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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, District Pier stage and the Pearl Street Warehouse will each host a mix of international, local and national acts. Here are some highlights:
Joey Alexander Trio: District Pier, 9 p.m. – Joey Alexander first played Jazz at Lincoln Center when he was 10; he released his first album at 11; and now, at 14, he is one of the most popular jazz pianists in the world. A disciple of ’50s and ’60s bop, he plays with a strong understanding of jazz technique. Judge for yourself if he has the feel.
Kris Funn & Cornerstore: District Pier, 5:45 p.m. – D.C.-based, internationally-touring bassist and composer Kris Funn debuted his band Cornerstore at the DC Jazz Loft back in January 2012. The band mingles blues and jazz with hip-hop and gospel, creating a rollicking sound that extends the lineage of American music into a funkier future. Funn grew up in Baltimore before attending Howard University and settling in the D.C. area; since then he’s toured and recorded with jazz stars like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Kenny Garrett. His bluesy, big-boned bass playing is Cornerstore’s foundation, and its lighter fluid. From there, the trio’s sound twists upward like smoke, kindled by crackling drums and snaky electric guitar.
Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science: District Pier, 4:15 p.m. – Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has spent decades playing around with jazz, funk and various realms of the black musical diaspora. Her current project, Social Science, reflects the wisdom gained from traveling those realms, threading poetry from Maya Angelou to noname into a jazz and neo-soul weave.
The Jazz Academy Orchestra: Transit Pier, 4:30 p.m. – Longtime area educator and straight-ahead disciple Paul Carr conducts the Jazz Academy Orchestra, a big band featuring middle and high school players from around the region.
Violinist Gregor Huebner headlines the Pearl Street Warehouse with his El Violin Latino project; the warehouse also features performances by Russia’s Oleg Butman Trio; New York-based Danish bassist Anne Mette Iversen; NOMMO, a trio of D.C. teens; and South Africa’s Witness Matlou Trio.
The District Pier stage will feature further performances by SFJazz Collective trumpeter Sean Jones and Art Blakey protege Ralph Peterson and his Next-Gen Big Band.
The Transit Pier ampitheater will also host Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli, Australian straight-ahead saxophonist Evan Harris and Cinema Italia, a group that plays Italian film music themes.