Best Taken-for-Granted Jazz Gig
Donvonte McCoy at Eighteenth Street Lounge
1212 18th St. NW, (202) 466-3922
Show up at the same place for nearly 10 years, and you’re no longer a special guest: You’re part of the furniture. It’s inevitable. It does not, however, diminish the quality of that furniture. Trumpeter Donvonte McCoy is on the receiving end of this tortured metaphor. He’s closing in on a decade’s booking at Dupont Circle’s Eighteenth Street Lounge, where his namesake quintet holds down the late-night shift on ESL’s third floor. McCoy’s music curves into soul, funk, hip-hop, fusion, and even the odd bit of electronica, but it’s always recognizably based in bebop. Sometimes the personnel changes; sometimes he features vocalists like Mavis Waters or George V. Johnson. But McCoy is always there, an essential part of the atmosphere at the trendy nightclub. And after all these years, he still packs them in.