All that jazz: options for DC's jazz fans
When asked to describe what he liked about jazz, legendary tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins compared the music to a natural phenomenon that embodies the art form's reliance on improvisation and constant change.
"We're about creation, thinking things out in the moment, like life is," he told National Public Radio. "A different sunset every night, that's what jazz is about."
Many people agree with Rollins. They make watching and listening to jazz a daily part of their lives, knowing that each night it will be different. Each performance is unlike all others.
For these people, having good, live jazz is an integral feature of a city. Jazz enthusiasts looking for homes in Washington DC won't be disappointed: the city is home to a wide range of renowned jazz clubs that appeal to a wide range of fans.
Here is a list of some of the city's top jazz venues.
Empress Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
Located at 1330 Maryland Avenue SW, this club contained within a well-loved hotel features some of the city's top jazz performers. On Friday and Saturday nights, the lounge spotlights jazz vocalists whose scatting and singing keep hotel patrons and other guests grooving all night.
The lounge also features a complete bar menu and custom cocktails to ensure that audience members have everything they need to enjoy a great show.
Frequently populated by national and international jazz stars, Blues Alley is one of the district's most respected clubs. In fact, it won the 2012 Readers Choice for best jazz/blues venue. Situated at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, this club always has a full list of upcoming events aimed at satisfying the jazz needs of enthusiasts across the city.
Another fun aspect of this nightlife hotspot is its inventive menu. Naming its dishes after jazz legends, the club provides a great way for jazz fans to satiate their appetite at the same time as they do their musical cravings. Dishes such as Sarah Vaughan's filet mignon and Dizzy Gillespie's shrimp creole are among the establishment's offerings.
There are very few venues that have as extensive a history as the Bohemian Caverns. In 2011, this iconic landmark celebrated its 85th year in existence.
"It has intrinsic value," Omrao Brown, the club's operator says on its website. "It's one of the oldest jazz clubs in the same physical space on the planet. I feel that is an important thing to preserve."
Jazz fans looking for real estate in Washington DC will certainly have a bevy of options at their disposal should they choose to live in the city.