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Jazz Great Kirk Whalum Tells All

On June 21, veteran jazz musician Kirk Whalum will see the fruits of his labor come to life in a very special way.

Kirk Whalum's New CD: Divine Encounters

Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born, Grammy Award-winning jazz musician whose saxophone has accompanied and legendary singers Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau and Luther Vandross, guitarist Larry Carlton and music producer Quincy Jones, is back with a new album/docu-musical titled "The ...

Bessie Smith: The Empress of the Blues

She was sassy, she was bawdy and she could beat a man down with her bare hands. That, on top of her legendary singing and dancing, made Bessie Smith the ultimate blues diva who lived the wild life that she ...

Danny Glover Honored at Summer Soirée

The Smithsonian Castle abandoned its usual stodgy, conservative persona last week, giving way to a benefit event that featured the music and fashions of the '70s and '80s.

Prince Sells Out Two D.C. Shows in Minutes

In the blink of an eye — a 3rd Eye, if you will — Prince has sold out two spontaneously announced shows at the Warner Theatre in Northwest.

DC Jazz Festival Marks 10th Year

DC Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with over 125 performances across more than 60 venues throughout the Washington area.

Chaka Khan Still Sultry and Stunning

A rare superstar double bill on May 30 featured Grammy-winning artists Chaka Khan and Kool & The Gang, attracting a crowd of primarily baby boomers sprinkled with millennials seeking to learn first-hand why their parents' music remains forever timeless.

'Memphis the Musical' Makes an All-Too-Short Stop in D.C.

If you, like many other theater lovers in D.C., were waiting for the Tony Award-winning play "Memphis: The Musical," you had to act fast.

RNC Celebrates Black Music Month

The Republican National Committee kicked off this year's Black Music Month on Monday with a panel discussion in downtown D.C. that brought together music industry veterans and newcomers to discuss the state of black music.

Tracy Morgan Speaks for First Time Since Crash: 'Pain is Always Going to Be There' for Lost Friend

Tracy Morgan spoke out Monday in his first television appearance since suffering a traumatic brain injury in a New Jersey highway collision last summer, emotionally recounting his arduous recovery and the life of his friend and mentor who died in ...

Accolades Continue for D.C.'s DJ Young Music

While most students are looking forward to a summer break that may include barbecues, a trip to the beach or a family vacation, one local high school standout is preparing to go on tour with music superstar Chris Brown.

New Play Addresses Obstacles Facing D.C.'s Gay Community

Each Memorial Day weekend, tens of thousands of people head to D.C. to enjoy social and cultural events geared toward the black LGBTQ community. This year, one longtime D.C. resident who has been part of those festivities almost from the ...

Partnerships Propel DC Jazz Festival Forward

This year, the East River JazzFest performances, including artists Janelle Gill, Reginald Cyntje, Christylez Bacon and Pepe Gonzalez, "will celebrate American composer Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s chief collaborator."

B.B. King's Daughters Claim Blues Legend Was 'Murdered'; Lawyer Scoffs

The attorney for the estate of B.B. King has blasted a claim by the late blues great's daughters that he was poisoned.

Willard Jenkins Invigorates DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival looks even more diverse this year, with hip-hop, soul and pop influences certain to attract millennials as well as the middle-aged, seniors and the casual music fan tourists by the busload — and all that would ...