DC Jazz Calendar

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* Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-Collective 8:00 pm
* Terence Blanchard Feat. The E-... @ Blues Alley
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm
The distinguished trumpeter and composer Terrence Blanchard leads his group E-Collective for a run of NOLA funky-jazz at Blues Alley. Blanchard is known for both his jazz playing and his extensive film soundtrack work, having scored almost[...]
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* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest, young jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director of Thad Wilson, professor of Jazz Studies at George Washington[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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
Oct 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
Oct 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
Oct 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
Oct 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[...]
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band 8:00 pm
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm
Chick Corea’s sharp, wakeful attack on the piano has had an enormous impact on jazz over the past 40 years. Same for his globally minded approach to jazz fusion; with his group Return to Forever,[...]
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Oct 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[...]
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*Fathers and Sons Quintet 6:00 pm
*<i>Fathers and Sons</i> Quintet @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm
Westminster Jazz Night presents a special performance of some of DC’s great young lions performing with the figures who first inspired them; their fathers! See Drummer Tom Williams slap the skins behind his saxophonist father Whit[...]
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band 8:00 pm
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm
Chick Corea’s sharp, wakeful attack on the piano has had an enormous impact on jazz over the past 40 years. Same for his globally minded approach to jazz fusion; with his group Return to Forever,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Brian Settles Quartet (Fall Into Jazz) 6:00 pm
* Brian Settles Quartet (Fall In... @ The Ambassador Baptist Church
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm
Brian Settles is wakefully minimalist as a saxophonist and a composer. His tone on the tenor sax warbles and decries, and it’s established him as one of D.C.’s most self-possessed improvisers. He performs with a[...]
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band 8:00 pm
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm
Chick Corea’s sharp, wakeful attack on the piano has had an enormous impact on jazz over the past 40 years. Same for his globally minded approach to jazz fusion; with his group Return to Forever,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band 8:00 pm
* Chick Corea – Steve Gadd Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
Chick Corea’s sharp, wakeful attack on the piano has had an enormous impact on jazz over the past 40 years. Same for his globally minded approach to jazz fusion; with his group Return to Forever,[...]
* Levon Mikaelian 8:00 pm
* Levon Mikaelian @ Twins Jazz
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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
Oct 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[...]
* Loide 8:00 pm
* Loide @ Blues Alley
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
An American-raised singer with origins in Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, Loide intones with full-throated, expressive clarity over Afro-Lusophone rhythms. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Oct 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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* Shannon Gunn: What It Takes 1:39 am
* Shannon Gunn: <i>What It Takes... @ Fairfax Old Town Hall
Oct 11 @ 1:39 am – 2:38 am
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher who plays in the well-loved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, this all-female band plays traditional tunes as well as original material.  The celebrate the release of Gunn’s[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 6:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams[...]
* Tedd Baker Quartet 8:00 pm
* Tedd Baker Quartet @ Blues Alley
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Tedd Baker, one of the most revered on the D.C. scene, has toured the world as part of the State Department’s Jazz Ambassadors program and is a member of the U.S. Air Force[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest, young jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director of Thad Wilson, professor of Jazz Studies at George Washington[...]
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* Janelle Gill: Tribute to Lena Horne 6:00 pm
* Janelle Gill: Tribute to Lena ... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Janelle Gill attended Howard University and is a graduate of Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Born and raised in D.C., Gill’s style reflects the various musical influences present in her upbringing. She is[...]
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 7:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ All Souls Unitarian Church
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
* Renée Fleming & Christian McBride 8:00 pm
* Renée Fleming & Christian McBride @ Kennedy Center
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Renée Fleming pairs with iconic musicians in her Voices series at the Kennedy Center. On Friday the 13th, Fleming is joined by bassist Christian McBride. Bold and amicable in disposition, punctilious in execution, Christian McBride is the[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Lee Konitz at 90 7:00 pm
* Lee Konitz at 90 @ Kennedy Center
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
Lee Konitz went from being a sideman in the nonet that recorded Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ famous “Birth of the Cool” album, to leading his own cool ensembles and eventually embracing the avant-garde. His[...]
* Amina Claudine Myers at CapitalBop’s Traveling Loft 8:00 pm
* Amina Claudine Myers at Capita... @ NYU Washington - Abramson Family Auditorium
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
* Amina Claudine Myers at CapitalBop's Traveling Loft @ NYU Washington - Abramson Family Auditorium | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Amina Claudine Myers is one of the most respected pianists of her generation, though she’s never become the most widely known. It is CapitalBop’s honor to present this living legend of Creative Music in a very[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like[...]
* Shannon Gunn: What It Takes 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn: <i>What It Takes... @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn: <i>What It Takes</i> @ Mr. Henry's
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher who plays in the well-loved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, this all-female band plays traditional tunes as well as original material.  The celebrate the release of Gunn’s[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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
Oct 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[...]
* Michael Bowie & The BLAST 8:00 pm
* Michael Bowie & The BLAST @ Blues Alley
Oct 17 @ 8:00 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 and[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Or... @ Columbia Station
Oct 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 Lee Funk Trio 7:00 pm
* John Lee Funk Trio @ Sotto
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm
The piquantly flavorful guitarist John Lee leads a jazz-funk guitar trio nearly every Wednesday at Sotto. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams Morgan Anacostia Capitol Hill Columbia Heights Downtown Georgetown/Dupont Circle H[...]
* John Kocur 8:00 pm
* John Kocur @ Twins Jazz
Oct 18 @ 8:00 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[...]
* John Kocur Trio 9:00 pm
* John Kocur Trio @ Marx Cafe
Oct 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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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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[...]
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* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Hope Udobi 7:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most promising young jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious[...]
* Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Celebration 8:00 pm
* Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Cel... @ Kennedy Center
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was one of the primary architects of bebop and, therefore, the trajectory of modern jazz. A exuberant trumpeter known for his bouncing solos and rhythmic fascination, Gillespie wrote numerous compositions that[...]
* Fred Hersch 8:00 pm
* Fred Hersch @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Fred 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. Agenda Agenda Day Month Week Posterboard Stream Categories Adams[...]
* Rochelle Rice 8:00 pm
* Rochelle Rice @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Rochelle Rice, a talented vocalist from the training grounds of Howard University’s award-winning a[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 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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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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
Oct 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
Oct 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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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 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[...]
* Brad Linde Ensemble – 10th Anniversary Concert 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde Ensemble – 10th Ann... @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
The enterprising area saxophonist Brad Linde, whose conscientious and beam-like sound descends cleanly from his cool jazz idols, is always introducing new ensembles and new ideas. Tonight, however, Linde celebrates the 10th anniversary of his[...]
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* Ron Carter Trio 7:00 pm
* Ron Carter Trio @ Kennedy Center
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Ron Carter is the definitive bassist of the post-bop era; leave aside for a moment his wide, elastic playing, which goes far beyond traditional walking-bass technique and constructs its own counterintuitive commentary under a melody.[...]
* Future Prospect 8:00 pm
* Future Prospect @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Richmond’s Future Project performs jazz that aspires to Chris Potter’s sharp post-bop with added cues from electronica, soul and funk. 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
Oct 27 @ 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
Oct 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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* Akua Allrich 8:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 28 @ 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[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 28 @ 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
Oct 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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* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra 6:00 pm
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm
The 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra commanded the Caverns every Monday night with a repertoire ranging from Count Basie to Coltrane to band members’ originals. Some truly excellent soloists strengthen the big band’s arrangements. Agenda[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 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[...]