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Its back, and for a little longer than originally intended! The original DROP THE NEEDLE! deadline was August 18th at 11:59pm. In true August back to school fashion, many musicians in Richmond who want to participate are trying to turn in their homework late. The new deadline is August 26th at 11:59 pm. We look […]

The Claudia Quintet (+1) is coming to RVA

The New York based Claudia Quintet will perform at The Camel on October 2nd at 9pm. They will be joined by The Scott Clark Quartet. It is their first performance since they played at Rumors Boutique in October of 2007. Reduced priced tickets can be bought for $7 here. The Claudia Quintet is: Drew Gress: […]

RVAJazzfest in video

Thanks to Elliott Sharp for producing this video of RVAJazzfest 2011 on April 9!

RVAJazzfest tickets now on sale!

RVAJazzfest tickets are now available online and in person at The Camel!

Rex Richardson’s recital

VCU faculty and trumpeter extraordinaire Rex Richardson is giving a recital on Friday, and we know from experience that these are not to be missed. Says Richardson, it’ll be

“a mixed genre concert featuring the VCU Trumpet Ensemble I, pianists Ksenia Leletkina (young Russian-born DMA student at Eastman), Brian Mahne, and Laura Candler White; saxophonists Skip Gailes and John Winn; bassist Randall Pharr and drummer Brian Jones. It’ll be a cast of…dozens! Well, about one dozen. U.S. premieres by Swedish composer Stefan Johnsson (who will be in attendance) and a world premiere by American composer James Stephenson will be presented.”

Rex Richardson’s Faculty Recital is this Friday, February 18, from 8-9pm at VCU’s Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 922 Park Ave. Visit for more info.

This week’s jazz gems

Like any given week, there are some great nights of jazz ahead of us in the next seven days. Catch jazz on the more modern side tonight at The Camel with Lucas Fritz Quintet and Old Soul for free, or see Rattlemouth fuse worldly influences with pulsating western rhythms on Saturday at Emilio’s. In between those two, two more events are especially worth considering.

An historic theatre, a Richmond figure and jazz music

This Saturday January 22, The Byrd Theatre will host the premier performance of The Sailor Bob Story – A Documentary Tribute. Sailor Bob (Griggs) hosted the Popeye cartoon hour on public television in the 60’s and 70’s. This one time event is focused on this incredible man, his amazing kids program and his contributions to […]

Big Bull on the road

Greetings from Brooklyn, where tonight Richmond’s own Fight the Big Bull performs for Search and Restore’s Victory Party. FTBB brought their massive and joyous sound to D.C. last night for the first of two nights presented by the NYC new jazz organization.

Tuesday jazz at The Camel continues, this time free

The Tuesday night jazz tradition that The Camel started near the end of 2010 continues into the new year. This month alone, we’ll see double bills like Marcus Tenney Trio and Trio of Justice (today, January 4), Scott Clark Quartet and UTV Chamber (January 11), Brian Jones (detoured to Monday, January 17), and Lucas Fritz Quintet and Old Soul (January 25). February looks promising with nights of Devonne Harris and the Reeverb Trio (with DJ Oblivion) and Jazz by the Numbers featuring Bryan Hooten, SCUO, Trio of Justice, and Scott Clark 4tet (get it?). On the horizon, Zevious is making their return to Richmond.

This week at The Camel

There’s going to be lots of good stuff at The Camel this week, including the second installment of the club’s Tuesday night jazz series (this time featuring JC Kuhl) and the next in the VCU Jazz @ The Camel series, an opportunity for VCU students to take their ensembles off campus. This time, groups led by drummer David Greer and trumpeter (and series curator) Lucas Fritz will perform. Then on Friday night, No BS! Brass hosts their annual canned food and coat drive between gigs in New York City and Philadelphia.

Tuesday: JC Kuhl, 9pm, $5

Wednesday: VCU Jazz @ The Camel featuring David Greer Trio, Lucas Fritz Quintet, 8pm, free

Friday: No BS! Brass Band’s 2nd Annual Food and Coat Drive (discounted admission for bringing canned goods or winter coats), 9:30pm, $6

The Camel is located at 1621 W. Broad St. in Richmond, VA. Visit them online at