by Giovanni Russonello & Allen Jones
D.C.’s own Braxton Cook has been on tour recently with the famous Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. He returns to his hometown for his quartet’s first weekend at Bohemian Caverns, where he’ll give us a taste of what he’s been cooking up in New York City. Cook recently released his debut EP, titled Sketch, in which he blends his jazzed-out knowledge of the saxophone with his soulfully constructed original compositions. The great Jon Faddis brings fellow trumpeters Terell Stafford, Lew Soloff and Tom Williams to Blues Alley to perform arrangements that put a special focus on the instrument that expanded jazz’s focus beyond the piano in the early 20th century. At Twins Jazz, you’ll find Thad Wilson, a local trumpet expert in his own right, leading a band that mixes modern music styles with old standards. 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, APRIL 11
- Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, American History Museum, 3 p.m.
- Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington tribute, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m.
- ‘Triumphant Trumpets,’ Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m.
- Thad Wilson, Twins Jazz, 8 & 10 p.m.
- Braxton Cook, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
- Donvonte McCoy, 18th St. Lounge, 10:30 p.m.
- U St. Jazz Jam, Dukem, 11 p.m.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, American History Museum, 1:30 p.m. | The National Museum of American History celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with free performances every Friday afternoon. This week, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra — one of the District’s most reliable emissaries of the traditional jazz repertoire — performs in a slimmed-down combo format. Free. View event on calendar | Museum website
Tribute to Dizzie Gillespie and Duke Ellington, 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.” This week, Local masters of the music perform some classic compositions by the fathers of jazz. Lenny Cuje on vibraphone, Chuck Redd on drums and vibraphone, Tim Whalen on piano, James King on bass, and Tom Williams on trumpet and drums. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website Continue reading