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Charles Rahmat Woods with master drummer Roy Haynes at the Blues Alley (DC)
RAHMAT SHABAZZ: JAZZ NEWS and VIEWS
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY, April 30, is a worldwide celebration designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock serves at UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
This International Jazz Day, April 30, 2017, 3pm-5pm, join the “Rahmat Shabazz Trio Plus” (Charles Rahmat Woods – flutes, saxophones, Harun Akbar – tenor sax, Jeron White-acoustic bass, and Allen Jones- drums) for a thrilling, FREE CONCERT, that will not only feature original compositions, but also music of Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Yusef Lateef, and others. This family friendly event will be hosted by America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020. (Limited parking lot, street parking (Sunday regulations), Refreshments available, donations accepted). A Free Concert not to be missed! Museum Info: 202-610-0586
Friday March 31, 2017 and Saturday, April 1, 2017, the critically acclaimed documentary “ I Called Him Morgan”, about the late great trumpeter/composer Lee Morgan told via the perspective of his longtime companion, manager, and ironic murderer Helen Morgan, screens at Washington DC’s West End Cinema. The 7:15pm evening shows will also include a live discussion that includes panelists WPFW’s Rusty Hassan, and film participants Ron St. Clair and Larry Reni Thomas.
DC’s great saxophonist Buck Hill passed away recently and he was memorialized at Westminster Church in DC. Over the years, Buck Hill’s name was often mentioned in the same conversation as that of John Coltrane, and his powerful approach toward the music never failed to inspire. RIP Buck Hill.
REVIEW: The Sierra Leone All-Stars brought an evening of west African dance beats and reggae groove to the North Bethesda stage of AMP nightclub. Four of the five member band ( Reuben Croma – vocals and percussion, Joseph P. – keyboard/guitar, Black Chimera-guitar, Mike-bass, Chris Davis -drums) hail from war torn areas of West Africa, and they have managed to use music to buttress their survival and spread a message promoting a positive future. Their tunes included “ The Big Lesson”, “Hunting for Progress”, “Goat Smoking Pipe”, and “A Big Fat Dog”. The aisles were packed with dancers!
REVIEW: Vocalist Vanessa Williams, star of stage and screen, brought a tight band (Carmen Floyd and Shelly Thomas-background vocals, Henry Hayes-keys, Leo Clone-keys, Al Cornwell-bass, Keith Robinson-guitar, and J.T. Lewis-drums), and a wonderfully varied repertoire to the Howard Theater in Washington DC. Not only did she sing many of her hits “ Right Stuff”, “ Dreamin”, and “Work”, but she (beautifully attired in a black sequined gown) paid tributes to her inspirational idols Lena Horne (“Stormy Weather”) and Chaka Khan “Everlasting Love”. It was a delightful evening, and she gave big shout outs to Syracuse University!
…that’s it for now….peace…
LISTEN AND PURCHASE CD or DOWNLOAD: The latest recording by Charles Rahmat Woods “Rahmat Shabazz Trio Plus” is now available online at CDBaby.com and is available on iTunes and other download platforms. Here is a direct link address:
It features David Ornette Cherry on melodica and midi keyboard, Derek Gasque on keyboard, and Roger Stewart on drums. Check it out and get your copy!
With master saxophonist, composer, and educator Gary Bartz, after his stellar performance at An Die Muzik in Baltimore
With NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp at the pre-ceremony NPR listening session
With NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders and Shimiya Woods at NEA Awards DC
Bobby Thomas and the Butterfly Band performed at Baltimore's Windup Space
International guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly conducts ensemble at RhizomeDC, featuring Charles Rahmat Woods-sax, Thomas Stanley-electronics, and Tom Teasley-perc
With drummer/bandleader Cindy Blackman Santana after her stunning performance at Bethesda Blues Jazz
Rahmat Shabazz Band featuring vocalist Quiniece and Aziza performed at 80th Anniversary of the City of District Heights Md
Avant guitarist James Blood Ulmer performed a fantastic solo concert at Strathmore's AMP nightclub.
With Jazz Foundation of America Executive Director Wendy Oxenhorn, Trombonist Roswell Rudd, and friends at NEA Jazz Masters Awards
Rahmat Shabazz Trio with award winning journalist Askia Muhammad
With multi-instrumentalist improvisational composer Bill Cole during DC Jazz Fest 2016
Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet performed during Asbury Methodist's breakfast for the homeless, December 25, 2016.
Rahmat Shabazz Trio Plus cd release party at Record Theater, Buffalo NY featured Charles Rahmat Woods with Derek Gasque and Abdul-Rahman Qadir.
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