There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The young, slow-burning alto saxophonist Braxton Cook was raised in Prince George’s County. You can feel the music of his home seeped deep into his bones. The soul jazz that flowed from U Street and the electrified funk of go-go may never be apparent in his full-bodied, substantial alto solos, but you can hear it in his swinging, funkified riffs and vocals as smooth as the Potomac on a clear day. The sax man channels the rough nuance of neo-soul crooners like Bilal. It’s not what you’d expect from this young player, but you might also not expect the cutting power of his pen, or the maturity and fullness of his alto tone. It is indebted to predecessors like Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley, but it is sculpted much more like if Kenny Garrett played Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan scat. Even though he has room to grow, Cook stands quite tall as an artist already. Read more>>> Braxton Cook performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $22. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Whaley’s wants to be the king of cozy this winter with its new winter patio complete with fire pits, lounge seating, and a menu of winter warmers like oyster stew ($14), hushpuppies ($6), and s’mores ($12). Drinks include a warm cocktail with rum, apple cider, pomegranate, ginger, orange peel, and star anise ($12) as well as sparkling Normandy cider ($14). The patio is open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. depending on the weather. Whaley’s, 301 Water St. SE #115. (202) 484-8800. whaleysdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Masseduction is St. Vincent’s most dismal album yet. In spite of, or perhaps because of, Masseduction’s gloomier vibe, Clark collaborated with famed record producer Jack Antonoff, who has given artists like Taylor Swift and Lorde more of a “pop” appeal. Because of this, some critics thought St. Vincent yearned for pop stardom, but Clark was more interested in his life experiences and thought he was the best person to bring her melodies and vision to life. Masseduction is unapologetically revealing, deeply cathartic, and even worrying sometimes—exactly what Clark and Antonoff were going for. St. Vincent performs at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $44–$59. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Casey Embert)
Author and tech entrepreneur Brian Dear stops by Politics and Prose to chat about his latest book, The Friendly Orange Glow, which chronicles the creation of modern computing concepts and the rise of “cyberculture.” 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Local hard rock band Small Time Thieves performs along with a host of other acts at DC9’s Benefit For The Homeless show. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
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