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Charles Rahmat Woods with master drummer Roy Haynes at the Blues Alley (DC)
RAHMAT SHABAZZ: JAZZ NEWS and VIEWS
Greetings…. There are so many stories to be told during Black History Month! The small and diverse community of Cottage City MD, located near historic Bladensburg MD waterfront, will host their Annual Black History Month program on Saturday February 18, 2017. The program will feature the Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet, popular singer and storyteller Shirletta Settles, Historical Highlights, and a host of other talents and dignitaries. This program runs from 2pm-5pm and is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It all takes place on 2/18/17 at: Cottage City Town Hall, 3840 40th Ave, Cottage City, MD 20722.
Pianist/composer and Kennedy Center Jazz Artistic Director Jason Moran will team up with noted Chicago installation artist and sculptor Theaster Gates to present an inspirational evening of art and music at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater . 2/24/17 8pm ($25-$59)
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage offers FREE concerts daily from 6pm-7pm. Notably this month appearances include: 2/7/17 guitarist Flavio Silva, with saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed , bassist Alex Apolo Ayala, and drummer Kush Abadey ; 2/19/17 drummer William Hooker presents “At-One-Ment” with guitarist David Ross and trumpeter Eriq Robinson; 2/25/17 vocalist Aaron Meyers
Mark your calendars! The DC Jazz Festival will run this year from 6/9/17 thru 6/18/17 and has announced their 2017 line-up. The list includes Roy Haynes and Fountain of Youth at the Howard Theater, The Ron Carter/Russell Malone Duo, Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir, vocalist Gregory Porter, and many many others!
REVIEW: Guitarist James Blood Ulmer graced the stage of North Bethesda MD’s AMP by Strathmore nightclub (1/28/17) as part of the Strathmore Performing Art Center’s “Shades of Blue” series. Ulmer entered the stage promptly at 8pm with only a hollow body electric guitar, amplifier, and vocal mic, and proceeded to mesmerize the standing room only crowd with a solo concert that lasted almost an hour and a half. His signature guitar pic style, peppered by burst of electric pedal magic, wrapped his vocal blues into poignant narratives. He opened with a searing rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” reminiscent (but certainly not a copy) of Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock classic. Ulmer’s original lyrics “ …I ain’t never been in no man’s jail…I ain’t never been in no man’s war…” and his original songs “Burn Up Devil” , “Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus”, and “Why You Want to Live in America?” were very well received by the mostly “baby boomer” audience. Ulmer respectfully cited Muddy Waters, BB King, and Eric Clapton while playing his arrangement of “Rock Me Baby”.
….That’s it for now…..Peace….and remember the music of the Isley Brothers…”Fight the Power!”
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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