33 Pearl St SW
The DCJazzPrix seeks to find a new great talent in jazz; it’s not the Monk – now Herbie Hancock – competition in terms of prestige, but does offer opportunities to still hustling jazz artists.
D.C. is represented by Amyana, a quintet co-lead by drummer Ana Barreiro and pianist Amy K. Bormet. The group plays sharp, swinging straight-ahead jazz with post-bop and modern flair.
On the surface, MIXCLA may seem like a straight-ahead quartet that features some Afro-Cuban grooves; but the music, and narrative, is much more complex than that. The group’s members each bring strong musical traditions from their respective Chilean, Japanese and Cuban heritage that make quite the rich listening experience.
Pianist Ernest Trio leads a trio that is solidly based in the mainstream acoustic jazz sound but also draws on cadences from gospel and hip-hop.
These three artists play live to see who takes the race.