Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Potomac guitarist to play at D.C. jazz club

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Jazz guitarist-composer Ravi Joseph leads a trio that will perform his original compositions as well as pieces by more well-known composers Sunday at the District’s Twins Jazz club.
This story was corrected on April 4, 2008, from its print version.

The Ravi Joseph Trio will perform two sets of progressive jazz Sunday evening at the District’s Twins Jazz club. Guitarist-composer Joseph, along with bassist James King, of the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and drummer Greg Holloway, will play Joseph’s eclectic original compositions as well as pieces by luminaries like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson.

Joseph grew up in Potomac, graduating from Herbert Hoover Middle School and Montgomery Blair High School’s Science, Math and Computer Science Magnet Program, class of 2006. His musical education began early with violin, then upright bass. Although his primary training has been in jazz, such disparate genres as Indian classical music and rock have influenced his work.

Also in 2006, Joseph won the Keter Betts Memorial Jazz Scholarship Competition, enabling him to perform with pianist Freddy Cole, Nat King Cole’s brother.

After three semesters majoring in music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music on full scholarship, he came back to the area to study math at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The Ravi Joseph Trio will perform two sets, at 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday, at Twins Jazz, 1344 U. St. N.W., D.C. The cover charge is $10. Call 202-234-0072 or visit www.twinsjazz.com.