“It’s Christmas in June if you’re in the District and a fan of jazz. While the DC Jazz Festivalstarted warming up last Thursday with concerts and family events at The Phillips Collection, the annual event really fires up this week and it’s official launch is on Friday at The Hamilton. Here are DCist’s picks for shows to check out between now and June 19th. We took care to choose a blend of marquis performances and shows that might not be on everyone’s radar.
>> Top Pick: French pianist Laurent Coq and American saxophonist Walter Smith III created The Lafayette Suite to honor the legacy of the Marquis de Lafayette, the fastest rapper on Broadway French hero of the American Revolution. The two will play the suite in its entirety tonight at the Embassy of France. 8 p.m. Tickets $25
>> Runner-up: Gallery O on H hosts John Lewis’s ELECTROKOUSTIC, a blend of Brazilian & Acoustic Jazz, with a touch of ’80’s Funk. Lewis will be performing with a Sign Language interpreter. 7:30 p.m. Free.“