The DC Jazz Pageant (DCJF) has launched a four-part program uniting jazz veterans and up-and-coming musicians by means of the “Generations Collection.” The collection, curated by pianist, composer and DCJF artist-in-residence Orrin Evans, kicked off on Oct. 12 and can proceed each Thursday night by means of Nov. 2.
The concert events are on the Kogod Cradle at Area Stage.
Warriors Set the Tone
The primary live performance on Oct. 12 featured saxophonist Tia Fuller, drummer Koleby Royston, and D.C. musicians: bassist Steve Novosel and pianist Janelle Gill. Fuller informed the viewers that the night’s theme was “Angelic Warriors.”
“We’re celebrating the angelic warriors who’ve led me and all of us. They proceed to take action with their music,” mentioned Fuller, a Berklee Faculty of Music professor in Boston.
Fuller led the quartet by means of a dynamically carried out set. Collectively, the group represented greater than 60 years of expertise. Every musician was spotlighted by giving one another area. With the established theme for the night, the set primarily featured works by musicians with illustrious careers who’ve handed. Featured composers had been pianists Mulgrew Miller, Mal Waldron and Geri Allen, drummer Ralph Peterson and saxophonist John Coltrane.
Fuller additionally included one in all her compositions, “Crowns of Gray,” devoted to her mother and father, Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father is a drummer, and her mom, a vocalist who died final yr.
Blessed by Influencers
Following the set, Sunny Sumter, president and CEO of the DC Jazz Pageant, facilitated a dialog with the artists. Audiences realized in regards to the artists’ profession mentors and dealing with vocalists.
D.C. native and Howard College graduate Gill, in addition to Fuller, spoke fondly in regards to the affect of Geri Allen.
Novosel talked about some fabulous vocalists he has labored with, together with his former spouse, Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, and Sarah Vaughan. As Novosel acknowledged, there was at all times one thing to be taught.
Royston is Fuller’s nephew. His mom, pianist Shamie Royston carried out within the inaugural “Generations” live performance throughout DCJF Labor Day weekend. Meaning Royston is steeped in music.
Presently, a junior at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, he praised trumpeter Sean Jones as an affect. Jones is head of the jazz program at Peabody. Royster additionally talked in regards to the priceless classes realized by performing with an ensemble just like the one curated for the “Generations Collection.”
“If I’m enjoying with individuals round my age, all of us have the identical degree of expertise,” mentioned Royster. “However when I’m in a state of affairs like tonight, it forces me to listen to issues that I might not take into consideration listening to.”
The Generations Collection Continues
The “Generations Collection” continues with three concert events. Obtain a 25% low cost through the use of the code COF25.
- Oct. 19: Saxophonists Bobby Watson and Antonio Hart, Bassist Mike Boone, Drummer Mehdi Boone and pianist Jordan Williams.
- Oct. 26: Bassist Buster Williams, Drummer Lenny White, Pianist Orrin Evans, Saxophonist Oliver Lake and Vocalist Joanna Pascale
- Nov. 2: Pianist Kenny Barron, Solo Efficiency
For extra data on the “Generations Collection,” go to dcjazzfest.org. Obtain a 25% low cost through the use of the code COF25.