GalleryOonH, an official venue for the 2016 DCJazz Festival presents six nights of Music in the Courtyard for Jazz in the Hood.
Wednesday June 8
Our local lineup begins with JOHN LEWIS, ELECTROKOUSTIC, a blend of Brazilian & Acoustic Jazz, with a touch of '80's Funk. John will be performing a "Deaf Friendly" show that will be performed with a Sign Language interpreter. ElectroKoustic is a play on the term Electro-acoustic, which is music that takes traditional instruments beyond their normal orchestral limitation and includes several different sonic, genre and musical techniques.
The ElectroKoustic band uses electronic instruments to expand the sonic output of the traditional trio, which results in the sound of a much larger band. All music is played live, with no reliance on programmed or sequenced music. Devin Walker-drummer/percussionist, John Lewis –guitarist and vocalist, Arch Thompson (aka A.T.), playing tenor and alto flutes and piccolo. (www.jlewismusic.com/)
Thursday, June 9
INTEGRITI REEVES, a dynamic vocal powerhouse whose “Modern Vintage” style exists at the crossroads of jazz music, embodying the past, present, and future of the genre. Her voice elicits comparisons to the dulcet purity of Ella Fitzgerald and the smoky effortlessness of Nat King Cole. Her experimental outlook is inspired by contemporary artists such as Feist and The Bird And The Bee, whilst her signature retro look pays homage to icons of the 1950s. (www.integritireeves.com)
Friday, June 10
We welcome the return of the steel drums of C.A.I.S.O. CAISO stands for Caribbean American International Steel Orchestra. Celebrating over 30 years of business. CAISO has performed at prestigious venues from DMV to Kosovo.
THE POCKET, a DC-based alternative-rock-reggae band with an authentic island sound is also returning to the Courtyard.
Vocalist Omar Teitelbaum, Jamaican-born guitarist Terrence Brown, and keyboardist Matt Wood intuitively fuse alternative rock, jazz, and hip-hop with off-beat skanks that are Jamaica-tested and crowd approved – guaranteed to move an audience to its feet.
Friday is also the artists' reception for a special gallery show of the artwork of local DC artists JAY DURRAH and JULIAN WEAVER. This musical themed exhibition opens June and will run throughout JITH. Please check our website or facebook for gallery hours.
JAY DURRAH is a self taught artist from western PA who has been sketching since the age of nine. Jay has been drawn to creating portraits. He generally starts with the eyes, because he believes by capturing the eyes he captures the essence of the person' being. He forms his portraits by strategically places patches of color various colors, symbolizing the the multiracial makeup of mankind. (http://jaydurrahsart.com/)
JULIAN WEAVER is a DC native who gained his love of the arts from summer programs for children in DC’s Rock Creek Park. In addition to visual art he has made music as diverse as Hip-Hop to Electronica to Blues and loves to mix genres. It is Julian's deepening interest in Blues history and it’s connection to Hip-hop that has led to his current work with Cigar Box Guitars and Blues imagery. He sees Blues and Hip-Hop not as separate entities but as two points on a continuous line. Or perhaps a better concept would be a Grandparent and Grandchild, each showing Black life as they see it based on the past and present. (julianweaver.blogspot.com/p/bio.html)
Saturday, June 11
ABINNET BERNHANU and HEBRET MUSICA + Jam Session on the last set! Abinnet Berhanu is a DC based drummer and composer who is an upcoming artist developing a reputation for being an open, versatile, intense, emotional
musician. As a bandleader and composer, Abinnet tries to marry the sounds of his upbringing and his experiences growing up in an Ethiopian household through his group Hebret Musica. Joining Abinnet on drums will be: Marcus Tenney - Saxophone; Jake Silverman - Piano; Tyrone Allen - Bass. (abinnetberhanu.com)
Sunday June 12 vocalist Caz Gardiner and trombonist Shannon Gunn with her Funky Bullettes.
CAZ GARDINER is a Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter and solo artist. She was the lead singer for The Ambitions, a 60's influenced soul/rock band which in 2008 was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Aissociation) in the best new band category; and the rocksteady/reggae band Caz and The Day Laborers. In 2010, she was nominated for a Wammie in the best traditional blues/RnB vocalist category for her work with Caz and The Commotions. (cazmusic.com)
SHANNON GUNN, recently named DC’s best trombonist in the Washington City Paper’s Jazzies Award for 2015, is an active jazz trombonist in the DC metro area. She can be found playing around town with her own all-female big band, “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes” and her organ trio, “Firebird." Joining Shannon will be: Karine Chapdelaine - Bass; Angel Bethea - Drums; Leigh Pilzer - Saxophones. (www.bullettesjazz.com)
Tuesday June 14
The JAMBASSADORS are bringing their Piedmont or East Coast blues a style, characterized by a highly syncopated guitar technique comparable in sound to ragtime piano to JITH.
The Piedmont guitar style employs a complex fingerpicking method in which a regular, alternating-thumb bass pattern supports a melody on treble strings. This guitar style connects closely with an earlier string-band tradition integrating ragtime, blues, and country dance songs.The style originated in the Piedmont region of the United States, the hilly area whichlies between the Atlantic Coastal Plain the Appalachian Mountains from central Georgia to central Virginia. Archie Edwards was one of several extraordinary Piedmont blues musicians from Virginia
The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is keeping East coast acoustic folk blues alive Generation to Generation through live music sessions at "Archie’s Barbershop". This music is the opportunity to share the stories and music of those who came before. Sadly, like Archie’s and many of his contemporaries have passed on, but they are remembered and honored through the Saturday jams where someone who was privileged to know Archie or his friends tell a story – or a tall tale – that brings to life earlier times at the Barbershop and in African-American history. As we create our own stories and make our own music, we pass the tradition on to the new generations we meet at the Barbershop and in the community. (acousticblues.com/Piedmont/peidmont.html)