by Giovanni Russonello
This Saturday is national Record Store Day. It’s looking like it’ll be a beautiful day until the rain starts pouring in the evening, so get out early and hit up your local record shop. (With the demise of Melody Records, D.C.’s only reliable source for new jazz CDs and vinyl, Som Records on 14th Street and Red Onion in Dupont Circle are your best bets for used jazz.) On Sunday, the Howard Theatre marks its first blues concert with a blowout featuring the likes of Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland and Corey Harris. Also that evening, two excellent avant-garde shows are happening: Diamond Terrifier at the Back Alley Theater and Jason Kao Hwang at Bohemian Caverns Find details on those performances and many 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, APRIL 20
- Hiromi Trio Project, Blues Alley, 8 & 10 p.m.
- Barry Harris Trio, Bohemian Caverns, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
- Buck Hill Quintet, Twins Jazz, 9 & 11 p.m.
- Donvonte McCoy, 18th Street Lounge, 10:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Jefferson, Jefferson Memorial, 12 p.m. | As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a wide variety of local jazz bands will perform at free, all-day concerts on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. On the second day, the focus is on straight-ahead jazz: Performances come from the Brad Linde Quartet, Will Smith & The W.E.S. Group, the Nasar Abadey Quartet, the Victor Provost Steel Pan Quartet and vocalist Akua Allrich’s quintet. Free. View event on calendar | Jazz at the Jefferson website
Carlos Johnson, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. | Tonight at Westminster Presbyterian’s weekly fish fry and jazz concert, Carlos Johnson, the well traveled and beloved D.C. saxophonist and singer, brings a swinging combo to the house of God. $5 cover for adults, no cover for attendees under 16, no minimum. View event on calendar | Westminster Presbyterian Church website