921 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
The enthralling area vocalist Jessica Boykin-Settles is best known for her skills as an educator—in addition to teaching at Howard University, she regularly offers lessons at museums and theaters, mixing jazz history with performances of tunes by classic jazz vocalists. But Boykin-Settles has a sound entirely of her own, smooth and authoritative and often rhapsodic; in her own original compositions and arrangements of modern jazz tunes, she pulls you into a place where experimentation is a kind of comfort food. (Things can get really interesting when she reworks Wayne Shorter’s tunes.) Boykin-Settles appears here with a small band. This show is part of CapitalBop’s Hot 5 @ Hill Center series. It will begin with a 15-minute artist Q&A.