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“Whoa,” you said to yourself as you listened to David Bowie’s final album, last year’s Blackstar. “Who’s that band he’s got with him? They’re dark, intense, are heavily into electronics but are actually kinda, dare I say, jazzy?” You were talking, when you made those surprisingly insightful remarks, about the Donny McCaslin Quartet. Tenor saxophonist McCaslin is no outsider jazzman: He’s a veteran of Gil Evans’ Orchestra and a current member of one led by Evans protégée Maria Schneider. If Bowie’s swan song pulled McCaslin’s band over to his side of the equation rather than vice versa, their own 2016 album Beyond Now suggests Bowie really didn’t have far to pull them. Read more >>> The Donny McCaslin Group performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. (202) 337-4141. bluesalley.com. (Michael J. West)
Walter Cronkite‘s last broadcast occurred on this date in 1981. Birreria Paradiso (in the basement of Georgetown’s Pizzeria Paradiso) is commemorating the occasion tonight at its Monday Night Beer Club. From 6 p.m. to close it will offer a deal on a shot of rye whiskey because it was Cronkite’s favorite sip. Throughout the month, the restaurant will also offer a trivia game in which patrons have to guess if something is real or fake news (in the style of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!). Those who guess correctly get a Cronkite Combo consisting of a draft beer and a shot of rye for $6.15. Pizzeria Paradiso, 3282 M St. NW, (202) 337-1245, eatyourpizza.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Washington National Opera presents a new production of Champion, an “opera in jazz” from trumpeter Terence Blanchard that chronicles the life of closeted boxer Emile Griffith. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $35–$300.
Author Angela Flourney, whose debut novel The Turner House was shortlisted for the National Book Award, discusses the way race and class influence her work with fellow writers Margo Jefferson and Marcus Guillory at the Folger Shakespeare Library. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
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