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Bassist Ben Williams’ most recent album, 2015’s Coming of Age, demonstrates the growth of one of the most-forward pushing musicians in jazz today. After winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2009, he was launched to the heights of the jazz world and his 2011 debut album, State of Art, is a grooving post-bop record that plays on Williams’ dexterous handling of rhythms. Since then, the bassist, composer, bandleader, and favorite son of D.C., has grown into a musician and thinker of serious stature. His abilities will be on display when Williams transforms Christmas jazz and winter standards in this special homecoming holiday show. Read more >>> Ben Williams performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 T St. NW. $20–$45. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
From the Midwest and can’t make it home this holiday season? Or maybe you’re just a fan of fried cheese? The Big Stick in Navy Yard serves Wisconsin-style fried cheese curds for $7 an order. The starter comes with a chipotle ranch dipper, but they also pair well with the restaurant’s house chili ($6). The Big Stick, 20 M St. SE. (202) 750-7724. thebigstick.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Electronic label Supply Records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a show at DC9 featuring sets from Will Martin, Paul Morse, Rene Audiard, and John Barera. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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