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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 third night features:
7:00 p.m.,Tedd Baker Quintet with Sean Jones: Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light and breezy but with a good amount of brash metallic sheen. His group kicks off the third night of the 2021 MAJF with special guest Sean Jones: the wildly talented trumpeter and head of the Jazz Program at Peabody.
8:00 p.m., The Eric Byrd Trio: Vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd sings in a silky croon that’s not too far from Nat “King” Cole – but with more soul and gospel influence. He performs regularly with his trio, featuring Bhagwan Khalsa on bass and Alphonso Young Jr. on drums. The group marks its 20th anniversary this year.
9:00 p.m., Nasar Abadey and Supernova: Few musicians in D.C., a town full of great jazz players, command as much respect or presence on the bandstand as Nasar Abadey. The master percussionist and drummer leads his own group, Supernova, through quietly bristling spiritual jazz, but can also be found co-leading the Washington Renaissance Orchestra with Allyn Johnson, or playing behind fellow elders like Steve Novosel.