Jazz treatments of classical music have been a tradition since the days of Jelly Roll Morton. Still, it’s not so common to see a jazz band headlining a concert of works by the giants of the European conservatory. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky all get the swing treatment in “Jazz Meets the Classics,” the keynote performance of this year’s D.C. Jazz Festival (co-produced with the Kennedy Center), and they get it from musicians whose names are nearly as titanic as theirs. Bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron co-lead the aptly named Classical Jazz Quartet (alongside vibraphonist Stefon Harris and drummer Lewis Nash, future icons in their own right), splitting the bill with clarinet legend (and DCJF artistic director) Paquito d’Rivera and his band. It’s more than another summit of two traditions; it’s a point where yesterday’s musical marble busts come to mingle with tomorrow’s. “Jazz Meets the Classics” begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$26. (202) 467-4600. (Michael J. West)
OK, we get it, The Misfits are never going to reunite. But when the pint-sized icon Danzig takes the stage tonight in Silver Spring, he’ll be accompanied by Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. Also: Rumor has it the punk frontman stopped by Red Onion Records & Books yesterday and purchased some Parliament Funkadelic LPs. 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road. $29.50.
PAUL Bakery opens at 1000 Connecticut Ave. NW today with free baguettes or large macarons (chocolate, raspberry, or pistachio) for the first thousand customers. This is the third D.C. location for PAUL after Penn Quarter and Georgetown. Two more shops are planned for the area this year. The chain, which started in Lille, France in 1889, now has nearly 500 stores in 25 countries from Spain to Qatar to Japan. (Jessica Sidman)
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