Posts Tagged ‘Tarus Mateen’

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 26-August 1: Countdown to the Doldrums

Yes, folks, August will soon be upon us, and it's traditionally the slowest month for jazz in D.C. (Hell, it's the slowest month for D.C., period.) But July, in its final week, seems determined to give us the goods.

Thursday, July 26
I've already heard this four-night trio gig at Blues Alley credited to drummer Jimmy Cobb; [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 28-July 4: The Megagroup

Saturday, June 30
There are supergroups, and then there's Spectrum Road. But it feels like an undersell to refer to this quartet as a supergroup—how about megagroup? In the context of fusion, it's just about the only term that works: guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour), bassist Jack Bruce (Cream), pianist-organist John Medeski (John Scofield, Medeski Martin [...]

DC Jazz Festival: The Lofty Ambitions of CapitalBop’s MegaFest

Saturday was the day of CapitalBop's 11-hour MegaFest at 629 New York Ave. NW. Unable to attend the full event, I instead stopped in every couple of hours to get a sense of it and enjoy the goings-on. Here are my impressions of each visit.
3:49 p.m. The setup here is pretty neat. It's a huge [...]

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