There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The late April announcement that Transparent Productions was going on indefinite hiatus left a certain void in the world of high-profile free and avant-garde jazz groups making tour stops in D.C., though some pretty cool Velvet Lounge bookings have picked up a bit of the slack. Fortunately, we still have Creative Differences—-even though this series is housed in Baltimore at An Die Musik on Charles Street, making the trek up there is a whole lot easier than going to Philly or NYC to get a proper dose of skronk. The highlight of the series this past spring was a monumental reunion concert from Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, certainly a mind-expanding experience for avant-jazz fans like myself too young to have witnessed the original band in the mid-1990s.
Creative Differences, curated by Bernard Lyons, takes a hiatus each summer, but some of the fall series concerts have quietly been added to An Die Musik’s calendar. To wit:
- Saturday, September 20 – Carl Grubbs & Salim Washington (John Coltrane birthday concert)
- Friday, September 26 – Marc Copland with Greg Osby, John Hebert and Bill Stewart
- Saturday, October 4 – Judi Silvano
- Saturday, October 11 – Steve Lantner with Joe Morris and Luther Grey
- Saturday, October 25 – Fred Van Hove
- Saturday, November 1 – Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher
- Saturday, November 15 – Jamie Baum Septet
I’d imagine there is more to come since an official announcement has yet to be made (and probably won’t be for a little while longer). There are some names here I don’t recognize, to be honest, but one I can recommend is Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher, a Dutch piano trio that played a great set at Twins Jazz a few years ago in a show sponsored by, you guessed it, Transparent Productions.