* Jonathan Parker Octet

The alto saxophonist, composer and arranger Jonathan Parker has made something of a dank, sticky home of the Wonderland Ballroom, where he leads his little big band once a month. By 9 p.m. on a Wednesday, it’s fully stocked with happy hour postgrads cueing up their fourth round. It’s not quite the hushed speakeasies or pseudo-anonymous lofts of jazz’s past, but, to be sure, a new kind of venue for a new kind of musician’s struggle. Nothing smells like inspiration more than a patron’s beer spilled down the bell of a bandleader’s horn. Right? Well, Parker is young and adaptable and game, all of which comes in handy. And, luckily for those who meant to arrive at a jazz concert, he also has a bracing command on the saxophone, and tends to assemble strong ensembles. Here he’ll play a collection of originals and covers by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Bob Mintzer, with help from a strong “little big band.”

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a staff editor at the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. The Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for the 2016 Helen Oakley Dance-Robert Palmer Award. As head of CapitalBop, Giovanni has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010 while presenting innovative live shows before thousands of attendees. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at editor@capitalbop.com.