by Luke Stewart
On a Monday evening in June, one of the largest gatherings of D.C. jazz musicians in recent memory assembled at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, on H Street NE. But this wasn’t a gig or a jam session. It was a private screening of Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz, a new documentary film on the District’s jazz scene that will have its first public showing in the District tonight at the National Navy Museum.
In what you might call true D.C. jazz fashion, a great moment unfolded at the Atlas with minimal fanfare: There was no red carpet, no media play-by-play, no flashing cameras. Only the film and the audience. And what an audience: It was a cross-section of the local scene, with lions young and old united in order to see on the big screen a cinematic depiction of the community that has molded them. Continue reading