From Atlas Arts:
WADADA LEO SMITH: TEN FREEDOM SUMMERS
October 25 and 26, 2013
In celebration of the the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Experience the complete presentation of jazz trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize finalist composer Wadada Leo Smith’s epic Ten Freedom Summers in 3 performances spread over two days. Each performance is a different chapter of Smith’s homage to Civil Rights heroes including Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Medger Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented in 3 performances, each performance is a different chapter and may be seen separately.
Tim Berne – Snakeoil
October 9 at 8:00 PM
In the game since 1970, Tim Berne still amazes with each new project he leads. Snakeoil Quartet is no different. Called “one of the most forward thinking and fearless composers in jazz” (All About Jazz), Berne’s music never fails to challenge and delight the human ear. Snakeoil Quartet includes pianist, Matt Mitchell, percussionist, Ches Smith, and Oscar Noriega on bass clarinet, acclaimed musicians in their own right who master Berne’s compositions and challenge each other through skillful improvisation.
Claire Chase by David Michalek
October 12, 2013
The Atlas welcomes 2012 MacArthur Fellow, Claire Chase to the stage as she uses her passion for playing the flute to push the instrument beyond traditional notes. Chase has given critically acclaimed solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. As a soloist, collaborative artist and arts entrepreneur, Chase has premiered over 100 new works for flute in the past decade. She is also founder of the award winning International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
October 23, 2013
Brian Settles & Central Union
Influenced by jazz greats such as Davey Yarborough, Charlie Young, and Arnie Lawrence, DC native Brian Settles, presents a style all his own. A Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University alum, Settles became known for his, “creative, risk-taking,” freely swinging between traditional and unconventional forms of jazz. His band, Central Union, featuring Corcoran Holt on bass, Jeremy Carlstedt on drums, percussionist, Jean Marie Collatin-Faye and pianist, Neil Podgurski, forms a cohesive unit of melody and flow.
November 13, 2013
Steve Lehman Octet
New York born, alto saxophonist, Steve Lehman, is considered one of the gifted trailblazers of jazz in the 21st Century (The Guardian UK). His sound oscillates between jazz as we know it and jazz as it will be, involving innovative instrumentation and composition leaning into the new music genre. Performing sets from his critically acclaimed album, Travail, Transformation and Flow, Steve Lehman Octet features Mark Shim, Jonathan Finlayson, Tim Albright, Chris Dingman, Jose Davila, Drew Gress, Tyshawn Sorey.
December 19, 2013
Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O
Grammy nominee, drummer, Matt Wilson, livens up the holiday season with his one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree-O! As one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists, he is recognized for his melodic drumming style as well as his strength as a composer and bandleader. With Jeff Lederer and Paul Sikivie, the fun and delightful Wilson offers up all of our Holiday favorites without letting go his jazzy, snazzy flow. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, this is the perfect holiday treat!
January 16, 2013
Anthony Pirog Trio
Anthony Pirog is making his mark on the guitar playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project after another. From his work on Janel andAnthony’s “Where is Home,” described in Guitar Player Magazine as “approachable experimentalism,” to his “pristinely executed rock guitar solos” with Skysaw,Anthony displays a “crystalline tone that’s immediately recognizable as his own” in his ever-evolving conception of how a guitar can sound. Featuring Michael Formanek on bass and Ches Smith on drums.
January 29, 2014
Ellery Eskelin Trio New York II with Gary Versace, Gerald Cleaver
Raised in Baltimore and based in New York City, Ellery Eskelin is called the “most inventive American tenor player in creative music” (DownBeat). Having played with bakdav drummer, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, accordionist, Andrea Parkins, and including organist, Gary Versace, in his Trio New York, Eskelin seeks unusual musical collaboration and instrumentation. Trio New York, also featuring Gerald Cleaver, reanimates the Great American Songbook with Eskelin’s love and dedication to jazz and American music.
February 12, 2014
Curtis Hasselbring’s Number Stations with Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed
Curtis Hasselbring, or “Curha,” as he is commonly called in the jazz scene, does not shy away from experimentation with other genres and instrumental arrangements. His newest project Number Stations, alludes to short wave radio stations that emit lingering, mysterious signals and messages. In this way, Hasselbring, along with Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, and Chris Speed, projects a style that is both enigmatic and humorously dark, while maintaining a mastery of jazz tradition and leaning into rock rhythms.
March 19, 2014
Washington Women in Jazz Festival featuring Mary Halvorson and Allison Miller
Amy K. Bormet, founder of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival (WWJF), returns to the Atlas with the Washington Women in Jazz All Stars featuring guitarist, Mary Halvorson and drummer, Allison Miller. Approaching its fourth year, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival celebrates the DC area’s finest female jazz artists in spite of a male-dominated jazz scene, whose talents span the continuum of the jazz genre.
March 26, 2014
Linda Oh Quartet
Rising star, composer and bassist, Linda Oh, draws upon her Chinese heritage, and Malaysian and Australian beginnings to create what the New York Times can only describe as “graceful and sometimes aggressive” musical compositions. She is a part of a new and fearless generation of jazz progressives applying her rock and classical foundations to create her own jazz aesthetic. Leading her Quartet on a mean bass, Oh is joined by pianist, Fabian Almazan, Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone, and drummer, Rudy Royston.
May 10, 2014
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Young, gifted and obsessed with swing, Darcy James Argue brings his Secret Society, the 18-piece big band, back to the Atlas for the 3rd time! The GRAMMY-nominated, Darcy James Argues’ Secret Society conjures the spirit of the big band Swing Era while adding its own reminiscence of the dance orchestra style. New York Times called it, “A wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism…” The Secret Society presents a genre of jazz unique unto itself.