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DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC on Georgetown University Press, Now Available!

DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC on Georgetown University Press, Now Available!

The familiar history of jazz music in the United States begins with its birth in jny: New Orleans, moves upstream along the Mississippi River to jny: Chicago, and then by rail into New York, before exploding across the globe. However, the rich history of jazz in the nation’s capital is often overlooked. Some of the most ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre

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The Dixie Dregs Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC March 7, 2018

Back in the 1970s, many aspiring young guitarists yearned to play like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, but truly inspired musicians wanted to be as good as John McLaughlin or Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (later just The Dregs). While the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio To Blues Alley On March 20

Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at Blues Alley on March 20. Ben-Hur– born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in jny: New York City—has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band At Blues Alley

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Corea/Gadd Band
Blues Alley
Washington D.C.
October 16, 2017

On an unusually warm evening in October, Chick Corea and Steve Gadd arrived in Washington D.C. for a highly anticipated residency at Blues Alley. The lineup was comprised of Luisito Quintero (percussion), Carlitos Del Puerto (acoustic and electric bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), ...

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John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring Meeting of the Spirits at Lincoln Theatre

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip
John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
Lincoln Theatre
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
Washington, DC
November 11, 2017

In the late 1960s, the bluesy electric soul music of Jimi Hendrix and the funk of Sly and the Family Stone began to influence Miles Davis, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

King Crimson at Lisner Auditorium

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King Crimson
Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University
Washington DC
October 28, 2017

The original King Crimson burst like a supernova upon the 1969 music universe, with talents from Jimi Hendrix to Pete Townshend extolling its virtues. The quickly departing band members ultimately would become integral parts of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

In late September, Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg will tour Mid-Atlantic cities and towns, sharing the vibrant melodies and captivating rhythms of his homeland with fans of world music and jazz. The tour takes his quartet from the nation’s capital to Baltimore and Annapolis, Rock Hall and Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and concludes with ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2018 Class of NEA Jazz Masters

Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipients were announced this evening at a DC Jazz Festival concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where Metheny also ...

Grace Note Productions Presents Amina Claudine Myers In Concert in Manassas, VA on June 3

Grace Note Productions Presents Amina Claudine Myers In Concert  in Manassas, VA on June 3

Grace Note Productions is pleased to announce that they are sponsoring jazz pianist and vocalist, Amina Claudine Myers in Concert on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3 PM at the Wyndham Garden Manassas Hotel in jny: Manassas, VA. Accompanying Amina will be Alto Saxophonist Antonio Parker, Bassist James King, and Drummer Nasar Abadey. Also, to open ...

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The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet at the Library of Congress

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The Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
The Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2017

Although he only has two major label releases to his name, Ambrose Akinmusire has established himself as one of the most exciting trumpet players in recent years. The last appearance he made on a recording was Wolfgang Muthspiel's ...