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I've been playing a little catch up this weekend by going through my final photos from the D.C. Jazz Festival. This set features the Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet at Twins Jazz from June 9th.

Appearing on stage with Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet was Sam Prather on piano, JC Jefferson Jr on drums, Reginald Cyntje on trombone, and Cheney Thomas on bass. Kenny also brought to the stage a student of his, Alex Panagos, to play a jazzed up version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal. Trumpeter Norberto Mejicanos joined the Quartet for the last of the set.

Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet with the Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet at Twins Jazz

Sam Prather on piano with the Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet at Twins Jazz

Reginald Cyntje on trombone with the Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet at Twins Jazz

These photos and others from jazz shows around D.C. are also available on my Flickr Jazz set.

HR-57's opening weekend at its new location at 1007 H St NE featured the Antonio Parker Quartet on Friday night. Its second move in as many years, the new location, while not quite finished, is already promising to be the best yet. The acoustics of the space allow the music to fill the venue in ways neither previous space did, the seating is more spacious, and the front area that will be turned into a coffee and breakfast spot boasts big, open windows that connect the space to the street in a way sure to catch the ear of any passerby.

Along with Antonio Parker on saxophone, last night featured Cheney Thomas on bass, Darius Scott on piano, and Blackbyrds veteran and mentor to Parker Keith Killgo on drums. The quartet was joined by fellow Blackbyrds veteran Allan Barnes on soprano sax.

Killgo originally discovered Parker while playing a gig at Blues Alley when he heard Parker playing on the street at the corner of M and Wisconsin in Georgetown.

The Blackbyrds are best known for their hits Rock Creek Park and Walking In Rhythm. Their latest album, Gotta Fly, was released this year.

Antonio Parker and Keith Killgo with the Antonio Parker Quartet at HR-57

Keith Killgo with the Antonio Parker Quartet at HR-57

Antonio Parker and Allan Barnes with the Antonio Parker Quartet at HR-57

New HR-57 location on H Street

These photos and others from jazz shows around D.C. are also available on my Flickr Jazz set.

One last night of the D.C. Jazz Festival brought one more night at Bohemian Caverns for the Integriti Reeves Quartet featuring Reeves, vocals, Elijah Balbed, saxophone and flute, Matvei Sigalov, guitar and violin, Jeff Reed, bass, Warren Wolf, piano and John Lamkin, drums.

Integriti Reeves and Elijah Balbed with Integriti Reeves Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

Elijah Balbed with Integriti Reeves Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

One more set from Saturday's show by the Kenny Rittenhouse Quartet at Twins Jazz will be posted soon. These photos and others from jazz shows around D.C. are also available on my Flickr Jazz set.

Bohemian Caverns on U Street is a great place to catch a show. It also happens to be an extremely attractive venue to shoot with its lighting and textured walls - and the combination of the environment and the great line up of musicians that Marcus Strickland assembled on stage with him on Friday night made for a fantastic experience.

Ameen Saleem on bass and David Bryant on piano were joined by Justin Faulkner on drums, currently on tour with Branford Marsalis. Trumpeter Etienne Charles joined the quartet on stage for several tunes as well, adding to an already superb set of musicians.

Marcus Strickland Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

Etienne Charles with the Marcus Strickland Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

Justin Faulkner with the Marcus Strickland Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

David Bryant with the Marcus Strickland Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

These photos and others from jazz shows around D.C. are also available on my Flickr Jazz set.

Sunday, 10 June 2012 12:50

New photo gallery: Paul Pieper Quartet

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights all featured great shows for the D.C. Jazz Festival. The first set from the trio of shows that I've posted is of the Paul Pieper Quartet at Twins Jazz featuring Paul Pieper on guitar, Shareef Taher on drums, Tedd Baker on saxophone, and Gavin Fallow on bass. You can find a link to the shots on my Galleries page. Enjoy!

Paul Pieper on guitar with Paul Pieper Quartet at Twins

These photos and others from jazz shows around D.C. are also available on my Flickr Jazz set.