Source: The District Now recommends a handful of musicians for “best of year” efforts. Highlights include:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Never has this question had such an obvious answer. Stewart began the year as the subject of a Washington Post profile that viewed D.C.’s jazz and creative music scene through the lens of, well, him. He ended it with a weeklong residency at Rhizome, which also allowed him to spotlight his fellow travelers. Between those two benchmarks, he’s done a bit of everything, from performing with Wadada Leo Smith to touring with James Brandon Lewis to making (at least) two extraordinary and compelling records, as well as keeping CapitalBop’s lights on with a quarterly concert series. Vive le Luke, the artist of the year.
BEST ALTO SAXOPHONIST:
On the subject of creative growth, wow. Hughes has sustained the most stunning arc in recent memory, and moments of that came in defiance of a nightmarish assault and theft earlier this year. Conceptually, technically, improvisationally, she is one step ahead of damn near all of us—keep your eye and ear on her.