A Word with Ravi Coltrane…

After a 2012 performance at Bohemian Caverns, the Collective’s Thomas View spoke with acclaimed saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ravi Coltrane.  Ravi talks about listening, collective energy, and playing the music of his father.


Ravi Coltrane


Thanks to Our GUSJC Family

Signatures and messages from our supporters at El Golfo's, now on the wall  in our rehearsal space, to keep us inspired.

Signatures and messages from our supporters at El Golfo’s, now on the wall in our rehearsal space, to keep us inspired.


Reflecting on the recent Thanksgiving holiday and our November CD release events, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all our supporters for their loyalty, friendship, advice and encouragement.  Here’s an example of how great our fans are: this piece written by poet Gillie Haynes titled “Greater U Street Rhythm.”  Thank you Gillie!

As a small token of our thanks, we’ve included a link below to the finale of our November 22 CD release performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington DC.  Featured on the clip of Moanin’ are singers Ty Stephens, Sendy Brown, and Barry Moton, along with emcee Keren Sheffield and the members of the Greater U Street Jazz Collective.

A Great Day in D.C.


On Friday, July 20, 2012, 41 musicians, presenters, journalists and other members of the D.C. jazz community came together outside the Howard Theatre. The crowd, ranging from teenagers to septuagenarians, stood for a picture taken by Carlyle V. Smith, titled “A Great Day in D.C.” Taken 54 years after the famous New York City jazz photograph “A Great Day in Harlem,” the image exhibits the depth of the District’s jazz scene, and reflects the variety of personalities that are helping it thrive. See how many musicians you recognize, including members of our own Greater U Street Jazz Collective…

Welcome!!  You’ve reached the blog of the Greater U Street Jazz Collective.  We’re a group of Washington D.C. based musicians who strive to create authentic, sophisticated jazz in the tradition of the legendary U Street corridor.  It’s our goal to entertain and enlighten audiences through our heartfelt presentation of real, live, jazz.  We hope to see you at our weekly Wednesday night shows at El Golfo restaurant in Silver Spring, MD but in the meantime, please check out our blog and leave your comments for the Collective.