What to catch at the 13th annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival

The Washington Women In Jazz Festival returns this March for its (lucky) 13th year, helmed by founder, the pianist and D.C. jazz mainstay Amy K Bormet. Since 2011, Bormet has organized a month-long, citywide showcase highlighting D.C.’s vibrant community of women and non-binary jazz musicians. This year’s festival is back in full swing starting this […]

This weekend, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Fest celebrates ‘all hues’ of jazz in D.C. and beyond

When you think of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 14th edition this weekend at the Rockville Hilton, Paul Carr wants you to think “inclusivity.”  That’s why for this year’s edition, he chose the slogan “All shades, all hues.” “I came to jazz through Grover Washington, Jr.,” the veteran D.C.-area saxophonist and educator said […]

5 live jazz picks for February in D.C.

After a brief period of hibernation in January, the D.C. jazz scene is starting to roar back to life. Our region’s first major festival of the year returns when the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival takes over the Rockville Hilton Feb. 17 – 19, drawing tourists back into town and giving local musicians a spotlight next to […]

House without organs: Rhizome DC, hear and now

The word – the troubling, discouraging word – didn’t come from their landlord, remembers Layne Garrett. Sometime late in the summer of 2020, while the world was still discovering what it means to be ill-prepared for a global pandemic, someone was perusing a website that tracks development projects in D.C., and noticed a proposal for […]

5 live jazz picks for January in D.C.

Happy New Year! I hope you all – readers, musicians and other D.C. jazz movers and shakers – got to take some time to rest, recharge and relax over the holiday period.  January is, perhaps expectedly, a rather slow month, shows-wise. The scene is resetting and adjusting, and touring artists are not quite back on the […]