By Punch Passport Correspondent Loreana S. Gonzalez Lazzarini
DC Jazz Festival at the Hamilton Live, co-presented by The Washington Post, presented 10 nights of exciting, diverse performances, featuring a broad representation of the genre’s finest artists, and was also the annual Festival’s main venue.
I was able to attend one of the events showcasing Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and it was a fabulous time with the greatest company and music. The harmonic sophistication of jazz combined with a little Latin flavor was exceptional. For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. He has many influences, but among the more prominent figures are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
The concert proved to be memorable and everyone was purely entertained, as I could observe the audience was either dancing non-stop or sipping delicious drinks at the tables positioned in front of the main stage and moving to the music.
The night certainly made The Hamilton move to the top of my list of cool places in DC to drink, relax, and listen to live music.
Post and photos by Punch Pioneer Correspondent Loreana S. González Lazzarini, firstname.lastname@example.org, @lory_dc. By day Lori is a CPA at an international accounting firm but has a passion for the entrepreneurial spirit, advanced technology, and the continuing landscape of startups.