Archives: Live Reviews

Jason Ajemian and High Life

In September, Scott Burton explained how Jason Ajemian uses architecture software called AUTOCAD to build “groove mansions” for his group High Life. Wednesday night, Jason Ajemian and The High Life took the stage at Balliceaux. Jason Ajemian’s music is not quite like anything you might have ever heard. Trumpet player Jaimie Branch and alto saxophonist […]

Gretchen Parlato didn’t swing (and that’s OK)

University of Richmond’s Modlin Center hosted Gretchen Parlato, a Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competion winner, on Thursday night December 1st.

Crossroads – Brian Jones “Redhead”

Crossroad’s has been hosting live music for a long time, but recently their lineup has had some of the best jazz in Richmond.

part one: Bryan Hooten – Richmond Love Call

Wednesday afternoon I sat down with trombonist Bryan Hooten to talk about his new album “Richmond Love Call.”

Selba – more jazz than anywhere else in Richmond

Bogart’s moved, Cous Cous no longer has music and The Camel is hosting fewer jazz events than in the past. Opened in July, Selba is quickly turning into the most consistent jazz venue in Richmond.

Esperanza Spalding – showmanship without the fluff

Wednesday night, Grammy Award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding performed with her group “Chamber Music Society” at The University of Richmond.

Looking back at a crazy week

Over the past week, Richmond has experienced, the through composed masterpieces of The Claudia Quintet, original compositions performed by the talented front line of Rex Richardson and Steve Wilson, the unique sound of violinist Zach Brock and a whole host of local musicians killing it across town.

Snarky Puppy

Thursday night, Snarky Puppy brought the funk to Balliceaux as part of their 31 day tour of North America. Here are some thoughts, recordings and photos.

Brian Jones’ Musicircus

Last Thursday night, the annual Brian Jones’ Musicircus took place at the Visual Arts Center.

Toby Whitaker Big Band at Balliceaux

Wednesday night, a large crowd gathered at Balliceaux to see the Toby Whitaker Big Band and Smalltown as part of the Spacebomb concert series. The bands did not disappoint.