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Twins Jazz permanently closing on U Street


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Thanks to Andrea for passing on the incredibly sad news from Twins Jazz:

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Jazz community in Washington, DC for 33 years. We came to this country from Ethiopia with a dream of owning our own business and for 33 years we have done more than we could have ever imagined. The decision to close was very difficult, however, we knew the safety of our patrons, musicians, and our staff was our top priority, and given the uncertainty of when we could safely open our doors, we decided to close our location permanently.

On behalf of our entire family, we would like to thank the amazing musicians and our dedicated staff who created an irreplaceable experience for our patrons. Thank you to our beloved city for supporting our establishment. To all of our supporters – local and abroad, THANK YOU. We are taking this time to reimagine how we can continue to serve our DC jazz community in a new and innovative way that provides musicians with a platform to perform and continue the legacy Twins Jazz has established in Washington, DC for the past three decades.

Please stay connected and follow us on social media for updates on what’s next for Twins Jazz.

With love,

Kelly & Maze Tesfaye
The Twins

“Twins Lounge closed in 1999 due to building condemnation, and re-opened in 2000 as Twins Jazz Club along the famous U Street Corridor, also known as The Black Broadway of the 1960s. Twins Jazz perpetuates and cultivates “authentic” straight-ahead traditional jazz while uniquely incorporating fine dining, featuring a combination of American, Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine in a warm embracing atmosphere. We are a laidback club that attracts major artists like music legend Stevie Wonder (2007), and other significant clientele.”


1344 U Street, NW

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