Weekend in Jazz | 9.9-9.11: Jazz glut! From festivals to lofts, fresh faces to living legends

Billy Harper's collective, the Cookers, are only one of a stunning number of exciting acts playing in D.C. this weekend. Courtesy mcyavell/flickr

by Giovanni Russonello
Editor-in-chief

The Washington City Paper‘s Michael J. West already characterized this weekend’s jazz offerings as “an embarrassment of riches,” and it’s hard to get any more accurate than that. We’re talking three neighborhood festivals, the Thelonious Monk Competition semifinals, one of the most progressive bands of our time (the Jason Moran Trio), and a CapitalBop-presented D.C. Jazz Loft that is overstuffed with four tremendously talented acts. And we only stopped there because we ran out of breath. There are over 20 items on the CapitalBop shows calendar for Saturday alone. You can find details on all of them in this week’s edition of “Weekend in Jazz,” our listing of every D.C. jazz show on our radar. Our favorites have a label, and as always, you can read CapitalBop’s full listings directly at our D.C. jazz calendar, if you’d rather. Happy hunting!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

cb picks:

  • The Cookers, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
  • Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson Quartet, HR-57, 9 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th Street Lounge, 10:30 p.m.

Greg Hatza, Jazz in the Garden, 5 p.m. | Organist Greg Hatza plays Jimmy Smith- and Ray Charles-influenced soul jazz with his combo. Free. View event on calendar | Jazz in the Garden website

Tribute to Horace Silver, 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, the program is dedicated to tributizing Horace Silver, the great jazz pianist who drew on the rhythms of his father’s native Cape Verde and the Black American musical lineage to help pioneer hard-bop in the 1950s. Pianist Wade Beach, on the bill here, is a highly capable and soulful interpolator of Silver’s legacy. He’s joined by Queen Aisha on vocals, Bob Montgomery on saxophone, Michael Thomas on trumpet, Ephraim Wolfolk on bass and Steve Walker on drums. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website

Greg Lamont, Black Fox Lounge, 6 p.m. | Greg Lamont plays piano and sings loungy renditions of jazz standards. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Black Fox profile

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

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

Jacqui Simmons & Friends, 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

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

Jean Carne, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | R&B singer Jean Carne here pays tribute to the legendary composition duo Gamble & Huff. These two Philadelphian song scribes wrote hit tunes for the O’Jays (“Love Train”), Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”), and others. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $25 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Blues Alley profile

Sue Matthews Quartet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 8 p.m. | Sue Matthews draws from the great American songbook, and sings with lighthearted passion. She’s joined by brothers Robert and Chuck Redd on piano and drums, respectively, and James King on bass. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Mandarin Oriental Hotel website

The Cookers, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. | This septet is mostly comprised of what you might call musicians’ musicians. Pianist George Cables, tenor saxman Billy Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist Cecil McBee and D.C.’s own drum doyen Billy Hart – they’re all veterans of the late hard-bop scene and its aftermath, and each one is considered a legend by many musicians. But somehow, public prominence has escaped them. Regardless, the Cookers is a group that synthesizes the tenacious swing of Art Blakey; the slippery, harmonically-tiered songwriting of Wayne Shorter; and the soulful sizzle of Freddie Hubbard. The group is rounded out by trumpeter David Weiss and saxophonist Craig Handy, both a generation younger than their counterparts. The Cookers’ weekend run is this month’s diamond in the rough. Two separate sets at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. $35 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Sin Miedo, Bossa Bistro, 9 p.m. | Sin Miedo is an energetic, nine-piece Salsa band that plays highly danceable Afro-Cuban jazz, Mambo and Samba. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Bossa Bistro website

Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, HR-57, 9 p.m. | Drummer Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson is one of D.C.’s swingin’est drummers, and when he decides to bring the heat, watch out. He has a strong, distinctive shuffle beat, which he perfected during his two decades on the road with soul-jazz master Jimmy Smith. When the spirit moves him, Junebug sometimes steps up to the mic and graces the audience with a song. $15 cover, no minimum. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | HR-57 website

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 calendar | Columbia Station profile

Project Natale, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m. | Brothers Joe and Lou Natale — on bass and drums, respectively — play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with this respected local quartet. It’s rounded out by two strong, swinging cohorts: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz 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. After all, the setting is that of a dance club, not a jazz joint – no tables and chairs or hushed applause after every solo. Donvonte’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

Maureen Mullaney, Black Fox Lounge, 6 p.m. | Maureen Mullaney sings jazz and blues songs with a light ensemble. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarBlack Fox 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, SEPTEMBER 10

cb picks:

  • Rosslyn Jazz Festival, 1 p.m.
  • Akua Allrich & BCJO, Petworth Jazz Project, 6:30 p.m.
  • The Cookers, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
  • Donvonte McCoy, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Gateway Park, 1 p.m. | Innovative vocal stalwart Dee Dee Bridgewater; alto saxophone prodigy Grace Kelly; award-winning blues pianist Henry Butler; and the smooth-jazz Al Williams Quartet — they’re all a part of the 21st Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival. At Gateway Park in the heart of downtown, this festival always brings a healthy dose of soul and vigor to the tie-and-slacks boro. Free. View event on calendar | Rosslyn Jazz Festival website

Silver Spring Jazz Festival, 1 Veterans Place, 3:30 p.m. | The Eighth Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival will feature a range of music, from the straight-ahead jazz of opening act Project Natale to the smoothness of headliner and keyboardist Marcus Johnson. In between those two acts are Sheila Ross, a vocalist, and La Leyenda, a Latin jazz big band. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the outdoor event. Free. View event on calendar | Silver Spring Jazz Festival 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

Charles Woods, Johnny’s Half Shell, 6 p.m. | Saxophonist Charles Woods plays and has recorded in both free and straight-ahead jazz styles, but for his regular gig at Johnny’s Half Shell he keeps things within the traditional bop realm. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarJohnny’s Half Shell website

Akua Allrich & the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Petworth Jazz Project, 6:30 p.m. | The rain seemed dedicated to foiling vocalist Akua Allrich’s plans to perform as part of the Petworth Jazz Project. Her scheduled show on Aug. 13 was cancelled due to weather – then rescheduled for a day that ended up coinciding perfectly with Hurricane Irene. But give Allrich credit for her dedication: She’s now joined the bill at what was to be a solo show by the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. It’s the last of five (now four) monthly performances that took place this spring and summer as part of the new Petworth Jazz Project, a series of free outdoor shows in the heart of Petworth. In Allrich’s neo-soul-meets-jazz, you’ll hear India Arie, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Miriam Makeba. But the Howard University graduate is an original, and she composes many of her own tunes. The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, meanwhile, will follow her performance. It’s a 17-piece big band that holds a weekly residency at Bohemian, the famed U St. club, and its repertoire ranges from classic Count Basie to modern Maria Schneider tunes. The show occurs at the Petworth Playground, and blankets are provided. Free. View event on calendar | Petworth Jazz Project 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 calendarB. Smith’s website

Kirk Winters, Sala Thai (U St.), 7 p.m. | No description available. 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

Lena Seikaly & Potomac Jazz Project, Extra Virgin Restaurant, 7:30 p.m. | 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

Nancy Scimone, Henley Park Hotel, 7:30 p.m. | Nancy Scimone reaches into the jazz and popular American songbooks during this weekly gig at the Henley Park Hotel in downtown D.C. She’s typically joined by a pianist. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Henley Park’s website

Elikeh, Gallery O, 7:30 p.m. | D.C.-based Elikeh is an Afro-pop band that specializes in the catchy melodies and infectious rhythms of West African popular music. The group performs in the courtyard at Gallery O on H St. NE. $5 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Gallery O website

Kristine Key Quartet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 8 p.m. | Delicate-voiced and wistful singer Kristine Key is accompanied here by Vince Smith on piano, Wes Biles on bass and Ron Compton on drums. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Mandarin Oriental Hotel website

Jean Carne, Blues Alley, 8 & 11 p.m. | R&B singer Jean Carne here pays tribute to the legendary composition duo Gamble & Huff. These two Philadelphian song scribes wrote hit tunes for the O’Jays (“Love Train”), Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”), and others. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $25 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar| Blues Alley profile

The Cookers, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. | This septet is mostly comprised of what you might call musicians’ musicians. Pianist George Cables, tenor saxman Billy Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist Cecil McBee and D.C.’s own drum doyen Billy Hart – they’re all veterans of the late hard-bop scene and its aftermath, and each one is considered a legend by many musicians. But somehow, public prominence has escaped them. Regardless, the Cookers is a group that synthesizes the tenacious swing of Art Blakey; the slippery, harmonically-tiered songwriting of Wayne Shorter; and the soulful sizzle of Freddie Hubbard. The group is rounded out by trumpeter David Weiss and saxophonist Craig Handy, both a generation younger than their counterparts. The Cookers’ weekend run is this month’s diamond in the rough. Two separate sets at 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. $35 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

Project Natale, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m. |Brothers Joe and Lou Natale — on bass and drums, respectively — play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with this respected local quartet. It’s rounded out by two strong, swinging cohorts: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m. $15 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Palanke Music Company, Bossa Bistro, 9 p.m. | Led by vocalist and guitarist Jaime Andrés Salazar, a.k.a. Gato, Palanke Music Company is tropicalia meets electro meets Samba meets Afro-Cuban jazz. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Bossa profile

Thad Wilson, HR-57, 9 p.m. | Trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with articulation and clarity, and a deference to melody that makes it easy to fall in love with his playing. A prominent member of the D.C. jazz community, Wilson once led a resident big band at Bohemian Caverns and now teaches at George Washington University. He returns to HR-57, his frequent stomping ground, for a night at the helm of a quartet. $15 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | HR-57 website

Ethan Foote & Andréa Wood, Black Fox Lounge, 9 p.m. | Bassist Ethan Foote, a member of top-notch progressive quartet Sanga Equation, leads his own combo through straight-ahead and Latin jazz. He’s joined by vocalist Andréa Wood, the strong but plaintive-voiced D.C. singer. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarBlack Fox profile

Dee Stone & Charles Wright, Black Fox Lounge, 9:15 p.m. | Dee Stone and Charles Wright play soul, blues, jazz and rock. The first set of every performance is usually comprised of jazz standards. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendarBlack Fox 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. 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

The Hang, Bohemian Caverns, midnight | Bohemian Caverns’ late-night jam, The Hang, is hosted by a different band every week of the month. 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, September 11

cb picks:

  • Howard U. Alumni Jazz Band, Twins Jazz, 10 a.m.
  • Marshall Keys, Acadiana, 11 a.m.
  • Monk Competition, Museum of Natural History, 1 p.m.
  • D.C. Jazz Loft, Red Door, 7 p.m.
  • Jason Moran Trio, Bohemian Caverns, 7 & 9 p.m.

Howard U. Alumni Jazz Band, Twins Jazz, 10 a.m. | In an anomaly for this U St. jazz institution, Twins Jazz is hosting a jazz brunch. The show features a combo calling itself the Howard U. Alumni Jazz Band, though only some of its members fit the designation. Saxophonist Brian Settles, who did graduate from Howard, is an avant-gardist with a singular quaver — but he sure knows how to swing, too. (Check out his channeling of Sonny Rollins on “Til There Was You,” a favorite standard.) Pianist Noble Jolley and his brother Nate, a drummer, have an affinity for hip-hop infusions, and bassist Eric Wheeler is a bricklayer with loads of personality. $10 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Twins Jazz profile

Marshall Keys, Acadiana, 11 a.m.| Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool; the native Washingtonian is a fluid, graceful player. He plays every Sunday brunch at Acadiana, usually with a group consisting of the city’s top jazz scene veterans: Federico Peña on piano, Tarus Mateen on bass and either Lenny Robinson or Mark Prince on drums. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Acadiana website

Adams Morgan Day Festival, 12 p.m. | The main drag of 18th Street and the surrounding areas are enveloped once a year in a cross-cultural celebration in D.C.’s most diverse neighborhood. This year, the 33rd Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival is back in full force. Plans for a jazz stage in Kalorama Park (at Columbia Road and Kalorama Street) are reportedly in place, but no official schedule of performances has been released. Free. View event on calendar | Adams Morgan Day Festival website

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Semifinals, Museum of Natural History, 1 p.m. | If Washington is stuck playing host to 535 ineffective national lawmakers for most of the year, then it sure deserves to be in the presence of 12 world-class music makers for two days per annum. That’s exactly what happens every September, when the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition rolls into town. It’s the foremost jazz contest on the planet, and its instrumental focus shifts every year; this year, the contest is among pianists. The judges include Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran and Danilo Perez, but today the focus is on the 12 semifinalists who will square off. By the end of the afternoon, three finalists will have been chosen; the following day, they will compete for first prize in a ticketed event at the Kennedy Center. But this event is free and open to the public. View event on calendar | Museum of Natural History 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

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

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

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D.C. Jazz Loft, Red Door, 7 p.m. | The impending demise of Red Door, that bastion of honest music and analog communality in a fast-forwarded world, has got us all a little melancholy. But there’s only one way to stave off the sadness of a great loss: Make the most of what you’ve got before it disappears. That’s why CapitalBop has put together what we consider a killer lineup for what will be one of the last D.C. Jazz Lofts at its original venue. This installation of our (mostly) monthly series of shows will include Baltimorean and bass clarinet monster Todd Marcus, the hip-hop-avant-bop troupe Cricket Fusion; and saxophonic soul bearer Brent Birckhead. What a triumvirate of performances. And to end the night, D.C.’s beloved tenor sax innovator Brian Settles will lead a jam session – both a musical exploration and a spiritual meditation on the events of 10 years prior to this date, and the world in which they transpired. $10 suggested donation, BYOB. View event on calendar | Red Door tumblr

 

Jason Moran Trio, Bohemian Caverns, 7 & 9 p.m. | In the leading litmus for institutional acclaim, the DownBeat critics’ poll, Jason Moran won this year’s triple crown. He was voted jazz artist of the year, pianist of the year, and – for the album he released last summer with his trio – jazz album of the year. But don’t just believe the critics. Instead, turn your ear to his restless pianism, at once jarring and beatific, and let it win you over. His contempt for symmetry is a debt he owes to Thelonious Monk, but the busted-up flow of his narratives recalls old-school hip-hop à la Afrika Bambaataa. (Moran has adapted songs by both of them.) But in jazz, it takes a village, or at least a small combo, and the two kindred spirits in his trio are contributory coequals. Drummer Nasheet Waits’ playing is a history lesson in itself, but he’s also a major member of the jazz avant-garde. And, as Moran himself told DownBeat, bassist Tarus Mateen (a D.C. resident, and a major figure on the scene here) “is the major protagonist who pushes the music” of the group. Two separate sets at 7 & 9 p.m. $20 cover, no minimum. View event on calendar | Bohemian Caverns profile

DC Choro, Grill from Ipanema, 7:30 p.m.| DC Choro is a sextet that plays Brazilian music drawing on European folk traditions. No cover, 1-drink minimum. View event on calendar | Grill from Ipanema 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

Jean Carne, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m. | R&B singer Jean Carne here pays tribute to the legendary composition duo Gamble & Huff. These two Philadelphian song scribes wrote hit tunes for the O’Jays (“Love Train”), Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (“If You Don’t Know Me by Now”), and others. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m. $25 cover, $10 minimum. View event on calendar | Blues Alley 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

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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