To many city residents, not much happens south of the James River. Milestone Jazz Lounge is trying to change that state of mind.
VCU Music is hosting pianist Fred Hersch for a residency in April, which will culminate in his performance with the VCU Jazz Orchestra I on April 12. Director of VCU Jazz Studies Antonio Garcia chatted with adjunct trombone instructor Bryan Hooten about what we can expect.
Richmond’s small but endlessly creative jazz scene moves so quickly that if you zone out for even just a second, you will miss something great. To most people, the name Old New Things means nothing. Come April 5th that will change, quickly.
The 2011-12 season of Virginia Opera will feature two premieres. One, Verdi’s “Aida,” is a logical choice to add to Virginia’s opera repertoire and will be presented in partnership with the Richmond Ballet. The other premiere is a little more intriguing.
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.
For the Richmond Symphony, a new season is a chance to see the unexpected. Standard fare of Ravel, Bartok, and many more, of course, line the schedule that begins September 17 and goes through May of next year. For many, however, the Genworth Financial Symphony Pops will stand out as something special.
This month all over the U.S., people are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’s seminal album Bitches Brew and what would have been the legend’s 85th birthday. In 1987, Richmond Jazz Society hosted the man at Richmond’s Mosque Theater for what executive director B.J. Brown remembers as a “financial disaster but an artistic success.”
In less than two weeks, Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day will prove that their identifiable sound, their bridging of jazz and rock, and their improvisational and experimental prowess fit right into what RVAJazzfest strives to accomplish.
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