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Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

By Published: June 27, 2013
Antoniuk and this writer also present half a dozen themed workshops yearly through inDepth Jazz Clinics & Concerts (and the Maryland Summer Jazz Camp). Guest teachers from New York, Boston and beyond challenge adult semi-pros to get better and get gigging. These programs have spawned a dozen new bands in the region. Standout students include singer, pianist, composer and arranger Sandy Asirvatham
Sandy Asirvatham
who with ellen cherry is spearheading the huge Baltimore arts project called Mobtown Moon based on Dark Side of the Moon and Quebecoise vocalist Lynn Veronneau
Lynn Veronneau
Lynn Veronneau

. She has two high charting world jazz albums to her credit: Joie de Vivre and Jazz Samba Project. Many current and former students are gigging and recording in bands like the Bob Schwartz
Bob Schwartz
Bob Schwartz

and Kash Wright Trio. Antoniuk himself appears on many albums and gigs often with the Jazz Update and MARS 4-tet.


DC Jazz Festival

The large free concert on the Mall disappeared in 2012, but Executive Producer Charlie Fishman and Executive Director Sunny Sumter brought events to multiple locations such as new venue, The Hamilton, along with the Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, the Atlas in Northeast, the Phillips Collection gallery, Smithsonian Institution sites and the Kennedy Center.

The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival

Was launched in 2010 from the ashes of the former East Coast Jazz Festival. Held in February, the event is headed by saxophonist Paul Carr
Paul Carr
Paul Carr

. It is growing steadily and features superb talent recruited from near and far.

Carr's release, Standard Domain, has been a Jazzweek chart topper featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Joey Calderazzo
Joey Calderazzo
Joey Calderazzo
, bassist Michael Bowie
Michael Bowie
Michael Bowie
and drummer Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash

Jazz Camps

Maryland Summer Jazz

This jazz camp draws adult students (16 to retirement age) and jazz fans from many states to its workshops, jams and concerts. The event receives high marks from students and faculty for solid curriculum and organization. An optional one-day theory class July 13 is followed by three days of jazz camp July 24 through 26. Public concerts: July 23 and 26.

Washington, DC Jazz Venues

Concert Halls & Major Presenters
Kennedy Center Jazz
The Hamilton
The Howard Theatre
Washington Performing Arts Society (W.P.A.S.)

Adams Morgan
Bossa Bistro
Columbia Station
Eighteenth Street Lounge

Dupont Circle
Black Fox Lounge

Bistro Lepic
Blues Alley

H Street
Atlas Performing Arts Center
HR- 57

Jazz Night in Southwest—Westminster Presbyterian Church

U Street
Bohemian Caverns
Howard Theatre
The Loft—Multiple Locations
Twins Jazz

Hotels with Jazz
Gaylord National Hotel
Mandarin Oriental

Photo Credit
Lead photo/page 1: Kyoko Takenaka for CapitalBop.

Elizabeth Fixsen contributed to the article.

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