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August 25, 2018
U Street Jazz:  Jazz in DC
In the early years of the twentieth century, U Street was the epicenter of an urban cultural and social wetlands, a contact zone in which cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other; oftentimes through music. These deep contradictions created a tense conflict between norms and attitudes that melded into an explosive creative mix of class and background.  The sounds of a future American life emerged from this blend, as evident in the work of three preeminent cultural figures – the poet Langston Hughes, the novelist Jean Toomer, and the composer Duke Ellington – who captured the area’s inventiveness.  Like New York’s Harlem, New Orleans’ Storeyville, Memphis’s Basin Street, and Chicago’s Bronzeville, U Street and its adjoining neighborhood became one of the places where modern American – and not just African American – culture was born.  Excluded by whites, African Americans of all colors and classes were creating the dominant sounds of the United States of the twentieth century.  And jazz was among them.  Blair Ruble presents this fascinating story.

August 24, 2018
Tribute to U Street Master

Steve Novosel
Davy Yarborough, sax

Wade Beach, piano
Steve Novosel, bass
Jay Jefferson, drums
Herman Hawkins, vocals

September 14, 2018
#Real Jazz 2
featuring Melba Joyce
from Count Basie Band

Paul Carr, sax
Allyn Johnson, piano
Michael Bowie, bass
C.V. Dashiell, drums
Melba Joyce, vocals

Doors open at 5pm. Admission $5. Dinner served by Southwest Catering from 5:30 - 8pm    (Visa, Mastercard, Cash accepted)

August 17, 2018
Music of Wayne Shorter
Tim Green, sax
Allyn Johnson, piano
Romeir Mendez, bass
C.V. Dashiell, drums

A Weekly, Straight-Ahead Jazz Experience Every Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jazz Calendar

September 21, 2018
Tim Whalen Quintet
Tim Whalen, piano
Paul Pieper, guitar
Ted Baker, sax
Zach Pride, bass
C.V. Dashiell, drums

August 31, 2018
Lavenia Nesmith Swings
Lavenia Nesmith, vocals
Thad Wilson, trumpet
Wayne Wilentz, vocals
James King, bass
Lenny Robinson, drums

Jazz Night in D.C. on Fridays presents some of the area's finest jazz musicians in a lively presentation of classical, straight-ahead jazz. 

September 7, 2018
Bobby Felder's DC Jazz
(CD Release)

Bobby Felder, trombone
David Cole, piano
Wes Biles, bass
Vince Smith, piano
Ron Compton, drums
Tiya Ade, vocals