Jazz Avenues

Longtime saxophone dynamo and John Coltrane scholar Andrew White appears at Blues Alley on Sept. 24.

The Next Latest Greatest Is ... ?

Who will be anointed as the next star of the glamour instrument of jazz, the saxophone?

To find out, at least according to the Thelonious Monk Institute, tune in on Sept. 16 for the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and All-Star Gala Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. For added saxophone gravitas the event features the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary Wayne Shorter in recognition of his “extraordinary six-decade career as a saxophonist, educator, and composer,” according to Monk Institute information. There will also be a special tribute to the recently departed George Duke, a longtime friend and supporter of the institute who was scheduled to serve as the evening’s musical director. Many of Duke’s longtime musical collaborators are to perform in his memory.

The competition will feature 14 outstanding young jazz saxophonists – including Braxton Cook of Silver Spring, Md. – performing before a panel of jazz greats including Shorter, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, and Bobby Watson. The semifinals are Sept. 15, noon to 6:00 p.m., at the Smithsonian Institution’s Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of American History. Three finalists will advance to the finals, Sept. 16, with scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000, including a $25,000 first-place scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Music Group.

The gala concert features Terri Lyne Carrington, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. For more information go to monkinstitute.org.

“Let There Be Jazz”

A new jazz series takes shape this month thanks to East River Jazz, featuring a “salon-style history and education” performance format. On Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at Anacostia Playhouse a Jazz Dance Jam will feature Jackie Hairston’s Hammond B3 Quartet.

Will Smith’s W.E. S. Group performs at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, Sept. 14, for Bebop/Hip-Hop. Other events include A Jazz Conversation with Brother Ah at the Big Chair Coffee n’ Grill on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Sept. 22, and Hymns, Negro Spirituals & the Blues with bassist Herman Burney’s Ministerial Alliance at the B Spot on Capitol Hill, Sept. 29. Go to eastriverjazz.net for complete information.

Transparent Jazz Is Back!

The Transparent Productions 2013-14 jazz series begins Sunday, Sept. 15, with The Roy Campbell Quartet at Bohemian Caverns, featuring Campbell on trumpet, Hill Green on bass, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Bryan Carrot on vibes. Then the Vision Music & Dance on tour comes to DC.

The Patricia Nicholson Parker & William Parker Duet on Sept. 26 features dance, voice, and words by Patricia Nicholson Parker, and music from bassist William Parker, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street (atlasarts.org).

A Patricia Nicholson Parker & William Parker Workshop & Workshop Performance on Sept. 27 will include collaboration with local artists at Union & Arts Manufacturing, 411 New York Ave. NE. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. See www.transparentproductionsdc.org for complete details.

In Person ... “Love” CD Party at Twins

Vocalist Heidi Martin’s entrancing vocals opened the evening for Twins Jazz’s Reginald Cyntje “LOVE” CD release party one steamy Saturday night last month. Then Cyntje’s group featured homeboy pianist Benito Gonzalez for some scintillating sets, highlighting music from the CD and other tunes, including vocalist Christie Dashiell on “Satin Doll.” Cyntje was in fine form on trombone with him and Gonzalez, exchanging crackling riffs on “Woody ‘n You.”

September Highlights: … Brad Linde, Artist in Residence, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Bohemian Caverns … New Gary Burton Quartet, Sept. 12-13, Blues Alley … Sharon Clark, Sept. 13, Chez Billy … Marshall Keys/Tribute to Cannonball Adderley, Sept. 13, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Tony Martucci, Sept. 13-14, Twins Jazz … Roy Campbell Quartet, Sept. 15, Bohemian Caverns … JAZZForum: Nasar Abadey & Supernova, Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, Sept. 17, University of the District of Columbia Recital Hall … Nasar Abadey & Supernova, Sept. 19, Smithsonian American Art Museum … Bruce Williams Quintet, Sept. 20-21, Twins Jazz … Houston Person, Sept. 20-21, Bohemian Caverns … Carl Grubbs Ensemble/Annual John Coltrane Celebration, Sept. 21, Ward Center for the Arts, Brooklandville, Md. … Andrew White, Sept. 24, Blues Alley … Allyn Johnson “Truth” CD Release concert, Sept. 25, UDC Recital Hall … Roy Ayers, Sept. 26-29, Blues Alley … Tim Green Quartet, Sept. 27-28, Twins Jazz … 12th Annual D.C. Jazz Preservation Festival, Sept. 28, Westminster Church Park …

September Birthdays: Art Pepper 1; Horace Silver, Clifford Jordan 2; Mickey Roker, Roy Brooks 3; Meade Lux Lewis 4; Andrew White, Buddy Bolden 6; Sonny Rollins, 7; Wilbur Ware 8; Elvin Jones, George Mraz 9; Roy Ayers 10; Steve Turre 12; Chu Berry 13; Oliver Lake 14; Cannonball Adderley 15; Joe Venuti, John Hendricks 16; Brother Jack McDuff 17; Emily Remler 18; Muhal Richard Abrams 19; Chico Hamilton 21; John Coltrane 23; Gary Bartz 26; Bud Powell 27; Kenny Kirkland 28; Buddy Rich, Oscar Pettiford 30. 

Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.com and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues.