DC Jazz Calendar

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* Andrew White Quartet 8:00 pm
* Andrew White Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
Andrew White is one of D.C.’s foremost exponents of the jazz tradition, an embodiment of its historic blend of innovation and preservation. He’s a historian and channeler of John Coltrane, having transcribed 650 of the[...]
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, Elijah Jama Balbed, that wisened, grizzled yet young tenor lion of the D.C. jazz scene, seeks to mix up and mix together more members of the D.C. music scene.[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
* Bill Heid 8:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Tryst
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
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* John Kocur Trio 9:00 pm
* John Kocur Trio @ Marx Cafe
Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm
A promising young alto saxophonist, John Kocur has an unequivocally clear and forceful tone, and deploys it in precise but expressive solos. They call the kid “the smoker” for something. He tends to write post-bop[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince. Agenda Agenda[...]
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
Feedel Band may be the leading Ethio-jazz group in a town with one of the world’s most vibrant Ethiopian expat populations. It grooves at mid-tempo, toggling between sultry and entrancing; the seven-piece band of ruggedly[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and[...]
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* Marshall Keys & Friends 6:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & Friends @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan Anacostia Capitol Hill Columbia Heights[...]
* Afro-Blue ***SOLD OUT 7:00 pm
* Afro-Blue ***SOLD OUT @ Kennedy Center Jazz Club
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm
Afro-Blue, Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, gathers some of the finest, young vocalists that the District has to offer. Both the 7 and 9 p.m. sets are sold out. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
The veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 6 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm
The veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 7 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
The veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and[...]
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* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, Elijah Jama Balbed, that wisened, grizzled yet young tenor lion of the D.C. jazz scene, seeks to mix up and mix together more members of the D.C. music scene.[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
* Bill Heid 8:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Tryst
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Lionel Loueke Trio 8:00 pm
* Lionel Loueke Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Description:The guitarist Lionel Loueke can create ensembles of sound all by himself, singing in his percussive Beninese dialects, stretching his rhythmic ideas almost to the point of collapse, and playing bass lines along to his[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
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* Pete Muldoon 6:00 pm
* Pete Muldoon @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm
A guitarist with a bluesy, earthy sound, Pete Muldoon laces tight melodies into cocoon-like horn arrangements Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan Anacostia Capitol Hill Columbia Heights Downtown Georgetown/Dupont Circle H[...]
* JAZZforum: Karen Spellman and W.A. “Bill” Brower (JAM) 7:00 pm
* JAZZforum: Karen Spellman and ... @ University of the District of Columbia
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm
As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the University of the District of Columbia’s jazz program presents a special conversation with Karen Spellman and Bill Brower, the organizers of the iconic Capital City Jazz Fest. Agenda Agenda[...]
* Christian Sands 8:00 pm
* Christian Sands @ Blues Alley
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Christian Sands, a frequent collaborator of DC favorite Ben Williams, punches his keys with the pointed dexterity of McCoy Tyner but also knows when to sink into simmering harmonies evoking gospel joy and soulful[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince. Agenda Agenda[...]
* Kenny Garrett Quintet 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett Quintet @ Blues Alley
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a soulful, penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he[...]
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* Lena Seikaly & Tom Williams: Inspired by Ella & Louis 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly & Tom Williams: <... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm
The precocious young vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with a confident and playful demeanor. Tom Williams is a lyrical trumpeter from Baltimore. Together they perform a tribute to[...]
* The Messthetics Album Release Party w/Sarah Hughes 9:00 pm
* The Messthetics Album Release ... @ Black Cat
Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm
The Messthetics is a improvisational rock trio formed by DC’s own six-string sorcerer,  Anthony Pirog, with the rhythm section of the legendary Fugazi. DC’s punk and avant/improvisational worlds collide in the group’s compositions, which often[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 13 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue / Jamal Moore (CapitalBop Traveling Loft) 7:00 pm
* Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue / Jam... @ THEARC
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm
* Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue / Jamal Moore (CapitalBop Traveling Loft) @ THEARC | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
CapitalBop is proud to present the widely acclaimed vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and movement artist Jen Shyu with her ensemble, Jade Tongue. This will be the D.C. debut of the music from her acclaimed new album Song[...]
* The Blackbyrds 8:00 pm
* The Blackbyrds @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Description:Donald Byrd – an important hard-bop trumpeter who was among the first to blow past the walls that by the early 1970s had risen between jazz and R&B – holds a particularly dear place in[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 14 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* The Washington Renaissance Orchestra (JAM) 6:00 pm
* The Washington Renaissance Orc... @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm
Nasar Abadey and Allyn Johnson are two of the most important lodestars on the D.C. jazz scene: The pianist Johnson heads the jazz program at the University of the District of Columbia, and the drummer[...]
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, Elijah Jama Balbed, that wisened, grizzled yet young tenor lion of the D.C. jazz scene, seeks to mix up and mix together more members of the D.C. music scene.[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
* Bill Heid 8:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Tryst
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
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* John Kocur Trio 9:00 pm
* John Kocur Trio @ Marx Cafe
Apr 18 @ 9:00 pm
A promising young alto saxophonist, John Kocur has an unequivocally clear and forceful tone, and deploys it in precise but expressive solos. They call the kid “the smoker” for something. He tends to write post-bop[...]
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* Gary Bartz w/ The Howard University Jazz Ensemble 12:30 pm
* Gary Bartz w/ The Howard Unive... @ Howard University
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm
The saxophonist Gary Bartz came to fame with Miles Davis, playing in the 1970s, when the Prince of Darkness helmed some of his most restlessly futuristic — and unjustly forgotten — ensembles. Since then, Bartz[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince. Agenda Agenda[...]
* Fred Hersch Trio 8:00 pm
* Fred Hersch Trio @ AMP by Strathmore
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Hersch was among the most influential pianists of the 1980s, embedding a Romantic sense of harmony and beauty into his almost mythic readings of jazz standards. Two separate sets at 7 and 9 p.m. Agenda[...]
* McCoy Tyner Quartet 8:00 pm
* McCoy Tyner Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Where is there to start with the legendary McCoy Tyner. The post-bop master pianist is best known as the long-serving piano in John Coltrane’s quartets – having been introduced to Trane by fellow Philadelphian Benny[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director of Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters,[...]
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* McCoy Tyner Quartet 8:00 pm
* McCoy Tyner Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Where is there to start with the legendary McCoy Tyner. The post-bop master pianist is best known as the long-serving piano in John Coltrane’s quartets – having been introduced to Trane by fellow Philadelphian Benny[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 20 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 20 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Ravi Coltrane Quartet 8:00 pm
* Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
A warm-blooded tenor saxophonist with a range of musical inclinations, Ravi Coltrane is one of this jazz generation’s leading lights. He might not have the level of influence of his father, John Coltrane, but that’s[...]
* Yacine Boularès, Vincent Segal, Nasheet Waits: Suite for Abu Sadiya 8:00 pm
* Yacine Boularès, Vincent Segal... @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Yacine Boularès, Vincent Segal, Nasheet Waits, three french musicians with various ancestral ties to the Arab and African worlds, create improvisations modeled off Stambeli – a healing trance music brought to Tunisia by slaves from[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 21 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 21 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Ravi Coltrane Quartet 8:00 pm
* Ravi Coltrane Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm
A warm-blooded tenor saxophonist with a range of musical inclinations, Ravi Coltrane is one of this jazz generation’s leading lights. He might not have the level of influence of his father, John Coltrane, but that’s[...]
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* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, Elijah Jama Balbed, that wisened, grizzled yet young tenor lion of the D.C. jazz scene, seeks to mix up and mix together more members of the D.C. music scene.[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
* Bill Heid 8:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Tryst
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
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* Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble (JAM) 12:00 pm
* Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks E... @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Ensemble, a small combo featuring some of the talented musician that make up the Smithsonian’s official jazz group, perform.three separate sets at 12 noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Part of Jazz[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince. Agenda Agenda[...]
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* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan[...]
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Al Strong 6:00 pm
* Al Strong @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
The DC-born trumpeter and Duke Ellington school educated Al Strong flits between various jazz styles on his first CD, Love Strong Vol. 1, with great familiarity. Whether injecting his primarily bop and straight-ahead sound with some[...]
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* U.S. Army Blues 6:00 pm
* U.S. Army Blues @ Kennedy Center
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues is the army’s official jazz band and the military discipline reflects in their tight performance. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan Anacostia Capitol Hill Columbia Heights Downtown[...]
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (JAM) 8:00 pm
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Fes... @ University of the District of Columbia
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
The Calvin Jones Big Band Festival is the cap off to UDC’s (and the wider academic jazz community of DC) celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The UDC Jazz Ensemble under direction of Allyn Johnson, the[...]
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Monday’s and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, Elijah Jama Balbed, that wisened, grizzled yet young tenor lion of the D.C. jazz scene, seeks to mix up and mix together more members of the D.C. music scene.[...]