A Sunday night Jazz Jam on U Street - no-cover scene on the second level Lodge Bar, musicians of all stripes playing in front of a print of one of Cunard's greatest ships (I'll bet on the Queen Mary and its lively voyages of long ago) and, even more improbably, under antler lights in the high ceiling.
Audience members can sign up to play - amateur or professional. The atmosphere is as convivial as one would hope for (sometimes a little much so, among groups more prone to talking than listening.). The M.C. musician of the evening passes the red-fired glass carafe for tips. An older man in tie, cream white suit and hat takes to the microphone to sing the blues - generations talking together.