Women In Jazz Festival

Rifftides Washington, DC correspondent John Birchard is attending one of the city's major music festivals. Here is his report on the first night. 13th ANNUAL THE KENNEDY CENTER MARY LOU WILLIAMS WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL May 15, 2008 Review by John Birchard They tried to find a longer name for the festival. The above is the best they could come up with. But that's the Kennedy Center... big, bulky and institutional. Still, once you get inside that huge marble box, some nice things take place, … [Read more...]

Up Jumped Spring

I took a break from writing this morning and went for a ride with my friend Bianchi Vigorelli (pictured). Here in the lee of the Cascades, it was the first truly hot day of the year. Melted snow is rushing off the mountains, filling the rivers to the tops of their banks, running them fast and muddy, carrying along the occasional downed tree and drowned animal. The Yakima and the Naches are not at official flood stage, but they're getting close. If I lived in one of the low-lying areas nearby, … [Read more...]