This Week In Jazz, Featuring Herbie Hancock And Chick Corea’s Elektric Band – DCist.com

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Keyboardist and jazz legend Herbie Hancock comes to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday (Photo courtesy Red Light Management).

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2

Saxophonist Vaughn Ambrose plays Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Fémina hails from the Andes region of South America, but blends its native sounds with other Latin American, Caribbean, and hip-hop rhythms. The band plays Strathmore‘s Live From The Lawn at 7 p.m. FREE

Smooth jazz band Spur Of The Moment plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets tonight at Blues Alley. $25 plus minimum and surcharge.

Named after a notorious Southern Louisiana swamp rat, Nutria is a New Orleans-based band that explores explores jazz, chamber music, and the traditional musics of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe. The band plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

Glen Echo Park‘s Bumper Car Pavilion will serve as the setting for a night of infectious Bollywood music. Swingtopia is a local big band that often plays swing nights at Glen Echo, and this evening the ensemble will play original arrangements of songs from India’s popular film industry. 7:30 p.m. FREE

Future Prospect is a Richmond-based fusion band that is playing Twins Jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

Pianist/vocalist Freddy Cole lived for many years under the shadow of his legendary brother, Nat King Cole. In his later years, however, the broader public has become aware of his talents and his career has seen a major resurgence over the past decade or so. The 86-year old Cole begins a four-night run of 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Blues Alley. $30-$35 plus minimum and surcharge.

The Feedel Band combines jazz, funk, and traditional Ethiopian music to create a truly groovy sound. They’ll play the Bossa Bistro & Lounge. 9:30 p.m. $10 at the door.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4

Incendio brings its guitar-centric international sound to Jazz in the Garden. 5 to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Trombonist Reginald Cyntje leads a group of A-List local talent to present The Rise Of The Protester at Jazz Night in Southwest. The music he composed is his artistic reaction to the troubled politics that is the subject of so many headlines. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

Combining contemporary Cuban music and Santerian chants with fluid jazz styling, vocalist and composer Daymé Arocena forges a sound that is sophisticated, yet feels familiar due to its earthy qualities. Arocena comes to AMP for an 8 p.m. show. $25-$35.

Two of the area’s finest, trumpeter Tom Williams and vocalist Sharon Clark, pay tribute to Louis Armstrong at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. 8 p.m. $20 plus minimum and surcharge.

Dial 251 for Jazz plays Mr. Henry’s. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Veteran area bassist Cheyney Thomas leads his band at Twins Jazz on Friday and Saturday. 9 and 11 p.m. sets. $15 plus minimum and surcharge.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

Rhizome is hosting a concert to support area saxophonist Sarah Hughes, who was the victim of a recent carjacking that also resulted in the loss of her prize horn. The benefit, dubbed No Loss For Sarah, will feature performances from Hughes herself, Trio OOO, and Praxis Cat. 7 to 11 p.m. Donations strongly encouraged.

Ari Shapiro is best known as a host on NPR’s All Things Considered. He is also a gifted vocalist that has recorded with Pink Martini. His world travels and work as a journalist have inspired Homeward, a cabaret act that he brings to AMP. 8 p.m. $30-$50.

Vocalist Heather Maxwell plays Mr. Henry’s. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Vocalist Julian Hipkins plays The Alex from 8 to 11 p.m. $20 minimum, reservations recommended.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6

Cuerpo y Alma is a guitar and percussion flamenco group that also features live dance. The band hosts a 6 p.m. flamenco dance class followed by live music at Bossa. $10 at the door.

Chick Corea is one of the all time great jazz pianists and also pioneered electric jazz fusion in the ’70s. During the ’80s, he formed Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, which involved the same virtuosity of his music from the prior decade, but with a softer edge. The Elektric Band has reformed and comes to Wolf Trap. Opening the show is Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, who have been carving their own fusion path for over 25 years by bringing bluegrass influences into an electric jazz sound. 7:30 p.m. $30-$65.

Veronneau, the 2013 WAMMY winners for Best Jazz Group, moves effortlessly from samba to gypsy jazz. The group is built around vocalist Lynn Veronneau, whose dexterity allows her to sound authentic in a number of styles. Veronneau plays an 8 p.m. show at Villain & Saint. $15.

Brooklyn-based bassist Andrew Schiller brings a group to Twins Jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural six-piece band based in Brooklyn that blends vocal textures, jazz, R&B, and Afrobeat-influenced rhythms. The band plays a 9 p.m. set upstairs at Bossa. $10 at the door.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7

Dwayne Adell is a mind-blowingly talented area pianist whose reputation should extend much further than it does. A largely self-taught musician who reads very little music, Adell once won an international Rachmaninoff competition with a piece he learned by ear off a recording. Not only is he a gifted artist, his genius—and we don’t use that word lightly—carries over into mathematics and a variety of other subjects. He performs 8 and 10 p.m. sets on Monday at Blues Alley. $22 plus minimum and surcharge.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

Herbie Hancock has been at jazz’s forefront since working with Miles Davis in the 1960s. Like the aforementioned Chick Corea, Hancock also went electric in the ’70s with The Headhunters and also helped lay the foundations for electronic dance music 1983’s “Rockit”. This performance at the Kennedy Center features his latest band, which includes Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), James Genus (bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), and keyboardist/saxophonist Terrace Martin. 8 p.m. $39-$115.

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