This Week In Jazz, Featuring Dueling Festivals In Arlington And Silver Spring (via DCist)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Flutist Bill Haymon leads a group at Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door. 

Busy area saxophonist Bobby Muncy will bring one of his many projects to Twins Jazz for 8 and 10 p.m. sets. Tickets $10 plus minimum and surcharge. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Dennis Chambers is one of the all-time great drummers and has been viewed as such for the better part of 30 years. He will be at Blues Alley on Thursday along with saxophonist Bob Franceschini and bassist Tom Kennedy to kick off a four night run of 8 and 10 p.m. sets. Tickets $25-$30 plus minimum and surcharge. 

The Twins Jazz Orchestra plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at its namesake club. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. Tickets $10 plus minimum and surcharge. 

Will Rast leads his organ trio at Wicked Bloom. 9-11 p.m. No cover.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

The Clarice, which is the University of Maryland’s performing arts center, celebrates the start of the new school year with the NextNOW Fest, taking place Friday and Saturday. The festival features events in all artistic media, most of which are free. 

Steve Novosel has been one of the area’s first-call bassists for decades. His resume includes some of the most respected names in jazz over the last half-century, including Pharoah Sanders, Elvin Jones, Cedar Walton, and Roberta Flack, just to name a few. Novosel will be the featured artist on Friday at Jazz Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door. 

Trumpeter Kevin Cordt leads his ensemble at Mr. Henry’s. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum. 

Angélique Kidjo’s blend of West African traditions, American R&B, funk, and jazz have earned her fans the world over. The Benin-born artist will bring her passion and uplifting sensibilities to the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. Tickets $28-$78. 

Chopteeth’s music is rooted in afrobeat, scattered with a heavy dose of funk and jazzy improvisation, making the band an area mainstay for over a decade. The group will perform an 8 p.m. set at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. Tickets $15-$20. 

Benito Gonzalez took the D.C. jazz scene by storm in the early 2000s when he moved to this area from his native Venezuela. He moved to New York several years ago, leading his own bands and playing with a number of jazz greats, but he still pays regular visits to our fair city. Gonzalez will play Twins Jazz on Friday and Saturday. 9 and 11 p.m. sets. Tickets $15 plus minimum and surcharge.

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