1750 Rockville Pike
Paul Carr hems the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars.
Day Three highlights include:
2:30 p.m. Sharón Clark Quintet. Sharón Clark is perhaps the most powerful jazz vocalist in Washington, D.C. She belts Great American songbook standards and soars over lush arrangements created by her regular pianist Chris Grasso.
4 p.m. Michael Bowie: “My Time with Abbey and Betty” – Bassist Michael Bowie is a chameleon-like musician, moving between projects every couple of years. He’s always exploring some new musical avenue, whether putting together a swinging program of standards culled from films of the ’40s and ’50s, or leading groups that create murky and moody hip-hop. A veteran of the road with icons like Isaac Hayes and Betty Carter, here he leads a tribute to Carter and Abbey Lincoln, two titanic singers he performed with over the years.
7 p.m. Eubanks Evans Experience – Wes Montgomery disciple Kevin Eubanks, who used to lead the band on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, pairs with the Orrin Evans, the piano-player and pride of Philadelphia now famous for his role in The Bad Plus, for a journey through jazz that combines some of the best bits of the tradition and modern sensibilities.
10 p.m. Bobby Watson and Horizon Reassembled – Saxophonist Bobby Watson came from the same generation of students at the University of Miami that also produced guitar alchemist Pat Metheny, bass visionary Jaco Pastorius and the jam band and heartland rock pianist Bruce Hornsby. He went on to become music director of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers in the last ’70s before forming his own group Horizon in the 1980s. He performs with a revived Horizon to close out the major events of the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.