DC Jazz Calendar

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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Feb 1 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Bill Heid 6:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists from the hard-bop era. In his run with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in Lionel Hampton’s band, and as a leader of the famous Jazztet[...]
* Max Light 9:00 pm
* Max Light @ Twins Jazz
Feb 1 @ 9:00 pm
Bethesda’s own Max Light took home second place in the 2019 Herbie Hancock International Jazz Competition for guitar and its clear why he made it so far: the young musician can burn through chord changes[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B-3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 1 @ 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[...]
2
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Feb 2 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Takoma Jazz 8:00 pm
Takoma Jazz @ Twins Jazz
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Edmund Burke school teachers pianist John Howard and bassist Eugenio Ibarz perform a mix of jazz and pop standards in a straight-ahead, small combo setting. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
3
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 3 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Crank Jam 7:30 pm
Crank Jam @ DC City Winery
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm
DC City Winery hosts “Crank Jam, which they say is the “World’s only go-go jam session.”
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
Dave Chappell – Steve Abshire Band 8:00 pm
Dave Chappell – Steve Abshire Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Chappell is a veteran six-string slinger in the DMV, having played alongside legends like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan. His own style borders on this kind of hillbilly jazz, but leans more into a[...]
4
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 4 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 4 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
Strunz & Farah 9:24 pm
Strunz & Farah @ Blues Alley
Feb 4 @ 9:24 pm
You would be forgiven for thinking guitarists Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah are just the latest to follow in the rapid-fire, hot acoustic school of Django Reinhardt. The Costa Rican and Iranian musicians, respectively, fold[...]
5
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Joe Vetter leads a straight-ahead jazz quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Q Parker: The Bridge Project 8:00 pm
Q Parker: The Bridge Project @ DC City Winery
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Songwriter Q Parker, a member of the Grammy-award winning R&B group 112, performs selections from his multimedia work “The Bridge Project.”
Svetlana & the Delancy Five 8:00 pm
Svetlana & the Delancy Five @ Blues Alley
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Svetlana draws out her words when singing; like a classic cocktail jazz or cabaret singer, letting them flow slowly to almost tease the audience in her enunciation. Tonight she performs selections from her latest[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session (Special Wednesday Session) 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session (Special Wednesday Session) @ Marx Cafe
Feb 5 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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* Linda May Han Oh, Aventurine 7:30 pm
* Linda May Han Oh, Aventurine @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Bassist and bandleader Linda May Han Oh’s newest ensemble, the Aventurine octet, is named for a kind of stone, filled with reflective impurities that shimmer and sparkle as they catch the light. The sound of[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
Tygressa Sings Natalie 7:30 pm
Tygressa Sings Natalie @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Vocalist Tygressa started doing her tribute to Natalie Cole in 2018 at Blues Alley and it’s taken the area by storm. She brings her loving performance of the singers’ works to the City Winery.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Feb 6 @ 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[...]
* Joel Ross 8:00 pm
* Joel Ross @ Blues Alley
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Vibraphonist Joel Ross performs music that is cool and malleable, and emphasizes group dynamics and interplay. He performs with his Good Vibes band. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Feb 6 @ 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 Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters, the[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton 8:00 pm
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton @ Sotto
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
7
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 7 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet 6:00 pm
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm
John Lamkin is something of an institution when it comes to jazz along the I-95 corridor. He’s not only a veteran educator, a former instructor at University of Maryland, and the head of an impressive[...]
* Tedd Baker 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker @ Sotto
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 might strike you as another hard-bop-ish sextet, but the members infuse their sound with the melodic drive and ethereal, grooving sounds of acid jazz.
Keiko Matsui 8:00 pm
Keiko Matsui @ Blues Alley
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Japanese smooth jazz and New Age keyboardist Keiko Matsui performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 7 @ 9:00 pm
Whether one is standing outside Twin’s second story-haunt on U Street or lounging in the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden, Michael Thomas’ trumpet is guaranteed to cut through the din sharply but also sweetly.[...]
Robert Lighthouse 9:30 pm
Robert Lighthouse @ Jojos
Feb 7 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist, vocalist and harmonica-player Robert Lighthouse performs solo like the original bluesmen but with a tone shaped by the classic Chicago blues of Little Walter and Muddy Waters.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Feb 8 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan 7:30 pm
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan @ Sotto
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Soul singer and keyboardist Kia Bennett teams up with singer Desiree Jordan. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Ahmad Jamal 8:00 pm
* Ahmad Jamal @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Ahmad Jamal first sat down at a piano at age 3 and has been playing professionally for almost eight decades now. The NEA Jazz Master is an undisputed master of his instrument and in the[...]
Keiko Matsui 8:00 pm
Keiko Matsui @ Blues Alley
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Japanese smooth jazz and New Age keyboardist Keiko Matsui performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Richard Fulks 8:00 pm
Richard Fulks @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Richard Fulks, a long-time jazz singer, performs standards.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 8 @ 9:00 pm
Whether one is standing outside Twin’s second story-haunt on U Street or lounging in the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden, Michael Thomas’ trumpet is guaranteed to cut through the din sharply but also sweetly.[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Shirleta Settles 9:30 pm
Shirleta Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Shirleta Settles sings with a classic tone; somewhere between Nina Simone, Diana Ross and Ella Fitzgerald.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 8 @ 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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Sharón Clark Metropolitan Singers’ Jam 1:00 pm
Sharón Clark Metropolitan Singers’ Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm
For years, Jojo held a weekly jam session for jazz vocalists, the only one of its kind in the District, allowing aspiring crooners, scatters and belters the chance to work on their craft in the[...]
Anthony Brown: Second Sunday 3:00 pm
Anthony Brown: Second Sunday @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm
Gospel singer-songwriter Anthony Brown leads the congregation at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club in worship the second Sunday of every month this winter.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Eric Nolan & Anissa Hargrove 7:30 pm
Eric Nolan & Anissa Hargrove @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm
Eric Nolan Grant, who has been a member of the legendary vocal group The O’Jays since the early ’90s, performs with soul and R&B singer and native Washingtonian Anissa Hargrove.
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Twins Jazz
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
Bobby Muncy is a saxophonist with chops, conviction and the drive to make jazz feel fresh. He hopscotches between jazz covers of Radiohead, swinging renditions of his bandmates’ tunes, and his own skronky original compositions.[...]
Keiko Matsui 8:00 pm
Keiko Matsui @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
Japanese smooth jazz and New Age keyboardist Keiko Matsui performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 10 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Elijah Easton Trio 8:00 pm
* Elijah Easton Trio @ Harlot D.C.
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Elijah Easton is one of the DMV’s most awe-inspiring young talents, but a Google search on him won’t turn up much. Like many of D.C.’s great artists, Easton has built his career confidently but quietly,[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
George Mason University Jazz Faculty 8:00 pm
George Mason University Jazz Faculty @ Blues Alley
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
The instructors and musicians over at George Mason University’s jazz program combine their forces for one night at Blues Alley, delivering some well-studied big band and classic jazz tunes (perhaps even a few originals). Two[...]
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Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 11 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Blues Alley
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm
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. Two separate[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Feb 11 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Cyrille Aimee 8:00 pm
Cyrille Aimee @ Blues Alley
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Cyrille Aimee sings in a breathy tone that originates more from the nose and head than the lungs or diaphragm; you could be forgiven for mistaking her for Norah Jones. Two separate sets at[...]
Etna Cantora and Rob Orwin 8:00 pm
Etna Cantora and Rob Orwin @ Twins Jazz
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
Brazilian vocalist Etna Cantora performs a mix of standards from the traditions of her homeland; Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, and Forro as well as some from the jazz songbook. She is accompanied by a trio[...]
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Feb 12 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Appel and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz pursues a multi-cultural vision of improvised music, drawing from European, Latin American, American and Roma musical traditions. The quintet is nearly all string-musicians (save for the percussionist), featuring guitars, bass and violin.[...]
* Bilal – Valentine’s Day Residency 7:30 pm
* Bilal – Valentine’s Day Residency @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Neo-Soul vocalist Bilal has been part of the fabric of modern hip-hop, R&B, and its fusions, since his groundbreaking work alongside The Roots, the Soulquarians, and D’Angelo at the turn of the millennium. As comfortable in[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Algebra Blessett 8:00 pm
Algebra Blessett @ DC City Winery
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Contemporary R&B singer Algebra Blessett performs.
Chris Bates 8:00 pm
Chris Bates @ Twins Jazz
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Chris Bates was probably seen by many in the D.C. jazz audience at Jason Moran’s performance of James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin at the Kennedy Center in 2018. An alumnus of the[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows, an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player, returns for his annual run of Valentine’s Day shows at Blues Alley. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton 8:00 pm
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton @ Sotto
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 1]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 1] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 14 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars and national Day One highlights include: 5 p.m. –[...]
Carlos Johnson 6:00 pm
Carlos Johnson @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Alto saxophonist and vocalist Carlos Johnson is one of those icons of the Baltimore scene; a veteran whose toured with everyone from Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder to Lena Horne and Roy Ayers. He swings[...]
Nicole Saphos 6:00 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Sotto
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Apple and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
* Shacara Rogers 7:00 pm
* Shacara Rogers @ Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Singer Shacara Rogers came up through Howard University’s music program, making her mark as a member of the signature vocal ensemble: Afro-Blue. She’s often recruited by bandleaders like Michael Bowie or Elijah Jamal Balbed for[...]
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day @ Blues Alley
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. He performs a special, Valentine’s Day dinner show package. Two separate sets at 7 and 10 p.m. **Please note that the 7 p.m. show is[...]
Valentines Day with Marion Meadows 7:00 pm
Valentines Day with Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. He performs a special, Valentine’s Day show. Two separate sets at 7 and 10 p.m.
* Bilal – Valentine’s Day Residency 7:30 pm
* Bilal – Valentine’s Day Residency @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Neo-Soul vocalist Bilal has been part of the fabric of modern hip-hop, R&B, and its fusions, since his groundbreaking work alongside The Roots, the Soulquarians, and D’Angelo at the turn of the millennium. As comfortable in[...]
Secret Society 7:30 pm
Secret Society @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Secret Society performs a kind of funk that draws influence from jazz giants like John Coltrane as much as Rick James and Stevie Wonder; they call what they do “Feel Good Music.”
** CapitalBop Presents: Marquis Hill ‘Love Tape’ + Freeform The Collective 8:00 pm
** CapitalBop Presents: Marquis Hill ‘Love Tape’ + Freeform The Collective @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
In a special Valentine’s Day concert, CapitalBop is pleased to present a live performance of Love Tape, featuring Hill’s all-star touring band: bassist Junius Paul, pianist/keyboardist Jahari Stampley, drummer Makaya McCraven and vocalist (and D.C.[...]
An Evening with Eddie Levert 8:00 pm
An Evening with Eddie Levert @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
Anthony Levert is one of the few remaining original members of The O’Jays, one of the most beloved vocal R&B groups of the 1970s, singers of the iconic hit “Love Train.” He steps away from[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt plays with a kind of tight, brash tone that lends itself best to his bright, energetic soloing. The straight-ahead bandleader has been a longtime feature of the jazz programming at Mr. Henry’s.[...]
Tony Terry: For Lovers Only 8:00 pm
Tony Terry: For Lovers Only @ DC City Winery
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
Tony Terry grew up in Washington, D.C., getting schooled in music at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, before he hit the R&B charts in the 1990s as part of the New Jack Swing.[...]
Eugenie Jones 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones @ Twins Jazz
Feb 14 @ 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones sings soul and straight-ahead. She performs at Twins for Valentine’s Day. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 14 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers was born in Houston, Texas, and the baritone twang of his accent gives his performances a kind of swing that’s almost as much country and blues as it is jazz.[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 2]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 2] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 15 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars. Day Two highlights include: 12 p.m. Paul Carr’s Jazz[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 15 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
Dwele 6:30 pm
Dwele @ DC City Winery
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm
Soul singer Dwele performs two separate sets at 6:30 and 9 p.m.
* Melissa Aldana Quartet, Visions 7:00 pm
* Melissa Aldana Quartet, Visions @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana was the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Monk Competition when she took home the top honors in 2013. She has been best known in the jazz world for[...]
JS Williams & Abundance: AXIOMS 7:30 pm
JS Williams & Abundance: AXIOMS @ Sotto
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore-based trumpeter JS Williams follows in the mold of Roy Hargrove as a musician and bandleader, with firm knowledge of and playful synthesis of traditional, swinging bop melodies and swaggering hip-hop and R&B cadences. His[...]
An Evening with Eddie Levert 8:00 pm
An Evening with Eddie Levert @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Anthony Levert is one of the few remaining original members of The O’Jays, one of the most beloved vocal R&B groups of the 1970s, singers of the iconic hit “Love Train.” He steps away from[...]
Julia Nixon 8:00 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Julia Nixon, who played the lead during the original run of Dreamgirls on Broadway, performs a mix of ’80s, diva-driven R&B and jazz standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows, an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player, returns for his annual run of Valentine’s Day shows at Blues Alley. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Kiyem Ade 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade @ Jojos
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Kiyem Ade, formerly Keith Ailer, brings the Nat King Cole style of crooning – mid-range, fluid and well-paced – into the 21st century, laying his flowing voice over atmospheric neo-soul beats.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 15 @ 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 [Day 3] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 16 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars. Day Three highlights include: 2:30 p.m. Sharón Clark Quintet.[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 16 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 7:00 pm
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Rhizome DC
Feb 16 @ 7:00 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[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Chip Shelton 8:00 pm
Chip Shelton @ Twins Jazz
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Flautist and saxophonist Chip Shelton performs a form of grooving jazz music that harkens back to the soul jazz made famous on U Street in the 1960s by players like Jimmy Smith and Ramsey Lewis.[...]
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows, an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player, returns for his annual run of Valentine’s Day shows at Blues Alley. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Rare Essence 9:30 pm
* Rare Essence @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm
The band Rare Essence is among the founding groups of the go-go movement in Washington, D.C. (some even say the group pioneered the now-universal use of the congas to play the go-go beat). The band[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 17 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Elijah Easton Trio 8:00 pm
* Elijah Easton Trio @ Harlot D.C.
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Elijah Easton is one of the DMV’s most awe-inspiring young talents, but a Google search on him won’t turn up much. Like many of D.C.’s great artists, Easton has built his career confidently but quietly,[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Anita King 8:00 pm
Anita King @ Blues Alley
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Anita King can belt like an ’80s R&B diva in one moment and sigh a wistful jazz ballad the next. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
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Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 18 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She could be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station and now at Club Heaven & Hell, reworking bop classics in an[...]
Special EFX 8:00 pm
Special EFX @ Blues Alley
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion group Special EFX performs. Two separate sets at 8 an 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Feb 18 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
* Kamasi Washington 8:00 pm
* Kamasi Washington @ Howard Theatre
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Kamasi Washington is perhaps the most talked-about jazz musician on the planet since the release of his album The Epic five years ago. While that title is up for debate (the artist himself deflects it)[...]
Emmaline 8:00 pm
Emmaline @ Blues Alley
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Emmaline performs standards and originals with a husky, lightly smokey voice that oscillates between the timbres of classic jazz  and modern R&B singers. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman takes the party over to Club Heaven & Hell and leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ Blues Alley
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton 8:00 pm
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton @ Sotto
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
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* Akua Allrich & The Tribe 6:00 pm
* Akua Allrich & The Tribe @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
Whether singing an original, a classic jazz standard or something from the Miriam Makeba songbook, there is a deep spiritual fervor in Akua Allrich’s music. Her voice wells up deep from the chest to unleash[...]
* Lena Seikaly – Third Fridays 8:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly – Third Fridays @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Chris Grasso is one of the more accomplished accompanists in the area as the long time musical partner and director for one of the great voices of the DMV: Ms. Sharón Clark. He kicks[...]
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ Blues Alley
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
Chris Walker & Friends: Celebrating Al Jarreau 8:00 pm
Chris Walker & Friends: Celebrating Al Jarreau @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Gospel-trained jazz singer Chris Walker performs a tribute to iconic vocalist Al Jarreau.
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Feb 21 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje is arguably D.C.’s greatest trombone player and one of the area’s most prolific and imaginative composers. His anthemic music often tackles issues of spirituality or social causes, weaving in elements of calypso, Afro-Caribbean[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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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Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 22 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ Blues Alley
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
Lanah Koelle 8:00 pm
Lanah Koelle @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Lanah Koelle performs.
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Feb 22 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje is arguably D.C.’s greatest trombone player and one of the area’s most prolific and imaginative composers. His anthemic music often tackles issues of spirituality or social causes, weaving in elements of calypso, Afro-Caribbean[...]
* BJ Simmons 9:30 pm
* BJ Simmons @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm
BJ Simmons is a powerful tenor saxophonist who deserves wider recognition, and works across the genres of jazz and R&B.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 22 @ 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[...]
What? Band 11:00 pm
What? Band @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Feb 22 @ 11:00 pm
Go-go veteran Christian Black “Rapper Dude” leads the W.H.A.T. Band (Washington’s Hottest And Talented) through a unique blend of R&B, go-go and hip-hop.
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* Kris Funn & CornerStore 6:00 pm
* Kris Funn & CornerStore @ Takoma Station
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Bassist Kris Funn has a tone that is instantly recognizable – whether on a recording or cutting through the din of a U Street Club. It is raw, aggressive and booming and yet never overpowers[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Mike Phillips 7:30 pm
Mike Phillips @ DC City Winery
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist and seasoned touring musician Mike Phillips performs in celebration of his new album Pulling Off The Covers.
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ Blues Alley
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
Michael Sarian Acoustic Quartet 8:00 pm
Michael Sarian Acoustic Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Michael Sarian’s music sounds a bit like Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ early cool jazz, but spoken through the vernacular of present-day angular harmonic convention and smoothness. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 24 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Elijah Easton Trio 8:00 pm
* Elijah Easton Trio @ Harlot D.C.
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Elijah Easton is one of the DMV’s most awe-inspiring young talents, but a Google search on him won’t turn up much. Like many of D.C.’s great artists, Easton has built his career confidently but quietly,[...]
* Gavin Horning, Sean Jones and Kris Funn 8:00 pm
* Gavin Horning, Sean Jones and Kris Funn @ Blues Alley
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore boasts some of the best instructors in the music world. A handful of those first-rate musicians, including former Jazz at Lincoln Center first trumpeter Sean Jones and the DMV’s own[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
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Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 25 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She could be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station and now at Club Heaven & Hell, reworking bop classics in an[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Feb 25 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Vybe Band 7:30 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
The Vybe Band performs a mix of R&B and go-go.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
BSQ 8:00 pm
BSQ @ Twins Jazz
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists and flautist Bob Schwartz leads the Bob Schwartz Quartet, an easy-swinging and swaying straight-ahead group. Schwarz has a gift for plumbing the American Songbook for obscure gems and other diamonds in the rough for[...]
KW Big Band 8:00 pm
KW Big Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist, composer and arranger Tim Whalen puts none of those roles above the other: He’s a fierce improviser with debt to the bebop greats; he also writes magnificent, interleaved pieces for mid-size ensemble. He[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman takes the party over to Club Heaven & Hell and leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Paul Pieper Sextet 8:00 pm
Paul Pieper Sextet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Paul Pieper took second place in the 1995 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for guitar. He plays with spring and swing in a classic Jim Hall / Charlie Christian jazz guitar style. Two separate[...]
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton 8:00 pm
Sotto Sessions: Joseph Brotherton @ Sotto
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
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Bowie State University Community Jazz Ensemble: Tribute to Benny Goodman 6:00 pm
Bowie State University Community Jazz Ensemble: Tribute to Benny Goodman @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm
The Bowie State University Community Jazz Ensemble, under leadership of Dr. Clarence E. Knight, Jr. and Dr. Gilbert E. Pryor, Jr., invites amateur and professional musicians to perform classics from the jazz tradition. The group[...]
* Qunicy Phillips & Jumbo Shrimp 7:30 pm
* Qunicy Phillips & Jumbo Shrimp @ Sotto
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
Quincy Phillips is known the world over as a first-rate drummer from his time anchoring the kit for cats like Roy Hargrove in his small combo or Christian McBride in his GRAMMY-winning big band. There’s[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 28 @ 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.
* Jason Moran & The Bandwagon + Cassandra Wilson and Marvin Sewell 8:00 pm
* Jason Moran & The Bandwagon + Cassandra Wilson and Marvin Sewell @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Jason Moran’s main vehicle for expression over the last two decades has been the Bandwagon trio, featuring the thundering bassist Tarus Mateen and gale-force drummer Nasheet Waits. The group has created a vast array[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Feb 28 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
* Brian Settles 9:30 pm
* Brian Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Feb 28 @ 9:30 pm
Tenor saxophonist Brian Settles can be found just about anywhere there’s jazz being played in D.C., comfortable at shaping the expansive vision of composers like Steve Arnold, leading the charged, Afro-Caribbean anthems of Reginald Cyntje[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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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Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Heaven & Hell Jazz Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Feb 29 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul 7:30 pm
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul @ Sotto
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Thad Wilson has been a presence on the D.C. jazz scene, and a cornerstone of the straight-ahead jazz circles, for over twenty years. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn in a highly lyrical, almost romantic[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Melba Moore 8:00 pm
Melba Moore @ DC City Winery
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm
Melba Moore’s career in the music industry started with her role in the musical Hair, and continued with Top 10 hits throughout the 80s. She sings R&B and soul.
The Eddie Anderson Project 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project performs straight-ahead jazz with fusion and funk undertones.
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Feb 29 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 29 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Tony Gaddell 9:30 pm
Tony Gaddell @ Jojos
Feb 29 @ 9:30 pm
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* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 29 @ 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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