On Friday night, 27 June 2014,
the Howard Theatre was packed for ‘s Jazz Confusion, a quartet made up of drummer Baker (formerly of Cream and Blind Faith), saxophonist Ginger Baker (James Brown, Van Morrison), bassist Pee Wee Ellis (Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison), and Ghanaian percussionist Alec Dankworth . And it was definitely Abass Dodoo packed– I’d never seen the Howard’s balcony open before, and it was open for this show (it’s really cool up there!). The show was part of the , which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. DC Jazz Fest
The quartet played a whole bunch of tunes from Baker’s new album
(the same musicians played on the album), which I wrote about as part of a concert preview for the Why? Washington Post which you can read here. Baker definitely seemed his age on stage (you can hear how weathered his voice sounds on the recordings below), even joking that certain songs could do him in (you’ll hear his comment, “This could be the one!” before “Aiko Biaye”– just before I started recording, he’d called it a “Ginger-killer”, and he’d been making comments/jokes about his own mortality all night).
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We don’t know about you, but we’re already tired of all the tweets and articles about SXSW, and the festival hasn’t even really gotten going yet. We’re going to try to keep the SXSW coverage to a minimum here.
Stuff to read:
• the Washington CityPaper has a lengthy article about . the Enterprise Jazz Club‘s strange legal saga
• DC’s Jay Bulger won the grand jury prize in the documentary category at SXSW for his film Beware of Mr. Baker, about Cream/ Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker [Washington Post]. Here’s a profile on Bulger and how he weaseled his way into Baker’s life from the Post a few weeks ago.
• You’re not at SXSW but you’re still rooting for the local bands: David Malitz talks about why of the local acts at the festival this year [Washington Post]. Hume, Bluebrain, Nadastrom, and Oddisee should get the biggest buzz
• We’re glad you’re still here: There were no layoffs at the Washington CityPaper yesterday, but unfortunately, employees are all taking a 5% pay cut [DCist].
• Apparently concert poster analysis is becoming a daily thing at the Washington CityPaper. Yesterday they featured . The day before, it was U Street Music Hall‘s minimalism . Oh, and by the way, the CityPaper alerted us yesterday that Windian Windian Records‘ possible racism now has a new poster design. (What art will the CP feature today?!)
• Interview: the show was last night, but you can still read Michael J. West’s chat with drummer [Washington CityPaper]. Andrew Cyrille
• Video: Arlington reggae group SOJA made their late-night debut Monday night on The Tonight Show, and ARLnow has the video.
• Concert guides: the Washington CityPaper’s This Week in Jazz. TBD tells you to keep it green this St Patty’s Day weekend.
• DC writer Marc Masters and NC writer Grayson Currin have published their latest column The Out Door [Pitchfork]. This installment touches on how collaborations cross borders.
• Live review: Charles T Downey on the [Washington Post]. Takacs Quartet at the Kennedy Center
Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of . Winner must have a North American mailing address ( Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ I’m With You on vinyl ). contest ends today
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of . Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Monday 3/19). Die Antwoord‘s TEN$ION on vinyl
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of . Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Wednesday 3/21). the Big Pink‘s Future This on vinyl
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Tagged Andrew Cyrille, Bluebrain, concert poster, Enterprise Jazz Club, Ginger Baker, Hume, Jay Bulger, Nadastrom, Oddisee, SOJA, Takacs Quartet, U Street Music Hall, Washington CityPaper, Windian Records
Stuff to read:
• Local filmmaker Jay Bulger has put together a documentary about . The film, Blind Faith and Cream drummer Ginger Baker Beware of Mr. Baker, will debut at SXSW later this month, and the Washington Post article linked above is an interesting profile of how Bulger weaseled his way into Baker’s life.
• Interview: Julyssa Lopez talks to Alex Even of [Washingtonian]. White Rabbits’ latest album White Rabbits was released yesterday; the band plays the Milk Famous Black Cat tonight.
• Interview: Reese Higgins talks to [Washington CityPaper]. Zachary Cole Smith of Dive and Beach Fossils
• The Huffington Post has a nice article about and its trip to SXSW. Listen Local First
• Heavy Uber Alles brings us 6 heavy tunes every Tuesday. This week, HUA let readers suggest songs and has 14 videos to share, with varying degrees of heaviness.
• Preview: [All Things Go]. Niki & the Dove at the U St Music Hall on 3/8
• Live Reviews: Justin Duckham on [the Vinyl District]. Craig Finn at the Rock & Roll Hotel Anne Midgette on [Washington Post]. Matthias Goerne at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre Metal Chris on [DCHeavyMetal.com]. Windhand, Ilsa, Natur, Pilgrim, and Satan’s Satyrs at St Stephen’s We Love DC on . Young Prisms, Boy Friend, and Ceremony at DC9
• Here’s a song from [Washington CityPaper]. the Cubs, “Ashlei”
• WQXR has this podcast about plagiarism in classical music, featuring the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette. You may remember this blog post by Midgette we posted a few weeks ago about composer Osvaldo Golijov.
Stuff to win:
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to ( Fanfarlo at the U Street Music Hall on 3/7 ). contest ends today at noon
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of . Winner must have a North American mailing address ( Nirvana‘s Nevermind on vinyl ). contest ends today
• The Vinyl District is giving away a pair of tickets to see (contest ends Thursday 3/8 at noon). Polyphonic Spree at 6th & I on 5/21
• DCHeavyMetal.com is giving away a pair of tickets to see (contest ends Friday 3/9 at 5 PM). Rammstein at 1st Mariner on 4/25 and a pair of tickets to see Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper at Jiffy Lube Live on 6/30
• The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of . Winner must have a North American mailing address (contest ends Tuesday 3/13). Loney Dear‘s Hall Music on vinyl
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Tagged Beach Fossils, Blind Faith, Boy Friend, Ceremony, Craig Finn, Cream, Dive, Ginger Baker, Ilsa, Jay Bulger, Listen Local First, Matthias Goerne, Natur, Niki & the Dove, Osvaldo Golijov, Pilgrim, Satan's Satyrs, the Cubs, White Rabbits, Windhand, Young Prisms, Zachary Cole Smith