Akua Allrich Album Release Party- Howard Theatre, today (Wednesday, February 06, 2013) showtime: 8pm; tickets: $22.50
DC’s own, Akua Allrich will be performing tonight in celebration of her latest recording, Uniquely Standard: Akua Allrich Live, at the Howard Theater. The singer/composer has garnered quite a following around the metro DC area even landing an opportunity to perform before a crowd of dignitaries, diplomats and politicians as part of the Ertegün Jazz Series at the Turkish Embassy Residence in 2012. Though she’s become known for her Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba tribute performances, Allrich is a versatile singer with a wide range of musical influences.
Her band for tonight’s performance includes Warren Wolf (piano/keyboard), Kris Funn (bass), Carroll Dashiell II (drums), Agyei Osei Akoto (congas), and Tim Green (sax).
If you plan to attend tonight’s performance, make sure you bring a little extra money just in case there are copies of the cd available for sale. With her highly spirited and engaging performances, I wouldn’t be surprised if you wanted to take her music home with you that night.
Logon to www.thehowardtheatre.com for ticket information and show details.
Joshua Redman- Blues Alley, (Thursday-Sunday, February 7-10, 2013) showtime: 8pm & 10pm nightly; tickets: $40
Joshua Redman is one of the preeminent names in jazz saxophone today. The multi Grammy and Jazz Journalist Association Award nominated tenor-man has performed as a bandleader and sideman since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1991. More recently, Redman has gained acclaim as one fourth of the group James Farm (featuring Matt Penman, Eric Harland, and Aaron Parks).
Tickets for the 8pm Friday night performance and both Saturday night performances are already sold out. Get your tickets now: www.bluesalley.com.
Ralph Peterson- Bohemian Caverns, (Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9, 2013) showtime: 8:30pm & 10:30pm nightly; tickets: $18 in advance, $22 at the door
Ralph Peterson’s career as a jazz drummer spans more than 25 years most famously performing as part of the late Art Blakey’s Jazz Messenger Big Band. He’s recorded at least fifteen albums as a leader and has performed with some of the biggest names in the music including Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Betty Carter, Geri Allen, Donald Harrison, and Charles Lloyd.
Joining him on stage Friday and Saturday night are Kris Funn, Allyn Johnson, Antonio Parker, Lyle Link and Josh Evans.
Go to: www.bohemiancaverns.com for ticket information.