The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation honored Dr. Larry Ridley and saxophonist Bobby Watson yesterday during the concert portion of its 28th Annual Jazz Issue Forum and Concert. Watson, who served as a judge during this past weekend’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition and Awards Gala, is an accomplished alto saxophonist who has performed with the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louis Hayes, Carlos Santana, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Sam Rivers, and Horizon. Ridley is a multi-award winning bassist who works regularly with his group the Jazz Legacy Ensemble to celebrate and perform the compositions of this artform’s jazz masters.
Congratulations to them.
Other events happening this weekend include:
Cassandra Wilson- Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club (tonight & Saturday, September 20-21, 2013), show time: 8pm (doors open at 6pm); tickets: $50
Also in town this past weekend for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Saxophone Competition and Awards Gala, vocalist Cassandra Wilson will bring her rich, earthy sound to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club tonight and Saturday night. The Grammy Award winner has one of the most celebrated voices in jazz today. In addition to her own successful solo career, Wilson has contributed vocals to recordings by Wynton Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Coleman/M-Base, Robin Eubanks, Meshell N’degeocello, Regina Carter, Terence Blanchard, Steve Turre, David Sanchez, and Dave Holland.
For ticket information, go to: http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&artistID=10613&venueid=428
For information about Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, go to: http://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com/
Maria Schneider Orchestra- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Sunday, September 22, 2013), show time: 7pm; tickets: $40
The Maria Schneider Orchestra is regularly mentioned in critics’ circles as one of the best bands in all of jazz while Schneider herself is also widely regarded as one of the best composers and bandleaders around today by many of her peers. The multi- (Jazz Journalists Association) Award winning composer and bandleader will lead her 17-member ensemble in what’s sure to be a memorable performance this coming Sunday at the University of Maryland at College Park’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The Center is a perfect venue for the Orchestra’s big, theatrical sound. Get your tickets while they’re still available.
Go to http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2013/maria-schneider-orchestra for more information