Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from National Public Radio
Like many such events, the DC Jazz Festival brings an overload of great musicians to town. The festival kicks off with Ron Carter‘s quartet in one place, and the Randy Weston trio in another. On Sunday, Dianne Reeves, David Sánchez and Mark Turner are all playing at the same time — in different locations. The following Saturday, listeners will have to choose between Monty Alexander, Marcus Strickland and Marc Cary. And that’s just a tiny selection of the jazz happening in the nation’s capital between June 1-10.
But Washington, D.C., is itself home to an active jazz scene, and the Festival has a way of heightening that energy (or at least turning a bit of the spotlight on it) through its Jazz in the ‘Hoods branding. That means many of the great musicians who happen to live in the area will perform for a wider audience in coming days — and provides a good excuse to spotlight some musicians deserving of wider attention.
Here are five such D.C.-area jazz artists — musicians who happen to be playing DC Jazz Festival events this year. It’s certainly not a comprehensive breakdown — apologies to Lenny Robinson, Marshall Keys, Brad Linde, Elijah Jamal Balbed, Christie Dashiell and many others — but it ought to be a good introduction to a few musicians who keep the nation’s capital buzzing with activity well after early June.