingly less as he got older. The new artistic adviser, Jason Moran, is considerably younger and more energetic (his fresh perspective helped him land [...]

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