Savion Glover & Marcus Gilmore
October 4 and 5 | 7pm & 9pm
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A supreme meeting of rhythm masters in this inspired duet. The Tony Award-winning Savion Glover, an artist called “the greatest tap virtuoso of our time, perhaps of all time” (Variety), joins forces drummer Marcus Gilmore, an heir to jazz royalty as the grandson of iconic drummer Roy Haynes and a dynamic musician known widely for his work with Vijay Iyer, Chick Corea, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane. Gilmore’s ongoing work as part of Iyer’s incisive and award-laden trio, which blends slippery, rhythmic sophistication with virtuoso contrasts in dynamics and texture, is the ultimate preparation to work with Glover, where rhythm and melody converge.

John Sebastian
October 12 | 7pm
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Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, incorporating traditional American folk practices into the rock paradigm. Sebastian has spent recent decades continuing to write, record and constantly tour. In 2000 John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. John Sebastian is not only a master musician, writer and performer, he remains one of the best ambassadors American music has ever had.

Bumper Jacksons
October 25 | 7pm
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Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” & “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

Steve Cole
November 10 | 7pm & 9pm
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Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz. In the 15 years since the release of his debut record, saxophonist Steve Cole has traveled full-circle creatively and arrived back home on his new release, “Pulse,” a 10-song set mixing R&B, contemporary jazz, gospel, blues and pop that he produced with fellow saxman David Mann. The new collection surveying Cole’s musical passions showcases the artist’s affinity for infectious melodies, a wall of horns, and soulful grooves.

Kandace Springs
November 15 | 7pm
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Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full-length debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. Instead Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.

American Roots Revue: Robert Robinson, Larry Long, Tonia Hughes, JD Steele
November 18 | 7pm & 9pm
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American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, blues, folk, rock and R&B. This January, the revue returns to its roots with its original line up that includes acclaimed gospel vocalist and community leader JD Steele! JD joins musicians that will also include the show’s producer, award-winning singer-songwriter, Smithsonian Records recording artist and community builder Larry Long, with powerhouse gospel and soul singer Tonia Hughes, and the American Roots anchor artist — the “Pavarotti of Gospel” — Robert Robinson.

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