Posts Tagged ‘Thad Wilson’

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, Nov. 29-Dec. 5: The Goods

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, [...]

Jazz Setlist, November 15-21: Sax and Guitar

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, August 23-29: Kick Some Brass

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 [...]

ToDo ToDay: An Indie-Rock Festival Weekend

Say you like contemporary classical music, but the National Symphony’s recent offerings favor Mozart and Beethoven. Don’t fret—the New York City Ballet has you covered. This weekend, the company performs to works by American icon John Adams, contemporary Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov, and 20th-century classics by Bernstein and Gerswhin. But there’s a catch: You have [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 5-11: The Buck Stops Here

Friday, April 6
For last week's Best of D.C. issue, I named Buck Hill, the octogenarian tenor saxophonist known as the District's "Wailin' Mailman," the city's "Best Elder Statesman." I wrote, "Hill no longer conquers jam sessions; he’s only an occasional stage presence these days...though he’s lost none of the mighty swing and cocksure, paint-peeling tone [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 19-25: Milestones

Thursday, Jan. 19
Observers of the D.C.  jazz scene have been known to refer to the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra as "now-defunct" or "former." And that's not true. While the large ensemble doesn't appear with any regularity—or for that matter, with a consistent lineup—the trumpeter has continued his work as a big bandleader after the group's [...]

Jazz Setlist, Feb. 3-9: The Sounding of Trumpets Pianos

Damnation, D.C.! The Christian Scott performance at Wolf Trap tonight has been canceled! This was going to be the week's big pick! With a big, glorious photograph of Scott playing trumpet to accompany! Oh, sure, there's plenty of other good stuff for the week, but still.
Thursday, Feb. 3
As jazz piano develops in increasingly abstract and [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 4-10: Fin de Cecil

Thursday, Nov. 4
Now, this is something different. D.C. musician Arch Thompson plays the flute, but he's not a flutist—he's a flutologist. And he doesn't do concerts. He does a ministry, Jazz to Mother Earth, whose mission is to educate us about living in harmony with Mother Earth, especially via clean air and water. And he [...]

DC Jazz Festival: Miles, Monk & More at the Madison

As mentioned before, most of this first week's local-artist showcase for the DC Jazz Festival is par for the course in terms of the regular Washington club rotation. There are, however, some exceptions, and the Thad Wilson Quartet is one of them.
Wilson, a trumpeter with a busy schedule of teaching at GWU and raising a [...]

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