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 […]

Brian Falkowski and Dan Kurfirst push the limits at our next DC Jazz Loft

In the May edition of our D.C. jazz loft, we’re bringing musical energy to suit the warming weather. This month’s bandleaders, saxophonist Brian Falkowski and percussionist Dan Kurfist, are stylistic agitators, ready to defy expectations at every turn. Don’t miss their double-bill at Rhizome DC this Sunday, May 12! DONATE IN ADVANCE You might have […]

Paul Carr named 2019 JJA jazz hero

The Jazz Journalists Association last month named longtime Washington, D.C.-area saxophonist, educator and festival organizer Paul Carr a Jazz Hero, making him the latest in a string of regional artists and organizers to receive the honor. The JJA Jazz Hero award recognizes “advocates, altruists, activists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact […]

5 May D.C. jazz picks

May might seem to be a lull in the jazz calendar, falling between the heightened activity of Jazz Appreciation Month and the adrenaline injection of the DC Jazz Festival in June — and yet a constant stream of great jazz shows continues to flow in the District. Spring is here, which means that the windows […]