For a week in November, some of Richmond’s finest jazz musicians performed at a jazz festival in Turkey, where VCU alumnus Emre Kartari founded the country’s first jazz educational institution. For Kartari and musicians like Doug Richards, Skip Gailes, and Howard Curtis, it was a reunion of sorts. For VCU Jazz students Ben Heemstra, Andrew Randazzo, and Lucas Fritz, it was the trip of a lifetime.
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If you thought last Sunday was your only chance to catch the Richmond Mingus Awareness Project, you thought wrong.
After a year off, Brian Jones’s Mingus Awareness Project is back. The event features the finest jazz around, including a big band directed by Doug Richards. All proceeds benefit research for ALS, making this an event truly worthy of your time and your ears.
There are very few radio stations in Richmond that provide regular jazz programming, and none that are as eclectic as WRIR Richmond Independent Radio. Now at the end of their spring fund drive, they need your help, and we have the goods to entice you.
Two months later, it’s happening: the premiere of the big band that was to rival any other like it in Richmond. This band is actually way more than two months in the making, though.
Native Virginian Darius Jones talks about his most recent release, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), which has him collaborating with two of his mentors, drummer Rakalam Bob Moses and pianist and diddley-bo player Cooper-Moore.
by Taylor BarnettDoug Richards is the founder of the Jazz Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of the finest jazz composers in the world. He is something of a living legend to those that know him – his intensity and virtuosic abilities are paired with warmth and integrity, which earns him devotion from […]
by Dean Christesenphotos by Lindsey PratherThe 2nd Annual Mingus Awareness Project in Richmond this evening seemed to be, to say the very least, an absolute success on all levels. The huge turnout challenged Gallery5’s capacity and made even standing room something to be thankful for. All three groups were simply amazing and were met with […]
By Dean Christesen One year ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Mingus Awareness Project found its home away from home in Richmond, Virginia. Created and first held in Chicago by brothers Jon, Dan, and Erik Godston in May 2007, M.A.P. was formed to educate people on two topics: jazz bassist Charles Mingus and Amyotrophic […]
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra will join forces with Doug Richards’ Great American Music Ensemble on Saturday night to premiere Richards’ new piece, “A Maré Encheu.” The piece is an arrangement of a Heitor Villa-Lobos composition and employs a jazz ensemble in GAME, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir. Read more about […]