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The Washington, D.C. Jazz Scene

Rundown of the local jazz scene in the nation's capital

Washington, D.C. is perhaps best known as the hometown of pianist and composer Duke Ellington. More than 40 years after his death, the D.C. jazz scene remains a prominent force on the East Coast.

A thriving U Street music scene was devastated by the riots of 1968 in which countless clubs, businesses, and restaurants were destroyed. With the establishment of Bohemian Caverns and Twins Jazz, the early ’90s saw a resurgence of jazz on U Street.

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