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With over 100 performances happening throughout the District from now until Tuesday, picking the best of each day isn’t easy. Still, here are two good bets for tonight:
Yardena has a hard time categorizing even herself: the vocalist was born in Israel and has performed the music of her homeland, but also mixes in Spanish folk songs, Middle Eastern music, Afro-Cuban jazz, and the American torch songbook. Her next album, she promises, will be “the fusion of Jewish, Middle Eastern music combined with Afro-Cuban rhythms as well as flamenco into what can be called true ‘world music.'” All you really need to know, though, is that she’s got a warm, rich alto voice that genuinely can handle anything. See for yourself tonight at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Streets NW, at 7:30. $25.
At Bohemian Caverns tonight, American bassist Paul Steinbeck and French tenor saxophonist Pierre Menuau show off their aptly named French-American Jazz Quintet tonight. Inspired by Steinbeck’s research of The Art Ensemble of Chicago‘s popularity in France, the Quintet has a similarly eccentric and diverse musical approach “ranging from free jazz to hip-hop, full of percussion and improvisations.” There are sets at 9:00 and 11:00, for a $15 cover.