by Giovanni Russonello
This past week has been an excellent one for jazz. The weekend was full of “tenor madness,” with J.D. Allen, Joshua Redman and Anthony Nelson visiting D.C., and local favorite Elijah Jamal Balbed making his debut as a leader at HR-57. The highlight of the weekend was probably when famous pianist Eric Lewis, a.k.a. ELEW, sat in with Balbed’s quartet on Saturday night. (Audio and video of Lewis’ appearance are coming soon in a separate post.) Tuesday also had a surprising amount of great jazz, with Marshall Allen; Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things; and Butch Warren with the Brad Linde Ensemble all playing shows. Here are a few photos from some of those performances.
Anthony Nelson, a strikingly soulful tenor saxophonist, performs with his trio this past Saturday at Twins Jazz. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop
Charlie Fishman, producer of the D.C. Jazz Festival, with saxophonist J.D. Allen before Allen's second set at Bohemian Caverns on Saturday. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop
J.D. Allen and bassist Gregg August during their incendiary 10 p.m. set. Allen's driving, minor piece "Sonhouse" was a highlight of the show. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop
Eric Lewis, a.k.a. ELEW, jams with bassist Eric Harper and drummer Allen Jones of the Elijah Jamal Quartet on Saturday night. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop
At Blues Alley on Tuesday, legendary bassist Butch Warren played tunes from his Blue Note Records days with the Brad Linde Ensemble. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop