Jazz at The Corner

Jazz at The Corner Concert Series

DC Jazz Festival is excited to partner with The Corner at Whitman-Walker to co-present Jazz at The Corner, a concert series of jazz ensembles in performance that will be a part of The Corner's upcoming Stay Alive To Life! festival and exhibition series. Curated by DCJF Aritistic Director, Willard Jenkins. A 15-minute pre-concert Meet-the-Artist conversation will start off each of the seven Thursday afternoon performances and the first concert will occur on May 13th.

"DC Jazz Festival is delighted to partner with The Corner at Whitman-Walker to bring jazz to this vibrant cultural center," said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. "The Corner's dedication to brining different ideas of culture and diverse communities in contact with one another aligns with our mission of unifying diverse communities and enabling connections between artists and audiences."

These performances will be attended in-person with a capacity of 15 guests, with all shows adhering to the latest health and safety guidelines laid out by the DC Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which can be found here.

For more information on Jazz on The Corner or any of the other Stay Alive to Life! exhibits, please contact Abby Fenton at afenton@whitman-walker.org.

Chris Grasso Quartet - Thursday, May 13th:

Chris Grasso is firmly established as the DMV’s finest vocal accompanist. After studying at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory, Chris has worked with a wide range of artists, including Keter Betts, Carmen Bradford, Kenny Garrett, Nicole Henry, Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Buck Hill, and others. Chris is a longtime accompanist-music director to DC’s premier jazz vocalist Sharon Clark, with whom Grasso has performed at a wide range of venues, from Blues Alley to the Metropolitan Room in New York. Additionally, Chris has appeared as a guest soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony.


Steve Washington & Friends - Thursday, May 20th:

A 30-year performer, Steve has worked as an actor on stages ranging from the Arena Stage to the Shakespeare Theater. As a vocalist, Steve has performed alongside the Drifters, the Supremes, and others. As a freelance vocalist, Washington has performed on numerous jazz and blues stages, including sold-out performances at Blues Alley and at the Metropolitan Room in New York. Steve Washington studied at Princeton University.


Joshua Espinoza Trio - Thursday, May 27th:


A pianist-composer, Joshua Espinoza seeks to inhabit the space between jazz and classical music - Debussy, Chopin, and Ravel to Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett. Joshua has performed alongside such notables as Warren Wolf, Miho Hazama, Kris Funn, Todd Marcus, and Chuck Redd. Espinoza has performed on stages large and small, from the Kennedy Center and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to Blues Alley and the Keystone Korner. Joshua is currently on the music faculty at the Peabody Institute. Espinoza matriculated at Indiana University and Furman University.


The Simone Baron Group - Thursday, June 3rd:

A “bandleader of impressive agility... a blossoming talent and inventive composer on the rise” (Downbeat Magazine), pianist-composer-accordionist Simone Baron’s genre fluid work is rooted in exploring the creative process. Steeped in her Judeo-Roman roots, she has performed across Europe, Israel and the Americas. She leads an all-star group of performer-composers featuring vocalist Akua Allrich, trombonist Gina Benalcazar, bassist-educator Jordyn Davis, and joined by polyhedric drummer Francesca Remigi. Coming together after meeting at Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Woodshed Network Residency, the group will perform a concert honoring the legacy of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first racially integrated all-female jazz band in the US.


Landon Paddock Group - Thursday, June 10th:


A vocalist, Landon was born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD. Landon specializes in blues, straight-ahead jazz, and an explorer of the Great American Songbook in Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman's tradition to Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr Landon’s musical influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to John Coltrane. Landon has appeared on weekly gigs at Columbia Station and JoJo, Sotto, and the Fig & Olive.


C. Corey Bey Black Folks Don't Swim? - Thursday, June 17th:

C. Corey-Bey (They/Them/Theirs) is a brilliant Black, trans and gender-variant native of Prince George’s County. Perhaps best known for their work band-leading and performing with jazz funk-soul outfit, Black Folks Don’t Swim? They are an acclaimed bassist and producer. Their solo artistic practice additionally spans poetry, graphic design, and filmmaking. Their work calls audiences to joy, reflection, and liberation-mindedness. Across mediums, their work explores the nexus of meaning-making, employing Jazz and Neo-Soul aesthetics to uplift Black Queer identity formation and existence.


J Chris Quartet - Thursday, June 24th:

J Chris (aka Chris Urquiaga) is a singer-songwriter-producer who served an artist residency at Strathmore Music Hall. Chris is the recipient of the Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Month Award. Chris studied at the famed Eastman School of Music and has performed on stages ranging from the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in Lima, Peru, to the Obama administration White House.