As some of you prepare to send your children back to school, this weekend’s DC jazz scene will be up all night. The performers listed below represent just a portion of the jazz to happening around the city. Though the 2013 season has yet to begin for venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Strathmore, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the Clarice Smith Center for the Arts, or the BlackRock Center for the Arts, venues such as Twins Jazz, HR-57, and Westminster Presbyterian Church are other places to hear good music this weekend.
Freddy Cole- Blues Alley (Friday-Sunday, August 23-25, 2013), show times- 8pm & 10pm; tickets: $25
“Ready” Freddy Cole is set to bring his brand of smooth vocals and swingin’ piano playing to Blues Alley this weekend for what promises to be an engaging performance. The man known for being the younger brother of the late Nat “King” Cole, has a gift for song and delivery that makes him a legend in his own right. Cole who counts Billy Eckstine, John Lewis, and Oscar Peterson among his greatest influences will be celebrating the release of his newest recording, This and That.
Also performing this weekend:
Akua Allrich- Bohemian Caverns (Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2013), show times- 8:30pm & 10:30pm (Saturday), 7pm & 9pm (Sunday); tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door
Washington, DC native Akua Allrich brings her 5th annual tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba to Bohemian Caverns this Saturday and Sunday night. The show, which garners rave reviews and sold out crowds each year, represents Allrich at her best. It’s clear when you hear her perform that she loves Simone and Makeba and their music immensely. If you weren’t a fan of theirs before the show, Allrich’s performance will surely guarantee that you’ll be a new fan by show’s end.
Jeff Golub and Brian Auger- The Hamilton (Sunday, August 25, 2013), show time- 8pm; tickets: $25.50 in advance, $27.50 day of
Guitarist Jeff Golub, who first came to prominence as the longtime sideman for rock icon Rod Stewart, will celebrate the release of his newest recording, Train Keeps A Rollin’, with keyboardist Brian Auger on Sunday night at The Hamilton.