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The D.C. Jazz Festival’s second, and culminating, weekend features a smorgasbord of performances across two stages at the D.C. Wharf. The transit pier amphitheater and the district pier stage will each host a mix of some of the best local and national acts around.
Joshua Redman Quartet: District Pier, 9 p.m. – Tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman invests his notes with three-dimensional weight: His playing is wind power condensed, contoured steel, soulful calculation. Considered among the sturdiest of straight-ahead improvisers since breaking onto the scene in the early 1990s, Redman headlines the first day of the D.C. jazz fest at the Wharf.
Allyn Johnson & Sonic Sanctuary: Transit Pier, 8:15 p.m. – Among pianists still living in D.C., it’s hard for anyone to compete with Allyn Johnson in terms of sheer command, or the irrepressible energy of his playing. If you sat around counting the number of notes the guy is often playing at one time, you’d be struck.
Tarus Mateen & Beyond Genre: District Pier, 5:30 p.m. – Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene but also in hip-hop and West African music circles.
Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra: District Pier, 2:45 p.m. – Baltimore’s Todd Marcus is quickly becoming known as the most exciting bass clarinetist in jazz today. In his nine-piece orchestra, Marcus places his mordant tone and barreling swing attack amongst fiercely expansive arrangements
Janelle Gill Trio: Transit Pier, 2 p.m. – Pianist Janelle Gill attended Howard University and is a graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Born and raised in D.C., Gill’s style reflects the various musical influences present in her upbringing. She is at once lyrical, technically proficient, and in the pocket, creating new directions for each musical moment.
Also performing at the Transit Pier are prodigy pianist José Montaño with his trio; playful string trio The String Queens; vibraphonist Sasha Berliner and her band and jazz singer-songwriter Michael Franks.
The District Pier stage will feature a performance by Oscar Peterson Award-winning saxophonist Yannick Rieu.