Weekend in Jazz | 2.21-2.23: The Intersections Fest builds bridges & Kris Funn sets the Store ablaze

The Atlas Peforming Arts Center’s Intersections Festival aims to eliminate the gulfs between different musical genres, and as a result between communities. Check out Christylez Bacon, the self-proclaimed “progressive hip-hop” emcee and multi-instrumentalist who’s always made his affection for jazz clear, in concert with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Or try Remembering the Palladium, a musical that celebrates that storied Manhattan meeting ground, where dancers of all stripes demanded powerful sounds from the post-war period’s top Latin bands.

The best club shows this weekend are at Bohemian Caverns, where Kris Funn’s Corner Store will be cooking up its own intersections on Friday and Saturday, playing around with James Brown funk and Tony Williams jazz-rock, and at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, where the Latin jazz innovator David Sánchez performs on Sunday. You can also find our full listings at CapitalBop’s D.C. jazz calendar. All our favorite shows below have a label. Happy hunting!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

cb picks:

  • Kimberly Thompson, KC Jazz Club, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Marshall Keys, Loews Madison, 8 p.m.
  • Kris Funn & Corner Store, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
  • Jazz Jam, Ulah Bistro, 11 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m.

Bonnie Harris, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. | What began as an experiment over a decade ago continues today as one of Washington’s greatest weekly traditions: Westminster Presbyterian Church’s “Jazz Night.” Every Friday night, the house of God becomes a hub for fish frying, communing and jamming on straight-ahead jazz. This week, Bonnie Harris leads a quintet in a tribute to Gloria Lynne. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website

Charles Rahmat Woods Duo, Firelake Grill, 7 p.m. | The saxophonist Charles Woods plays in both free and straight-ahead jazz styles, but for his regular gig leading a low-key duo at Firelake Grill, he keeps things within the traditional, swinging realm. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Firelake Grill website

Karen Gray Trio, Sala Thai (Bethesda), 7 p.m. | Commanding vocalist Karen Gray sings laid-back renditions of jazz standards in a drumless trio. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Potomac Jazz Project, Sala Thai (U St.), 7 p.m. | The Potomac Jazz Project is a quartet that takes on modern and classic jazz tunes (and even some pop covers) with a showmanly flair, as well as skill. It’s led by bassist Stan Hamrick, and its lineup rotates. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

L’Tanya Mari Trio, Sala Thai (Petworth), 7 p.m. | Singer L’Tanya Mari is influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, singing jazz with depth and soulful warmth. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Kim Waters, Blues Alley, 7 & 10 p.m. | Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $40 cover, $12 minimum, $2.50 surcharge. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Blues Alley profile

Kimberly Thompson, Kennedy Center, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Kimberly Thompson is a world renowned drummer and composer who brings a strong sense of groove to the modern jazz idiom. A widely respected veteran on the New York scene, she has a commanding presence behind the kit, partly thanks to her time gracing stages across the world with her thorough pocket in Beyoncé’s all-female band. She has the chops to keep you on your toes and paying close attention to her illustriously moving compositions. Two separate sets at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary ($26-30), no minimum. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Strathmore website

David Ludman Quartet, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m. | The saxophonist David Ludman, a New York native who’s recently settled in the D.C. area, leads a quartet featuring some of the District’s most promising young talents: Terence Arnett on drums, Blake Meister on bass and Hope Udobi on piano. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Marshall Keys, Loews Madison Hotel, 8 p.m. | Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. A fluid, graceful player, Keys doesn’t have Cannonball Adderley’s boisterous wail, but he’s more than equipped to carry out his own kind of tribute to the alto sax great. That’s what is on the bill for this performance, where he’ll be joined by a small, drums-free trio. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Loews website

Kris Funn & Corner Store, Bohemian Caverns, 8 & 10:30 p.m. | The bassist Kris Funn, who tours widely with the famous Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, performs here with his own slashing group, Corner Store. Its skittering kinetics center on Funn’s bass lines, always battered in the blues, and his rocking originals. Once or twice a set, he’ll break out a dramatically danceable reworking of tunes by someone like John Coltrane, Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye. $18 cover in advance, $22 at the door, no minimum View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Peter Edelman Trio, Columbia Station, 9 p.m. | The stalwart D.C. piano player Peter Edelman every Friday night leads a rotating cast of musicians that often outgrows the title “trio.” No cover, one-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Columbia Station profile

Antonio Parker Quartet, HR-57, 9 p.m. | The alto saxophonist Antonio Parker’s playing is doggedly swinging, soulful and colored by a bright, aggressive tone. He casually sprinkles neo-soul and R&B influences into his otherwise straight-ahead bop, and his improvisation shows a redolence of Kenny Garrett. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | HR-57 profile

Aaron Myers, Black Fox Lounge, 9:30 p.m. | The vocalist Aaron Myers leads a combo that tugs jazz standards down into a cozy, neo-soul groove. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Black Fox profile

Donvonte McCoy Quintet, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m. | Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable to inflect a touch of Chuck Brown-esque groove into his combo’s treatment of classic bop tunes by the likes of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. After all, the setting is that of a dance club, not a jazz joint – no tables and chairs or hushed applause after every solo. Cover varies ($5-10), no minimum. View event on calendar | 18th St. Lounge profile

U St. Jazz Jam, Ulah Bistro, 11 p.m. | U Street restaurant Ulah Bistro has stepped up to fill the void that Utopia left open last year, when it closed to make way for the construction of a new condos complex. That restaurant housed the block’s most reliable, convivial jam sessions. Ulah gives a taste of that energy once a week, late on Friday nights. This week the saxophonist Herb Scott helms the proceedings. This week, Todd Simon hosts. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Ulah website

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

cb picks:

  • ‘Remembering the Palladium,’ Atlas Performing Arts Center, 4:30 p.m.
  • Christylez Bacon w/Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 8:30 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m.

Jam Session with Peter Edelman, Columbia Station, 4 p.m. | Pianist Peter Edelman, a constant presence on the D.C. jazz scene for years now, leads an afternoon jam session every Saturday and Sunday. No cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Columbia Station profile

‘Remembering the Palladium,’ Atlas Performing Arts Center, 4:30 p.m. In the 1950s and ’60s, the Palladium in Midtown Manhattan was known as the Latin version of the Apollo Theater. The bandleaders Tito Puente, Machito and Eddie Palmieri made their names there, and the dancers — a notedly diverse crowd of them — put aerosol in their music. Remembering the Palladium, a musical featuring live musicians and vivacious dance performances, returns for its second year at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Intersections Festival. Tickets $22, $16.50 for students and seniors. View event on calendar | Atlas PAC profile

Charles Funn & the Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band, Wesley United Methodist, 6:30 p.m. | The reputed Baltimore trombonist and educator Charles Funn leads a collection of alumni from the jazz ensemble at Baltimore’s (not D.C.’s) Dunbar High School, some of whom are now professional musicians. Expect tautly swinging fare, in a relatively traditional jazz vein. Tickets $10, $7 for seniors, free for children 12 and under. View event on calendar | Wesley United Methodist website

Mark Mosley Trio, Sala Thai (U St.), 7 p.m. | Baltimore guitarist Mark Mosley plays a slick hand as a smooth jazz guitarist, but he can also hunker down on serious bop. He performs laid-back straight-ahead here with his trio. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Triple Double Jazz Band, Sala Thai (Petworth), 7 p.m. | Consisting of Joey Whitney on tenor sax, Ed Gallagher on guitar, Alan Pachter on bass and Tom Reed on drums, the Triple Double Jazz Band plays straightforward, straight-ahead versions of jazz standards. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

David Ludman Quartet, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m. | The saxophonist David Ludman, a New York native who’s recently settled in the D.C. area, leads a quartet featuring some of the District’s most promising young talents: Terence Arnett on drums, Blake Meister on bass and Hope Udobi on piano. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Christylez Bacon w/Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. | You can look at the inner workings of Christylez Bacon’s head as an orchestra unto itself. Really, I mean his head: For the D.C.-bred instrumentalist, beatboxer and rapper, the brain is the conductor’s perch; the lips are the brass section, with the emphasis and impact; the vocal chords, rustling and sun-browned, are the strings section. Bacon’s lyrics are mostly bright-side remembrances of a tough upbringing in Anacostia, and the joy of filtering experience through music. He also likes to point up the continuity of Black music’s continuum, from the blues through jazz and funk to hip-hop. Bacon’s go-to format is solo, standing onstage with nothing but a nylon-string guitar and a pair of spoons, but for this show he’s joined by the mighty Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, which will give a 17-piece complement to his one-person ensemble. Tickets $28.50 in advance, $33.50 at the door, $10 for students. View event on calendar | Atlas PAC profile

Kim Waters, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $40 cover, $12 minimum, $2.50 surcharge. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Blues Alley profile

33 1/3 Trio, Zed’s Cafe, 8 p.m. | The trombonist Gary Gill, the bassist Harry Walker and the drummer Robin Ghertner perform flaring, sensitive and combustive free jazz with their Trio 33 1/3. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Zed’s Café website

Kris Funn & Corner Store, Bohemian Caverns, 8 & 10:30 p.m. | The bassist Kris Funn, who tours widely with the famous Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, performs here with his own slashing group, Corner Store. Its skittering kinetics center on Funn’s bass lines, always battered in the blues, and his rocking originals. Once or twice a set, he’ll break out a dramatically danceable reworking of tunes by someone like John Coltrane, Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye. $18 cover in advance, $22 at the door, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Bonnie Harris, Loews Madison Hotel, 8 p.m. | The veteran vocalist Bonnie Harris performs with a spare, bass-piano backing. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Loews website

AJ Parham, HR-57, 9 p.m. | Ajay Parham is a smooth, deep-voiced vocalist who sings R&B with inflections of jazz. But on the bandstand at HR-57, where he’s long been a stalwart performer, Parham often tries his hand at jazz standards. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | HR-57 profile

Donvonte McCoy Quintet, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m. | Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable to inflect a touch of Chuck Brown-esque groove into his combo’s treatment of classic bop tunes by the likes of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. After all, the setting is that of a dance club, not a jazz joint – no tables and chairs or hushed applause after every solo. Cover varies ($5-10), no minimum. View event on calendar | 18th St. Lounge profile

Brad Linde’s Jam Session, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 10:30 p.m. | Brad Linde, a multi-talented saxophonist and co-leader of the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, leads an open jam session in the lobby of the Atlas Performing Arts Center as part of the venue’s Intersections festival. Free. View event on calendar | Atlas PAC profile

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

cb pick:

  • Maimana Youssef, Bohemian Caverns, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
  • David Sánchez, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7:30 p.m.

Gospel Brunch, The Hamilton, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. | Every Sunday morning, the Hamilton presents two sets of rafters-raising gospel, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Two separate shows at 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $25 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | The Hamilton website

George Oakley Group, Redwood Restaurant, 11 a.m. | George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly brunch gig, he performs with a laid-back trio featuring Scott Giambusso on bass and Nick Lipkowski on guitar. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Redwood website

Harlem Gospel Choir, Howard Theatre, 12 p.m. | The talented Harlem Gospel Choir, which has been active since 1986, performs a Sunday brunch show every week at the Howard Theatre. Either an all-you-can-eat buffet or an a la carte menu are available. Doors open at noon, and the music starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets vary ($35 for all-you-can-eat or $20 for admission and a la carte options in advance, $45 or $30 at the door). View event on calendar | Howard website

Todd Simon, Kellari Taverna, 12 p.m. | The sturdy and swinging pianist Todd Simon performs every Sunday in a duo setting; his accompanists vary from bass to guitar to saxophone, depending on the week. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Kellari Taverna website

Nguyen Nguyen, Ulah Bistro, 12 p.m. | Nguyen Nguyen plays jazz piano and sings in a scruffy, boyish tone. At Ulah Bistro’s weekly brunch, he mixes jaunty covers of jazz standards with his own compositions, and his combo stays at a background level. No cover, one-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Ulah Bistro

Jam Session with Peter Edelman, Columbia Station, 4 p.m. | Pianist Peter Edelman, a constant presence on the D.C. jazz scene for years now, leads an afternoon jam session every Saturday and Sunday. No cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Columbia Station profile

D.C. Jazz Jam, Dahlak, 6:30 p.m. | The D.C. Jazz Jam presents a friendly, relaxed environment where professionals and amateurs can play together. No cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Dahlak profile

Potomac Jazz Project, Laporta’s, 6:30 p.m. | The Potomac Jazz Project is a quartet that takes on modern and classic jazz tunes (and even some pop covers) with a showmanly flair, as well as skill. It’s led by bassist Stan Hamrick, and its rotating lineup often features some of D.C.’s best musicians. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Laporta’s website

Maimana Youssef, Bohemian Caverns, 7 & 8:30 p.m. | Maimouna Youssef shines brightly on stage, presenting jazz-inspired neo-soul vocals. Elegantly constructed originals meld with classics, creating a vibe that holds your attention. This time she appears with neo-soul pioneer Jeff Bradshaw. Hailing from Philadelphia, Jeff plays a powerful trombone, and has performed with greats such as Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott. Two separate sets at 7 & 9 PM. $20 cover in advance, $25 at the door, no minimum. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

David Sánchez, Bohemian Caverns, 7 & 8:30 p.m. | David Sanchez is a star saxophonist who first appeared on the world stage with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Big Band. This weekend the Grammy winner brings his quartet, which features Luis Perdomo on piano, Ricky Rodriguez on bass and Henry Cole on drums. His tunes can range from straight-ahead burners to danceable Latin-based modern jazz. $20 cover, $15 minimum for dining-area seating. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Jazz Direct, Zoo Bar Café, 7:30 p.m.| This combo specializes in traditional New Orleans-style jazz. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Zoo Bar website

Kim Waters, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $40 cover, $12 minimum, $2.50 surcharge. [words by Allen Jones] View event on calendar | Blues Alley profile

BSQ, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m. | The Bob Schwartz Quartet plays easygoing, mid-century jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. $10 cover, $10 minimum.. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Peter Edelman Trio, Columbia Station, 8:30 p.m. | The stalwart D.C. piano player Peter Edelman every Sunday night leads a rotating cast of musicians that often outgrows the title “trio.” no cover, one-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Columbia Station profile

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected] Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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