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Jazz around town: February 1-3, 2014

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What better way to usher in Black History month than by attending a performance that celebrates and honors America’s classical music also known as jazz.

Don Byron and the New Gospel Quintet- Atlas Performing Arts Center; tonight (Saturday, February 01, 2014); show time: 8pm; tickets: $28.50 in advance, $33.50 at the door

Clarinetist Don Byron will perform with his New Gospel Quintet tonight at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The group will perform music from Byron’s Love, Peace and Soul recording. According to the Atlas’s press release, the recording is said to be a jazz exploration of the traditions of gospel music and its legends, Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Members of the New Gospel Quintet include vocalist Carla Cook, pianist Xavier Davis, percussionist Pheeroan akLaff, and bassist Brad Jones.

CapitalBop’s Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart will host their Riffin’: CapitalBop Listening Sessions at the Atlas with Don Byron before the show. Don’t miss it!

For ticket information go to http://atlasarts.org/

The Spring Quartet (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese)- Warner Theater; tonight (Saturday, February 01, 2014); show time: 8pm; tickets: $51.50-57.50 (tickets will be available at the door starting at 5pm)

NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette (drums) will perform tonight with Grammy Award winning artists Joe Lovano (sax) and Esperanza Spalding (bass) along with Spalding’s long-time pianist, Leo Genovese. The all-star group touted as the Spring Quartet will explore the world of jazz music that will surely delight the audience.

For additional information about the performance go to http://warnertheatredc.com/

Also performing around town:

Helen Sung- Blues Alley; Monday, February 3, 2014; show times: 8pm & 10pm; tickets: $20

Pianist Helen Sung will perform music from her newest recording Anthem for a New Day.

For ticket info go to http://www.bluesalley.com

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