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April 2017

4 Generations of Mile (Drums/Guitar/Sax/Bass)

April 27 @ 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Four Generations of Miles is an unusual tribute to Miles Davis, featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter's bands, while omitting keyboards and trumpet entirely. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, tenor saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Buster Williams, and guitarist Mike Stern concentrate almost exclusively on the 1950s repertoire of Davis.

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4 Generations of Miles

April 28 @ 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Four Generations of Miles is an unusual tribute to Miles Davis, featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter's bands, while omitting keyboards and trumpet entirely. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, tenor saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Buster Williams, and guitarist Mike Stern concentrate almost exclusively on the 1950s repertoire of Davis.

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4 Generations of Miles

April 29 @ 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Four Generations of Miles is an unusual tribute to Miles Davis, featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter's bands, while omitting keyboards and trumpet entirely. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, tenor saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Buster Williams, and guitarist Mike Stern concentrate almost exclusively on the 1950s repertoire of Davis.

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4 Generations of Miles

April 30 @ 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Four Generations of Miles is an unusual tribute to Miles Davis, featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter's bands, while omitting keyboards and trumpet entirely. Drummer Jimmy Cobb, tenor saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Buster Williams, and guitarist Mike Stern concentrate almost exclusively on the 1950s repertoire of Davis.

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May 2017

Vivian Semmons “Life”

May 1 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard as an “exquisite” singer, Vivian Sessoms has performed all over the world with some of the biggest names in music. A wunderkind that got her start opening for Marvin Gaye at the age of 9, she's worked with legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Cher, Stevie Wonder and many others throughout the course of her multi-faceted career. Her new album LIFE is her third studio effort and first foray into the realm of jazz. Backed…

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Vivian Simmons “Life”

May 1 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard as an “exquisite” singer, Vivian Sessoms has performed all over the world with some of the biggest names in music. A wunderkind that got her start opening for Marvin Gaye at the age of 9, she's worked with legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Cher, Stevie Wonder and many others throughout the course of her multi-faceted career. Her new album LIFE is her third studio effort and first foray into the realm of jazz. Backed…

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Kevin Jackson (Guitar)

May 2 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Kevin Jackson is excited to return to Blues Alley to share his new album “The Mirrored Truth”. Guitarist, bassist, and producer, Kevin Jackson weaves a story of love, caring, disappointment, hurt, and anger thru beautifully arranged lyrics and musical compositions. Jackson’s mix of acoustic renditions along with some rock… some contemporary Christian… some Jazz… and some R&B, offers great music for every taste.

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Kevin Jackson (Guitar)

May 2 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Kevin Jackson is excited to return to Blues Alley to share his new album “The Mirrored Truth”. Guitarist, bassist, and producer, Kevin Jackson weaves a story of love, caring, disappointment, hurt, and anger thru beautifully arranged lyrics and musical compositions. Jackson’s mix of acoustic renditions along with some rock… some contemporary Christian… some Jazz… and some R&B, offers great music for every taste.

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Nate Najar (Guitar)

May 3 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Florida guitarist Nate Najar blends his classical background with funky, hot groovin' licks born out of his passion for all music. Nate considers himself a product of classical, R&B, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and many other styles. Says Najar, "I'm trying to use all of my musical experiences to create my sound."

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Nate Najar (Guitar)

May 3 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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In an industry that likes to conveniently pigeonhole even its most adventurous artists, Nate Najar has stood out with his full embrace of the great possibilities of jazz. Inspiring growing numbers of fans with his distinctive approach of playing jazz on the acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, the multi-faceted composer and performer has performed hundreds of trio dates throughout the U.S. and Europe, scored a Top Ten Billboard Jazz single with Melba Moore (“Groove Me”) and recorded…

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Ravi Coltrane (Sax)

May 4 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

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Ravi Coltrane (Sax)

May 4 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Born in Long Island, the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. He was raised in Los Angeles where his family moved after his father’s death in 1967. His mother, Alice Coltrane, was a significant influence on Ravi and it was he who encouraged Alice to return to performance and the recording studio after a long absence. Subsequently, Ravi produced and played on Alice Coltrane’s powerful, 'Translinear Light', which was…

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Ravi Coltrane (Sax)

May 5 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Ravi has released six albums as a leader. His latest, 'Spirit Fiction', was released in June of 2012 for the Blue Note label. Additional credits include performances as well as recordings with Elvin Jones, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Baron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Geri Allen, Joanne Brackeem, The Blue Note 7, among others. He is a co-leader of the Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.

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Ravi Coltrane (Sax)

May 5 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed Grammy™ nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM.

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Rene Marie (Vocals)

May 6 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“I have never forgotten the early lessons learned about the power of music,” she says. “Today, I try to imbue that feeling of emotion into every song I write and every song I sing – every time. I am very happy to be alive today, doing the things I love to do – singing, composing, writing, teaching and arranging.” ~ Rene Marie

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Rene Marie (Vocals)

May 6 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of…

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Rene Marie (Vocals)

May 7 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“I wanted to make a record that people could go back to again and again to excavate their emotions,” says René. “We cover things over every day. We have to in order to move through the day and move through our lives. We can’t always afford to be vulnerable to things like pain, loss, confusion, hurt and frustration. I want this record to provide some kind of architecture to provide support in those moments when our emotions are not necessarily…

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Rene Marie (Vocals)

May 7 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Perhaps more than most artists, René understands music’s capacity to heal and inspire. Not only has she herself been the beneficiary of it, but she has made every effort along the way to extend those same benefits to others.

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Daniel Weatherspoon

May 8 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Grammy Award wining producer Daniel Weatherspoon's new album "The Langley Park Project" debuts at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album Chart.

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Daniel Weatherspoon

May 8 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Amassing several RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records, Daniel's client roster includes award-winning recording artists such as Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Carl Thomas, Paula Abdul, BeBe Winans, Cece Winans, Mary Mary, as well as several notable organizations, including the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), BMI, ASCAP and The Recording Acadamy.

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Von Pariss (Vocals)

May 9 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Von the man with the soulful charismatic voice from the Motor City of Detroit, a true showman who knows how to bring you that “stomp down” show biz performance with a style of R&B, Jazz, Rock & Gospel. His voice has garnered him much acclaim traveling from cities such as: Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. While living in LA, he worked in films – he was a stand-in for veteran TV and Film Actor Joe Morgan. Von has…

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Von Pariss (Vocals)

May 9 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Von the man with the soulful charismatic voice from the Motor City of Detroit, a true showman who knows how to bring you that “stomp down” show biz performance with a style of R&B, Jazz, Rock & Gospel. His voice has garnered him much acclaim traveling from cities such as: Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. While living in LA, he worked in films – he was a stand-in for veteran TV and Film Actor Joe Morgan. Von has…

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Cedric A. Napoleaon (Bass)

May 10 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Over the years, Cedric A. Napoleon has established himself as a multifaceted musician with a career spanning the globe for four decades, with his exciting electric bass and vocals and his captivatingly smooth upright acoustic bass performances. At age 12, within months of first touching the acoustic and electric basses, Cedric A. Napoleon, was hailed as a prodigy emerging as a fine instrumentalist that had distinguished himself playing R&B, Funk, Soul, Pop Fusion and Smooth Jazz Styles.

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Cedric A. Napoleon (Bass)

May 10 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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As one of the founding members of the jazz group “PIECES OF A DREAM” (1975-1990), Cedric A. Napoleon, bassist & lead vocalist, along with Curtis Harmon, drummer, and James Lloyd, keyboardist, turned what was originally a jazz trio into one of the hottest R&B and SMOOTH JAZZ SENSATIONS.

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 11 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“I think she’s a freak of nature, so incredibly versatile, so talented.” – Chris Botti “That’s a powerhouse voice. I think of her as a star. She’s a star,” – Sting “a great entertainer” – Patti Austin “Lisa’s as powerful as the rest of the guys put together. She has an amazing power, energy, and projection. She really kills it. – Keith Richards

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 11 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness…

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 12 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Ms. Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Lisa’s reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and — always – invitations to return, soon.

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 12 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“I think she’s a freak of nature, so incredibly versatile, so talented.” – Chris Botti “That’s a powerhouse voice. I think of her as a star. She’s a star,” – Sting “a great entertainer” – Patti Austin “Lisa’s as powerful as the rest of the guys put together. She has an amazing power, energy, and projection. She really kills it. – Keith Richards

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 13 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness…

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 13 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Ms. Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Lisa’s reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and — always – invitations to return, soon.

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 14 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“I think she’s a freak of nature, so incredibly versatile, so talented.” – Chris Botti “That’s a powerhouse voice. I think of her as a star. She’s a star,” – Sting “a great entertainer” – Patti Austin “Lisa’s as powerful as the rest of the guys put together. She has an amazing power, energy, and projection. She really kills it. – Keith Richards

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 14 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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“Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive. Every performance is so enriching, so exciting, so transcendent that you want more. With remarkable vocal range and vocabulary, Fischer can sing soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical with equal facility and authority. She often mixes styles in the same song, sometimes in the same vocal line. Her approach tends to be intimate, artful and almost meditative, accompanied by her interpretive dancing, but she also can cut loose and funk with fierceness…

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Ahmad Jamal Presents Shahin Novrasli Duo

May 15 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Pianist and composer Shahin Novrasli has had the occasion to play some of the most big stages in the world, such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Black Sea Jazz Festival, Prague’s Mezinarodni Piano Festival and numerous clubs and festivals throughout the United States.

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Ahmad Jamal Presents Shahin Novrasli Duo

May 15 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, among which he combines eastern and western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous.With a solo project, a trio with Ari Hoenig and Nathan Peck, Shahin is today an icon for Azerbaijan Jazz and has received enthusiastic comments from worldwide critics and…

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Rochelle Rice (Vocals)

May 16 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Rochelle Rice is a dynamic and compelling vocalist and songwriter, and has been named Best Jazz Vocalist by Washington City Paper Jazzy Awards (Washington, DC). Fresh from her residency at the prestigious arts center, Strathmore, her profound and flawless sound joins the singer/songwriters of the 1960s and the contemporary jazz vocalists of today.

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Rochelle Rice (Vocals)

May 16 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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As a consistent voice on Washington DC’s music scene, Rochelle has performed at some of the area’s top venues and events including The Kennedy Center, The Filmore, Twins Jazz Club, Amp by Strathmore, DC Jazz Festival, Strathmore Mansion, Capitol Bop’s Jazz Lofts, and the Hamilton. In 2014 she produced and performed the sold-out debut of The Conversation: Stories of Hope, Heart, and Wholeness, a joining of both classical and jazz music, featuring the well celebrated lyric coloratura, Marlissa Hudson, and…

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Victor Provost Group (Steel Drum)

May 17 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steel pan (or steel drum). Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages throughout the world, he has been meticulously developing a reputation as a “dazzling” soloist, crafting an improvisational voice and style to be reckoned with. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he works in countless genres and musical styles. The Washington…

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Victor Provost Group (Steel Drum)

May 17 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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In addition to leading his own group, Victor tours with NEA Jazz Master, Paquito D’Rivera, is a member of the GRAMMY award-winning Afro Bop Alliance, and works with several of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most lauded musical collectives (including Dion Parson’s 21st Century Band, the Reginald Cyntje Group, and Michael Bowie’s Sine Qua Non). Already in his relatively young career, he has performed and recorded with many Jazz Luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masakela, Joe Locke, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, Dave…

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 18 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 18 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to…

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 19 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 19 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to…

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 20 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 20 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to…

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 21 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Arturo Sandoval is fluent in at least four musical languages. He can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, soar over a Mozart concerto and sooth you with a luscious ballad; with equal power and grace.

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Arturo Sandoval (Trumpet)

May 21 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to…

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Gerald Clayton Trio

May 22 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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"In a generation of technical, and resourceful, wunderkinds, Gerald Clayton, stands out for his nuanced touch, precise articulation and the way he constructs a narrative for his solos." ~ Ted Panke, Down Beat

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Gerald Clayton Trio

May 22 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The four-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton…

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Lena Seikaly (Jazz Vocals)

May 23 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Lena has self-produced three albums in the past four years – “Written In The Stars” (2009), “Lovely Changes” (2011) and “Looking Back” (2013) – the latter two of which were released to sold-out shows at Blues Alley. All three received critical acclaim from music critics in leading D.C. online and print publications, garnering full-page, in-depth feature articles in the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper. Dubbed “the work of a supremely confident master of her instrument” (Washington City Paper),…

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Lena Seikaly (Jazz Vocals)

May 23 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Lena has self-produced three albums in the past four years – “Written In The Stars” (2009), “Lovely Changes” (2011) and “Looking Back” (2013) – the latter two of which were released to sold-out shows at Blues Alley. All three received critical acclaim from music critics in leading D.C. online and print publications, garnering full-page, in-depth feature articles in the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper. Dubbed “the work of a supremely confident master of her instrument” (Washington City Paper),…

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Cecily (Vocals)

May 24 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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A brilliant, beautiful, and talented young lady, look out!” - Grammy award winning recording artist Patti Austin

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Cecily (Vocals)

May 24 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Cecily is a young vocalist and songwriter whose sweet soprano and honest lyrics have garnered attention and loyal fans not only in her native Washington DC, but also up and down the East Coast. Unmoved by passing trends, Cecily’s sound is rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. She describes her style as Acoustic Pop Soul, and has drawn comparisons to artists as distinct as Deniece Williams, Brandy, and Corinne Bailey-Rae.

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Ronneette Harrison (Vocals)

May 25 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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There is a popular statement that says, “Those who can’t do, teach.” To the contrary emerges an extraordinary music teacher who is discrediting this phrase and evolving as an exceptional educator of the arts and a phenomenal Gospel vocalist. Ronnette Harrison is a vocalist with exquisite tone, a composer of prolific melodies, and an accomplished pianist and organist. Ronnette received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Towson University and previously taught in Prince George County Schools in Maryland. Now…

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Ronnette Harrison (Vocals)

May 25 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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There is a popular statement that says, “Those who can’t do, teach.” To the contrary emerges an extraordinary music teacher who is discrediting this phrase and evolving as an exceptional educator of the arts and a phenomenal Gospel vocalist. Ronnette Harrison is a vocalist with exquisite tone, a composer of prolific melodies, and an accomplished pianist and organist. Ronnette received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Towson University and previously taught in Prince George County Schools in Maryland. Now…

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James “D-Train” Williams

May 26 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Born and nurtured in Brooklyn, New York, James "D-Train" Williams began his singing career at age 6. He sang in many church choirs and school choirs. While attending school at Erasmus High School he earned the prestigious title “D-Train” as a Defensive Tackle, football star. (”When he hits you, you felt the impact of the Train”). James’ career came into play by a chance meeting, while helping out his fellow classmate the legendary Will Downing in the studio, he met…

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James “D-Train” Williams

May 26 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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James "D-Train" Williams gave memorable and fresh-sounding R&B/dance tracks of the early to mid-1980’s. Along with Hubert Eaves III their first single, the brilliant “You’re The One For Me,” was released on Prelude Records in 1981. The song hit number one on the dance chart in early 1982 and kept that position for three weeks. Their first album for Prelude was 1982’s entitled “You’re The One For Me.” The album stormed the club charts and produced three powerhouse 12″ singles.…

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James “D-Train” Williams

May 27 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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Along with singing background vocals on CD’s for many outstanding artists, James D-Train Williams is one of the number one Jingle vocalists in the industry. Spots such as; Be All That You Can Be (Amy & Navy), Verizon, Kmart, Pampers, Got Milk, Cotton, AT & T, Optimum Online, New Jersey Bell, Kodak, Nescafe, Hanes, Budwiser, Home Improvement, and New York One to name a few.

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James “D-Train” Williams

May 27 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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James has appeared in such films as; “Keeping The Faith” with Ben Stiller, “A Walk In The Park “with Richard Gere & Winona Ryder. He is also the lead Vocalist for the television theme Pokemon, Pokemon The Movie and background vocalist for Walt Disney’s “Hercules” The Movie.

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Sharon Clark (Jazz Vocals)

May 28 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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The Washington Post hails Sharon Clark as “the finest jazz singer in Washington,” with a sound evoking Sarah Vaughan and Ella. JazzTimes calls Sharon Clark Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her New York run drew raves from the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she won New York’s Bistro Award for Best Vocalist.

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Sharon Clark (Jazz Vocals)

May 28 @ 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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The Washington Post hails Sharon Clark as “the finest jazz singer in Washington,” with a sound evoking Sarah Vaughan and Ella. JazzTimes calls Sharon Clark Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her New York run drew raves from the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she won New York’s Bistro Award for Best Vocalist.

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