Best Jazz Jam

D.C. Jazz Jam at The Brixton
901 U St. NW
Drummer Will Stephens’ D.C. Jazz Jam had a fairly strong following—and pretty good music—back when he ran it out of Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine in Adams Morgan. But when Dahlak closed last March, the weekly Sunday night jam session moved to the second floor of U Street’s The Brixton—and the floodgates opened. It helps that The Brixton’s lounge-cum-bandstand is by itself about half the size of Dahlak’s entire space, and the adjacent bar and table area is larger still. But more importantly, the crowd is enthusiastic, there’s a formidable waiting list of great D.C. musicians who want to take their turn, and the music they produce is passionate and swings like hell.