Jazz at the Atlas
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society May 18, 2013
Darcy James Argue is one of today’s most talked-about jazz musicians thanks to his Grammy-nominated record, Infernal Machines, which features his 18-piece big band, Secret Society. The ensemble evokes an alternate musical history where dance orchestras that ruled the Swing Era never went extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape. Adopting a steampunk-inspired attitude towards the traditional big band, Argue refashions this well-worn instrumentation into a cutting-edge ensemble.
Michael Formanek Quartet June 12, 2013 Presented as part of the DC Jazz Festival
Michael Formanek’s singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations. During his thirty-plus year career, he has played and/or recorded with Elvis Costello, Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Mintzer, Fred Hersch, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Joe Lovano, and many others. Quartet includes Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks, Michael Formanek and Gerald Cleaver.
Lee Konitz with Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble with Florian Weber and Matt Wilson
June 14, 2013
Presented as part of the DC Jazz Festival
The legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz performs with the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble featuring Florian Weber and Matt Wilson in a 17-piece big band tribute to Lennie Tristano.
Arrangements by Michael Abene were commissioned for the WDR Big Band and premiered in March 2012. This will be the first US performance of the music.