From Roy Clark to Ian MacKaye, the District has never had a shortage of well-known guitar players in its ranks. It has been rare, though, to find a D.C. guitarist with the rich originality of Anthony Pirog. Basing his playing on a pliant, crystalline tone that’s immediately recognizable as his own, Pirog molds and remolds that sound into any shape he needs in a given moment. He’s half of the experimental folk duo Janel and Anthony, but also the ax man for indie-rock outfit The Bang, and he’s spearheaded contemporary classical performances in the area, too. Pirog’s schooling is in jazz, but even there he runs the gamut from straight-ahead to fusion to free. Hence, even when he’s fronting a trio at a jazz club, one can’t be quite sure which Anthony Pirog will take the stage. That it’ll be intriguing, though, is a guarantee.
The Anthony Pirog Trio performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $10. twinsjazz.com. (202) 234-0072.