10701 Rockville Pike
Local producer and musician Ken Avis presents “Capital Jazz,” a celebration of some of the great musicians leading the D.C. jazz scene on documented on the “Capital Jazz” compilation album.
The line-up for the Capital Jazz concert on April 18th is as follow
Elijah Jamal Balbed – The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons through the Young Lions of the 1990s, and speaks in the lingua franca of present-day post-bop.
David Schulman’s Quiet Life Motel – Violinist David Schulman and conguero Felix Contreras blend Afro-Caribbean rhythms and layers of violin with a loop machine.
Akua Allrich – Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua Allrich’s scorching, muscular music: An effervescent singer, she wields a sort of earthbound optimism.
Mark G. Meadows – Pianist Mark Meadows is one of the current fixtures of the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy.
Rochelle Rice – Rochelle Rice, a talented vocalist from the training grounds of Howard University’s award-winning a cappella group, Afro Blue, blends straight-ahead jazz and classic, bluesy R&B.