by Giovanni Russonello
NPR’s annual “A Jazz Piano Christmas” program returns to the Kennedy Center this Saturday with a lineup even more unexpected than usual. Michele Rosewoman pours unfettered spirit together with avant-garde jazz, hard-bop, funk and Afro-Cuban music; Andy Bey has a dark-molasses baritone that represents mirth and perspective, to go along with a tart sweetness on piano. The great Stanley Cowell and Sullivan Fortner round out the bill.
CapitalBop’s back with a thrilling D.C. Jazz Loft this Sunday, spotlighting three area artists with significant ideas about new directions for their music. The trumpeter Arturo Sandoval has a pricey but promising ticket at Blues Alley all weekend; on Friday and Saturday Grégoire Maret brings his harmonica chops to Bohemian Caverns; and the Brazilian/Gypsy/folk group Veronneau hosts an exciting lineup of guests at Twins Jazz. All our favorite shows below have a label. Happy hunting!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
- Arturo Sandoval, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m.
- Veronneau, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m.
- Gregoire Maret, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
- Donvonte McCoy Quintet, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m.
- Jazz Jam, Ulah Bistro, 11 p.m.
Jackie Hairston Trio w/Wade Beach, 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, Jackie Hairston will lead a slightly tweaked version of the classic, hard-swinging organ quartet format that became a jazz staple in the 1960s. The group is rounded out by Michael Hairston on saxophone, Leon Alexander on drums and the wild card: Wade Beach on piano. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website Continue reading