Jazz Avenues

May 2018

Vocalist Sharon Clark, still enjoying acclaim from her recent CD “Intimate Ella,” appears on May 19 at The Alex in Georgetown.

Kristine Key to Perform at Anacostia Arts Center
The Second Sundays Jazz series presents “The Kristine Key Quartet Musical Experience” in a free show from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 13 at the Anacostia Arts Center.

Key, an entrancing vocalist and entertainer, has her roots in the jazz tradition but also branches out to original tunes, contemporary popular classics and other musical modes. The Kristine Key Quartet Musical Experience on May 13 is to include Key on vocals, Wade Beach, piano, Herman Burney, bass, and Richard Seals, drums.
A partnership with Anacostia Arts Center and East River Jazz, Second Sundays Jazz brings monthly jazz performances to Anacostia. The Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

For more information go to www.anacostiaartscenter.com.

DC Jazz Festival Coming Soon!
The DC Jazz Festival is coming back with bang, with a new mainstage partnership and a new venue, City Winery, which will host the DC JazzFest presented by Events DC. The opening ceremony, June 7, will feature harmonica master Frederic Yonnet with special guest Maimouna Youssef and the Washington Renaissance Orchestra Octet directed by drummer-composer and 2018 DC Jazz Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nasar Abadey. The festival’s Jazz’n Families Fun Days, as always, kicks things off for the prelude weekend on June 2-3 at the Phillips Collection, celebrating jazz and the visual arts.

This year’s festival, June 7-17, also presents stars like Robert Glasper, Maceo Parker, Christian Scott a Tunde and Ben Williams at the District Wharf in Southwest; Delfeayo Marsalis, Regina Carter and Terence Blanchard at the Hamilton Live Series; Chucho Valdes & Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Kennedy Center; and of course Jazz in the ‘hoods at venues all over town.

The DC JazzFest JazzPrix finalists for the annual band competition are: Baltimore’s The Cornerstore, developed by bassist Kris Funn; the Emmet Cohen Trio of New York; Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead of New York; the Roxy Coss Quintet of New York; and the Sanbone Pagode Oquestra Ensemble of Brazil, with the finals on June 16 at District Wharf.

For complete information, including show times and ticketing information, visit dcjazzfest.org.

‘DC Jazz’ Coming in June
Look for the June 2018 release of “DC Jazz – Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC” by editors Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Rubles, from Georgetown University Press. Stay tuned for more on this impressive collection of articles on the history of the music in DC.

InReview … “The Mecca”
Our homegrown bassist and now world traveler with the greats, Corcoran Holt, a Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate, has produced a sparkling debut recording with “The Mecca.” Holt’s potent bandmates on the CD are our own, by way of Venezuela, inimitable pianist Benito Gonzalez, Stacy Dillard, tenor sax, Josh Evans, trumpet, and McClenty Hunter, drums

“The Mecca” moves and grooves with virtually every track. “14th Street Bounce” is in homage to the clubs and vibe Holt grew up on in his teenage years here in DC, with Holt melodic and bluesy, and with more than a little hip-hop and soul in his bass work. The poignant “Everything Happens to Me” is a true gem for its languid, hypnotic waltz of the classic standard, Holt’s bowing gifts leading the way. “NW” screams with Evans and Dillard on the horns and Gonzalez’s incessant ripples on piano, and “No Two People” also highlights Holt’s bowing majesty. “Another Groove” and “Raven’s Wing” spotlight Hunter’s own majestic rhythms and rhymes and splashes on drums as well as Gonzalez’ winding ripples on piano.

See www.corcoranholt.com for more information.

May Highlights: …Tim Whalen, May 12, Twins Jazz … Arturo Sandoval, May12-13, Blues Alley … Kristine Key Quartet, May 13, Anacostia Arts Center … Lionel Lyles Quintet, May 13, Twins Jazz … Georgetown Day School Jazz Ensemble/Brad Linde, May 14, Blues Alley … Nicole Henry, May 17, Blues Alley … Michael Thomas Quintet, May 18, Westminster Presbyterian Church … The Azar Lawrence Experience, May 18-20, Blues Alley … Sharon Clark, May 19, The Alex … Michael Feinberg, May 20, Twins Jazz … Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble/MCPS Faculty Big Band, May 22, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club … Joe Vetter Quartet, May 23, Twins Jazz …Twins Jazz Orchestra, May 24, Twins Jazz … Trio Caliente, May 24, Blues Alley … Brandon Woody, May 24-25, Germano’s Patti/Baltimore … Tony Martucci, May 25-26, Twins Jazz … Lori Williams, May 26, Blues Alley … Integriti Reeves, May 26, The Alex … Elijah Balbed Quintet, May 26, Caton Castle Lounge … Akua Allrich & The Tribe “A Tribute to Mother,” May 27, Blues Alley … Roberta Gambarini, May 31, Blues Alley

May Birthdays: Shirley Horn 1; Richard “Groove” Holmes 2; John Lewis 3; Ron Carter 4; Mary Lou Williams 8; King Oliver 11; Red Garland 13; Jackie McLean 17; Fats Waller 21; Sun Ra 22; Archie Shepp 24; Miles Davis 25; Hilton Ruiz 29; Benny Goodman 30; Louis Hayes 31.


Steve Monroe is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. He can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com or @jazzavenues.