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The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival returns in a digital format to meet the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 incarnation, titled “The Spirit of the DMV,” will feature three bands per night over three nights. As always, the festival gathers some of the best in the region to perform. In this case, the performances will be streamed from Blue House Live Productions.
The second night features:
7:00 p.m.,Christie Dashiell and the Allison Crockett Group: Christie Dashiell may be D.C.’s greatest vocal export since the great Shirley Horn. Dashiell comes from a line of DMV musicians – her father, CV Dashiell is one of the most prominent drummers on the scene – and that deep knowledge of the tradition comes across in every tune. She joins forces with Allison Crockett, one of the most versatile and experienced vocal artists in the region. Crockett is like a chameleon, able to blend totally into the music whether its in the style of Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, the Soulquarians and others.
8:00 p.m., Paul Carr Quartet featuring Dick Smith: Paul Carr is both one of the most venerated bandleaders and educators in the Mid-Atlantic region. The tenor saxophonist runs the beloved Jazz Academy of Music, directs the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and still finds time to belt out some honey-sweet, sonorous melodies on his horn. He leads a group through standards and originals, channeling the strong melodic sense of hard-bop titans like Dexter Gordon and Lee Morgan. He is joined by Dick Smith, a delightful crooner and the co-organizer of Westminster Presbyterian Church’s “Jazz Night in D.C.”
9:00 p.m., Warren Wolf Group: Warren Wolf is one of the great, young masters of the mallets in modern jazz. Whether on vibraphone or marimba, using two mallets or four, Wolf’s plays lean and fast. He’s a regular on the road with Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and the SFJazz Collective touring band, but also leads his own group, the Wolfpack, a collection of top Baltimore and D.C. players, through sharp bop, standards and more brooding, electronic originals. He leads his group through a program he’s titled “The History of the Vibes.”