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Coniece Washington

Washington, D.C. based vocalist and producer Coniece Washington sings with heart and soul, captivating audiences with her distinctive, sultry and sweet stylings. In her ascending career, she has uniquely reinterpreted many standards while honoring the legacy of the vocalists who influence and inspire her: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McRae. The accomplished vocalist is well-versed in many genres - from jazz to blues to pop, and everything in between. She is a former member of the renowned Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir and currently leads a number of ensembles featuring prominent jazz musicians from the region

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Stacy Brooks

Stacy Brooks is a powerful vocalist and exciting performer who is internationally known as DC’s Queen of the Blues. Stacy is a multi-award winner and has shared the stage with blues legends such as Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue and many more. Stacy Brooks performs nationally and overseas with her own groups as well as a featured performer. Washington DC is not as well known as a Blues Town, but ask anyone in Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Europe when coming to DC, you must see Stacy Brooks. She has a musical residency at the world renowned venue Madams Organ. From 2013-2016 Stacy Brooks portraying some of her idols, Etta James and Koko Taylor, touring in the Broadway hit musical, "Ghost of The Blues"

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Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage18

A retro-soul sound, with whiskey-soaked vocals, Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18 deliver hard-driving blues rhythms. Vintage#18 has shared the stage with The Nighthawks, Billy Price Band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Selwyn Birchwood, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Vanessa Collier, and more.

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Quentin Walston

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Quentin Walston is an active composer, pianist, and music educator in Northern Virginia. He composes for piano and his jazz combo, blending memorable melodies and striking rhythms with adventurous improvisations. As an educator, he teaches lessons and classes to individuals of all ages in areas of jazz, improv, and composition. Quentin Walston was introduced to improvisation surprisingly through bluegrass and folk music. As the harmonica player in the folk band Jake and the Burtones, Quentin fostered a passion for improvising solos and appreciating the musicianship of others around him

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Darcy Cooke

Jazz Lover Darcy Cooke is a classically trained jazz vocalist who has been performing nearly all her life. As a regular in DC area jazz bars, piano lounges, music venues, and private events, she has enjoyed performing with many of DMV’s great musicians such as Chris Grasso, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan, Harry Appelman, Keith Butler, Jr, Wade Beach, and more. Additionally, she has shared the stage with many of the area’s top vocalists. She studied music, voice, and theater while attending the Shenandoah Conservatory and has trained with multiple vocal coaches and top jazz singers in the DMV area. With a love of jazz and a background in theater and stage performance, Darcy’s repertoire is expansive, ranging from jazz standards of the Great American Songbook to blues, to show tunes to cabaret and pop

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Aleks Izotov

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Aleks Izotov is a pianist and composer based in the DC metro area. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Aleks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied with pianist Michael Kocour. While in college, Aleks was awarded the Most Outstanding Rhythm Section Player at the Reno Jazz Festival and was privileged to attend Ravinia's Steans Institute. Since moving to DC in 2016, Aleks has been steadily growing his reputation as a sideman, appearing with Tarus Mateen, Michael Bowie, Marshall Keys, and Mike Cemprola. His first solo release, solo piano, was released in February 2021.

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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

In 1990 the U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of jazz in American culture, authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) as the orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Whether a 17-member big band, quartet, septet, or small group, the SJMO presents concerts featuring transcribed works, new arrangements, commissioned works and programs that illuminate the work of jazz masters who contributed to the development of American jazz and defined the music’s character.

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Carl H Cornwell

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With a 40 year career that’s included stints with Roy Haynes and Pharoah Sanders – not to mention co-founding Amnesia Express with Gil Scott-Heron - Carl Cornwell is a veteran saxophonist still performing high energy post-bop contemporary jazz with blues and latin influences. Known in the 90s for his compositions & performances with progressive jazz ensemble UNIT CIRCLE, he has been the featured saxophonist with the Washington DC based Project Natale since 2002 and is now touring his own quartet at festivals and clubs around the mid-Atlantic corridor and beyond. In addition to his small ensemble work, Carl has appeared as lead alto-saxophonist with the Bay Side Big Band and the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) .

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Bob Boguslaw and The Way

The Way has been performing together in one form or another since 1995. The group has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times, All About Jazz and Beyond Coltrane for their Summit Records CDs, The Way and Gabrielle’s Hand. They have performed numerous times at the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and at Blues Alley. Musically, the group combines elements of Latin jazz, contemporary jazz, and some aspects of classical structure with lots of original compositions, as well as some re-workings of standards and pop tunes. The group consists of Bob Boguslaw (piano), Frank Russo (drums), Pete Barenbregge (saxophones), Aaron Clay (acoustic bass), and Chris Rose (percussion)


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