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The annual Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Concert, now in its 34th year, is making an adjustment: the event will be formally independent of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference for the first time. This year, the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation and BMI are teaming up to present the event in affiliation with the CBCF.
The bill, as always, is strong, and this year includes two of the District’s strongest singers: Carolyn Malachi and Akua Allrich.
Malachi blends her soul-inspired, jazz-savvy singing voice with influences like Prince and Sade. The granddaughter of the pianist John Malachi considers herself a poet above all, but she was nominated for a Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy in 2010, and her recorded music demands to be considered alongside Janelle Monae, Thundercat and other experimental jazz and pop performers.
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua Allrich’s scorching, muscular music. An effervescent singer, she wields a sort of earthbound optimism.