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Biomorphic Forms (Amy K Bormet, Alex Hamburger, Nicole Davis, Keith Butler Jr.) @ DC Fringe Festival (Near Baked and Wired in Georgetown) 12pm-4pm $FREE

July 18

No Trick Pony (Bormet, Settles, Butler) with Balance Duo (Detroit) @ Rhizome in Takoma Park $20

July 20

Keith Butler Group –Take 5 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard $FREE

July 23

Amy K Bormet/Matt Dievendorf Group @ DC Fringe Festival (Near Baked and Wired in Georgetown) 12pm-4pm $FREE

August 12

Amy K Bormet’s Washington Women in Jazz @ The Parks at Walter Reed 6pm-8pm $FREE

April 26 12pm-1pm at Union Station – Free lunchtime concert sponsored by the Mayor’s Office with Amy K Bormet Trio (Corcoran Holt, CV Dashiell III)

April 29 Birdland at Chevy Chase Lake 11am Leigh Pilzer Startet, 12pm Amy K Bormet Trio

April 30 5th Annual DC Jazz Leaders Gala with Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation

May 3  Biomorphic Forms (Amy K Bormet, Alex Hamburger, Nicole Davis, Keith Butler Jr.) for Fringe Festival at the Duck Pond SW

May 4 7pm Biomorphic Forms at the Arts Club of DC $20-30 ticket includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

May 18 7 and 9pm with Jessica Boykin-Settles at Blues Alley

May 19 6-9pm Washington Women in Jazz at the Canal Center in Alexandria

June 8 Duo show for Jazz at the Kramer with Jessica Boykin-Settles

July 18 No Trick Pony (Bormet, Keith Butler Jr., Brian Settles) at Rhizome DC with our friends from Michigan – Balance Duo!

August 12 Washington Women in Jazz at the Parks at Walter Reed

I came up with this arrangement for “Tracks of My Tears” in 2004. I saw Smokey Robinson in the flesh that year when Prof. Dennis Wilson let me tag along to the BET Walk of Fame rehearsal in NE DC. However, the best part of the whole day was Stevie Wonder and his reggae version of “Tears of a Clown”. It made me CRY it was so funky. It inspired me to take liberties with my version of “Tracks of My Tears”, and I brought it back for a second round with my favorite guitarist.

Springtime in DC. Nats losing, allergy-inducing cherry blossoms and hordes of elevator-standing tourists.

What is my personal sign of spring? Jazz Appreciation Month. That’s right. Appreciate me. There are so many great events going on this month it’s overwhelming. Check out some examples on my new favorite blog
My dear Diev and I were out today at legendary Bucky Pizzarelli’s masterclass and were thrilled to get to meet him in person after the show. What an amazing guitarist, and a cheerful guy to be around. I think he smiled through the whole set with bassist Tommy Cecil.

As for my own contributions to appreciating jazz this month, I will be performing tonight with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble at Westminster Church in SW DC. We will also be performing Sunday at the Anacostia Community Museum.

I am thrilled that my composition and arrangement “Lightning” will be performed by HU’s (Downbeat Award-Winning!) Afro-Blue, together with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra on April 24th at 5pm in the Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall for the closing weekend of JAM activities. Many thanks to fabulous arranger and donut-bringer Scott Silbert for his tips on the arrangement!

Please, if you can, appreciate some real live jazz this month.