Festival Highlights from Artistic Director, Willard Jenkins

October 16, 2019

Festival Highlights from Artistic Director, Willard Jenkins
  • Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days remains a jewel of a weekend at The Phillips Collection.
  • Stefon Harris & Blackout, and Sharon Clark really brought it on our lovely opening at the Residence of the Ambassador of Denmark.
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant’s sublime duo performance with Fred Hersch at Hamilton Live
  • Celebrating, mentor & brother Randy Weston at The Kennedy Center Family Theatre exceeded all curatorial goals.
  • Etienne Charles’ Creole Soul delivered deep Caribbean flavor to City Winery.
  • 2019 weekend at The Wharf was incredible.  Biggest “discovery” that weekend for me was the young vibraphonist Sasha Berliner on the Transit Pier stage; loved standing near Joshua Redman (whose quartet set was perhaps The Wharf highlight) and watching him transfixed by Sasha.
  • Jon Batiste’s second line at The Anthem was a real thrill.
  • Conducting a DownBeat Blindfold Test with drummer Ralph Peterson after his explosive Art Blakey tribute set with his NextGen Big Band on the District Pier stage was a total blast (read it in the Oct. issue).
  • The Great Masters of Jazz concert at the Kennedy Center was an apt finale, particularly the Sharon Clark, Kenny Garrett, and Joshua Redman cameos, capped by the Roy Hargrove Big Band closer.