D.C. jazz musicians march against homophobia in the community

Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed convened a demonstration earlier this month in support of D.C.’s LGBTQ+ musicians, responding to the ongoing trend of homophobic speech within the community. Below are some photos from the march, which took place downtown on July 2, as well as accounts by Balbed and two other musicians, vocalist Aaron L. Myers […]

Eighteenth Street Lounge to close after decades as a D.C. nightlife mainstay

A late-night haven for jazz in D.C. will disappear after the popular nightclub Eighteenth Street Lounge announced this week that it would close “indefinitely” in its current location after the pandemic.  ESL operated for 25 years in a townhouse mansion near Dupont Circle. On weekends, the club drew an ever-present queue that often snaked halfway […]

DC Jazz Festival hosts a week of live webcasts to benefit local musicians

The DC Jazz Festival, held annually in June, is postponed this year until at least the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the festival has announced a special online series every day next week, from this Sunday through June 29, under the “DCJazzFest From Home” brand. The DCJF is partnering with Live From Our […]

6 new D.C. jazz recordings

In spite of our strange new gig-less reality, the D.C. jazz scene has had a busy couple of weeks of recording releases. Here’s a quick collection of some notable new songs from the city’s scene. Dante’ Pope & Wes Felton feat. Stan Davis, ‘Big Facts’ Dante’ Pope, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is all over […]
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