Ben Williams- THEARC (Friday, March 22, 2013), show time: 7:30pm; tickets: $10
Ben Williams never strays too far from home. The Thelonious Monk Competition winning, Grammy Award having, bass playing DC native will perform as part of THEARC’s Double Time Jazz Series with his group Sound Effect this Friday night at 7:30pm. In 2011, Williams released his debut recording as a leader, State of Art, to much fanfare. Most recently he participated in a collaborative recording with saxophonists Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III, guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianists/keyboardists Kris Bowers and Gerald Clayton, drummer Jamire Williams and special guest trumpeter Christian aTunde Adjuah (Christian Scott) in a group called Next Collective on a recording titled Cover Art. In his short career Williams has had an opportunity to perform with some of the very best in the business including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mulgrew Miller, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, Benny Golson, Christian McBride and Eric Reed to name a few.
Tickets for Friday night’s show are $10. Williams will also lead a Master Class for aspiring musicians Friday morning at 10:30am. There is no charge for the master class; yes, it is free!
Please go to http://www.thearcdc.org/events/ben-williams-and-sound-effect for additional information.
Also performing around town:
Benny Golson- Bohemian Caverns (Thursday- Saturday, March 21-23, 2013), show times: 8:30pm & 10:30pm; tickets: $35 online, $40 at the door
NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson will grace the Bohemian Caverns stage this weekend in a return engagement that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The saxophonist whose early career began in the bands of Tadd Dameron, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey and Johnny Hodges, just to name a few, has been writing, composing and performing jazz music for six decades. He also has an extensive career as a studio composer, composing music for shows such as M*A*S*H, Ironside, and Mission Impossible. He was honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 1995 and in 2009 he was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame.
For ticket information, go to www.bohemiancaverns.com
Many know Kevin Eubanks for the time he spent as the bandleader for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but what should also be mentioned is that Eubanks is from a talented, musical family and has an extensive recording career. Signed to Mack Avenue Records in 2010, Eubanks is touring in support of his newest recording, The Messenger.
Please check online at www.bluesalley.com for ticket information. The 8pm show for both Friday and Saturday night is sold out.