Weekend in Jazz | 4.8-4.10: HR-57’s H St. reopening, Brian Settles’s busy schedule, and more

Antonio Parker, here at the old HR-57 location, helps break in the club's new digs this weekend. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop


by Giovanni Russonello

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “Weekend in Jazz,” our list of every D.C. jazz show on our radar. This seems to be Brian Settles’ weekend: He and his wife, vocalist Jessica Boykin-Settles, are headlining at Bohemian Caverns for two nights, and on Sunday he’s performing a solo set at CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft – which, if we do say so ourselves, is going to be a thrilling show. But it’s also a notable weekend because HR-57 is finally reopening; Antonio Parker will help ring in the new location. Beyond that, jazz legend Randy Weston is in town to play the Kennedy Center, as is Javon Jackson. Those and all of our favorite shows have a  label. As always, you can read CapitalBop’s full listings directly at our D.C. jazz calendar, if you’d rather. Happy hunting!

FRIDAY, APR. 8

cb picks:

  • Javon Jackson, KC Jazz Club, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Brian Settles & Jessica Boykin-Settles, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th Street Lounge, 10:30 p.m.

Howard U. Jazz Ensemble, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6:30 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.” This week, the Howard University Jazz Ensemble – which consistently produces a bumper crop of great D.C.’s great young jazz musicians – will perform under the guidance of its long-time director, Fred Irby. The group tends to play forward-thinking big band arrangements of jazz classics. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website

Jacqui Simmons, Sala Thai (Petworth), 7 p.m. | Jacqui Simmons sings jazz standards with a heartfelt and elegant presentation. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Karen Gray Trio, Sala Thai (Bethesda), 7 p.m. | Commanding vocalist Karen Gray is joined by vibraphonist Pete Chauvette and bassist John Leonard in her laid-back renditions of jazz standards. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Yamomanem Jazz Band, Sala Thai (U St.), 7 p.m. | The Yamomanem Jazz Band plays a faithful take on New Orleans jazz, conjuring the days of King Oliver and early Louis Armstrong with its lush brass section. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Sala Thai website

Jolley Brothers, B. Smith’s, 7 p.m. | The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, play thrice a weekend at B. Smith’s, the upscale soul-food restaurant in Union Station’s massive East Hall. The Jolleys, who perform with a bassist, comprise one of D.C.’s most exciting and auspicious acts. With roots in gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s, the brothers (who also compose prolifically) bring some of the most creative elements in the African-American music canon forward into the 21st century, all while stamping it with their own distinctive flavoring. But B. Smith’s is a restaurant first, and the music remains in the background – no matter how expertly played. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | B. Smith’s website

Elijah & the Po’ Boys, Bayou, 7 p.m. | Tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed leads the Po’ Boys trio — usually with drums and guitar — four nights a week during dinnertime hours at the New Orleans-themed Bayou. A strong, Dexter Gordon-like player, he performs mostly tunes from hard bop’s heyday and other standards. To hear Balbed stretch out with a full quintet, stay late on a Thursday night, when he plays Bayou’s featured set. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Bayou profile

Javon Jackson, KC Jazz Club, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson plays with luscious, laid-back proficiency. He was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1987 until the famed bandleader’s death in 1990. Jackson also performed with legendary post-bop trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, to whom this evening’s KC Jazz Club performance pays tribute. Jackson is joined by pianist George Cables, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist David Williams and drummer Billy Drummond. Two separate shows at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $26 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | KC Jazz Club profile

A talented guitarist who performed early in his career with Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, Lee Ritenour now plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $43 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar| Blues Alley profile

Danielle Eva Quartet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 8 p.m. | Vocalist Danielle Eva croons standards and her own compositions in a creamy voice. She’s accompanied here by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass and Lenny Robinson on drums. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarMandarin Oriental Hotel website

Andréa Wood & Michael Kramer, Tasting Room, 8 p.m. | Singer Andréa Wood has started catching people’s ears since returning to D.C., her hometown, in 2009. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate moves fearlessly up and down octaves, all the while maintaining a distinct sense of purpose. She can explore the upper register in a beguiling waft, or plunge into the basement with buoyant, swelling articulation. Wood and guitarist Michael Kramer play Brazilian and classic jazz standards every week as background fare at the Tasting Room, a wine bar in Friendship Heights. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Tasting Room website

Brian Settles & Jessica Boykin-Settles, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. | Saxophonist Brian Settles’ tone is always enveloping, sometimes searingly elegiac, and never filigreed. And it’s starting to cast a long shadow over the D.C. jazz world. It’s hard to argue that at this moment, he’s not this city’s number-one tenor player. Always the accommodating sideman, he’s leant his support to projects ranging from fellow Washingtonian Brad Linde’s cool-jazz nonet to New York City star drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s post-bop quintet the Hook Up. But when Settles debuted a new trio at CapitalBop’s last D.C. Jazz Loft, the innovative, groove-based music was unassailable – his pedigree as a leader was affirmed. Here Settles teams up with his wife, Jessica Boykin-Settles, a widely respected singer and vocal teacher at Howard University. Boykin-Settles has a delicate, adaptive approach, and she’s an expert improviser. The standout lineup this evening includes Amy K. Bormet on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass and Carroll “C.V.” Dashiell on drums. Two separate sets at 8:30 & 10:30. $15 cover in advance, $20 at the door, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Antonio Parker Quartet, HR-57, 9 p.m. | This is opening night for HR-57’s new location, in the Atlas District. Antonio Parker has played regularly at HR-57 for years, and he played in December on the club’s final weekend at its Logan Circle location. Now he helps reopen HR in its new digs. Parker’s playing refers to John Coltrane’s tenor technique, but his aggressive tone and rhythmic inclinations are more contemporary, bringing neo-soul and R&B influences into his otherwise straight-ahead bebop. Parker’s style on the horn often nods toward another one of his personal favorites, the contemporary master Kenny Garrett. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendarHR-57 website

Tom Williams, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m. | Trumpeter Tom Williams is a lyrical trumpeter from Baltimore. He leads a hard-bop quintet here featuring Paul Hannah on saxophones, Tim Murphy on piano, Geoff Harper on bass and Lenny Robinson on drums. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Peter Edelman Trio, Columbia Station, 9 p.m. | The stalwart D.C. piano player Peter Edelman every week leads a rotating cast of musicians that often outgrows the title “trio.” No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarColumbia Station profile

Maureen Mullaney, Black Fox Lounge, 9:30 p.m. | Maureen Mullaney sings jazz and blues songs with a light ensemble. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarBlack Fox Lounge profile

Donvonte McCoy, 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. He’s joined every Friday by the talented, Billie Holiday-indebted singer Integriti Reeves. Cover varies ($5-10), no minimum. View event on calendar | 18th St. Lounge profile

DeAndrey Howard’s Collector’s Edition, Utopia, 11 p.m. | Trumpeter DeAndre Howard’s weekly engagement at Utopia brings hordes to the restaurant and bar every Friday night. He and his small group, Collector’s Edition, play standards with a friendly, inviting touch, and they add to the positive vibes already flowing throughout the room — especially when Howard tosses aside the trumpet to sing a spontaneous blues. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Utopia profile

SATURDAY, APR. 9
cb picks:

  • Randy Weston, Kennedy Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • Brian Settles & Jessica Boykin-Settles, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10: 30 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th Street Lounge, 10:30 p.m.
  • Elijah Jamal Experience, Utopia, 11 p.m.

Larry Redhouse Trio, American Indian Museum, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. | The Navajo pianist Larry Redhouse, an Arizona native, has performed with greats such as Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison. He plays progressive straight-ahead with feeling and intellect. His trio is filled out by Kirk Kuykendall on acoustic bass and Lenny Redhouse on drums. Two separate shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. View event on calendar | American Indian Museum website

Saudade, Source, 3 p.m. | Saudade is a Latin jazz trio featuring Argentinian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Cecilia Esquivel, guitarist Dani Cortaza and bassist Ephriam Wolfolksamba, a D.C. native. The group blends tango, bolero and bossa-nova influences. $29 cover, $26 for seniors and $15 for students and young listeners, no minimum. View event on calendar

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

Jolley Brothers, B. Smith’s, 7 p.m. | The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, play thrice a weekend at B. Smith’s, the upscale soul-food restaurant in Union Station’s massive East Hall. The Jolleys, who perform with a bassist, comprise one of D.C.’s most exciting and auspicious acts. With roots in gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s, the brothers (who also compose prolifically) bring some of the most creative elements in the African-American music canon forward into the 21st century, all while stamping it with their own distinctive flavoring. But B. Smith’s is a restaurant first, and the music remains in the background – no matter how expertly played. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | B. Smith’s 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

Elijah & the Po’ Boys, Bayou, 7 p.m. | Tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed leads the Po’ Boys trio — usually with drums and guitar — four nights a week during dinnertime hours at the New Orleans-themed Bayou. A strong, Dexter Gordon-like player, he performs mostly tunes from hard bop’s heyday and other standards. To hear Balbed stretch out with a full quintet, stay late on a Thursday night, when he plays Bayou’s featured set. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Bayou profile

Randy Weston, Kennedy Center, 7:30 p.m. | Randy Weston is an American jazz legend whose two most apparent musical influences are Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk – but it’s his African lineage that Weston is probably most passionate about honoring. The pianist’s new autobiography, “African Rhythms,” is co-written with the WPFW deejay and D.C.-based jazz historian Willard Jenkins. Jenkins appears at the Kennedy Center on the week of his 85th birthday with his African Rhythms Trio – featuring Alex Blake on bass and Neil Clarke on African percussion – plus the stellar drummer Lewis Nash. Two separate shows at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $30 cover, no minimum. View event on calendarKennedy Center website

Lena Seikaly & Potomac Jazz Project, 7:30 p.m., Extra Virgin Restaurant | Vocalist Lena Seikaly sings jazz standards with a confident and playful demeanor, displaying a haziness reminiscent of Esperanza Spalding as well as a deference to traditional greats. 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 | Extra Virgin’s website

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Natural History Museum, 8 p.m. | A small-ensemble incarnation of the talented Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra performs a tribute to the work of Gerry Mulligan, the landmark cool jazz baritone saxophonist. For two hours after the concert, guests are invited to “mingle” with the band members over cocktails and request tunes; the band will play a few of the songs that these minglers have requested. $50 cover, $45 for members, no minimum. View event on calendar | Natural History Museum website

Lee Ritenour, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | A talented guitarist who performed early in his career with Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, Lee Ritenour now plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $43 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Blues Alley profile

Sheila Ford Quartet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 8 p.m.| Baltimore-based singer Sheila Ford sings jazz standards with strong command and bright inflections of the blues. She’s joined here by Wayne Wilentz on piano, Zack Pride on bass and Chuck Redd on drums. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Mandarin Oriental Hotel website

Brian Settles & Jessica Boykin-Settles, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. | Saxophonist Brian Settles’ tone is always enveloping, sometimes searingly elegiac, and never filigreed. And it’s starting to cast a long shadow over the D.C. jazz world. It’s hard to argue that at this moment, he’s not this city’s number-one tenor player. Always the accommodating sideman, he’s leant his support to projects ranging from fellow Washingtonian Brad Linde’s cool-jazz nonet to New York star drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s post-bop quintet the Hook Up. But when Settles debuted a new trio at CapitalBop’s last D.C. Jazz Loft, the innovative, groove-based music was unassailable – his pedigree as a leader was affirmed. Here Settles teams up with his wife, Jessica Boykin-Settles, a widely respected singer and vocal teacher at Howard University. Boykin-Settles has a delicate, adaptive approach, and she’s an expert improviser. This evening’s lineup, slightly modified from the previous night’s, includes Amy K. Bormet on piano, Karine Chapdelaine on bass and Quincy Phillips on drums. Two separate sets at 8:30 & 10:30. $15 cover in advance, $20 at the door, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Tom Williams, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m. | Trumpeter Tom Williams is a lyrical trumpeter from Baltimore. He leads a hard-bop quintet here featuring Paul Hannah on saxophones, Tim Murphy on piano, Geoff Harper on bass and Lenny Robinson on drums. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Antonio Parker Quartet, HR-57, 9 p.m. | On opening weekend for the new HR-57 on H St. NE, Antonio Parker is scheduled for both Friday and Saturday. But he tells CapitalBop he may have to sub out the latter gig. (Information on who would play in his stead isn’t available yet.) In case he does perform on Saturday: Parker’s playing refers to John Coltrane’s tenor technique, but his aggressive tone and rhythmic inclinations are more contemporary, bringing neo-soul and R&B influences into his otherwise straight-ahead bebop. Parker’s style on the horn often nods toward another one of his personal favorites, the contemporary master Kenny Garrett. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendarHR-57 website

WKP Jazz Trio, Updated 4.8.11 2:00 p.m.: DEW Jazz Trio, Black Fox Lounge, 9 p.m. | The WKP Jazz Trio plays straight-ahead jazz. It’s a equanimous affair between the fresh and energetic pianist Kenny Peagler, seasoned bassist Percy White guitarist Duff Davis, bassist Ethan Foote and drummer Will Stephens, who leads a jam session every week at Dahlak. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Black Fox Lounge profile

Kaos Theory, Columbia Station, 9:30 p.m. | Kaos Theory is a smooth funk band. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Columbia Station profile

Donvonte McCoy, 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. Cover varies ($5-10), no minimum. View event on calendar | 18th St. Lounge profile

Elijah Jamal Experience, Utopia, 11 p.m. | Young powerhouse tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed heads up one of the swinginest shows on U Street every Saturday night. His sound drips with the blues, and from the bell of this 20-year-old’s horn seem to rise the ghosts of Coleman Hawkins and Dexter Gordon. With the Washington City Paper‘s 2010 Best New D.C. Jazz Musician award under his belt, Balbed can always be expected always to deliver the goods. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarUtopia profile

The Hang (with guitarist Pete Muldoon), Bohemian Caverns, midnight | Bohemian Caverns’ late-night jam, The Hang, is hosted by a different band every week of the month. This week, it’s guitarist Pete Muldoon who helms the midnight get-together. The kitchen remains open until 1 a.m., so there’s a chance to get a late bite without having to traipse to Ben’s Chili Bowl. $7 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

SUNDAY, APR. 10

cb picks:

  • Jolley Brothers, B. Smith’s, 12 p.m.
  • D.C. Jazz Loft presented by CapitalBop, Red Door, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Jazz Lounge (feat. James King), Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m.

Jolley Brothers, B. Smith’s, 12 p.m. | The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, play thrice a weekend at B. Smith’s, the upscale soul-food restaurant in Union Station’s massive East Hall. The Jolleys, who perform with a bassist, comprise one of D.C.’s most exciting and auspicious acts. With roots in gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s, the brothers (who also compose prolifically) bring some of the most creative elements in the African-American music canon forward into the 21st century, all while stamping it with their own distinctive flavoring. B. Smith’s is a restaurant first, and the music remains in the background – no matter how expertly played. But as far as jazz brunch goes, it’s hard to top the Jolleys’ music. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | B. Smith’s website

Howard U. Jazz Ensemble, Anacostia Community Museum, 2 p.m. | The consummate Howard University Jazz Ensemble, under the guidance of long-time director Fred Irby, performs at the Anacostia Community Museum for this WPFW broadcast. The radio host Tony Regusters will be discussing the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim, a father of bossa nova. Free. View event on calendar | Anacostia Museum website

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

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

Saudade, Source, 7 p.m. | Saudade is a Latin jazz trio featuring Argentinian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Cecilia Esquivel, guitarist Dani Cortaza and bassist Ephriam Wolfolksamba, a D.C. native. The group blends tango, bolero and bossa-nova influences. $29 cover, $26 for seniors and $15 for students and young listeners, no minimum. View event on calendar

CapitalBop presents the D.C. Jazz Loft, Red Door, 7 p.m. | CapitalBop presents its third D.C. Jazz Loft, featuring some of the city’s top talent. The laid-back, innovation-oriented atmosphere echoes the jazz lofts of the bebop and free jazz eras, while spotlighting some of the District’s most creative players. Saxophonist Brian Settles, who played a dazzling set with his trio at the last loft, will perform unaccompanied; drummer Tiacoh Sadia, a member of Settles’ trio, will lead his own quartet; rising tenor saxman Braxton Cook will helm a stripped-down trio; and a smaller version of the U St. All-Stars will perform and lead a jam session to end the night. The event is inspired by the jazz lofts of the bebop era, when musicians would come together in New York apartments after their gigs to stretch out creatively and try new ideas, free from the constraints of often-stuffy jazz clubs. $10 suggested donation, no minimum. View event on calendar | Red Door website

Lee Ritenour, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | A talented guitarist who performed early in his career with Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, Lee Ritenour now plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $43 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar| Blues Alley profile

Sunday Jazz Lounge (feat. James King), BloomBars, 8 p.m. | Guitarist Rodney Richardson and trumpeter Joe Herrera are looking to broaden jazz’s reach in D.C. while challenging the city’s musicians creatively. Increase popularity and raise the quality bar at the same time? you ask skeptically. Sure, the two don’t always go together – but Richardson and Herrera’s Sunday Jazz Lounge effort has its head in the right place, and it’s worth getting behind. Plus, from the crackling, friendly vibe and strong turnout that their first few lounges have enjoyed, it seems they’re succeeding. Each week, the show starts with a special unaccompanied performance by a different local jazz talent. This week, bassist James King takes on the challenge of this out-of-the-ordinary format. King is one of the most ubiquitous and talented bassists in a town that’s got more bass than a Bose subwoofer. After King’s set, Richardson and Herrera will lead their quartet – featuring bassist Eric Harper and drummer Dave McDonald – through some of the less-traversed compositions in the bop songbook. The lounge spent all of March (its debut month) at Twins Jazz, but is now bouncing from venue to venue. This edition takes place at BloomBars, the Columbia Heights arts space and community center. $10 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | BloomBars website

Akua Allrich, Bohemian Caverns, 7 p.m. | India Arie, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Miriam Makeba – all of their influences bubble up in vocalist Akua Allrich’s Afrobeat-influenced neo-soul. The Howard University graduate, who composes many of her own tunes, performs with a small band featuring some of the District area’s best jazz players: Gabrielle Murphy on saxophone; Janelle Gill on keyboard; Kris Funn on bass; Nathan Jolley on drums; and Osei Akoto on congas. $12 cover in advance, $15 at the door, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Salif Keita, Bohemian Caverns/Liv, 8 p.m. | Salif Keita is a legendary Malian popular musician who sings mournful, rending songs. Born with albinism, Keita was ostracized by his family – a common fate for albinos in his Mandinka culture. This show is a benefit concert to help fund the Salif Keita Global Foundation, which combats oppression of albinos. It takes place at Liv, the nightclub directly above Bohemian Caverns. $85 cover in advance, $100 at the door, no minimum. View event on calendar | Liv website

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

Eric Mayo, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m. | R&B singer Eric Mayo, a native of soul haven Philadelphia, was a finalist on Lil’ Wayne’s TV show “Making the Next Hit.” Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $10 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins profile

Cheryl Jones Trio, Utopia, 9 p.m. | Singer Cheryl Jones has a weekly engagement every Sunday at Utopia, where she sings with depth, force and clarity. Jones is equally likely to sing jazz standards, pop tunes or gospel classics. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Utopia profile


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