Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Revive Big Band @ KC

REVIVE BIG BAND Last Saturday (April 5) at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club the Revive Big Band made its DC debut. The gig essentially represented the KC Jazz Club component of the KC’s expansive series One Mic: Hip Hop Culture … Continue reading

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A select who’s who on the contemporary DC area jazz scene

A select Who’s Who on the contemporary DC area jazz scene By Willard Jenkins Along with colleagues Blair Ruble, Prof. Maurice Jackson, Rusty Hassan and others I recently had the pleasure of participating as one of the writers in a … Continue reading

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Catching up with Omar Hakim

The signature electric jazz band Weather Report certainly experienced more than a fair degree of flux in its drum chair, from the brief tenure of their first drummer the kinetic Alphonse Mouzon and for a short spell including the pioneer … Continue reading

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Mimi Jones Hot Tones

The month of March is International Women’s Month, a splendid time to celebrate the efforts of a woman artist who in more ways than one is taking matters into her own hands – as bassist, composer and record label CEO. … Continue reading

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Bruce Lundvall always Playing By Ear

If you Google the words ‘consummate jazz record man’, a picture and bio of Bruce Lundvall should leap off your screen – at least for the period represented by the latter third of the 20th century and well into the … Continue reading

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