The DJs, bands, dance nights and parties you need to plan for in the next seven days. We'll feature more events on the blog throughout the week.
In the 1960s, the Left Bank Jazz Society was responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in jazz to Baltimore while promoting such great local musicians as tenor saxophonist Mickey Fields. Many of these shows were recorded. A small number have been digitized, and a smaller number have crystal-clear sound quality-including a Jan. 9, 1966 show featuring Fields and four other Baltimore jazz legends. Snag a piece of local jazz history at the Caton Castle on Oct. 27, when the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and the Left Bank release an album recording of that 1966 hometown all-stars show.
Man, Jon Irabagon can really, really blow. Since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone composition in 2008, the alto and tenor player has taken seemingly every opportunity to show what he can do.
The tenth DC Jazz Festival officially begins Tuesday, and with it comes days of jazz, jazz and more jazz in dozens of venues across the city. Below we highlight one event from each day, while you can check out the full schedule here.
The DC Jazz Festival kicked off its tenth anniversary Saturday night at The Hamilton with a performance by celebrated trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
It's awfully hard to find a reason not to recommend Allyn Johnson for the opening night of the festival—but then again, why would you even search for one? The evening represents the capstone on Johnson's June residency at Bohemian Caverns, where he's spent every Tuesday in solo piano performance.
Join us for one of the 2014 DC Jazz Fest's "Jazz in the 'Hoods" concerts with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra! An afternoon of great classic jazz to help us honor the opening of Dumbarton House as a museum in 1932.
Jazz has an incredibly storied history in DC, and CapitalBop’s Gio Russonello and Luke Stewart are playing a big part in helping it continue to grow. In celebration of this weekend’s DC Jazz Fest and Capitalbop’s Jazz Loft Series, I interviewed them to get some perspective on their work with CaptialBop, the nature of jazz, jazz’s role in DC, and how jazz continues to be such a vital American art form.
Two years ago, I defended the DC Jazz Festival's penchant for repeat headliners. However, while I'm attempting to reserve judgment, some things have recently happened to throw that penchant into starker relief.