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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 03/ 8/2007

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

Local drummer Keith Killgo started playing jazz at an early age. By the time he was in his teens, he'd already jammed with Miles Davis and Art Blakey and received musical education from Roberta Flack. In college, he joined the Joe Henderson Quartet (with a young Stanley Clarke) before attending Howard University in the late '60s, where the legendary Donald Byrd invited Killgo to keep time for the Blackbyrds. Killgo wrote and performed on some of the group's biggest hits, including "Flying High," "Time is Moving" and the city's unofficial anthem, "Rock Creek Park." After leaving the Blackbyrds in 1977, Killgo's kept busy performing with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Stanley Turrentine and Wynton Marsalis, as well as recording with his own outfit, Keith Killgo Jazz. Later this month, Killgo's ensemble will head down to the famed South By Southwest festival, where it will be one of 18 jazz bands performing alongside the likes of Bloc Party, Lily Allen, the reunited Stooges, Ghostland Observatory and Cold War Kids. Before leaving for Austin, though, he's holding down Twins Jazz Friday and Saturday, providing a steady mix of funky and classic jazz grooves. (Don't miss local favorite Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet.) There are two shows nightly; as always, we'd take the late sets over the 9 p.m. offerings.

Sound like an interesting way to spend a Friday night? This is just one of the events in this week's Nightlife Agenda column, alongside details of a concert at the House of Sweden, an appearance by dancehall star Mr. Vegas and Infamy, which brings live music, electro dance hits and underground film to the 9:30 club.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 8, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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