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Jazz around town: August 22-24, 2014

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After a not so brief hiatus, the DC Jazz Music Examiner is back to bring you the latest information about what’s happening in and around DC. While students and teachers prepare to return to schools, and the summer turns to fall, jazz is still available to be heard by us all. You’re welcome.

Here are just a couple of the shows that are happening around town:

Bohemian Caverns (Friday & Saturday, August 22-23, 2014); tickets: $20 online, $25@ door.

Vocalist Akua Allrich returns to her unofficial home at Bohemian Caverns for her annual Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone tribute performance. The Washington, DC native who’s become an area mainstay raises the consciousness and awareness of her audiences every time she takes a breath. Don’t take her presence for granted; she’s definitely worth seeing.

For more information on Allrich, visit the artist’s website at http://www.akuaallrich.com

Blues Alley (Friday- Sunday, August 22-24, 2014); tickets: $60 (check ticket availability online, because some shows are sold out)

Pianist Ramsey Lewis will bring His Electric Band to Blues Alley this weekend, returning to the electric roots that first won him acclaim.

If ever there was a living legend of jazz, Ramsey Lewis would be it. Getting his start on the Chicago jazz scene nearly sixty years ago, Lewis was celebrated for his re-workings of pop, gospel, and folk songs such as “Hang on Sloopy,” and “Wade in the Water.” Since then, Lewis has worked with some of the biggest names and brightest stars in all of music including Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, the London Philharmonic, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington, Jr, and the members from his first Ramsey Lewis Trio, Eldee Young and Redd Holt.

For more information on Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band go to http://www.ramseylewis.com

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