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Having originated as a jazz club, we consider it a badge of honor to host a variety of genres, from classic jazz, to hip hop/funk and acoustic African ensembles. We don’t plan on stopping, see for yourself in our Artists Archive; a running call list of those who have graced our stage.



Bill Payne

For the past four decades, Bill Payne has spent more time on the road, in studios, and working with rock n’ roll hall of famers than most of that rare group of musicians who can pay the bills with their talent and endurance. He’s one of rock’s most talented keyboardists, a legitimate legend among peers. A founding member of Little Feat, he’s appeared on hundreds of studio albums and toured with the…


Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40

“Jazz-rock fusion can divide fans, cramp improv, or appeal mainly to drummers and guitarists, but this is vivid, inventive, meticulously crafted and thoroughly contemporary music for everybody.” -Guardian Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham…

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Billy Hart

William “Billy” Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history. Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes…

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Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the 1970s and his reputation among musicians and critics hasn’t diminished during the ensuing decades. Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. His songs have been cut by Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others. In 2006, he was inducted into the Texas…

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Billy Strings & Don Julin

Incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin tap into the vein of the earliest bluegrass music on their new album Fiddle Tune X,  back when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains, made with great virtuosity and huge attitude. With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, this duo has been tearing up stages across America and generating huge buzz based…

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor encompasses that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and leadership, qualities that make him one of our most cherished national treasures. The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor’s recording career spans nearly six decades. He has also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, including “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,” as well as works for…


The BKS Vine

Kathleen Johnson, a/k/a/ Druscilla Abernathy, once lit up area stages with her sisters in Best Kept Secret. She’s kept that flame going with the BKS Vine and this weekend it’ll burn with new intensity. If you’re looking for a party, this is the place to be! Come hear the wonderful harmonic blend of sisters Mocha, Rhonda, Kathleen Johnson and Mona with special guest vocalist Kiana Marie. On this evening you…

Black Audience

Black Audience

“She belted out gospel and old-time and traditional songs… Jayanthi’s great voice along with harmonies, a wicked percussion section and fine melodies, sent chills down the spine, and made the heart swell. It was indeed as Robin described, “like a hootenanny with a great lead singer.” I and many of their friends were on hand to witness the spellbinding spectacle that is Black Audience. (Cyn Collins, Life of Cyn) “Black…

Black Blondie

Black Blondie

Continuing to defy categorization, Black Blondie plays an earthy, jazz and funk-informed R&B that is as irresistible as it is hard to describe. City Pages’ Best R&B Artist of 2009, BB released their first album, Do You Remember Who You Wanted to Be?, in April 2009. Samahra, vocals Tasha Baron, keyboards Liz Draper, bass TBA, drums


Black Market Brass

Black Market Brass performs both originals and renditions of classic 1970s Afrobeat and Afro-Funk music of West Africa. Black Market Brass is a 9 piece Afrobeat/Funk orchestra that performs both original music inspired by of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong and others, and new versions of the compositions that brought those influential artists to the attention of the world at large. The result: an eclectic blend of…

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