In the greater U St. area, once known as “Black Broadway,” the 1922
Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW, 202.888.0050) and 1910 Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW, 202.803.2899, below) were hubs of jazz, drawing locals like Duke Ellington plus Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Today, these restored venues attract eclectic acts like Story District readings (Feb. 11) and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Feb. 23), respectively. Though not exclusively tied to black culture, Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, Md., 301.581.5100) presents an array of diverse acts. One of today’s jazz greats, Wynton Marsalis takes the stage Feb. 24 and 26 with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, National Philharmonic and 150 gospel singers performing “All Rise,” a 12-movement masterwork blending blues, jazz, spiritual and classical.