JAZZ – Blues Alley
DC is heavy with jazz history. From the glory days of Black Broadway which held the scene down for natives such as Duke Ellington, Frank Wess and Shirley Horn, the nation’s cap has always been a haven for the genre and its artists.
With that in mind I wanted to highlight a venue that’s played a role in that history – Blues Alley. Check the read below for a quick snapshot courtesy of Kris Ross – Manager of Blues Alley:
Started by a clarinetist Tommy Gwaltney as a place for his band to jam
It’s a very intimate space. Was that the intent with its design?
No, it was what was available/affordable at the time.
Is the venue’s current space in Georgetown the first location?
Yes, there was a brief stint in Baltimore in the late 80’s.
The turning point was when Dizzy Gillespie played the room, fell in love with the place and talked it up to others.
As with all good things – what have been some of the issues the space has faced?
The menu offers a pretty amazing lineup. Why Creole based dishes and is there any significance regarding the naming of each dish?
No real reason, the entrees were just named after the artists who regularly performed at the club.
Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Byrd, David Sanborn, Ahmad Jamal
By treating our artists and patrons with the up-most respect in the attempt to provide a first class entertainment experience.
What’s next for Blues Alley?
We shall see!!
For more information on Blues Alley visit www.bluesalley.com.
Posted on October 21, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged blues alley, Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, Sarah Vaughan, the classics album cover art show, Tommy Gwaltney, washington dc jazz. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.