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The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra needs no help in drawing an audience. They have a regular residency at the city’s best jazz venue, every Monday night, and they routinely sell the place out. Deservedly so, too: The 17-piece big band fits in a huge proportion of the city’s best musicians, and an awful lot of them do writing and arranging for the band—-which also uses classic ensemble arrangements by the likes of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, and Duke Ellington.
So why are they tonight’s festival pick? Two reasons. For one thing, because it’s the festival. There are people coming to town just for the music, and people already living here who don’t go out for jazz any other time. This is the hottest jazz ticket in town on Monday nights, period, and if you’re not going to hit the scene otherwise you should make it a point to see them.
For another, the BCJO this evening brings in a special guest. Warren Wolf is a vibraphonist and percussionist from our neighboring scene, Baltimore, and is a rising star on the national jazz scene, with his self-titled first album available on Mack Avenue Records and a second in the works. Wolf has spectacular velocity and chops, and is an astounding melodist on the vibes. You’ve got to hear him.
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra with Warren Wolf performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th Street NW. $18.