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Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout is a writer of the first order and longtime jazz fan. His Louis Armstrong biography, “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong,” was one of The Post’s 10 best books of 2009. Teachout’s latest work covers the life of Washington’s own Duke Ellington. “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” was released last month and was on the longlist for the 2013 National Book Award for nonfiction. Ellington probably would have felt right at home at the elegant art-deco Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, which makes it the perfect place for Teachout to discuss Ellington’s life and legacy. And since you can’t talk about the Duke without listening to the Duke, a jazz quartet will be on hand to perform Ellington’s swinging hits.
Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $25.
Washington has had a beer boom in recent years, but our next big spirit might just be gin. Sperryville’s Copper Fox Distillery is introducing its new gin — “Vir Gin,” after its home state — to D.C. this week, joining the city’s own Green Hat. You can get a first taste of Vir Gin at Vinoteca. Distiller Rick Wasmund will be at the 11th Street NW wine bar, pouring free samples and chatting about the gin. Mixologist Horus Alvarez has come up with four cocktails to play off the gin’s full body and bold anise and juniper notes, including variations on the Rickey and Hanky Panky, which will sell for $7. No reservations are required.
Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. 202-332-9463. www.vinotecadc.com. Free.
“Overnight Scenario.” “Work the Walls.” “Pump Me Up.” “Drop the Bomb.” Those songs are part of the essential heartbeat of Washington, the city where Rare Essence and Trouble Funk have been packing clubs and spreading the gospel of go-go since the 1970s. That longevity will be celebrated at the Veterans Old School Jam on Sunday, where the two groups will be joined by other vets of the scene, including one-time Rare Essence members Jas Funk and Mike Muse and the Chuck Brown Horn Section. Proper attire is required, but make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes.
Sunday at 7 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $17.50 in advance, $22.50 on the day of the show.
Over the past decade, Wayna’s flawless soprano and vocal arrangements have solidified her as one of the most fully realized artists of the indie soul scene. Her cover of Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” earned her a 2009 Grammy nomination; she has been a vocal muse for acclaimed local beatsmiths Roddy Rod and Kev Brown; and she earned a co-sign from Stevie Wonder. On “The Expats,” her third full-length release, Wayna has forged a new creative path. Hunkering down with a collective of musicians in Toronto, she has crafted a record with a much broader spectrum of styles, including touches of Afrobeat, psych rock and Ethiopian rhythms, and the result is brilliant. “The Expats” puts Wayna among the cadre of young world music artists forging new ground. For the official D.C. release of her new album, Wayna will be joined by another longtime D.C. peer, Wes Felton, whose new project, Imagine the Future, was produced Transatlantically with local singer Kenny Allen, who is now based in Ethiopia.
Sunday at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $10 in advance, $20 at the door.