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The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival on the National Mall it’s probably not, but the spunky, Baltimore waterfront ’hood of Canton is putting on the first of what it says will be an annual fall jazz fest. Or, rather, wine and jazz fest, which makes it all the more promising. The musical lineup includes a few groups that have pulled down their fair share of “Best” awards in the Washington-area jazz scene, or made the requisite appearances at Blues Alley, or both: the Larry Brown Quartet (the bandleader is a self-described “post be-bop pianist”), the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet (“Current. Classic. Cool.”), and the guitarist Carl Filipiak (performing with the Jimi Jazz Band), who has opened for the likes of Bela Fleck and Wynton Marsalis. Less is known about the wine lineup, but organizers promise “versatile grape varietals from around the world,” not just local Maryland stuff. Anyway, the wine will taste good if the music is—and vice versa.
The Canton Wine and Jazz Festival runs from 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at O’Donnell Square, Baltimore. $25–$30. (410) 342-0900.