WASH June 2012 : Page 18

Calendar June 2012 | Edited by Susan Hunsinger | Main Event All That Jazz M June 1-10 With its wide range of offerings, from local to international musicians, the eighth annual DC Jazz Festival presents 125 live performances, from Capitol Hill to U Street, promising to get the whole city in on this swinging celebration. dcjazzfest. org Dianne Reeves Following in the footsteps of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves will bring her soulful, storytelling style to The Howard Theatre. The four time GRAMMY-winner will grace the recently reopened venue, an artifact of Washington’s musical history in its own right. June 3 . 8pm. Tickets $45-$65. The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW Jazz Meets the Classics The orchestral compositions of Bach, Chopin, Mozart and Tchaikovsky will get a bit of soul, courtesy of some of jazz music’s most accomplished artists. The Classic Jazz Quartet and 10-time GRAMMY winner Paquito D’Rivera will put their own swinging spin on these timeless masters’ works. June 4 . 7:30pm. Tickets $20-$65. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW Roy Hargrove Trio Having nabbed GRAMMYs for both instrumental and Latin jazz, trumpeter Roy Hargrove is known for his genre-busting musical talents as well as his notable collaborations with Common and Erykah Badu. June 6 . 7:30pm, The Hamilton, 600 14th St., NW Sounding off new act Loide brings her global voice to the festival stage. Q&A With Loide With roots in Africa, French-born, California-raised Loide is showcasing her eclectic style in this year’s festival for the first time. On June 8 , expect a crowd to gather at Smithsonian’s Kogod Courtyard for her 6 pm show. We touch base with the singer about her own musical influences and what it means to bring jazz to the masses. M Do you think it matters to the larger picture for jazz that this festival keeps coming back year after year? In an age when pop music is what everyone runs to listen to, the mainstream has never really taken to jazz music. With a series like the festival’s Jazz in the �Hoods, people get the music brought right to their backyards. Having such easy access to live music like that may be their only opportunity to be exposed to it. lot of the musicians here are people I’ve actually worked with and performed with. I’m actually really excited to sit back, enjoy some good food and drinks, and just get to watch them for once. Any performances you’re particularly looking forward to? A SoundS of Summer Pino daniele rocked the crowds at last year’s jazz fest. 18 | | June 2012 | Looking for more? Check out modernluxury.com/dc. PinO DAnieLe PHOtOgrAPHy by rOnALD H. green; LOiDe PHOtOgrAPHy by COLviLLe HeSKey Akua Allrich and Randy Weston This year’s festival kicks off with back-to-back performances by jazz up-and-comer Akua Allrich and the legendary Randy Weston, following the invite-only opening reception and John Conyers Jr. Jazz Advocacy Award ceremony. June 1 . 8:30pm. $25-$35. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW, M How did your background influence your musical style? My mother is from Mozambique; my father from Guinnea-Bissau and we actually grew up listening to a lot of church and classical music. Then, living in California, it was all about Top 40, but also oldies, funk, reggae and jazz. For me, it created a perfect hybrid. I actually call it afro-lusaphone jazz. What makes DC’s jazz scene stand out? This is the only place I’d ever really been to that’s steeped in jazz. DC is exploding with new venues to perform jazz and has become a hub of some serious, top-notch musicians who are really the backbone for a lot of the other singers out there. It’s been a privilege and an honor to sharpen my chops with them.

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