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 3 highlights include:
1 p.m. Michael Thomas Quintet – Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan, among the most famous Messengers.
2:30 p.m. JD Allen – JD Allen’s saxophone is still water, or maybe a single stream with untold momentum. Full up with the parallel influences of John Coltrane (cogitative, deep) and Sonny Rollins (bounding, irrepressible), he’s been sharpening his tools for the better part of the past decade with a fabulous trio–Rudy Royston on drums and Gregg August on bass. Many of that group’s most memorable sessions have taken place at Bohemian Caverns, where Allen recorded a short concert documentary in 2011.
5 and 6:30 p.m. – The Lovejoy Group – Vocalist Karen Lovejoy sings with an easy swing and timeless, clean tone. She performs standards and originals.
7 p.m. Paul Carr Quartet – Longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr leads a straight-ahead group.
10 p.m. Branford Marsalis Quartet – The eldest of four famous musician brothers, tenor and soprano saxophonist Branford Marsalis was one of the most important saxophonists of the 1980s and ’90s. The influences of great improvisers from jazz’s golden age run strong – Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane and Joe Henderson – but his interests encompass German classical, early New Orleans jazz and pop music from the ’70s and ’80s. As a young musician, Marsalis recorded and performed with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, toured with Sting and took a saxophone solo on Public Enemy’s famous “Fight the Power.”