Best Musical Community Center
Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I St. SW, (202) 484-7700
The first thing you see are the banners, and they say it all: “Peace,” “Love,” “Justice,” and “Jazz.” Southwest’s Westminster Presbyterian Church doesn’t look like your average jazz venue, nor does it look like it would attract world-class talent. But it does, thanks to the ministry of pastors Brian and Ruth Hamilton, who took over the congregation two decades ago, and minister of music Shirli L. Hughes. Westminster welcomes all to join in celebrating the humanist spirit of jazz music every Friday night. One week you might encounter a local, rising star like the swinging singer Lena Seikaly, and another you might congregate with a globally recognized musician like vibraphonist Warren Wolf. For just $5 on Fridays (or free if you’re under 16), young and old, Northwest and Southeast, aficionados and newcomers gather to listen to some good music, eat a little food, and share in a lot of love. It’s a community music experience like no other.