Happy New (Fiscal) Year from DC Jazz Jam!

Happy-New-YearWishing you a Happy New (Fiscal) Year from DC Jazz Jam!

As many of you know, the jam operates on the fiscal year (Oct. 1st through Sept. 30th) because of grant funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH).  So, Happy New (Fiscal) Year to all!  Here are some exciting announcements to kick off Fiscal Year 2019:

Renewed DCCAH Grant!  I found out last week that we got a renewed grant from the DCCAH for FY 2019.  So, we’ll be able to continue having amazing special guests every week, paying our annual music licensing fees, and doing some limited marketing for the upcoming year.  Hooray!

Support HillFest and the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation!  While there was no jam this past weekend, we hope you got your jazz fix by going out to HillFest, organized by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation and its principles, including long-time jam friends Herb Scott and Aaron Myers.  You can help support costs for this year’s HillFest and planning for next year’s event by donating here.

“Sister Cities” Grant!  I also found out last week that I was awarded a “Sister Cities” grant from the DCCAH to fund a small jazz exchange between Bangkok and DC in 2019.  Visiting jazz faculty from the renowned Mahidol University College of Music will be coming to DC in Spring or Summer 2019 for performances, talks, and workshops, including serving as the house band for the jam one Sunday.  Be on the lookout!

Lastly, be sure to come out to the jam this coming Sunday (10/14/18) when the aforementioned Herb Scott returns as our special guest on sax!  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).

 

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Sunday 9/30/18: Drummer Frank Russo returns to the jam with a special Fifth Sunday house band!

frankrusso1This Sunday, join us as drummer Frank Russo host the jam for the second time as our Monthly Master jazz artist, with a special Fifth Sunday house band!  Frank is a music educator at Towson and has played with the Navy Band, among many other achievements.

Come sit in with Frank and the rest of our special Fifth Sunday house band, including Adam Fluger (guitar), Jordan Williams (keys), and Mikel Combs (bass).   6:30pm-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

**Also mark your calendars for the rest of our Sunday evening jams this Fall!**

[Photo courtesy of Frank]

9/23/18: Vocalist Shacara Rogers closes out our series of ‘Ella Good Singers!

ShacaraRogersPlease join us at the jam this Sunday when vocalist and teacher Shacara Rogers closes out our month of ‘Ella Good Singers.  Shacara emceed our Washington Women in Jazz Festival kickoff jam a couple years back, and we are glad she can come back to host her own jam.

Come sit in with Shacara and the rest of our terrific Fourth Sunday house band.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

**Also mark your calendars for these upcoming special guests…**

  • September 30th: Frank Russo (drums)
  • …and more to come in Fall 2018 and beyond!

[Photo courtesy of YouTube]

Sunday 9/9/2018: Irene Jalenti continues our series of ‘Ella Good Singers!

IreneJPlease join us with vocalist Irene Jalenti as we continue our series of ‘Ella Good Singers!  We are very glad to have Irene back for another stint leading the jam.

Come sit in with Irene and the rest of our terrific Second Sunday house band.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

**Also mark your calendars for these upcoming special guests…**

  • ‘Ella Good Singers in September:
    • September 16th: NO JAM (private party @ Brixton)
    • September 23rd: Shacara Rogers (voice)
  • September 30th: Frank Russo (drums)
  • …and more to come in Fall 2018 and beyond!

[Photo by Darwyn Dave at a prior jam session]

Sunday 9/2/18: Vocalist Jessica Boykin-Settles returns to the jam!

JessicaBoykinSettles1Please join us at the jam over the Labor Day weekend with vocalist and jazz educator Jessica Boykin-Settles kicking off our month of ‘Ella Good Singers.  In addition to being a guest host herself a number of times, Jessica has also served as a vocal instructor for many of the talented vocalists that have come out to the jam over the years.

Come sit in with Irene and the rest of our terrific First Sunday house band, including guest guitarist Francisco Quintero.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

**Also mark your calendars for these upcoming special guests…**

  • ‘Ella Good Singers in September:
    • September 9th: Irene Jalenti (voice)
    • September 16th: NO JAM (private party @ Brixton)
    • September 23rd: Shacara Rogers (voice)
  • September 30th: Frank Russo (drums)
  • …and more to come in Fall 2018 and beyond!

[Photo courtesy of Jessica]