It's a great week for jazz. Trumpet master Maynard Ferguson continues a run of shows at Blues Alley (202-337-4141) he began earlier this week. Plus there are intriguing multi-artist jazz concerts Friday and Saturday. Let's get to it.
Fri.What's being billed as "An Evening of Def Jazz" is at the Lincoln Theatre (202-397-7328). And what is that? you ask. It's jazz with a dash of hip-hop. The night is based on the "Def Jazz" CD, which took rap hits from the Def Jam label and turned them into jazz numbers. Performers at the live show include band director Tony Joseph, Dwight Sills, Kevin Toney, Noriko Olling, Andre De Lano, Kevin O'Neal, Trevor Lawrence, Paul Litteral and DJ Vicious Lee. . . . Catch the folk-pop of Lisa Moscatiello at West Side Cafe (301-418-6886) in Frederick.
Sat.Marking the 90th year since Billie Holiday's birth, "Billie & Me" in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall (202-467-4600) showcases a stellar lineup of female vocalists. Performing will be Rita Coolidge, Niki Haris, Joan Osborne, Dianne Reeves and Rokia Traore. The event combines reinterpretations of Holiday songs with film, audio, photographs and readings to create a portrait of the legendary singer. . . . One of my favorite live performers, Robbie Fulks, is at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566). Fulks may have given Nashville the finger with one of his songs (a title I'm not allowed to repeat here), but he can bring to the table more spirit and respect for classic country songs than almost anyone recording in that town (see 2000's "13 Hillbilly Giants" for Exhibit A). Plus he's funny, whether he's writing a jokey song (check out "Fountains of Wayne Hotline" available online) or chatting onstage between tunes.
Sun.For tightly played and well-sung bluegrass, it's hard to beat Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Catch them at the Patriot Center (202-397-7328).
Mon.Feel the rock 'n' roll fury of Jucifer at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). The duo unleashes an amazingly loud, hard rumble of a show. Also appearing is the Field Machine. . . . Powerfully voiced young blues singer Shemekia Copeland is at the Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis. Copeland can do more than just belt the blues though; she has a nice range and can handle Southern-fried soul just as easily.
Tues.With songs such as "Bela Lugosi's Dead" and a dark cover of David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," Bauhaus in the early '80s established itself as a Goth touchstone. After a five-year run, the group split up and spawned a solo career for Peter Murphy and a stint as Love and Rockets for Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. They reunited because of a lucrative offer to perform at the big music fest Coachella and, liking the result, decided to take the reunion on a tour that makes a stop at Strathmore (202-397-7328).
Weds.DJ fans have choices to make. The venerable Paul Oakenfold is spinning at Cubik at Nation (202-554-1500). Over at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore, one of the pioneers of U.K. hard house music, DJ Lisa Lashes, is mixing it up. Also taking a turn on the decks are DJ Sun, Joe Kopasek, Godfather Sage, McKain and DJ Lantern.
-- Curt Fields