DC Jazz Calendar

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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Aug 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[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Aug 1 @ 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 @ Columbia Station
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ Blues Alley
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician.
MGB Power Trio 8:00 pm
MGB Power Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
The MGB Power Trio perform a mix of standards and originals inspired by hard-swinging bop from the likes of Art Blakey and Charles Mingus. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 2 @ 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.
* Shacara Rogers 6:00 pm
* Shacara Rogers @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm
Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known a cappella group Afro Blue. Since her undergrad years, she’s honed her compositional skills in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program[...]
* Thad Wilson Big Band 6:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Big Band @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug 2 @ 6:00 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. At this appearance at Westminster’s Jazz Night in D.C., Wilson leads a[...]
* Mark G. Meadows & Danielle Wertz 7:30 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & Danielle Wertz @ Sotto
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm
Pianist and vocalist Mark G. Meadows is one of the cornerstone keyboardists on the D.C. jazz scene. With his band, the Movement, Meadows also takes the vocal mic, creating music that lands somewhere between the[...]
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 is a funk- and pop-infused sextet, featuring Bryan McEntire on tenor saxophone, Charles Whalen on trumpet, Mark Johnson on guitar, Russ Rodgers on bass and Greg Reaves on drums. Two separate sets at[...]
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ Blues Alley
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician.
Syleena Johnson 8:00 pm
Syleena Johnson @ DC City Winery
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
Syleena Johnson is a contemporary soul vocalist.
The Bar-Kays and One Way 8:00 pm
The Bar-Kays and One Way @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm
Two legends of the ’70s R&B charts, funk bands the Bar-Kays and One Way, share the stage for one night at Bethesda’s Blues & Jazz Supper Club.
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Aug 2 @ 9:00 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. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Victor Provost 9:30 pm
* Victor Provost @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 2 @ 9:30 pm
Victor Provost isn’t just the only jazz steel pan player in D.C. – he’s one of the region’s best improvisers, on any instrument.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Aug 2 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 3 @ 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[...]
* Bill Heid 6:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 3 @ 6:00 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 Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Herb Scott 7:30 pm
* Herb Scott @ Sotto
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Herb Scott is a young, soulful powerhouse on alto saxophone. As a bandleader, his style often veers into the over-sweetened terrain of smooth jazz, but no matter what he plays, his fleetness and conviction are[...]
* Bilal 8:00 pm
* Bilal @ DC City Winery
Aug 3 @ 8:00 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[...]
* Mark G. Meadows and Danielle Wertz Sing Nat King Cole 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows and Danielle Wertz Sing Nat King Cole @ Creative Cauldron
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and vocalist Mark G. Meadows is one of the cornerstone keyboardists on the D.C. jazz scene. With his band, the Movement, Meadows also takes the vocal mic, creating music that lands somewhere between the[...]
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ Blues Alley
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician.
Renee Georges 8:00 pm
Renee Georges @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
The straight-ahead vocalist Renee Collins-Georges also creates children’s songs.
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Aug 3 @ 9:00 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. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 3 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the 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 student[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Aug 3 @ 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
Aug 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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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 4 @ 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[...]
Grant Langford 6:00 pm
Grant Langford @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm
Saxophonist Grant Langford, a member of the U.S. Airmen of Note and veteran of the Count Basie and Ray Charles Orchestras, leads a straight-ahead group.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Nicole Saphos 6:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Sotto
Aug 4 @ 6:30 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 Apple and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
James “Jas.” Funk Birthday Celebration 7:00 pm
James “Jas.” Funk Birthday Celebration @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm
James “Jas.” Funk leads Proper Untensils, one of the oldest go-go bands in D.C. that still preserve the music’s sound from the original wave spearheaded by Chuck Brown. He celebrates his birthday.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Aug 4 @ 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.[...]
Oweleo 7:30 pm
Oweleo @ DC City Winery
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm
Oweleo, aka Lysette Titi, is the voice of DC’s own Backyard Band, one of the seminal Go-Go acts of the past decades. She strikes out on her own, performing a mix of Go-Go and soul. 
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ Blues Alley
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician.
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 9:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Twins Jazz
Aug 4 @ 9:00 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. Here[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 4 @ 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[...]
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* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both the sit-ins and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
* Shannon Gunn 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn @ Blues Alley
Aug 5 @ 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[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 5 @ 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[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 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[...]
Angela Johnson w/ Kenny Wesley 7:30 pm
Angela Johnson w/ Kenny Wesley @ DC City Winery
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm
Contemporary R&B and soul singer Angela Johnson performs.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm
Every weke, 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[...]
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 8:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ Blues Alley
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Aug 6 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Aug 7 @ 5:00 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. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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
Aug 7 @ 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[...]
* Movie Screening: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes 8:00 pm
* Movie Screening: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes @ The Avalon Theatre
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
A one-night showing of a new documentary on Blue Note Records, a titan in the history of recorded jazz whose stylistic stamp — in terms of production, recording, visual branding and more — has helped[...]
Jackiem Joyner 8:00 pm
Jackiem Joyner @ Blues Alley
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner leads a smooth jazz group. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Lara Driscoll Trio 8:00 pm
Lara Driscoll Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Lara Driscoll’s compositions blend the angular, shimmering harmonic sense of contemporary jazz with a sense of melody strongly rooted in the straight-ahead tradition. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 7 @ 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.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 9:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Aug 7 @ 9:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
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* Queens of Soul 6:00 pm
* Queens of Soul @ Dorthy I. Height Place
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm
The earthy Akua Allrich, artful Shacara Rodgers and soul singer Tamika Love Jones are three of the strongest vocalists in the D.C. scene. They perform with the Sam Prather Quartet, and ideal accompanist for all,[...]
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 6:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ The Decatur House
Aug 8 @ 6:30 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and spare, metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, but he speaks in the lingua franca of present-day post-bop.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 8 @ 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 @ Bin 1301
Aug 8 @ 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 @ Columbia Station
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Laurin Talese 8:00 pm
Laurin Talese @ DC City Winery
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Classically and jazz trained vocalist Laurin Talese areflects the influence of ’90s/2000s divas like Mariah Carey and Beyoncé on singers today; she restrains from belting out but enjoys soaring in short vocal flights.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
The Izmirlian Quintet 8:00 pm
The Izmirlian Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist and composer Greg Izmirlian leads his straight-ahead quintet through standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 9 @ 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.
Ben Sands: Southwest’s Favorite Son 6:00 pm
Ben Sands: Southwest’s Favorite Son @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Saxophonist Ben Sands leads a straight-ahead large ensemble featuring musicians like pianist Janelle Gill and Wes Biles on bass.
Todd Simon Duo 6:00 pm
Todd Simon Duo @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Study  and swinging pianist Todd Simon performs with a trio.
* Shacara Rogers 7:30 pm
* Shacara Rogers @ Sotto
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm
Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known a cappella group Afro Blue. Since her undergrad years, she’s honed her compositional skills in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt used to play at Mr. Henry’s 10 years ago, before the Capitol Hill bar and grill stopped hosting jazz. Now the music is back on, and Cordt’s straight-ahead quartet is back. The[...]
Melba Moore 8:00 pm
Melba Moore @ Blues Alley
Aug 9 @ 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. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Aug 9 @ 9:00 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. He debuts a new song cycle called “Magnetism” over[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Aug 9 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Aug 9 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 10 @ 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[...]
Lily Pond Live 5:00 pm
Lily Pond Live @ Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Aug 10 @ 5:00 pm
The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens host an outdoor evening jazz concert.
Julian Berkowitz Trio 6:00 pm
Julian Berkowitz Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Julian Berkowitz leads a straight-ahead trio.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Lauren White 7:30 pm
Lauren White @ Sotto
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm
Soul and R&B singer Lauren White presents her “soul revival”. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Jamison Ross & Carol Riddick 8:00 pm
Jamison Ross & Carol Riddick @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm
Soul is at the heart of the jazz tradition and Jamison Ross has plenty of it. Originally from Florida where he helped bring his high school band to New York to win Lincoln Center’s Essentially[...]
Melba Moore 8:00 pm
Melba Moore @ Blues Alley
Aug 10 @ 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. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
The Eddie Anderson Project 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project performs straight-ahead jazz with fusion and funk undertones.
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Aug 10 @ 9:00 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. He debuts a new song cycle called “Magnetism” over[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Aug 10 @ 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.
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 10 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 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[...]
Backyard Band 11:30 pm
Backyard Band @ DC City Winery
Aug 10 @ 11:30 pm
The Backyard Band, the self-styled “Bad Boys of Go-go,” rose to a new level of prominence at the end of 2015 with their masterful cover of Adele’s “Hello.”
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 11 @ 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[...]
Cheyney Thomas 6:00 pm
Cheyney Thomas @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm
Cheyney Thomas has been lending his steady hand on the upright bass to some of D.C.’s most prominent straight-ahead cats for decades now. He swings steadily but surely and leads his own straight-ahead group.
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise 6:00 pm
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm
Gospel star J.J. Hairston leads Youthful Praise through gospel and worship numbers.
* Rochelle Rice 6:30 pm
* Rochelle Rice @ Sotto
Aug 11 @ 6:30 pm
Rochelle Rice, a talented vocalist from the training grounds of Howard University’s award-winning a cappella group, Afro Blue, and alumnus of Strathmore’s Artist-In-Residence program, blends straight-ahead jazz and classic, bluesy R&B.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Aug 11 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Aug 11 @ 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.[...]
* The New World 8:00 pm
* The New World @ Twins Jazz
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
As a unit, The New World, a group of young mainstays of the D.C. scene, has developed a vision of jazz it calls “fiction music.” It’s a group dedicated to long, sweeping original compositions, and[...]
Melba Moore 8:00 pm
Melba Moore @ Blues Alley
Aug 11 @ 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. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Nappy Roots 8:00 pm
Nappy Roots @ DC City Winery
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
Platinum-selling Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots performs.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 11 @ 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[...]
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* Imani-Grace Cooper 8:00 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Blues Alley
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm
Imani-Grace Cooper, a former soloist in the Howard University a capella group Afro Blue, has an enchanting vocal approach. She’s a singer on the rise. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both the sit-ins and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 12 @ 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[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 13 @ 8:00 pm
Every weke, 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[...]
Traci Braxton 8:00 pm
Traci Braxton @ Blues Alley
Aug 13 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Traci Praxton performs R&B. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Aug 13 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Aug 14 @ 5:00 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. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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
Aug 14 @ 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[...]
Cimarrón 8:00 pm
Cimarrón @ Twins Jazz
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Columbia-based group Cimarrón performs a style of traditional music called joropo, which draws on African, European and Native South American influences. Two separate sets and 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 14 @ 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.
Sara Gazarek 8:00 pm
Sara Gazarek @ Blues Alley
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek won recognition from DownBeat as “Best Collegiate Vocalist” back in 2003. She performs standards, originals and pop covers with a little swing and a clean tone. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 9:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Aug 14 @ 9:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Aug 14 @ 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
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Freddy Cole Quintet 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole Quintet @ Blues Alley
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm
Singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While his[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Aug 15 @ 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 @ Columbia Station
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 16 @ 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.
Coniece Washington 6:00 pm
Coniece Washington @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist Coniece Washington performs standards with a touch of swing and cocktail cabaret style. She performs a tribute to D.C.’s own Shirley Horn.
* Akua Allrich 8:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 16 @ 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.
* Freddy Cole Quintet 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole Quintet @ Blues Alley
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While his[...]
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ AMP By Strathmore
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and vocalist Mark Meadows is one cornerstone keyboardists on the D.C. jazz scene.  With his band, the Movement, Meadows makes music that fits comfortably between the genre-bending futurist fusion of Robert Glasper and the[...]
Rahsaan Patterson 8:00 pm
Rahsaan Patterson @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Rahsaan Patterson performs an urban adult mix of R&B and soul.
Luther Re-Lives 8:30 pm
Luther Re-Lives @ DC City Winery
Aug 16 @ 8:30 pm
Luther Vandross tribute band Luther Re-Lives performs.
* Kenny Rittenhouse 9:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse @ Twins Jazz
Aug 16 @ 9:00 pm
Kenny Rittenhouse has led ensembles of various sizes around the DC-Maryland area for two decades, and is a member of many others (including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra). Rittenhouse specializes hard-bop a la Art Blakey[...]
Jordan Dixon 9:30 pm
Jordan Dixon @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 16 @ 9:30 pm
UDC jazz alum Jordan Dixon leads a straight-ahead group.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Aug 16 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 17 @ 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[...]
Veronica Swift 5:00 pm
Veronica Swift @ AMP by Strathmore
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm
24-year old Veronica Swift is a prodigy vocalist, having recorded her first album at age 9, finished second in the 2015 Monk competition and headlined jazz festivals before she could purchase alcohol. Her phrasing is[...]
* Keith Butler Trio 6:00 pm
* Keith Butler Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Keith Butler, alongside his trio-mates Steve Arnold on bass and Nelson Dougherty on guitar are by now familiar faces around the DC jazz jam scene as they try to assert themselves as leaders of the[...]
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 17 @ 6:15 pm
A veteran of musical theater (notably, she played the lead in the original Broadway presentation of Dreamgirls), Julian Nixon incorporates jazz standards and originals into her own personal brand of R&B. Two separate sets at[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Freddy Cole Quintet 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole Quintet @ Blues Alley
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While his[...]
Algebra Blessett 8:00 pm
Algebra Blessett @ DC City Winery
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Neo-soul and R&B singer Algebra Blessett performs.
Rahsaan Patterson 8:00 pm
Rahsaan Patterson @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Rahsaan Patterson performs an urban adult mix of R&B and soul.
* Kenny Rittenhouse 9:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse @ Twins Jazz
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm
Kenny Rittenhouse has led ensembles of various sizes around the DC-Maryland area for two decades, and is a member of many others (including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra). Rittenhouse specializes hard-bop a la Art Blakey[...]
Black Alley 9:00 pm
Black Alley @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm
Black Alley performs what they call “hood rock”: a mix of rock, jazz, R&B and soul.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 17 @ 9:30 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.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Aug 17 @ 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
Aug 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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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 18 @ 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
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Aug 18 @ 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.[...]
* Freddy Cole Quintet 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole Quintet @ Blues Alley
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
Singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While his[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 18 @ 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[...]
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* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both the sit-ins and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 19 @ 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[...]
Paul Bailey 8:00 pm
Paul Bailey @ Blues Alley
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Paul Bailey came up through the ranks of DC’s jazz youth orchestras and now leads his own groups through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm
Every weke, 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[...]
PatriceLIVE 8:00 pm
PatriceLIVE @ Blues Alley
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm
Singer PatriceLIVE performs a mix of soul and R&B. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Tiffsbass 8:00 pm
Tiffsbass @ DC City Winery
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Tiffany Lloyd, aka Tiffsbass, brings her chops to the helm of ensembles often playing smooth jazz or syrupy jazz funk.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Aug 20 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Aug 21 @ 5:00 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. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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
Aug 21 @ 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[...]
Lindsey Webster 8:00 pm
Lindsey Webster @ Blues Alley
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Lindsey Webster performs a mix of jazz, soul and pop. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses 8:00 pm
Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses @ DC City Winery
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm
Louis Prima Jr., son of the late jump blues and New Orleans jazz icon, leads his own group through the material that made his family a household name in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Free[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 21 @ 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.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 9:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Aug 21 @ 9:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Cyrus Chestnut 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut @ Blues Alley
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Aug 22 @ 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 @ Columbia Station
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Lyfe Jennings 8:00 pm
Lyfe Jennings @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
Soul singer-songwriter Lyfe Jennings has produced albums and songs that have hit the top of the Billboard pop and R&B charts.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 23 @ 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.
Jack Kilby 6:00 pm
Jack Kilby @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandria native and drummer Jack Kilby leads a straight-ahead group.
Jerry Gordon Birthday Tribute 6:00 pm
Jerry Gordon Birthday Tribute @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarists Rick Whitehead, David Cole and Charles Carlton lead a tribute to Jerry Gordon, the great Wes Montgomery-disciple and D.C. jazz guitarist who based away in 2012.
* Kris Funn & CornerStore 7:30 pm
* Kris Funn & CornerStore @ Sotto
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
D.C.-based, internationally touring bassist and composer Kris Funn debuted his band CornerStore at the DC Jazz Loft back in January 2012. The group has come a long way in the years since. The band mingles blues and[...]
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency 7:30 pm
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency @ Local 16
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Nicole Saphos is a remarkable young bassist/vocalist whose distinctive brand of songwriting is well-known — and well-respected — on the D.C. jazz scene. Her songs are playful and engaging, but they have a tendency to[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 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.
* Cyrus Chestnut 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut @ Blues Alley
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
* Tom Williams Quartet 9:30 pm
* Tom Williams Quartet @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 23 @ 9:30 pm
Tom Williams is a lyrical trumpeter from Baltimore.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Aug 23 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 24 @ 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[...]
Erol Danon 6:00 pm
Erol Danon @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Erol Danon first started making his mark in the D.C. jazz scene with The New World, a modern post-bop-ish group that also featured current rising stars like Steve Arnold and Keith Butler. He is[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency 7:30 pm
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency @ Local 16
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm
Nicole Saphos is a remarkable young bassist/vocalist whose distinctive brand of songwriting is well-known — and well-respected — on the D.C. jazz scene. Her songs are playful and engaging, but they have a tendency to[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut @ Blues Alley
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
* Sweet Honey in the Rock 8:00 pm
* Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Sweet Honey in the Rock, founded in Washington, D.C. back in 1973, is one of the iconic African-American a capella ensembles. The all-female group performs a social justice-charged form of vocal music with deep roots[...]
Renee Tannenbaum 8:00 pm
Renee Tannenbaum @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Renee Tannenbaum sings straight-ahead jazz.
* Heidi Martin 9:30 pm
* Heidi Martin @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 24 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Heidi Martin is one of D.C.’s treasures: She emits messages complex but clear, with an essence of mourning and resilience that hints at Billie Holiday and a quavering force not unlike Joni Mitchell’s. But[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Aug 24 @ 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
Aug 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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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 25 @ 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[...]
Origem 6:00 pm
Origem @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm
Origem plays electric Brazilian jazz, mixing samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe, maracatu, and the partido alto.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Aug 25 @ 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.[...]
PJ Morgan 7:30 pm
PJ Morgan @ DC City Winery
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm
PJ Morgan is a jazz educator and keyboardist/organist who plays smooth jazz with 90s slow jam vibes. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Cyrus Chestnut 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut @ Blues Alley
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Manacá Brazilian Trio 8:00 pm
Manacá Brazilian Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Manacá Brazilian Trio performs vocal and instrumental sambas, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz hits and originals. 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
Aug 25 @ 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[...]
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Vybe Band 7:30 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm
The Vybe Band performs a mix of R&B and go-go.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both the sit-ins and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 26 @ 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[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm
Every weke, 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[...]
* Slum Village 8:00 pm
* Slum Village @ DC City Winery
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm
Detroit rap duo Slum Village is probably best known for its time as a trio, when their man creating the “band” was the visionary producer J. Dilla. The group has soldiered on without him, and[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Aug 27 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Aug 28 @ 5:00 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. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Aaron Abernathy 7:00 pm
Aaron Abernathy @ Strathmore Gudelsky Concert Gazebo
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm
Multi-instrumentalist and crooner Ab Abernathy brings his brand of neo-soul back to Strathmore.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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
Aug 28 @ 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[...]
Lauren Lee 8:00 pm
Lauren Lee @ Twins Jazz
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and vocalist Lauren Lee performs originals that occasionally swing out from their more straight-ahead, mainstream roots. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 28 @ 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.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 9:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 29 @ 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 @ Bin 1301
Aug 29 @ 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[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King aims to revitalize the shrinking realm of Southern, true-to-form blues music with infusions of hip-hop and other contemporary ideas. He draws on lessons learned in his hometown of New[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Aug 30 @ 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.
* Mark G. Meadows – Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton 6:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows – Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm
Mark G. Meadows, a cornerstone of the D.C. jazz scene, joins his BIRCKHEAD bandmates Brent Birckhead, Romier Mendez, and C.V. Dashiell, as well as tap dancer DeWitte Fleming and vocalist Kanysha Williams, in a tribute to[...]
Dwele 6:30 pm
Dwele @ DC City Winery
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm
Soul singer Dwele performs two separate sets at 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King aims to revitalize the shrinking realm of Southern, true-to-form blues music with infusions of hip-hop and other contemporary ideas. He draws on lessons learned in his hometown of New[...]
Lionel Lyles Quintet 8:00 pm
Lionel Lyles Quintet @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
Lionel Lyles is usually found leading his quintet, a versatile group of musicians based out of Baltimore, Maryland and graduates of Morgan State University. They are versed in a range of styles from  straight ahead[...]
Ola Onabulé 8:00 pm
Ola Onabulé @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz vocalist Ola Onabulé often mixes in drums and rhythms from across the African diaspora into his music.
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Aug 30 @ 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment is comfortable shifting between both big band and small ensembles, and injects a bit of funk into everything he plays. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Aug 30 @ 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Aug 30 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Aug 31 @ 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[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King aims to revitalize the shrinking realm of Southern, true-to-form blues music with infusions of hip-hop and other contemporary ideas. He draws on lessons learned in his hometown of New[...]
Lanah Koelle 8:00 pm
Lanah Koelle @ Mr. Henry's
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Lanah Koelle performs.
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Aug 31 @ 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment is comfortable shifting between both big band and small ensembles, and injects a bit of funk into everything he plays. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Aug 31 @ 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
Aug 31 @ 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[...]