Several Jazz musicians playing together.
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Lucky for District residents, the metro area is home to many jazzy venues:

And D.C.s world renowned…

Not to mention a host of lesser known haunts. Jazz / Blues is America’s music. Get out and get an earful!!

Or… if you, as I do, use jazz to soothe the savage beast and help maintain your cool when those around seem to have lost theirs… here is a list of ditties you cool cats can dig:

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus And Lucy

Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca

Moody's Mood (original from 1949)

Milt Jackson - Bag's Groove

Buddy Rich and Tom Dorsey - Hawaiian War Chant

Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man

Sarah Vaughan ~ Misty

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Caravan

Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground (1969)

Manhattan Transfer - Twilight Zone

Les McCann & Eddie Harris - Compared To What (1971)

Lou Rawls / Stormy Monday (1989)

heart string - earl klugh

Now, Don’t wig out on me Big Daddy on the big omit. I’m like bugging to play backseat bingo with this doll I’ve been eyeballin’. So its splitsville! [Translation: please don’t be upset if I left out your favorite musician I didnt feature mine either. The rest, well use your imagination…]