Enjoying the Sounds of a National Treasure in Washington, DC
Only in DC would you find a down-to-earth jazz club operating under such a long-winded governmental name, the HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues. In 1987, a House Resolution passed declaring that "jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated." Though it's at a new location, HR-57 is still providing the best bang-for-your-buck jazz in D.C. Priced out of it's old location near U Street, the club is a solid addition to the evolving H Street neighborhood in Northeast. The jam sessions that happen twice a week are a chance to catch some young talent and enjoy a drink in the laid-back atmosphere. Antonio Parker's regular performances are another opportunity to hear great music.