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2001 11th Street
Washington D.C., DC 20001
In 1926 a little jazz club was opened in the basement of a drugstore located at 11th and U St. called Club Caverns. Club Caverns soon became famous for their floor and variety shows. Washington's elite would come in droves dressed in their most formal attire, to be entertained by the likes of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
In the 1950's Club Caverns soon became known as Crystal Caverns. The club would operate successfully, but it would reach its zenith peak when the club became known as Bohemian Caverns in the late 1950's to early 1960's. Best known for its great Jazz and elegant atmosphere.
In 1962 Ramsey Lewis recorded "The Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Bohemian Caverns." This recording earned accolades and great commercial success. Mr. Lewis would shine another bright light on the corner of 11th and U St. when he won a Grammy for his recording "The In Crowd" recorded on the LP, "The In Crowd, Live at the Bohemian Caverns."
The Caverns has brought a great many artists to its stage, but it was the immortals that built this house and our legacy: Washington's Son Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billy Holiday, John Malachi, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Ramsey Lewis, Less McCann, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Wynton Marsalis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and even Bill Cosby
The 2011 DC Jazz Festival will run from June 1st to the 13th.
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DC JAZZ Festival 2011
Presents Jazz at the Historic Bohemian Caverns
Jazz in the Hoods
Two Shows 8:30 & 10:30
2011 Grammy Nominee
Songstress, musician, dancer, spoken word artist, philanthropist-- are just a few titles 2011 Grammy Nominee, Carolyn Malachi holds.
Carolyn is a Washington DC native whose great grand-father happens to be legendary jazz pianist John Malachi. Carolyn was born from musical roots but did not grow into her talent until 2005, when she was a junior at Shepherd University. After taking a course in sound design, Carolyn realized the power of the arts.
Carolyn’s sound is a soothing genre-bending blend of jazz, pop, R&B, and spoken word.The Washington Post describes Carolyn’s infectious musical style as “Hard to put in words” and Urban Network raves, ”[Carolyn] represents a warm yet challenging new presence – one not to be underestimated or denied”. With recent media comparisons to avant-garde soul/R&B artists such as: Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Janelle Monae, Carolyn Malachi is quickly becoming a popular international brand in jazz and soul.....
June 3, 4
Two Shows 8:30 & 10:30
Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of six in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. By age nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music. In 1985, he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. While at Berklee, Chestnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie awards for exceptional performance standards at the college. After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business. Some of these great people include; Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, , Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991 significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Carter advised him to “take chances” and play things I’ve never heard,” Chestnut says....
Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist Antonio Hart studied music at the Baltimore School of Arts and Berkelee School of Music before recording and touring with classmate Roy Hargrove. The Baltimore native later earned a Masters degree in music composition and performance from Queens College, studying with Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd.
Since 1991, Hart has released four albums on the RCA/Novus label, while also appearing on the recordings of Nat Adderly, Slide Hampton, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Stars.
JIMMY HEATH & TOOTIE HEATH
June 10, 11
Two Shows 8:30 & 10:30
Jimmy and Tootie Heath are members of one of the the most distinguished families in jazz. Founding the Heath Brothers Quartet in 1976 with brother Percy Heat, both Jimmy and Tootie Heath are accomplished musicians in their own right.
Jimmy Heath is a NEA Jazz Master having been awarded 3 grammy nominations and 3 honorary doctorates. Jimmy was the first jazz artist to receive a doctorate from the Juilliard School of Music. He has played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.
Albert "Tootie" Smith is a recipient of Yale University's Duke Ellington Fellowship Medal. He was the drummer on John Coltrane's First recording as a leader and the last drummer for the Modern Jazz Quartet. Tootie has played and recorded with Don Cherry, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Frederic Gulda,Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, and Cedar Walton. Tootie Heath is the leader of the Whole Drum Truth ensemble, which performs innovative all-percussion concerts with a rotating roster of the foremost jazz drummers...
The Return of the Legendary
MAY 26, 27, 28
All Nights were Sold Out!
It was a great performance
"WE'VE GOT TO HAVE FREEDOM"
"WE'VE GO TO HAVE PEACE AND LOVE"
The Creator Has A Master Plan
Peace and Happiness for Every Man
The Creator Makes but one Demand
Peace and Happiness thru All the Land...
"The Legacy Continues"
Leon Thomas is one of the most unique and gifted of all jazz vocalists, he shocked the jazz world with his amazing capabilities when he took it by storm in the late 1960s with his collaborations with Pharoah Sanders.
Leon Thomas born in East St. Louis, Illinois on Oct. 4 1937, and studied music at Tennesseee State University, eventually moving to New York City in 1958. Early sessions included work with names like Count Basie, Randy Weston, Roland Kirk and Oliver Nelson before linking up with Pharoah Sanders for a partnership that continues to entrance listeners today.
Leon recorded on two of Sanders’ most renowned classics “Karma,” (1969) and “Jewels Of Thought,” (1970) and his vocals on the cuts “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and “Hum-Allah” have ensured his reputation. Just as Sonny Sharrock's startling guitar was the unique foil for Pharoah's slashing saxophone, so Leon Thomas had the virtuosity, intensity and blinding originality to keep up with Sanders. It was on these recordings that Leon revealed his unique vocal gift which might best be described as kind of scat-yodelling, offbeat and wonderful sounds which seem to well up from his inner being. Read more...
COLTRANE’S classic “Moments Notice” is a complete gas! Sanders like Coltrane, pulls and holds attention with his entrances.
Bobby Hutcherson’s and
John Hicks solo’s are heated and models of vivid imagination. The three put forth some of the very best solo’s in the entire album.
The there’s the arresting new talent introduced here on compact disc in debute -
GEORGE V JOHNSON JR., whose marvelous lyrics and viocal work are truly auspicous! He sngs with James Moody on occassion and is happily remindflul of the insistent giftness of the late
The Legacy Continues...
He's Next in Line!
Johnson’s three stanzars close with ”Relax dig the sounds of Coltrane’s Music. Coltrane fills your heart with love and harmony. Trane played with magic. Listen to the melodies and you will see momently. When you hear the message of his song!”. There’s no doubt in my mind that henceforth George V Johnson sholuld and will be sought for his own gift to the music. He sang the song for Sanders at the Village Vanguard after being introduced by Leon Thomas, and Sanders “felt that George ought to be heard”.
Thank you, Pharoah Sanders for your spirit of sharing! Wheeeeee....what a dynamite track this is~~~~HERBIE WONG! (1981)
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