This Week In Jazz, Featuring Nicole Saphos And Warren Wolf –

Nicole Saphos leads her trio on Thursday at The Hill Center (Photo courtesy Nicole Saphos).


Drummer Rudy Walker brings a group to Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

The long-running smooth jazz outfit, Acoustic Alchemy, comes to The Birchmere on Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35.

Rhizome hosts an evening of experimental music featuring the Nordic sounds of Norwegian guitarist Gaute Granli and Swedish guitarist Jon Lipscomb, the latter of whom will perform with percussionist Ian McColm and saxophonist Jarret Gilgore. Macho Blush rounds out the bill. 8 p.m. $10 at the door.

Guitarist Eric Essix leads his MOVE Trio through 8 and 10 p.m. sets tonight at Blues Alley. $27.50 plus minimum and surcharge.

Saxophonist Bob Schwartz leads his group through 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.


Victor Provost‘s chosen instrument, the steel pan, is uncommon in the jazz world. That said, Provost has developed a technique and style that allows him to play everything from bebop to music that reflects his Caribbean heritage. This approach is on full display with his most recent album, Bright Eyes, a gorgeous recording. Provost and his band play material from the album at the Mansion at Strathmore. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Vocalist and area mainstay Sharón Clark plays Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Baltimore-based vibraphonist and drummer Warren Wolf earned nationwide exposure through his work with world-renowned bassist Christian McBride. Wolf is also a bandleader in his own right, and leads his Wolfpack through 7 and 9 p.m. sets at MilkBoy ArtHouse. $10-$30.

Nicole Saphos has firmly established herself as a bassist and bandleader since moving to the area in 2012. She has settled into a working trio with ace guitarist John Lee and drummer Ele Rubenstein, which performs a 7 p.m. show at The Hill Center. $18/$20.

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club hosts the Hank Levy Legacy Band. Filmmaker Damien Chazelle says inspiration for his 2014 film, Whiplash, came from the music of the late, great Maryland musician, composer and educator Hank Levy, who was a long-time faculty member at Towson University (but not nearly as mean as J.K. Simmons’ Oscar winning character). The ensemble will play Levy’s music, which is known for its challenging time signature changes. 8 p.m. $20 plus minimum and surcharge.

Mariza is known as the “Queen of Fado,” the Portuguese style of music that draws its melodramatic songs from stories of melancholy and heartbreak. She’ll bring her striking voice to the Birchmere for a 7:30 p.m. show. $45.

Smooth jazz guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler comes to Blues Alley on Thursday to start a four night run of 8 and 10 p.m. sets. Tickets $50-$55, plus minimum and surcharge.

The Twins Jazz Orchestra plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at the U Street club. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

Guitarist Dom Petrellese and vocalist Landon Paddock have launched a Thursday night residency/jam session at Columbia Station that features vocal jazz, standards, and blues. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. FREE

The Feedel Band combines jazz, funk, and traditional Ethiopian music to create a truly groovy sound. They’ll play the Bossa Bistro & Lounge, sharing the stage with Anbessa Orchestra, a septet out of New York that shares Feedel’s Ethiopian roots and aesthetic. 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Vibraphonist Warren Wolf plays MilkBoy ArtHouse on Thursday (Photo via Facebook).


Veteran area musicians Thad Wilson (trumpet) and Steve Washington (vocals) team up to co-lead a band of local all-stars at Jazz Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

Trombonist Shannon Gunn concludes her series of shows celebrating the release of her new album, What It Takes, with a performance at the Montpelier Arts Center. This concert features her sextet, which includes saxophonist Sarah Hughes, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Karine Chapdelaine, and drummer Allen Jones. 8 p.m. $25.

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

The Rebirth Brass Band, the legendary outfit from New Orleans, will be at The Hamilton on Friday and Saturday for 7 and 9:30 p.m. sets. $35-$45.

Reginald Cyntje, one of the area’s most in-demand trombonists—who is also a prolific composer and bandleader—plays 9 and 11 p.m. sets with his group at Twins Jazz. $15 plus minimum and surcharge.


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

Sharón Clark plays The Alex from 8 to 11 p.m. $20 minimum, reservations recommended.


Area vocalist Coniece Washington plays Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Cuerpo y Alma is a guitar and percussion flamenco group that also features live dance. The band hosts a 7 p.m. flamenco dance class followed by live music at Bossa. $8/$10.

Glenn Jones is a guitarist who plays in the American “primitive” style of the great John Fahey. He’ll headline a bill at Rhizome that also includes the duo of saxophonist Sarah Hughes and drummer/percussionist Nate Scheible. 8 p.m. $10 at the door.

The George Washington University jazz ensemble plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.


David Cole & Main Street Blues headlines Blues Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

The Django Festival All-Stars, under the direction of violinist Dorado Schmitt, tours the world paying tribute to Django Reinhardt, the Belgian guitarist who helped pioneer the “hot jazz” movement in Paris during the 1920s and ’30s. The band comes to the Kennedy Center‘s Theater Lab for 7 and 9 p.m. sets. $30-$49.

Keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer‘s multi-cultural band draws from a number of international influences and is many ways a 21st century update to the classic fusion sound. The group comes to Blues Alley along with special guest violinist, Karen Briggs. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 plus minimum and surcharge.


Roy Hargrove is rightfully regarded as one of the finest trumpeters of his generation. He begins a week-long residency at Blues Alley that concludes on Sunday. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $45-$50 plus minimum and surcharge.

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