We’ll be Riffin’ with Lena Seikaly before her Billie Holiday show this Saturday; enter to win tickets!

We’re glad to be back at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this Saturday for another Riffin’ session with a D.C.-based talent—this time the stunning area vocalist Lena Seikaly. She’s known to jazz lovers around the city for her sensitive readings of jazz standards, and her own straight-ahead originals. Her concert starts at 8 p.m., but if you show up an hour in advance you can attend our (free) Riffin’ session, during which we’ll watch videos of performances by artists who have influenced Seikaly—and she will join in a conversation with the audience about those influences.

Seikaly has a confident and playful demeanor, which puts her in contact with Billie Holiday’s legacy—but Seikaly is a much more direct, technically striking singer. Her concert at the Atlas is going to be a tribute to Holiday, and it will surely be a delight to hear her interpretation of the undisputed queen of jazz vocals. (Holiday’s 100th birthday was earlier this spring.)

Also, we’re doubly happy to be able to offer two free tickets. Post a comment below telling us your favorite Billie Holiday song, and we’ll enter your name in the drawing. Winners will be notified by Saturday at noon.

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Giovanni Russonello

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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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