Jazz

Fri Jun 7

A bit of bluegrass, a touch of old time, a heavy dose of hot jazz- This is a night of some fine picking, singing and swinging with two great groups

The performance will be recorded for Nick and Luke’s upcoming live album!

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Fri Jun 14

Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances, including her annual tribute to Nina Simone/Miriam Makeba at Creative Alliance. .

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Sun Jun 16

RAJAS is a musical ensemble that explores the resonances among Indian music, jazz/creative music, and other improvisational traditions. Led by Maryland- raised mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist and composer Rajna Swaminathan, the group is set to release their debut record, Of Agency and Abstraction  April 26th, 2019, on Biophilia Records. Rajas is a Sanskrit word referring to the inner energy that compels us toward action, creation, and change. The Financial Times describes Rajna’s compositions for the ensemble as having "wedded beauty by courting chaos, with the methods of loose-knit latter-day jazz at the service of a recognizably South-Asian melody and pulse.”

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Wed Jun 26

Fresh off his jaw-dropping performance at our annual Django Jazz Fest, clarinet virtuoso Giacomo Smith brings his entire group from London for a swinging mid-week show.

 

From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty's House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. The House Band is a tight-knit outfit that make jazz inclusive with an emphasis on camaraderie, spontaneity, and joy.

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Fri Jun 28

Closing out a month of jazz, Baltimore-born, award-winning saxophonist, Birckhead steps away from the Lauryn Hill touring band to present his own group.

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