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.
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Drummer Paul Jung leads a straight-ahead trio.
Darcy Cooke sings standards with more of a pop sensibility than jazz swing.
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes a hangout and classroom for cats of all levels of experience; anyone and everyone who plays jazz in the area passes through this Sunday bar-room bash.
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites to the jam.
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly include the D.C. scene’s most in-demand players.
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets to reworkings of Coltrane and and other acoustic jazz titans in this funkier format. He holds forth at “The Stew” jam session Monday nights at Bin 1301.