Over the course of the summer, two long-time members of Richmond’s music scene have worked closely to build an independent record label, 32 Bar Records.
Highlights from this year’s festival that featured some new names and old favorites.
On Thursday, April 12 a performance at The Camel will be sure to freak out metal enthusiasts, thrill avant-garde jazz heads, and possibly tickle any residents from the Balkans.
For the second year in a row, The Modlin Center for the Arts is a most gracious sponsor of RVAJazzfest. If you’ve ever been to a performance of any sort at Modlin, you likely have been stunned by the beautiful collegiate gothic architecture inside the long hallway connecting Modlin, which houses the theater and visual arts department, to Booker Hall, where the music department and Camp Concert Hall are situated.
Drummer and composer Scott Clark has a taste for the “nerdy” sides of music and TV. Some of the music that he composes is held to the rigid structures of “Serialism” by using all twelve pitches in a repeating order. After late-night gigs with indefinable ensembles like Ilad and Glows in the Dark, along with a boogaloo/funk project called The New Belgians, he routinely chills out by watching re-runs of Star Trek at his apartment.
Bass trombonist, composer, and creative spirit Reggie Chapman has been a fixture in the Richmond music community since 2004. Now with his band UTV and his unique and cozy music series at The Black Hand, he’s making a new mark.
Solo is a chance for the erudite Vijay Iyer to create a new dialogue, one that exists between him and the older generation of improvisers that have made their mark on jazz piano.
Members of the SFJAZZ Collective are culled from the top artists in modern jazz. Together in the San Francisco-based organization, they are dedicated to jazz education and presentation of the music of jazz icons, and on Wednesday at the Modlin Center, bassist Matt Penman and the SFJAZZ Collective will perform arrangements of compositions by Horace Silver.
Continued from part 1, we hear from pianist Wells Hanley, local musician and the new jazz piano professor at VCU.
Pianist and renaissance man Wells Hanley has begun his first semester as jazz piano instructor at VCU. In the second edition of “Nine Lives,” we learn a little about the man and what — as well as who — has shaped him as a musician.