Building Rhythm Together for Christ's Love

January 4, 2019

Steve Novosel & Friends
Steve Novosel, bass

Wade Beach, piano
 Michael Hairston, sax
 Percy Smith, vocals
Queen Aisha, vocals

December 14, 2018
Tribute to Lena Horne
Vince Evans, piano
Craig Alston, sax
James King, bass
Lennie Robinson, drums
Angela Stribling, vocals
Jean DeVerne, vocals
Alicia Hetzner, vocals

January 11, 2019

Collector’s Edition
DeAndrey Howard, trumpet
Bob Butta, piano
Tracey Cutler, sax
Herm Burney, bass
Lennie Robinson, drums

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

January 18, 2019

20 Year Anniversary

Paul Carr, sax
Thad Wilson, trumpet
Allyn Johnson, piano
James King, bass
Nasar Abadey, drums
Special Guest:  Denise Thimes

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

December 21, 2018
Benjie Porecki’s

   Holiday Celebration
Benjie Porecki, piano, organ
Antonio Parker, sax
Jeff Reed, bass
C.V. Dashiell, drums
Lori Williams, vocals

Jazz Calendar

December 15, 2018
Thinking About Jazz
Lena Horne:
Jazz Voice to Political Activist

Born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist whose career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater.  Her early life was disrupted by numerous moves after her father, Edwin Horne, Jr., a numbers kingpin left the family and moved to Pittsburgh.  Her mother Edna was an actress who traveled with a black theatre troupe.  After years of living with extended family members, at age 12 her mother took her back to New York.  At age 16, she joined the chorus of the Cotton Club and became a nightclub nightclub performer.  At 18 she moved to Pittsburgh to live with her father where she connected and learned with Billy Strayhorn and Billy Eckstine for 5 years.  Moving to Hollywood, she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather.  Because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood, returning to her roots as a nightclub performer.  Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963 and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs and on television while releasing well-received record jazz albums. She announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway.  She then toured the country in the show, earning numerous awards and accolades.  Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92. This presentation of Lena’s life and music will be offered by Patricia Willard who knew her personally.

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. 

December 28, 2018
Kristine Key Sings
Kristine Key, vocals
Wade Beach, piano
Tracey Cutler, sax
Wes Biles, bass
Nasar Abadey, drums