Friday, June 01, 2012

DC Jazz Festival Picks for June 2

Herman Burney
This is the second post I am making to highlight some of the shows associated with this year’s DC Jazz Festival. I am specifically not highlighting the DC JazzLoft Fest since I have posted on this already. I will may also pick a few other shows around the DC Virginia area that should not be overlooked. I am posting this a day ahead of the date of performances.

The Phillips Collection, the prestigious modern art museum near Dupont Circle hosts the first of two Jazz 'n Families Fun Days. Included today are a performance at noon by the Herman Burney Trio. Burney is one the area’s most accomplished players of the double bass. At 2PM, Victor Provost will lead his group on the steel pan. He has an excellent recent album, Her Favorite Shade of Yellow. DC Native Brian Settles is scheduled at 3:30PM and this saxophonist has received considerable acclaim from his recording Secret Handshake.

Michael Bowie
Trombonist Reginald Cyntje performs at the Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique at 4:00 PM. This is part of the East River Jazz Festival that is part of DC Jazz Festival. This trombonist has a wonderful album, Freedom's Children: The Celebration.

Michael Bowie and Sine Qua Non appears at the Anacostia Art Gallery & Boutique at 8:00PM. Bowie is another of the DC area’s most accomplished bass players. Capital Bop conducted an interview with Bowie where he talks at length about this group.“The five-piece applies specific lessons from Spanish classical guitar music to an unorthodox jazz combo setting — notably, one without a guitarist.” For the full interview go to Capital Bop’s website.

The legendary bassist Ron Carter at the Bohemian Gardens for the second of two nights at this legendary DC club. Ron Carter may have recorded more than any bass player in history (he is on over 2000 albums) who first came to notice as part of the last great Miles Davis Quintet, and recorded with Eric Dolphy, Esther Phillips, Freddie Hubbard, Gil Evans and countless others.

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