We’re going to do the same thing we did last week, and push you to get out to Bohemian Caverns, first and foremost. Tonight guitarist Samir Moulay is hitting with the great D.C. trio The Young Lions, featuring pianist Allyn Johnson, bassist Kris Funn, and drummer Quincy Phillips. Funn returns the next night with his Cornerstore trio, a spectacular project that swings, funks, and does its share of rocking, too. Saturday brings the return of Boston saxophonist Dr. Leonard Brown (father of the club’s owners) and his amazing band Joyful Noise. Then, finally, Sunday is the big closer.
Sunday, March 27 Omrao Brown has occasionally flirted with a weekly jam session at Bohemian Caverns over the last ten years; he called it “The Hang.” And this Sunday night, well, that’s what it comes down to, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Last Hang. It’s the last night that the Caverns is open, and the scene has decided, collectively, that the best way to have a send-off and let everyone vent their sorrow and grief at the loss of the scene’s de facto headquarters is one big, long, open jam session. Drummer Quincy Phillips will be the leader, and everyone with an axe and a love for the club is invited to come downstairs one last time and sit in. This writer can’t be there—and frankly is heartbroken over it. So go on down and swing it one more time for me, won’t you? The closing night jam session takes place at 7 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW. Free.
Monday, March 28 Al Strong, who grew up in Washington, wasn’t really a part of the city’s jazz renaissance these past 15 to 20 years. Instead, Strong (a trumpeter) made his way down to North Carolina—the Raleigh/Durham area—and has been leading the way toward that region’s own jazz renaissance. Nevertheless, anyone who has spent time with the sound of D.C. jazz will recognize his hard bop edge and his formidable way with a groove. Strong swings as hard as any trumpeter you can name, but he’s equally as powerful when he’s working with funk and hip-hop beats. (Or, to say it in jazz terms, he puts some stank on it.) Raleigh’s possession of such a fearsome asset is truly D.C.’s loss. Fortunately, Strong’s still got those roots here, and he makes his way back like he’s doing this evening. He performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20.
Tuesday, March 29 Somehow I was always intensely annoyed by those folks who pay for a show, then leave after the opening act. It always felt sort of weirdly elitist, like a flagrant “I’m too good to stay for the band who’s getting the lion’s share of the money I paid for this ticket.” (I’m sure this is just a matter of my own biases, yes, I know.) That’s why I am certainly not suggesting that you stay only for the opening act at the Velvet Lounge on Tuesday—the DC Improvisers Collective. The wonderful and wonderfully weird Chicago experimental rock(ish?) band A Light Sleeper is headlining. But this pick is indeed specific to DCIC, the six-piece avant-jazz-fusion-electronica (and other assorted hyphenations) band who’s got a stellar new release, Ministry of Spontaneous Composition, on its way out: Long, groove-oriented jams that are deliciously listenable even while fulfilling all those hyphenations. It performs at 8:30 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $8.