Based in Washington, D.C., Carly Harvey combines blues, jazz, soul, and Americana roots styles to create a unique sound that calls to mind Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, with a little Ella Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure. In July 2018, Harvey was featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine as one of the youngest blues artists to watch. She has had the privilege to share the stage with iconic musicians, including Annika Chambers, Ron Holloway, Kebbie Williams, Ephraim Owens, Cory Henry, Kofi Burbridge, Junior Marvin, and Susan Tedeschi (another artist whose work has been foundational to her musical evolution). Join us for an off-the-hook performance that is sure to entertain!
Hot Club of Baltimore
Hot Club of Baltimore is excited to celebrate the release of their 2020 self-titled album. Led by guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris, the group is best known for performing from the Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli songbook - with incredible virtuosity and uncanny authenticity. In recent years their sound and Gypsy jazz repertoire have broadened to encompass elements of jazz, swing, Dixieland, blues, and bebop. WTMD’s Sam Sessa says the group, “breathes new life into jazz” and NPR’s Tom Cole says, “These musicians can handle the complexities and breakneck speeds of Roma Swing.” A respected ambassador of both traditional and contemporary Gypsy jazz, Harris tours extensively in North America and Europe. He has appeared at Festival Django Reinhardt in France, Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival in England, Django by the Sea in Maine, and the D.C. Jazz Festival. Harris is the founder and artistic director of the Charm City Django Jazz Festival. Enjoy a fun night in with Hot Club of Baltimore!
Friday, May 7, 2021, 7 pm
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., musician, vocalist, percussionist, and composer, Akua Allrich attended Howard University where she received a BA in jazz studies. Inspired by artists such as Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba, Allrich often infuses her work with elements of African genres and American soul. She sings in the many languages of contemporary jazz, including Zulu, Xhosa, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and English. Experience the wide variety Allrich has to offer!
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 4 pm
Harold Little is a proven, seasoned, and dynamic musician who has been playing the trumpet for over three decades. A Washington, D.C. native and graduate from the famous Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the jazz studies program at the University of the District of Columbia, Harold Little is also a songwriter and producer. In his music, Little incorporates funk undertones with a hint of go-go swing. This winning formula enables Little to assemble the best musicians from multiple music genres, and together they produce soulful sounds unmatched by any other band. We know you will enjoy this virtual performance!
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7 pm
Join harmonica player, singer, and song maker Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks, Matt Kelley, Ian Walters, Marc Childs Moore, Steve Wolf, and Baakari Wilder, as we celebrate his new book, Sweet Bitter Blues, with an evening of wonderful music.
This non-fiction book, co-authored with Frank Matheis, tells his story and discusses the African American blues scene in Washington, D.C. Phil Wiggins is arguably America's foremost blues harmonica virtuoso. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or "Tidewater" blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries. Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one-half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations. Join us for a night of beautiful music and visit Wiggins’ website to purchase a copy of Sweet Bitter Blues.
Friday, June 4, 2021, 7 pm
Native Washingtonian, Allyn is a multitalented musician, composer, arranger, and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. Mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones, Johnson hopes to continue Jones’s rich legacy of service, musicianship, and academic excellence in his teaching. Enjoy beautiful piano music from the comfort of your home!
Virtual Voices from the Past: Leontyne PriceCollege of Educational and Industrial Arts in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Juilliard School of Music in New York City before rising to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s for her roles in Four Saints in Three Acts, Porgy and Bess, and The Magic Flute, to name a few. She toured internationally, appeared on NBC, and won several awards, including the Presidential Freedom Award and 15 Grammy Awards. Join our virtual birthday tribute celebration! Performed by sopranos of all ages, ranging 18 to 58, and produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).
Conversations about art and music, with the people who create it. Enjoy the podcasts below that celebrate Women's History Month.
Washington Women in Jazz: Featuring Amy K. Bormet and Dr. Leigh PilzerListen Here!
Created by pianist Amy K. Bormet in 2011, Washington Women in Jazz celebrates the women of the DC jazz community. Enjoy this debut Jazzmont podcast production and learn about the passion, devotion, and talent these Women in Jazz possess.
Hazel Mitchel-Bell interviewed by Paula Phillips
Celebrate Women’s History Month with guests Paula Phillips with Jazz Beyond Borders and DC jazz maven Hazel Mitchel-Bell as they take you on an educational journey.
Audrey Shakir interviewed by Paula Phillips
Join Paula Phillips with Jazz Beyond Borders and bebop vocalist Audrey Shakir for an episode celebrating Women’s History Monty as Audre Shakir discusses her professional career as a pianist and vocalist.
In this Jazzmont podcast episode, Helen Hays and Wammie nominated performing artist and playwright Charisma Wooten discusses a few of her career highlights and what led her to cabaret performance. Cabaret Scene Magazine comments, "Wooten's most endearing characteristic is a deep respect for the cabaret performing tradition and her desire to share it with her audience."
In this Jazzmont podcast episode, join Cyrus Chestnut, composer, pianist, and educator as he discusses his artistic journey as a professional. Cyrus Chestnut is a musical force that utilizes his classical, gospel, and jazz influences to entertain and capture audiences. Chestnut has played with some of the leading musicians in the business, such as Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Betty Carter, and Dizzy Gillespie. Chestnut’s self-released albums have all won prestigious awards, and he has also recorded on labels such as Atlantic, Warner Jazz, Telarc, Koch, and the JLP records.