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Posts Tagged ‘Thad Wilson’
Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is enough to constitute a full-on and fervent spiritual experience.
When I called In the Tradition, Friday night's Washington Renaissance Orchestra concert at the Lincoln Theatre, "the D.C. jazz occasion of the year," I wasn't being hyperbolic. The show was magisterial, an emotional powerhouse built with superlative work from 17 of the best musicians the District has to offer. It was a complete triumph.
Though the concert was organized and led by drummer [...]
Thursday, May 15
Thad Wilson's gigs are suddenly not as rare as they used to be. The trumpeter and bandleader is fresh off his April residency at Bohemian Caverns, where his music was often incredibly hip, and in between those weekly sessions he managed a gig or two at Twins Jazz and Westminster Presbyterian. Still rare, [...]
Thursday, April 24
Since the mid '90s, there's really been one predominant figure on the jazz piano: Brad Mehldau. "Predominant" is not to say that he's the greatest pianist going (though he's certainly up there), but certainly he's the most visible and influential of his generation. Jazz educators tell of a decade meeting legions of young [...]
Thursday, February 27
There's a multidimensional aspect to theThe Greater U Street Jazz Collective's name. The quintet, populated by veteran D.C. jazz musicians, looks to remember and uphold the legacy of jazz life and culture, and through it the legacy of African-American life and culture, in D.C. U Street has long been the core of that [...]
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 [...]
Friday, Nov. 30
What's now just another Subway franchise at 2517 Pennsylvania Avenue NW used to be something special. One Step Down was the jazz club in D.C. for a long time—the headquarters for the local scene and a favorite stop for touring musicians until it closed in 2000. (Thanks, real-estate boom!) All these years later, [...]
Thursday, Nov. 15
This year, there was no shortage of jazz recordings that generated buzz both inside and outside of the jazz community. But I placed at the top of my list the fairly straightforward and not tremendously hyped Angelic Warrior, the new album by alto saxophonist Tia Fuller. She, too, is doing pretty well outside [...]
Thursday, August 23
D.C. may be a bass town first and foremost, at least as far as jazz is concerned; the trombone, however, has been making a surge lately. We've always had strong players, including the late and beloved Calvin Jones, who founded the jazz program at UDC. But in the past few years, powerhouse Greg [...]