Twenty-one-year-old Isabelle De Leon already has an eye-popping musical résumé. The University of Maryland senior is the drummer in her family band Ivy Rose, opening for Weezer and making the semifinals of last season's America's Got Talent. She's also won scholarships from the Washington Post and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; participated in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate [...]
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When pianist Amy K. Bormet started the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011, it consisted of four nights of performances—one per week in March—at a single venue. Just two years later, it's a densely programmed week that touches all four quadrants of the District. It's become richer, too, including all varieties of music as [...]
Saturday, March 16
Jack DeJohnette is coming off a big year. He turned 70, released a fascinating worldbeat-influenced album (Sound Travels)—and, oh yes, he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest honor that America bestows on its jazz musicians. The latter is especially impressive for the man whose breakthrough came with his work on Bitches [...]
If everybody else can make a stupid fake word out of "sequester," so can I.
Friday, March 8
"Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project" premiered last September in New York and was immediately acclaimed. A long-form, multimedia performance collaboration between Vijay Iyer—the much-talked about, award-winning jazz artist of the moment—and poet Mike Ladd, it's a difficult, [...]
A reading from a book about bicycle commuting, right next to the Capital Crescent Trail in downtown Bethesda? Ordinarily, that sounds like a recipe for a lot of two-wheeled triumphalism. But maybe not when the author is Eben Weiss, better known to self-loathing cyclists as Bike Snob NYC, whose eponymous, hilarious blog about the joys, [...]
At Mike Daisey's talk at Georgetown University Monday night, he said he wants to apologize to Ira Glass, and he acknowledged that he did not correct reporters who assumed he was telling the truth about what he saw at Apple factories in China. "It would have been so much more open to admit, no, I’m [...]
Pianist Amy K. Bormet may be—OK, is—one of the personally silliest people in local jazz. But she's a serious musician, and she's put together a serious festival that's now in its second year. The Washington Women in Jazz Festival started its life on a much smaller scale: Though it was a month long, it consisted [...]
The vote is unanimous: The inaugural Washington Women in Jazz Festival has been a big hit. Over the course of five Wednesdays in March, pianist Amy K. Bormet mined the city's formidable female jazz talents and presented them, both as leaders and accompanists, on the bandstand. Every time this writer stopped in, the house was [...]
In case you've forgotten, there are two ongoing weekly concert series at U Street's Twins Jazz this month: the Sunday Jazz Lounge on (duh) Sunday nights and the Washington Women in Jazz Festival on Wednesday Nights. Both have particularly fine installments this week, featuring, incidentally, the two sides of a married musical couple.
Sunday Jazz Lounge
Tonight was supposed to be the online Wednesday in March with nothing on the official schedule for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival—Twins Jazz was already booked.
But no! Festival organizer Amy K. Bormet conspired with Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart, the jazz advocates behind CapitalBop, to pencil in a special bonus session at their preferred performance [...]