Two months into pandemic, many area musicians are still waiting for government aid

Two months after social-distancing measures shuttered the workplaces of thousands of performing artists in and around D.C., many local musicians have been unable to access any form of government financial relief. Even after federal law recently required the District, Maryland and Virginia to offer unemployment insurance to self-employed workers, area jazz musicians’ experiences have largely […]

Area musician aims to raise $15,000 for medical workers amid pandemic

A fundraiser spearheaded by the D.C. jazz pianist Chris Grasso has nearly met its goal of generating $15,000 for medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic — thanks in part to the help of a few major jazz musicians. In early April, Grasso launched Live Cov-Aid, a Facebook page of performance videos […]

Ben Williams speaks up, and sings out, on ‘I Am a Man’

After the 2016 presidential election, bassist Ben Williams began a new project to address the changing social climate in the United States. The music he wrote was framed around two major pillars: a program of protest songs he performed at the 2017 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation jazz concert, and the “I AM A MAN” signs of […]
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