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Jazzmeia Horn’s voice is like the cosmos. It is strong, rich with earthy tones, and unrelenting. Listening to her, especially on her new album, A Social Call, is like hearing the very land we trod upon sing of its weariness, the wisdom of its longevity, and all the beauty, pain, and heartbreak it has seen over a thousand generations. There is something eerily familiar about her music, like the comforting yet confusing embrace of a long forgotten friend. But Horn can untether that voice in a gospel cry of heavenly joy. On A Social Call, and recent tours, she synthesizes spoken word, spirituals, jazz standards, and her own world-weary but resilient compositions into a vocal style that cuts right to the soul. Backed by swinging instrumentation that imparts a mix of blues and gospel with every note, her performances are sure to lift your spirits and banish your troubles. Read more>>> Jazzmeia Horn performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $31. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
DC Cocktail Week kicks off today and runs through Nov. 19. Area bars and restaurants offer one cocktail and one dish for a combined price that varies from place to place. China Chilcano for example is serving a “Maracuya Sour” cocktail with a chicken anticucho skewer for $12. Sally’s Middle Name’s pairing includes a “USS Republic” cocktail made with apple brandy and bourbon paired with a smoked pork shoulder croquette with apple honey mustard for $16. The complete list of participating restaurants is available here. DC Cocktail Week, multiple locations, dccocktailweek.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Georgetown University lecturer Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz presents a talk about the significance of American novels in the 1920s and what makes them so iconic for Smithsonian Associates. 6:45 p.m. at 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $35.
British singer/songwriter Alex Clare performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
Married Latin music stars Herb Alpert and Lani Hall team up to perform at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $55–$65.
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