by Giovanni Russonello
Bohemian Caverns, which has acted as a fallout shelter amid U Street’s steady implosion as a jazz hub, had a brush with the law this week after an alleged sexual assault there last weekend. No charges have been filed, and D.C.’s ABC board yesterday decided to lift its temporary suspension of the club’s liquor license. So as we keep our eye on how the horrendous accusations pan out, we can rest assured that the music will be very much back on track at the caves this weekend: Miguel Zenón and Laurent Coq are presenting their outstanding new project for the next two nights; the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra is playing a Saturday matinee show; and the mighty bass clarinetist Todd Marcus appears with a redoubtable quartet on Sunday night.
Then, of course, there’s Anthony Braxton’s breathlessly anticipated show at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, and the child prodigy Beka Gochiashvili’s performance with Lenny White and Eddie Gomez at the Howard Theatre on Sunday. No shortage of firepower this weekend. You can find details on all these shows and more in this week’s edition of “Weekend in Jazz,” a 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, DECEMBER 14
- Miguel Zenón & Laurent Coq, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
- Jeff Antoniuk & Jazz Update, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m.
- Donvonte McCoy, 18th Street Lounge, 10:30 p.m.
Benjie Porecki Ensemble, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. | For this week’s Jazz Night at Westminster, keyboardist Benjie Porecki leads a small group. Porecki has outward-bound, tonal inclinations, but he can also loosen his belt for some serviceable swinging jazz. Here he appears with a hard-to-beat band: Brad Collins on saxophone, Michael Bowie on bass and Mark Prince on drums. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website Continue reading