Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a modern-leaning jazz quartet every Wednesday. Sit-ins are common, and on any given week you might hear spoken word, Afro-Beat vocals, and even stand-up comedy, in addition to a host of recognizable D.C. jazz musicians.
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service Bar, or Sotto, or 18th Street Lounge, you’ve heard the crisp snap to attention on the snare, and then, in no time, the establishment of a crystal-clear groove. You don’t have to take our word for it: Stanley Clarke, Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding, Estelle and Jeremy Pelt have all relied on his work. He’s in residence weekly on U St NW.
Bassist and vocalist Eric Scott performs a style of music he calls “modern soul” that draws on elements of hip-hop, R&B and rock. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 pm.
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae locks in to deliver the pocket beat that helped put Chocolate City on the musical map in the ’80s. The group plays a distinctly “D.C.” mix of jazz and funk that can groove on the beat for hours on end.
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Drummer Mousey Thompson performs a tribute to his former employer, the Godfather of Soul, Mister Dynamite: James Brown. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.