Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has ended it’s time to focus on the music. Here’s what’s happening this week in and around the metro area:
Marty Nau, Twins Jazz (show time: 8pm-12am; Monday, December 1, 2014); tickets: $10
DC area alto saxophonist Marty Nau will begin a multi-night engagement at Twins tonight at 8pm.
Brian Charette, Blues Alley (show times: 8pm & 10pm; Wednesday, December 3, 2014); tickets: $22.50
Grammy nominated organist/pianist Brian Charette will perform music from his newest recording, Good Tipper (Posi-Tone), at Blues Alley for one night only. Selected as the winner of DownBeat Magazine’s 2014 Critic’s Poll “Rising Star: Organ,” Charette has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Joni Mitchell, Lou Donaldson, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, and Houston Person. In addition to music from his newest recording, Charette and his trio will perform “special holiday music.”
For more information on Charette, visit the artist’s website at http://www.briancharette.com
Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, The Hamilton (show time: 7:30pm- doors open at 6:30pm; Wednesday, December 3, 2014); tickets: $25-$30
Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, maybe by his own design, is one of the most underrated trumpeters on the scene today. The New Orleans native, known for co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band, is celebrated for his love of cooking barbeque as much as he is his musical talents.
Joining Ruffins on stage will be Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater (show times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm; Saturday, December 6, 2014); tickets: $32
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra along with special guest vocalists Allan Harris and Dee Alexander will perform music made famous by Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, among others.
Brad Linde Ensemble, Atlas Performing Arts Center (show time: 10pm; Saturday, December 6, 2014); tickets: $20 students, $28.50 in advance & $32 at the door
Brad Linde will perform some of your Christmas favorites in his program A Post-Cool Yule. The saxophonist has established himself as a “must see” presence on the local scene. He has served as the curator for the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s jazz program, the co-director of the Bohemian Jazz Orchestra, and as part of several small groups including his own Brad Linde Ensemble.