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New York City
John Scofield & Jon Cleary Duo @ The Howard Theatre
$30 / $35
John Scofield Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, JOHN SCOFIELD is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. An artist with fan bases in many camps and forty albums to his credit, he has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. His versatility and technical mastery won him early sideman gigs with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Cobham/Duke among many. Since that time he remains firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer, prominently leading his own groups in the international Jazz scene, his own albums (many already classics) including collaborations with many contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, among many jazz legends. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to the finest in jazz tradition. Jon Cleary Jon Cleary is known for his salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. Born in Kent, England in 1964, Cleary steeped in the sounds of American roots music as a child via New Orleans funk and R&B 45s. Venturing to the Crescent City at 17, he quickly earned the respect of local music community. He spent the '80s gigging as a sideman and bandleader with a rotating cast of New Orleans' best including members of funk forefathers the Meters and delta-bluesman John Mooney. He has balanced the last few years with an international fan base as a member of Bonnie Raitt's group and his own group (with album of the same name) Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Cleary has the self-made Moonburn (Virgin 1999), and his ode to Big Easy R&B - Alligator Lips and Dirty Rice (Ace 1994). All of Jon's talents are manifest on Pin Your Spin, Basin Street Records produced by John Porter. His latest Occapella was released in 2012.
Steve Byrne @ DC Improv
Suit up! Steve is a crowd favorite, bringing a positive vibe, tons of energy, and a classy looking outfit to every performance. For three seasons, he starred in “Sullivan and Son” on TBS – a show loosely built around his upbringing as an Irish-Korean American living in Pittsburgh. He has also produced three hour-long comedy specials, the latest of which debuted on Netflix in 2014.
Freestyle Funny Comedy Show @ DC Improv
The FFCS consists of four of the nation’s fastest rising comedians, three of which are cast members of "Wild 'N Out" -- Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, Anthony "Chico" Bean, Darren "Big Baby" Brand, and Demar "Osama Bin Drankin" Rankin. Each FFCS is tailored to fit its audience, so every show is distinctly different than its predecessor. The fusion of original stand-up, urban improv, and interactive crowd games produces a recipe of funny that keeps its audience joyfully on the edge of their seats!
Kyle Dunnigan @ The Howard Theatre
$20 / $25
“One of the most innovative, clever and hysterical acts ever unleashed at the fest” said the Montreal Gazette of Kyle’s performance on a prestigious gala set at the 2013 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Most recently Kyle was hired to write and perform on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer for both seasons 1 and 2. In addition to this, Kyle has an animated pilot set-up at Nickelodeon, where he is set as the creator, Executive Producer and voice of the title character. Kyle’s original character “Craig” has garnered over 8 millions views on his YouTube channel, which currently has 27,000 subscribers. Kyle continues to build a following in the digital space with his weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which he co-hosts with Tig Notaro. In 2013 the podcast was all over the top ten iTunes Comedy Podcast Charts, and peaked at #1 numerous times. Furthermore, Kyle has been invited to perform at the most prestigious comedy and music festivals in 2013 such as Montreal and Chicago Just for Laughs, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, Vancouver, San Francisco Sketchfest, Fun Fun Fun Fest and Sasquatch is on the books for 2014. Kyle also released a comedy and music Christmas album last year, which heavily featured this original character “Craig” along with a host of other original characters and celebrity impressions. The album peaked at #6 on the iTunes comedy album charts. Kyle has been featured by prominent media outlets such as The Onion AV Club, Marvel Comics, Paste Magazine, Thought Catalogue, Social Times, Crave Online, New Media Rockstars, Laughspin and The Comics Comic. In previous years Kyle was cast in the pilot Garfunkel and Oates for HBO GO and recurred on Reno 911. As a stand-up comic Kyle has had his own half hour special on Comedy Central along with numerous late night performances (Conan, Kimmel, Leno).
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