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Jazz around town: September 4-6, 2014

Christian Scott Quintet, Bohemian Caverns, show times: 8pm & 10pm (Friday and Saturday, September 5 & 6, 2014); $25 online, $30 @ doors

Christian Scott will return to Bohemian Caverns this weekend (Friday & Saturday, September 5 & 6, 2014)
Bridget Arnwine

Trumpeter Christian aTunde Adjuah (aka Christian Scott) is one of the most talented and unapologetically in your face musicians on the scene today. The New Orleans native who was inspired to pen such notable tunes as “New New Orleans,” “When Marissa Stands Her Ground,” “Ku Klux Police Department,” “Cease Fire,” and “Jenacide,” has proven that he’s not afraid to use his art as a platform to instigate change. Though at times Scott’s fire directs the course of his art, he is also capable of displaying some of the most beautifully sensitive and swaggaliciously inventive reworkings of classic material ever experienced.

Nephew of famed saxophonist Donald Harrison, the Grammy nominated Scott has worked with some of the most celebrated talents and brightest rising stars in jazz today including Esperanza Spalding, Kris Bowers, Ben Williams, Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, Marcus Miller, Gerald Clayton, Aaron Parks, Marcus Gilmore, and Matthew Stevens. Scott is set to perform this Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns. Joining Scott onstage this weekend are saxophonist Braxton Cook, bassist Kris Funn, pianist Lawrence Fields, drummer Corey Fonville, and Scott’s wife, vocalist Isadora Mendez-Scott. If you haven’t seen him already, you should.

Walter Beasley, Blues Alley, show times: 8pm & 10pm (Thursday through Saturday, September 4- 6, 2014); tickets: $35 (Saturday’s 8pm show is sold out)

Noted saxophonist Walter Beasley was originally scheduled to perform at Blues Alley back in May. The rescheduled performance will take place this weekend and tickets are going fast. The man who holds the distinction of being the “highest selling full-time Professor/Recording Artist” in history maintains a touring and teaching schedule that both delights fans and enlivens his Berklee College of Music students.

24th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival (near Rosslyn Metro Station); show times: 1pm-7pm, (Saturday, September 6, 2014); tickets: free

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival will host its 24th Annual Jazz Festival this Saturday and the line-up (as always) is stellar. Baltimore trombonist Corey Wallace and his DUBtet will open this year’s festival (1-2pm) while the Ghost Train Orchestra (2:15-3:15pm), and Red Baraat (3:45-5pm) will precede the Festival’s headliner, the Rebirth Brass Band (5:30-6:45pm).

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11th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival (near the Silver Spring Metro Station); show times: 4:30-10pm, (Saturday, September 6, 2014); tickets: free

Maryland residents looking to enjoy a free festival need look no further than downtown Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Jazz Festival will host its 11th Annual event. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline this year’s festival. Other performers include the Jazz Academy of Music, Elliot Levine, David Bach Consort, and Marcus Johnson.

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