June 8, 2018
Sharon Clark: Jazz Diva
Sharon Clark, vocals
Paul Carr, sax
Chris Grasso, piano
James King, bass
Lenny Robinson, drums

June 30, 2018
Thinking About Jazz
Art Blakey:  Jazz Messenger
Arthur “Art” Blakey was born on October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA where his uncle Ruby was a popular Pittsburgh vocalist and band leader in who attended Fisk University.  Blakey received some piano lessons in school and continued to teach himself.  By seventh grade he was playing professionally and learning to be a band-leader.  At some point in the early 30’s he switched from piano to drums and assumed the aggressive swing style of Chick Webb and Sid Catlett.  In the mid 40’s he worked with Billy Eckstine’s big band and here became associated with the emerging bebop movement along with bandmates Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and others. In the 50’s he formed the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver and became known for nurturing young players such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson and Wynton Marsalis.  He died in 1990 in New York survived by four daughters and four sons.
Rusty Hassan, presenter

July 6, 2018
Southwest Favorite Son
Ben Sands, sax
Vince Smith, piano
Wes Biles, bass
Ron Compton, drums
Tiya Ade, vocals

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

Jazz Calendar

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. 

June 29, 2018
Tribute to Art Blakey
Keith Killgo, drums
Jon Ozment, piano
Michael Bowie, bass
Thad Wilson, trumpet
Grant Langford, sax

May 25, 2018
Michael Thomas Quintet
Michael Thomas, trumpet
Zach Graddy, tenor sax
Darius Scott, piano
Kent Miller, bass
Frank Williams, drums


9:15pmJazz Night at the Movies
Marian McPartland:

Interviews & Performance

June 22, 2018
Remembering Donnie West
Greg Lamont, piano, vocals
Spencer Ranch, sax
Tim Jones, bass
Ben Secundy, drums
Special Friends of Donnie

June 15, 2018
Swingin’ with Alex Jenkins
Alex Jenkins, piano, vocals
Herb Scott, sax
Charles Carlton, guitar
Emory Diggs, bass
Percy Smith, drums

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


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June 1, 2018
Baltimore’s Legendary

    Carlos Johnson
Carlos Johnson, sax, vocals
Todd Simon, organ
Jay Alan Thompson, guitar
Leon Alexander, drums