I make it no secret that I believe Jazz is an underappreciated portion of American music history by the millennial generation. With that said, I shared with you one man’s love for the trombone and how he brought it to the forefront of band leadership. Now, I ask you to give something a try (if you’ve never done so before) … go see some live Jazz.
I leave you with two options for the weekend if you’ll be sticking around the District:
1) Doc Scantlin and the Imperial Palms Orchestra – Doc means business. His band is considered a Jazz institution in the area, having been around for a decade now. Their specialties include anything from the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s. Their final performance at the Carlyle Club (where they play live every Friday unless their on break or on tour) until June 18 is tonight at 8 pm. Tickets are required but the Carlyle Club is a dinner club as well, so come and make an evening of it. I’ll be there! Ticket information is available on the Carlyle Club’s website.
2) The Kaleidoscope Orchestra – The Orchestra is just one of many acts performing at this year’s 33rd Annual City of Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday. The entire event is from 1 to 7 and features some of the top Jazz acts in and around the area. They include: The Jazz Ambassadors Dixieland Band, the Joe Baione Trio, WAMMIE Award winner Al Williams, straight ahead jazz group and the Washington Area Music Association’s Best Jazz Group for 2009, the Larry Brown Quintet.
The reason why I isolated The Kaleidoscope Orchestra is simple. If you’ve never gotten into Jazz, the easiest way to figure out whether or not you actually like it is to listen to a live big band. If they don’t get your body moving to the beat, then they’re not doing their job. If you don’t like the music, fine. But at least listen to it and see if your body starts swaying to the syncopated swing rhythms or your honey grabs your hand for a quick dance session.
If you still don’t like Jazz after hearing a big band, then … I forgive you. But at least give it a chance. That’s all I ask.
The festival location is at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd.