Empirical, a cutting-edge U.K. jazz quartet, plays D.C. on Sunday

The British jazz quartet Empirical began an odyssey of unconventional public performances in early 2015 with a six-day residency at a bookstore in London. Those six short (and free) sets, only an hour each, were intended to publicly workshop ideas for a new album, but eventually began to draw rapt onlookers by the hundreds. The […]

Jon Batiste teases songs from next album at DC JazzFest

Jon Batiste unveiled some unreleased music on Saturday night during his DC Jazz Festival show at The Anthem. The 32-year old star pianist, whose group Stay Human is the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, played three songs from a forthcoming album, to be titled Anatomy of Angels. The LP was recorded […]

Here’s what to catch at the DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival, which begins this Friday, July 7, is a 10-day showcase of some of the best jazz in town, with shows across the city every night of the week, most of them featuring local musicians. But it’s also a chance to see some top-notch touring talent, as many of jazz’s biggest stars […]

5 June D.C. jazz picks

June is the biggest month of the year for jazz in D.C.: The annual DC Jazz Festival brings artists and fans from across the country — and the globe. (Look out for our full festival preview, coming early next week.) And even as the festival’s 10-day run marks the high point of the year, there […]

Rising star Joel Ross brings his ‘Good Vibes’ to D.C.

The 23-year-old vibraphonist Joel Ross, who has been hailed as the most exciting player on his instrument since Stefon Harris, just released his debut album, KingMaker, on Blue Note Records. The music on it is cool and malleable; it flows with undercurrents of neo-soul and various fusions, but can also snap tautly into modern mainstream […]