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Jazz around town: May 11-17, 2014

Jazz Around Town

With many of you recovering from all of the flowers, chocolates, social media mentions, and homemade cards this Mother’s Day, jazz is happening all around. Here are a few shows you should gear up for in the coming days:

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, (tonight, May 11, 2014), show time: 6pm; free

Though Brian Blade is known for the work that he’s done as part of legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet, the drummer will perform with his group (the Fellowship Band) in support of their latest recording, Landmarks, on Blue Note Records.

Blue Note at 75 All-Star Concert, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, (tonight, May 11, 2014), show time: 7pm; tickets: $20-$95 (only a few $75 tickets remain)

The Kennedy Center salutes one of the most famous labels in jazz, Blue Note, with a series of concerts that culminate with tonight’s all-star performance. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, and the Kennedy Center’s own Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Mr. Jason Moran, are just a few of the artists that have come together to perform music that they’ve recorded for the label .

Michael Feinberg’s Humblebrag, Blues Alley, (Monday, May 12, 2014), show times: 8pm & 10pm; tickets: $20

Bassist Michael Feinberg’s Humblebrag project is touring in support of the group’s latest recording, Live at 800 East. The Humblebrag project, though a group effort, was an artistic release for Feinberg the composer and for Feinberg the curious. Choosing to explore the music without bogging himself down in the music’s politics, Feinberg drew on everything from fusion-era Miles Davis to drum legend Elvin Jones to hip hop impresario Busta Rhymes for inspiration. Humblebrag consists of saxophonist Godwin Louis, trumpeter Jason Palmer, pianist Julian Shore, and drummer Dana Hawkins.

Arturo Sandoval, Blues Alley, (Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, 2014), show times: 8pm & 10pm; tickets: $45

As a trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval is one of the few men privileged enough to count the late Dizzy Gillespie as a mentor. Born and raised in Cuba, Sandoval has become one of the most respected legends of the instrument today. With a career that includes performances with everyone from Gillespie, Paul Anka, Alicia Keys, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Josh Groban, and Frank Sinatra, Sandoval is celebrated the world over for his contributions to jazz trumpet. The ten-time Grammy Award winning artist also won an Emmy Award for scoring the HBO film based on his life titled “For Love of Country.” Sandoval was a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Donvonte McCoy, Bohemian Caverns, (Tuesdays beginning May 13, 2014), show time: 9pm; tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Trumpeter Donvonte McCoy will serve as the Artist in Residence at Bohemian Caverns for the month of May. The local man about town regularly performs with his group the Donvonte McCoy Quintet in clubs all over DC.

Kris Bowers, Bohemian Caverns, (Friday & Saturday, May 16-17, 2014), show times: 8:30pm & 10:30pm; tickets: $20

Pianist Kris Bowers won the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has soared professionally ever since. Performing as part of the group of young jazz musicians who released Cover Art (Concord Jazz) back in 2013, Bowers now stands on his own as a bandleader with his most recent release Heroes + Misfits.