Check out the 2018 DC JazzPrix Finalists during
DC JazzFest at The Wharf | Hyatt House Hotel!
DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announces the five bands chosen as the 2018 DCJazzPrix™ Finalists, all of whom will perform Saturday, June 16 as part of DC JazzPrix Finals at DC JazzFest at the Wharf in the Hyatt House. The finalists are:
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead (New York, NY): Based in New York City and formed by drummer Jonathan Barber, Vision Ahead features alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, pianist Taber Gable, and bassist Matt Dwonszyk. Barber, Renfroe, Gable, and Dwonszyk met while matriculating at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (Hartt School of Music) and later connected with Louis in New York. Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead debuted as a quintet in January 2017, performing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Vision Ahead means to carry on a legacy forward, striving to breakthrough barriers reaching towards your goal. This bands hope is to spark a fresh musical style that is relevant with today’s generation.
The Cornerstore (Baltimore, MD): Developed by Baltimore native, bassist Kris Funn, and based in the DMV, The Cornerstore includes his fellow Howard University alum, drummer Quincy Phillips, and guitarist John Lee. Between them they have performed with such artists as Sean Jones, Christian Scott, Pharoah Sanders, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Kamasi Washington, Hassan Hakmoun, Cyro Baptista, and Fatoumata Diawara and many others. Cornerstore released its first album in 2017, under the leadership of first call bassist Kris Funn. Life lessons meeting at the intersection of blues, rock, bebop and hip hop. See you at the Cornerstore.
Emmet Cohen Trio (New York, NY): Committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history and traditions, the Emmet Cohen Trio features multi-faceted pianist- composer Emmet Cohen, Grammy and Emmy-nominated bassist Russell Hall, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and drummer Evan Sherman. Between them they have worked with vocalists Kurt Elling and Lea DeLaria, NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, James Moody, and Jimmy Cobb, plus the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. The trio is remembered for its range and uplifting dynamism and represents a kaleidoscopic sense of musical narrative.
Sanbone Pagode Oquestra Ensemble (Salvador, Bahia, Brazi): Founded in 2016 by multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader Jose Hugo dos Santos (Hugo Sanbone), the group takes its name from Hugo’s nom de guerre, “Sanbone”, which comes from the first 3 letters of SANfona (the Brazilian of the accordion that was Hugo’s first instrument, combined with trombone. The “Pagode” comes from “Pagode Baiano”, the most popular street style of music in Bahia’s Afro-Brazilian communities, a funky urban dance music known for its deep groove and risqué lyrics. Band includes: Jose Hugo da Silva Santos (Hugo Sanbone), Founder, Leader, Trombone, Sax, Marcio Montargil, Bass; Everton Gonzaga, Percussionist; Állefe Souza Bonfim, Drums; Sérgio Ricardo Silva Santos, Percussionist; Jackson Almeida, Guitar; Gilberto Almeida, Trumpet; Rudney Machado, Trumpet; William Nascimento Goncalves, Saxophone. The Sanbone Pagode Orquestra Ensemble, debuted in 2016, as an evolution of the 22-piece Sanbone Pagode Orquestra Big Band. Over the past two years the Sanbone Pagode Orquestra Ensemble has been performing over 50 shows in theatres, outdoors festivals, churches and many public performances spaces in Bahia and Brazil.
Roxy Coss Quintet (New York, NY): The Roxy Coss Quintet is a New York-based ensemble led by saxophonist-clarinetist-flutist Coss, with guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Jimmy MacBride. The band performs Coss’ original compositions and arrangements of the modern jazz, pop, and standards songbooks. The Quintet has headlined at the Newport and Ballard jazz festivals, and many major venues, including Jazz Standard, The Nash, Jazz Showcase, Smalls, 55 Bar, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Underground Café and residencies at SMOKE and Club Bonafide. Started in 2008, the Quintet has evolved into its current lineup on their Spring 2018 release The Future is Female (Posi-Tone), Roxy Coss’ fifth album.