IMN Shows to See at the DC Jazz Festival

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Monday June 08, 2015

The Washington Post published their top 8 shows to see at the DC Jazz Festival with a few familiar names on the list:

John Scofield Ãœberjam Band
Unlike some jazz musicians who sneer at the rock-and-roll jam-band scene, John Scofield has embraced its freewheeling spirit. The celebrated guitarist has devoted one of his various ongoing projects, the Ãœberjam Band, to the overlap between jazz and rock improvisation with impressive results. Scofield and bassist Andy Hess dig into the blues to build a bridge between jazz and rock, while guitarist/sampler Avi Bortnick adds the modern paving of looping samples. June 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $28-$38.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
The acoustic jazz-rock trio the Bad Plus has been playing occasional live gigs with tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman since 2011, but only last month did the four musicians release their first studio album together: “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman.” Featuring nine original compositions, with at least one from each member, the remarkable recording challenges Redman to play against more deliberate structures and asks the trio to accommodate classic jazz sax blowing. Opening their show at the DC Jazz Fest will be Underwater Ghost, led by Washington saxophonist Brad Linde and featuring the great New York drummer Allison Miller. June 12 at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $48-$63.

Jack DeJohnette Trio
If history and bloodlines count for anything in jazz, then this D.C. Jazz Festival concert is bound to rank among the year’s most memorable. During the past 50 years, NEA and Grammy-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette has played — and creatively elevated — music with an extraordinary array of jazz greats, sax titan John Coltrane among them. In the ’90s, DeJohnette began collaborating with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the late reedman’s son, and bassist Matthew Garrison, whose father, Jimmy Garrison, played a key role in the Coltrane legacy. Now seasoned and touring, the trio has been hailed for its power, elegance and imagination. No surprise there. June 13 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $28-$43.

To read more by Geoffrey Himes in The Washington Post click here