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Charles Rahmat Woods with master drummer Roy Haynes at the Blues Alley (DC)
RAHMAT SHABAZZ: JAZZ NEWS and VIEWS
Greetings…The Washington Women in Jazz Festival runs throughout DC until March 11, 2017. One show not to be missed will be the phenomenal vocalist Jessica Boykins Settles celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of iconic Ella Fitzgerald. This FREE concert takes place at 2pm on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Anacostia Community Museum of the Smithsonian, 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC.
Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth band will be opening March 9th at the Blue Note in NYC. Roy is also scheduled to appear in DC at the historic Howard Theater as part of the DC Jazz Festival this June. One of Roy’s youthful sidemen of the ‘80s, Guitarist Kevin Eubanks…who went on to international acclaim as band director for the “Tonight Show”… will be performing for three nights at DC’s Blues Alley (March 23 thru 26). Joining Eubanks group will be drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith.
The multi-talented and award winning singer-actress Vanessa Williams will be appearing at Washington DC’s Howard Theater on Friday, March 10, 2017 (shows at 7:30pm and 10pm). Truly a star of the recording industry, motion pictures, television, and Broadway, Vanessa Williams will surely “bring it all and the music” to this famous stage! Howard Theater, 601 “T” St NW, Washington, DC. ($60 and up)
An experimental music triple header will happen at RhizomeDC community art space on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (8pm). Featured will be the Tashi Dorji (guitar)/Luke Stewart (bass)/ Ian McColm (drums) group, and two other exploratory acts. RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St. NW, Washington, DC.
REVIEW: On February 19, 2017, Drummer William Hooker brought his trio to the Millenium Stage of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was accompanied by guitarist Dave Ross and trumpeter/electronics Eriq Robinson. The one hour concert featured slow rhythmic motifs overlaid with ambient improvisations conducted by Hooker. The stage background included poignant photographs, artworks, and spoken word interludes. William Hookers dense drum style is reminiscent of the late Rashied Ali.
REVIEW: On February 11, 2017, Flutist, Composer, and educator Nicole Mitchell brought her diverse Black Earth Ensemble to the Capitol Fringe stage in Washington DC. Mitchell, formerly of Chicago (she was the first female president of the AACM), is current based out of Irvine CA. Her eight piece group featured guitar, wooden flutes, eclectic drum kit, acoustic bass/Japanese temple drums, violin, cello, and vocalist. Her compositions included “Ego War’s”, “Submission”, “Chalice”, “Listening Embrace” and others, and she explained that much of this work was inspired by the writings of Renee Isler.
…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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