156

8th Capital Jazz Festival

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Gato Barbieri

In its 8th year, Capital Jazz Fest admirably held up its reputation for having a performance schedule that reads like a Who's Who of contemporary jazz. In 2000, as in prior years, this included some of the hottest up-and-coming artists (Nestor Torres, Gabriela Anders, Norman Brown, Marc Antoine, Walter Beasley, Maysa), a heavy portion of the current chart-toppers (Keiko Matsui, Bob James, Dave Koz, Patti Austin, Hiroshima, Spyro Gyra, Boney James, Rick Braun) and some rare performances by legendary performers who have been making great music since before contemporary jazz existed! (George Benson, Gato Barbieri, Jean-Luc Ponty).
Expect the unexpected is also becoming a tradition. This year, master guitarist-bassist Stanley Jordan was joined by a gentleman from India who added the mystical and unusual sounds of sitar and other native Indian instruments to create a set even more unique than Stanley usually provides. The uncontested most energetic and crowd-pleasing set had to be the Saturday night headliners: Rick Braun and Boney James playing together. Both have guested on the other's recent albums and they played some of the biggest hits from each, as well as tracks from their first collaborative CD (Shake It Up).
For those few people who have not heard about it or been there (it is justifiably the largest contemporary jazz event in the US) Capital Jazz is an astonishing event: 24 concerts in two days, and the whole thing goes off like clockwork. There are two stages, and when the show ends on one stage, a new act starts almost immediately on the other one. All you have to do is to sit back, relax, and enjoy music after music after music. If it is possible to overdose on excellent, diverse modern jazz, Capital Jazz would be the cause!
Capital Jazz Fest has become so popular, in fact, that this year they outgrew their regular venue, the Merriweather Post Pavilion and adjacent shady tree-lined city park, and moved the event to the football stadium of the U.S. Naval Academy. Whether or not this proves to be the best move, instead of limiting the seating and ticket sales remains to be seen. The two stages are further apart, making it harder to cover all the concerts. Of course, there is no shade in an outdoor football stadium except for the highest bleacher seats, and the first weekend in June turned out to be almost oppressively steamy this year.

Still, if you don't mind crowds and are looking for an absolutely action and talent-packed event, keep that first weekend of June 2001 clear and plan to be in Baltimore!


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017 Live Reviews Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017
by Mike Chamberlain
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Lance Canales & The Flood At Biscuits & Blues Live Reviews Lance Canales & The Flood At Biscuits & Blues
by Walter Atkins
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe Live Reviews Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" Live Reviews Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" Live Reviews TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016
by John Kelman
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" Live Reviews Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016
by Mark Corroto
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights" Live Reviews Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina" Live Reviews Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café" Live Reviews Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 15, 2016

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.