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Piano Jazz D.C.
Year Eight

Reigning artists focus on innovation in modern jazz piano.
all concerts at 7:00 p.m.
produced by Burnett Thompson

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  An Evening with Pianist YAYOI IKAWA
Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 at Arts Club of Washington SEATED TICKETS

" her main focus...is to reach the listener's soul on a spiritual level" All About Jazz

Born in Tokyo and matured musically in New York, YAYOI IKAWA is immersed in the broad spectrum of Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Classical and World music. House pianist in Harlem's Jazz at Shabazz, Yayoi is a veteran of countless collaborations with the most inventive artists of today, including Tyshawn Sorey, Reggie Workman, Michal Urbaniak, Lenny Pickett, Frank Lacy, Lonnie Plaxico, Salim Washington, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Her film score work was presented at Lincoln Center and she has appeared at jazz festivals in Martinique, Japan, Italy, Haiti, France, Slovenia, Costa Rica and the U.S. Yayoi launched “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between New York and Tokyo musicians, touring Central America through a sponsorship of U.S. Embassy.  She received commissions from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Modern Music Society of Tokyo, and sculpture David Baumflek. She is music director at First Baptist Church in Piscataway NJ, and on faculty at City College of New York.

This concert is supported by the Embassy of Japan. 


  An Evening with Pianist ARCOIRIS SANDOVAL
Monday, November 1, 2021 at Arts Club of Washington SEATED TICKETS

"... an innovative ability to incorporate contemporary melodic, rhythmic and harmonic devices in both her playing and writing" New Music USA

Pianist/Composer Arcoiris Sandoval is a Fulbright award recipient currently residing in New York City. With a graduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music, she has won 2013 and 2015 ASCAP young jazz composer awards in addition to being a semifinalist at in the Montreux Solo Jazz Piano competition in 2012. She participated in the Mary Lou Williams Festival, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead and the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop directed by Vince Mendoza featuring Richard Bona. One of her arrangements was performed by the Metropole Orkest at the 2016 BBC Proms tribute to Quincy Jones. She has also performed at major festivals throughout the world including Umbria Jazz Festival, Winter Jazz Fest in NYC, the Telluride Jazz Festival


  An Evening with Pianist WILLERM DELISFORT
Monday, March 7, 2022 at Dacor Bacon House SEATED TICKETS

Pianist, and Composer Willerm Delisfort is a messenger of life using music as his tool. His career extends the continuum of musical styles that ranges from Jazz, Gospel, R&B and many more. Because of this, Willerm's versatility has created a high demand for him with prominent jazz, rap, soul, and fusion artists including 2009 Best World Guitarist Fareed Haque, Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain, Louis Bellson , Lew Soloff, Calvin Newborne, Corey Wilkes, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, David Sanchez, Jennifer Holiday, George Freeman, Red Holloway, Javon Jackson, Melton Mustafa Sr, Peter Erskine, Freddie Jackson, and more.

pic   An Evening with Bassist ALEX BLAKE
with Pianist Burnett Thompson
Monday, May 2, 2022 at Decatur House Museum SEATED 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. Burnett Thompson and Alex Blake have collaborated on two recent projects in NYC at Mezzrow Jazz Club: Autumn in Yunnan and Reformation: Age of Mayhem

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

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