Music Mix of the Week: Akua Allrich featuring Kris Funn

Sept. 24, 2012

This timeless classic made popular by the legendary Nina Simone is just one of the standards on local jazz vocalist Akua Allrich‘s new album Uniquely Standard. Though she performs “Sinnerman” with local bassist Kris Funn, the album version comes complete with a full band.

Introducing Afro Blue … Vocal Band

July 11, 2012

Afro Blue Vocal Band is out to prove that a band by any other name can be the same. You may remember the jazzy a cappella ensemble that sang its way into the finals of last fall’s NBC talent show, The Sing-Off, with arrangements of the Fugees’ version of the Roberta Flack classic “Killing Me Softly.” That was back when they went by Afro Blue.

Les Nubians Talk All That’s Jazz

June 2, 2012

When you think of jazz, the music of global soul group Les Nubians may not be top of mind, but the sister “Afropean” duo says jazz is very much a part of its own sound.

Jazz Meets Soul During Capital Jazz Fest

May 9, 2012

More than 30 national jazz and soul artists are scheduled to perform on two stages during the 20th annual Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavillion June 1-3.

Festival Celebrates the Rebirth of Jazz in D.C.

May 2, 2012

The DC Jazz Festival, June 1-10,  will celebrate the city’s legacy of jazz with national artists, such as vocalist Dianne Reeves, and a number of local musicians continuing the tradition.

D.C. a Home Away from Home for Jazz Musician Blanchard

April 14, 2012

Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will make Washington his latest tour stop tonight when he performs at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

The Dukes of Groove Light Up Ballston Metro

April 5, 2012

On a Thursday afternoon, near Ballston Metro Station, you may see the “Dukes of Groove” strumming a few jazz funk funk tunes for commuters passing by.

D.C. Vocal Jazz Group Afro Blue Celebrates 10 Years With Album Release

April 2, 2012

Fresh off making it as a finalist on NBC’s vocal competition The Sing Off, local jazz group Afro Blue has released its third album, The Best Is Yet To Come.

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