Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Jason & Alicia Hall Moran introduce Yes Records

Pianist-composer-bandleader and Kennedy Center Jazz curator Jason Moran became one of the true lead voices in the music largely on the combination of his restless artistry and a strong recording relationship with Blue Note Records. His wife, the striking contralto … Continue reading

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Winter Jazzfest marathon coming January 13-17

Winter Jazzfest 2016 January 13-17 From the time George Wein and the Lorillards launched the Newport Jazz Festival in ‘54 and Jimmy Lyons hatched the Monterey Jazz Festival in ‘58, the whole idea of what constitutes such an event has … Continue reading

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DC JazzPrix accepting submissions

Inaugural DCJazzPrix Officially Launches DC Jazz Festival’s new national competition now accepting applications; Will recognize and support top rising jazz band talent WASHINGTON – January 7, 2016 — The DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest) – which recently announced the launch … Continue reading

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Chaka Khan brings the New Year in right

Chaka Khan New Year’s Eve 2015 Kennedy Center Concert Hall Seeing Chaka Khan on the Kennedy Center bill for New Year’s Eve was instant magnetism. The most recent sonic evidence of her continued potency was provided by drummer Terri Lyne … Continue reading

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2015 WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll

When I arrived in DC in ’89 to accept a position at the former National Jazz Service Organization, Washington was blessed with an abundance of jazz radio, particularly by comparison to most markets. Back then there was WDCU “Jazz 90” … Continue reading

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