Several Jazz musicians playing together.
Howard Ignatius/Flickr

Lucky for District residents, the metro area is home to many jazzy venues:

THE BETHESDA BLUES & JAZZ SUPPER CLUB (MD)
THE BIRCHMERE (VA)
And D.C.s world renowned…
BLUES ALLEY!

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…]