DC Jazz Calendar

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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 1 @ 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
Feb 1 @ 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[...]
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* The “Maurice’s Black History Month Salute” Memorial Combo 6:00 pm
* The “Maurice’s Black History M... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm
Every year at Westminster Presbyterian, Maurice Lyles rangs in Black History Month with an expert straight-ahead group in celebration of Black American music. Percy Smith takes up the sticks to re-ingite this cerished DC jazz tradition.[...]
* Etienne Charles 7:00 pm
* Etienne Charles @ MilkBoy ArtHouse
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
Etienne Charles is a Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist who blends Calypso with Latin jazz. He has a clear, winding trumpet attack that smoothly swirls and dives, even as it’s defined by its strong underlying[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 2 @ 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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* Akua Allrich 8:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua Allrich’s scorching, muscular music: An effervescent singer, she wields a sort of earthbound optimism. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 3 @ 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 anti-Super Bowl: Ken Vandermark’s Marker, Henrik Nørstebø, Heart of the Ghost, Brian Settles/Jeremy Carlstedt, Sarah Hughes/Corey Thuro 6:00 pm
* The anti-Super Bowl: Ken Vande... @ Rhizome DC
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm
If football isn’t for you, join members of D.C.’s creative community in a championship line-up celebrating creative music. Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break Saxophonist Ken Vandermark is one of the leaders of Chicago’s creative music[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 7 @ 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
Feb 8 @ 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[...]
* Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Celebration w/Russell Malone 8:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra’s 2... @ Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing.  Twenty years ago he settled in the DMV, so he celebrates the[...]
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* Eric Harland’s Voyager 7:00 pm
* Eric Harland’s Voyager @ Kennedy Center
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm
The drummer Eric Harland has scant few recordings as a bandleader; but look at his resume and you’ll see a whose-who in the last 20 years of the jazz mainstream. Harland is perhaps best known[...]
* The Baylor Project 8:00 pm
* The Baylor Project @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
The Baylor Project performs jazz steeped in sensual, simmering soul and R&B. Two separate sets and 8 and 10 p.m. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan Anacostia Capitol Hill Columbia Heights[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 9 @ 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
Feb 9 @ 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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* Randy Weston’s African Rhythms: A Tribute to James Reese Europe 7:00 pm
* Randy Weston’s African Rhythms... @ Kennedy Center Jazz Club
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Randy Weston is an American jazz legend whose two most apparent musical influences are Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk – but it’s his African lineage that Weston is probably most passionate about honoring. The pianist’s[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 10 @ 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
Feb 10 @ 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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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 13 @ 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
Feb 13 @ 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
Feb 13 @ 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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*Take 5! Sarah Hughes Quartet: Celebrates the Music of Ornette Coleman 5:00 pm
*Take 5! Sarah Hughes Quartet: <... @ American Art Museum
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm
Saxophonist Sara Hughes has a sharp sense of melody and shapes her straight-ahead sensibilities with her flighty playing. She performs a special tribute to the angular, avant-garde innovator Ornette Coleman. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 15 @ 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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* Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 1]
* Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival [Da... @ Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Feb 16 all-day
The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of straight-ahead jazz expressed through performance, film, education and discussion. Curated by Paul Carr, the festival runs three days/four nights. Day 1 Highlights 5:00 p.m. DeAndre Howard’s[...]
* Vince Evans Jazz Ensemble 6:00 pm
* Vince Evans Jazz Ensemble @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm
At this week’s installation of “Jazz Night,” the soulful, rhythmic pianist Vince Evans leads a hard-hitting band that includes the trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse, bassist Pepe Gonzalez drummer Jay Jefferson, and the saxophonist Tracey Cutler. Agenda Agenda[...]
* Pat Martino Trio 8:00 pm
* Pat Martino Trio @ AMP by Strathmore
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Pat Martino ascended in the era of jazz-rock demagoguery, but he was an exception to prove a rule: a dangerously young guitarist with reaching, East-oriented inclinations – but indefatigable chops and vigorous sense of swing[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 16 @ 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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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 2]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Da... @ Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Feb 17 all-day
The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of straight-ahead jazz expressed through performance, film, education and discussion. Curated by Paul Carr, the festival runs three days/four nights. Day 2 Highlights Events begin with high school[...]
* Kevin Sun New Trio / Joe Moffett / Mark Fosson 6:00 pm
* Kevin Sun New Trio / Joe Moffe... @ Rhizome DC
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm
The saxophonist Kevin Sun is a student of the contemporary saxophone vernacular. From Albert Ayler to Chris Potter, with a strong foundation of Sonny Rollins’ rugged, rearing tone, Sun weaves creative energies together to make[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 17 @ 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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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 3]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Da... @ Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
Feb 18 all-day
The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of straight-ahead jazz expressed through performance, film, education and discussion. Curated by Paul Carr, the festival runs three days/four nights. Day 3 Highlights Events begin with high[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Blues Alley
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s Billie Holiday that Reeves emulates the most, singing ballads with a sibilant, brooding tone. Agenda[...]
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* Michael Bowie: Meet the Artist on the Bandstand 12:30 pm
* Michael Bowie: Meet the Artist... @ University of the District of Columbia
Feb 20 @ 12:30 pm
Michael Bowie is an internationally known jazz and gospel bassist that came up under the tutelage of the great Betty Carter and has since worked with artist such as Gil Scott-Heron, Patti Labelle, Isaac Hayes[...]
* knknighgh 6:30 pm
* knknighgh @ Rhizome DC
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm
One of the most iconic names in Creative Music, Chicago’s Nate Wooley is a master innovator in improvisation. Wooley exhibits a strong body of work, while connecting the dots of a vast network of musicians[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 20 @ 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
Feb 20 @ 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[...]
* George Burton Quintet 8:00 pm
* George Burton Quintet @ Blues Alley
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
The talented young pianist George Burton dips in and out of classic bop syntaxes, with cutting melodies and accompanying full-barrel rhythms that cast a fog over the divide between swing and groove. Agenda Agenda Day[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Feb 20 @ 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
Feb 21 @ 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
Feb 22 @ 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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* Davey Yarborough: Tribute to Buck Hill 6:00 pm
* Davey Yarborough: Tribute to B... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Buck Hill is a D.C. legend. Had he moved to New York City, he surely would have become a national figure. He was already making waves with his music by the mid-1940s, and[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 23 @ 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[...]
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 8:00 pm
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Herita... @ Rhizome DC
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
It’s an annual tradition for Transparent Productions to feature the mighty Ethnic Heritage Ensemble during Black History Month. For more than three decades, the Chicago-based drummer/percussionist/vocalist Kahil El’Zabar has led the group, and its revolving[...]
* Maceo Parker 8:00 pm
* Maceo Parker @ The Hamilton
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
If you hear James Brown on record hollering for someone to “blow your horn!” the next thing you’re going to experience is Maceo Parker. Brown’s right-hand sax man had an irreducible funkiness to his playing—swagger[...]
* Noah Haidu 9:00 pm
* Noah Haidu @ Twins Jazz
Feb 23 @ 9:00 pm
Pianist and composer Noah Haidu writes punchy melodies that get stuck deep in your head, and improvises over swinging post-bop with trenchant confidence.Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 23 @ 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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* Noah Haidu 9:00 pm
* Noah Haidu @ Twins Jazz
Feb 24 @ 9:00 pm
Pianist and composer Noah Haidu writes punchy melodies that get stuck deep in your head, and improvises over swinging post-bop with trenchant confidence.Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 24 @ 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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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 27 @ 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
Feb 27 @ 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
Feb 27 @ 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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