Downbeat Magazine's "Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World"
As Jazz clubs go, this is the real thing! – Washingtonian
For over two decades, Twins Jazz has worked to develop a friendly environment wherein Jazz lovers can congregate in geniality and ambiance sharing our love and celebration of a common style of music called J AZZ. Twins offers Washingtonians an ultimate jazz experience that compares to no other club venue in the District. Our entertainment focus is purely jazz and its most artistically challenging variations. Regardless of knowing our scheduled lineup, at any given time, our patrons are assured that quality jazz is being offered live. This is a place where true jazz lovers come.
We are a laidback 100-seater club and full-service restaurant that attracts major artist clientele like music legend Stevie Wonder, American comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, jazz vocalist Shirley Horn, and other significant clientele. Twins Jazz has featured some of the last DC appearances of many of the great artists who have passed on, including Shirley Horn, Keter Betts, James Williams, John Hicks, Malachi Thompson, Kenny Kirkland, Walter Bishop Jr., David "Fathead" Newman, Cecil Payne, and Ronnie Wells.
Some landmark events fondly remembered by our regulars include the Twins-sponsored "Piano Summit" at the University of the District of Columbia, the 2001 grand openinig of Twins Jazz at our current location featuring Barry Harris and Charles Davis, acclaimed poet Amiri Baraka reading his always-provocative poetry written for jazz accompaniment by groups led by (trombonist) Reginald Cyntje, and (saxophonist) Rene McLean; many appearances by the versatile Hamiet Bluiett — always bringing different groups and very different musical concepts — active veterans Gary Bartz and Larry Willis re-united for two sellout evenings; the late Shirley Horn sitting in with the late James Williams' band ICU; rare DC appearances by such international acts as Peter Brotzmann's "Die Like a Dog" quartet; the Jean Michel Pilc Trio, and the Moutin Reunion; the 2007 NY-DC exchange series of new music organized by Reggie Workman (culminating in a great performance by the Workman-Hal Galper-Rashied Ali trio); David Murray offering (in addition to his well-known instrumental talents) a unique vocal twist on "When the Saints Go Marching In"; and our festive New Years Eve celebrations for jazz purists — featuring the likes of Larry Willis, Bruce Williams, Miles Griffith, and the late Cecil Payne.
Supporting the local art scene is imperative to ensure that jazz music continues to thrive as a great American art form. Twins Jazz recognizes this by giving emerging artists a platform to learn and display their music. Performing at Twins Jazz has given many young artists the validity as an established jazz musician to go on and make a career as a jazz artist. Twins Jazz simultaneously celebrates the art form, the artist, and the audience.