Best Jazz Family
Music fans around the country have been introduced to Christie Dashiell, the immensely talented vocalist who worked with Afro Blue on NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011. Jazz fans in D.C. also likely know her brother, fellow Howard alum Carroll (or C.V.) Dashiell III, one of the area’s most dynamic drummers. There’s another brother, Christian, who plays bass in the area (as well as with jazz stars like Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo). Back in their native North Carolina, the Dashiells’ father, Carroll III’s namesake, also plays bass; their mother, Rhonda, is a classically trained singer. Both are originally from Washington. It all adds up to a dynasty.