There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Despite a whole new wave of indie-rockers discovering the music of Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, jazz vocalists remain largely ignored—unless, of course, they’re smooth enough to earn that “next Norah Jones” label. Too bad, because the jazz-crooning approach, be it quietly enunciated over brushed drums or scatted up-tempo with backing piano and acoustic bass, deserves a larger audience. It’s hard to say whether Tierney Sutton will be the warbler who reaches beyond the currently insular world of jazz singers. She’s certainly proved her chops, though, having already ambitiously and ably transformed instrumentals by Bill Evans and Dizzy Gillespie into vocal showcases. On her latest, Dancing in the Dark, the Berklee College of Music grad switches gears and applies her light, sweet touch to Frank Sinatra’s songbook. Here, though her work is again good, her listeners are left waiting for a more contemporary take on the style. Sutton performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery. $25. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)