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Piano Jazz at the Arts Club
Year Six

Reigning artists focus on innovation in modern jazz piano.

Arts Club of Washington
all concerts at 7:00 p.m.
produced by Burnett Thompson

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  An Evening with Saxophonist JON IRABAGON
with Pianist Burnett Thompson
Monday, October 7, 2019 TICKETS

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the 2008 Thelonius Monk Competition champion, is known for breaking boundaries whether in the jazz, avant-garde, or doom metal realms. He has topped virtually every worldwide instrumental poll over the last ten years. Jon is joined by pianist Burnett Thompson to launch the Reformation, Age of Mayhem project, secular and profane music of the 16th century in a new light.

“Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form, a revolutionary.” New York Jazz Record

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  An Evening with Pianist MARTHA KATO
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 TICKETS

A native of Japan, pianist Martha Kato won the coveted Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and 2nd prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Martha studied with Kenny Barron at the Juilliard School, and is enjoying a blossoming career in New York, Europe, and Japan. She is a frequent performer at every major New York jazz venue.

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This concert is supported by the Embassy of Japan.


  An Evening with Pianist BRUCE BARTH
Monday, March 2, 2020 TICKETS

Pianist Bruce Barth, a major force in the jazz world, has performed at most major venues in the U.S and Japan, and pretigious festivals throughout Europe. Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Terell Stafford & Tony Bennett. He has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard Branford Marsalis, and the Mingus Big Band.

"Pianist Barth digs deep to his true soul in the keyboard language, self-assured and full of ideas." Downbeat

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pic   An Evening with Bassist ALEX BLAKE
with Pianist Burnett Thompson
Monday, May 4, 2020 TICKETS

Bassist Alex Blake, one of the most creative and singular artists in the international music scene, began his career at age 16 with the Sun Ra Arkestra, followed by Dizzy Gillespie and a host of other headliners. The last 20 years were spent traveling worldwide with NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston.

"incredible virtuosity combined with inventive musicality in a fashion that was stunningly entertaining.” The Los Angeles Times

Watch Alex Blake Live at the Blue Note