Piano Jazz at the Arts Club

Piano Jazz at the Arts Club

The Arts Club of Washington continues its series of concerts focusing on innovation in modern jazz piano. Four reigning artists perform their own compositions celebrating a hundred years of Piano Jazz in Washington, DC. Produced by Burnett Thompson.

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An Evening with Saxophonist JON IRABAGON
with Pianist Burnett Thompson
Monday, October 7, 2019

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the 2008 Thelonius Monk Competition champion, is known for breaking boundaries whether in the jazz, avant-garde, or doom metal realms. He has topped virtually every worldwide instrumental poll over the last ten years. Jon is joined by pianist Burnett Thompson to launch the Reformation, Age of Mayhem project, secular and profane music of the 16th century in a new light.

“Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form, a revolutionary.” New York Jazz Record

Watch Jon Irabagon in performance


An Evening with Pianist MARTHA KATO
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

A native of Japan, pianist Martha Kato won the coveted Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and 2nd prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Martha studied with Kenny Barron at the Juilliard School, and is enjoying a blossoming carreer New York, Europe, and Japan. She is a frequent performer at every major New York jazz venue.

Watch Martha Kato Live at the Blue Note

This concert is supported by the Embassy of Japan.


An Evening with Pianist BRUCE BARTH
Monday, March 2, 2020

Pianist Bruce Barth, a major force in the jazz world, has performed at most major venues in the U.S and Japan, and pretigious festivals throughout Europe. Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Terell Stafford & Tony Bennett. He has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard Branford Marsalis, and the Mingus Big Band.

“Pianist Barth digs deep to his true soul in the keyboard language, self-assured and full of ideas.” Downbeat

Watch Bruce Barth in performance


An Evening with Bassist ALEX BLAKE
with Pianist Burnett Thompson
Monday, May 4, 2020

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.

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

Watch Alex Blake Live at the Blue Note







Piano Jazz at the Arts Club

Monday,  March 1,  at 7:00pm

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“Equal parts buoyant swing and pugnacious modernism…sonic sensuousness…emotionally stirring” Downbeat

Pianist Spike Wilner plays an oversized role in the worldwide jazz scene, personally holding up the heavens in the West Village of NYC during the pandemic.  From Smalls and Mezzrow jazz clubs, he has presented major performers in  a daily jazz performance throughout the crisis, occasionally presenting his own group.  No other entity worldwide has taken this risk, nor presented the core of the worldwide jazz community.

Spike Wilner has performed with or led bands in New York City at countlessjazz clubs including The Village Gate, The Angry Squire, Visiones, Augies, The West End Gate and The Village Corner. Spike also toured with The Artie Shaw Big Band, The Glen Miller Orchestra and Maynard Furgeson. Spike’s own recordings include “A Blues of Many Colors”, “Planet Jazz”, and “Three To Go”. Spike launched the record label SmallsLIVE focusing on great performances at Smalls Jazz Club. Spike’s own project, “Spike Wilner, Solo Piano: Live At Smalls”, received a glowing review in The New York Times. Spike is a managing partner at Smalls and Mezzrow jazz clubs in Manhattan.

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