1750 Rockville Pike
Paul Carr hems the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars.
Day 2 highlights include:
12 p.m. Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy Orchestra – The festival organizer’s youth orchestra consists of young players, 7th – 12th grade, from around the Beltway region plays traditional big band music a la Ellington, Evans and others.
3 p.m. Paul Carr’s Discovery Act: Peter & Will Anderson – The young twins Peter and Will Anderson—both prodigious improvisers on the clarinet and saxophone—play standards and original compositions with well-mannered precision, harking back to the sounds of mid-century cool jazz.
6 p.m. U.S.A.F. Airmen of Note – The Airmen of Note, the leading jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, performs
6 p.m. Shacara Rogers – Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known a cappella group Afro Blue. Since her undergrad years, she’s honed her compositional skills in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and has become quite an artful bandleader.
7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Todd Marcus Quartet – Todd Marcus is becoming known as the most exciting bass clarinetist in jazz today. He swings hard, soothes, confounds, excites. While his previous work often features Egyptian musical themes, his current project On These Streets, paints a portrait of his West Baltimore home and the socio-economic facing musicians and residents alike.
8:30 p.m. Violin Summit – MacArthur grantee Regina Carter plays in a furious fiddle meeting with Chelsea Green, making waves as an accompanist to hip-hop and jazz groups alike, and Capitalbop Loft alumn Griffith Kaz.
10 p.m. Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy; Tribute to Art Blakey – The drummer Ralph Peterson was Art Blakey’s last protege in the 1980s, and now carries on Bu’s legacy as an educator and mentor. Behind the kit, Peterson is vigorous and unrelenting, washing his entire band in polyrhythm and harking back to the greats of the 1960s and ’70s: Elvin Jones and Tony Williams especially. He performs with a sextet to celebrate the legacy of hard-bop percussion icon Art Blakey.