Eaton partnered with CapitalBop to produce a series of short documentaries highlighting Washington DC’s storied jazz scene and vibrant community.
The second episode tells the story of Twins Jazz, founded over 30 years ago by two sisters, Maze and Kelly Tesfaye. The U Street club was known for its wide range of musical offerings, from the straight ahead to the avant-garde. Locals, students and international touring acts alike had a place on Twins' stage, and it presented music nearly every night, every week.
Its closure in September 2020 was a serious blow for the scene. To honor the legacy of the club, we sat down with two musicians who had a deep relationship with the club — drummer Nasar Abadey and saxophonist Brad Linde — and the club's longtime manager and bartender, Wendy Whittington.
CapitalBop’s 7th annual Jazz & Freedom festival, held at Eaton DC in 2021, brought together DC’s finest musicians to celebrate the full spectrum of the freedom struggle: joys, frustrations, and the work still to be done. Benefitting the Black-led abolitionist organization Harriet’s Wildest Dreams, the festival was stacked with brilliant talent from start to finish.
CapitalBop is your one-stop-shop for jazz in DC; their website has a calendar of live music, plus history, commentary and recordings.