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Review: Herbie Hancock at The Kennedy Center

Legendary Oscar and multi-Grammy-winning pianist and Kennedy Center Honoree Herbie Hancock solidified his avant-garde artistry on the Concert Hall stage Tuesday night, highlighting “smatterings” of his latest jazz compositions from his eagerly anticipated new album (set for release in 2018), fused with reframed hits from his 60-year career. Fastidiously accompanied by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist […]

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Review: The 22nd Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival: Abbey Lincoln Tribute at The Kennedy Center

The music of Abbey Lincoln was The Kennedy Center’s choice for its 22nd Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Showcasing the best in old and new jazz artistry, this year’s tribute presented Jazz Masters Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding as channels for the creative force of nature that was Abbey Lincoln, consummate […]

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Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition Finals & All-Star Gala Concert at The Kennedy Center by Francine Schwartz

On Monday, September 16, 2013, the Finals of this year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition took place at The Kennedy Center. This famous event is not only an opportunity to hear some of the best young musicians in the world, but a fundraiser for students and educational programs. Always a sell-out, some of the people I […]

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Herbie Hancock, Justin Brown (2nd place); Colin Stranahan (3rd place); and  Jamison Ross (1st place). Photo by Steve Mundinger.

‘Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drum Competition Finals and All-Star Gala Concert’ by Francine Schwartz

The sold out 2012 Thelonius Monk International Drum Competition,  sponsored by Cadillac, United Airlines, Northrup Grumman and Centric TV, took place Sunday night at The Kennedy Center. With a large cast of jazz luminaries the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz put on a spectacular 3-hour event subtitled A Celebration of Woman, Jazz, and Diplomacy. Since 1987, the competition […]

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