A BIG thank you to CapitalBop for hosting a great night last night! Check out some footage of the jam session shot by WWJF superstar/intern Integriti Reeves (who had her own set last night!) Proof that you don’t have to wait to party until the end of a festival. We should have put some spotlights on Melissa’s feet!!
|Vocalist Integriti Reeves|
|Dancer Melissa Frakman|
Thanks to our great friends and fellow jazz advocates CapitalBop we have an extra special ADDITION to the WWJF. You might have attended spectacular jazz loft events before, and we will continue with the same format. There are two featured performers, my fellow DESA Alum and current Howard Grad student in Jazz Voice, the marvelous Integriti Reeves. We truly reconnected at the Kurt Elling Masterclass last November. She was selected to sing for him at the Kennedy Center, and I accompanied the entire class on piano. When she found out about this festival she immediately got in touch with me to put her full support behind it, and has been at the first 2 shows selling tickets and handing out fabulous flyer for me! In the city of interns, she is the most talented one out there. Now she can take the stage herself and give a great show!
Also featured will be tap dancer extraordinaire Melissa Frakman. Melissa has been all over, from Asia to North America, studying and teaching dance. We were kindred spirits on our first meeting and she performed on my Graduate Recital at Howard last May. So here it is, A WWJF tap premiere! The whole DC Jazz community is benefiting from the DC Tap Fest next month (founded by another Ellington Alum–Maud Arnold). Melissa’s performance Wednesday will be a preview of our awesome dance community in April!
After the features, there will be an open jam session, everyone is invited to sit in, so bring your horn and we’ll party WWJF Jazz Loft style. See you there!
WWJF/CapitalBop Jazz Loft
The Red Door
Thanks so much to E.A. Stansbury for this fabulous video! He is a real boon to the jazz community, and happily agreed to come out and promote this festival with me. Melissa and Lena were fabulous, everyone had a great time watching the show. Big thank you to Tom Baldwin and Lydia Lewis for holding it down, and sharing this night with us. Tremendous success, thanks to everyone that came out! See you next week!
Sriram Gopal talked with me about my album and my brand new festival.
This is very helpful to my goal of jazz fame/world domination. And! it means tonight’s show will be crowded! Thanks Sriram! http://dcist.com/2011/03/dcist_interview_amy_k_bormet.php