"Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress 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." H.CON.RES.57, 105th Congress.
The Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues takes its name from the resolution originally adopted by the House in December 1987, which recognizes jazz as an indigenous form of music and art. Its mission… “to educate, provide experiences, opportunities and information that traverse the full spectrum of the jazz and blues experience"; I was just looking for someplace new to take a gal on a Saturday night.
MZ had agreed to see me a for second time, and I wanted to get away from the usual haunts and show off a little well-researched creativity. It was a gamble; I’d learned to be cautious with the co-eds from SMU, who can be... particular.
Walked into the old digs off 14th Street, dim lights and the band in full stride. With a bottle of wine under each arm we stopped at the counter to place orders. The menu: chicken wings, collards, red beans. oh God, I thought. Looks like I'll be drinking that second bottle alone. Though it turned out my date had some New Orleanian blood running through her, so just as I was steadying myself for a solo binge, she was settling in comfortably for good music and mama's cooking. Guess that's what happens on the rare occasion when you get the right one into the right place...
1007 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
photo credit: Timothy Forbes.