* Michael Thomas Quintet

Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan, among the most famous Messengers. He performs with his regular quintet: Zach Graddy on tenor saxophone, Darius Scott on piano, Kent Miller on bass and Frank Williams on drums. Two separate shows at 9 and 11 p.m.



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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.