1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists of the hard-bop era – his place in history is cemented by his compositions, energetic and driving and full of hummable melodies that soar and twine themselves into your brain. In his run with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in Lionel Hampton’s band, and as a leader of the famous Jazztet in the 1950s and early ’60s, he helped define the incipient hard-bop sound, one that swung hard and dug into the bluesy roots of jazz while maintaining an emphasis on virtuostic improvisation. The many famous jazz standards that he wrote include “I Remember Clifford,” “Whisper Not” and “Killer Joe.” He performs here with a combo. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.