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Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

Downtown Washington was eerily quiet this Saturday evening, the streets almost deserted following an earlier snowstorm. Moving around was still difficult and most people were smart and stayed home. But the lure of seeing an artist who had swept five Down Beat polls (bass, arranger, small group, big band, CD of the year) was too much and I managed to make it to the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center to hear Dave Holland's Big Band play selections from their most recent CDs, What Goes
Dave Valentin- flute; Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin - flute, alto flute, director; Shyesha Osler, Stacey Winningham, Maya Colemon - flute; Dr. Thomas Korth - piano; Prof. Gerard Kunkel - guitar; Hamilton Hayes - bass; Clyde Adams - drums; "Killer" Joe Falero, Ivan Navas - Latin percussion Guest artists: Arch Thompson, Dr. Peter Westbrook, Dr. Ronald Ziegler - flutes; Byron Vickers - sound technician

With the new year Washington DC welcomes what has become an annual event - the Flute Fête at Howard Univ

Every Sunday evening, at the Tabard Inn in downtown Washington DC, bassist Victor Dvoskin provides one of the great bargains of the Washington DC jazz scene, an evening of free jazz. No, not three hours of avant-garde expression, three hours of fine jazz music with no cover and no minimum. For the price of a glass of wine or, in my case, a cup of tea, one can sit in the Tabard Inn's lounge and hear Victor, a top-quality bassist, working with a duo with the best local guitarists and/or keyboard p
Friday evening at the Kennedy Center saw another performance in their Beyond Category series. The group in question was the Joe Lovano Nonet presenting their Miles Davis "Birth of the Cool" Suite. It turned out to be a highly enjoyable evening, although it was not exactly what I was expecting from the concert's title.

The Birth of the Cool refers to trumpeter Miles Davis' nine piece ensemble that made a series of historic recordings in 1949, while appearing briefly at Ne

During the first fifty years of its development, the vast majority of women performers who broke into jazz were either singers or pianists. It was only with the onset of World War II that women started to make major inroads into brass and reed sections. Like Rosy the Rivetter they were replacing men who had been drafted into military service. Post 1945, women retained many of their gains but, as in other fields, they have been engaged in an uphill struggle and, while there are many fine female m
The DoubleTree Hotel, on Rockville Pike, Maryland, about 10 miles from our nation's capital, was the venue for the 13th annual East Coast Jazz Festival from February 11th through the 16th of this year. Compared with other festivals it is a small event, drawing mainly on local talent with a sprinkling of headliners, this year Frank Morgan, Rebecca Parris, Junior Mance, Richie Cole and David ‘Fathead' Newman. But after thirteen years the event is thriving, providing a very real service to t

Flute Fête 2004

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Maya Colemon - flute, piccolo, Selamawit Abebe & Shyesha Osler - flute, Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin - director, arranger & flute. With Dr. Thomas Korth - piano, Prof. Gerard Kunkel - guitar, Hamilton Hayes - bass, McClenty Hunter - drums

Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin is the Professor of Flute at Howard University in Washington D.C., part of a program that includes a great deal of emphasis on jazz performance. Once a year he holds a public recital with his students and a special guest artist. Last year a

Howard University, Washington D.C. Flute Féte 2004 featuring David "Fathead" Newman, flute, with The Flutes of Howard University: Maya Coleman - flute, piccolo, Selamawit Abebe & Shyesha Osler - flute, Dr. Sais Kamalidiin - director, arranger & flute. With Dr. Thomas Korth - piano, Prof. Gerard Kunkel - guitar, Hamilton Hayes - bass, McClenty Hunter - drums

Dr. Sais Kamalidiin runs a program in jazz flute at Howard University, and once a year he holds a public recital with a special gu


Herbie Mann Memorial

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The New York Jazz Flute Quartet, Dave Valentin Group, Trio Da Paz, Lew Tabackin, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi and special guests.

This Monday evening at the Blue Note saw a gathering of musicians who came together to celebrate the life of flutist Herbie Mann who passed away July 1st after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mann had already been formerly eulogized at a service October 20th at St. Peter's Cathedral, with music from David "Fathead" Newman and others. This was a more informal occa

Last December, 2007, I attended the conference of the International Society For Improvised Music at Northwestern University in Chicago. I was there to give a presentation entitled "Creativity, Self-Actualization and the Process of Musical Improvisation." As I was a participant in the conference it did not seem appropriate for me to review it. However, jazz writer/broadcaster Michael G. Nastos has given permission to reprint his impression of the event.

"The second annual confer

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