Sunday, October 11, 2009

Review: HR-57

We went to a Jazz Club on Friday around 14th Street that completely fit my images of Jazz and Blues Clubs where Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie and Lena Horne would perform. All the audience lights are dimmed with candles on every table and people are sitting in tight circles or in couples listening to the music and talking. You have to be a fan of the music to go though, because it pervades everything. Apparently this club is also the Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues.

The musicians were talented but they should have stuck to their own compositions. They played some jazz from other composers but their skills were best expressed through the music they wrote themselves. The saxophonist was also obviously only a temporary member, and there was a lack of communication between him and the others. The performers change every night though, so this review isn't all that relevant.

The cover on a Friday night at 10pm was $12. The alcohol is over-priced, but they charge a $3/person corking fee if you bring your own bottle of wine. This is by far the best option and one that was being utilized by nearly everyone there.

If you love jazz and blues, I highly recommend HR-57. If you don't, you'll be bored and feel as if you're wasting time and money. It's not good for groups either because the volume of the music makes it very difficult to have a conversation with more than one other person. I recommend this as an excellent second or third date because you can snuggle with your date against a wall in the dark, enjoying an informal concert and sipping on wine.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307
(202) 667-3700

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