DC Jazz Calendar

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* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 1]
* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 1] @ Phillips Collection
Jun 1 all-day
The annual soft-launch of the D.C. Jazz Festival, “Jazz N’ Family Fun Days” features some of the best jazz artists in D.C. performing all day at the Phillips Collection for absolutely free! Activities start at[...]
Imani-Grace Cooper 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper @ Sotto
Jun 1 @ 11:30 am
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. She performs for Sotto’s Saturday brunch crowd.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
* Spirits Rise – Astral Spirits Festival 5:00 pm
* Spirits Rise – Astral Spirits Festival @ Rhizome DC
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm
Rhizome’s Spirits Rise Festival celebrates the work of artists on the Astral Spirits, an Austin, Texas-based label that puts out tapes and digital recordings that highlight the new generations of free jazz heavy-hitters (Disclosure: They[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 1 @ 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[...]
Noruz 7:30 pm
Noruz @ Sotto
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm
New Orleans sextet Noruz, led by Christian Scott and Nicholas Payton alumna Amina Michele Scott, performs slow-simmering, soul jazz. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
DC baritone and jazz vocalist Jeff Weintraub performs standards culled from the jazz classics, the great American songbook, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and more from the standards of Anglo-american rock and[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
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* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 2]
* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 2] @ Phillips Collection
Jun 2 all-day
The annual soft-launch of the D.C. Jazz Festival, “Jazz N’ Family Fun Days” features some of the best jazz artists in D.C. performing all day at the Phillips Collection for absolutely free! Activities start at[...]
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 2 @ 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.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically[...]
Frankie Addison Band 6:00 pm
Frankie Addison Band @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm
Saxophonist Frankie Addison has strong roots in R&B. He leads a straight-ahead quartet through standards and originals.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jun 2 @ 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
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
Charmaine Michelle 8:00 pm
Charmaine Michelle @ Twins Jazz
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Charmaine Michelle leads a group of her fellow DMV natives in a style of jazz that recalls late era Miles. It’s electric and propulsive, but with sweeps of lyrical sweetness. Two separate sets at[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 2 @ 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.
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Christiana Drapkin & Mike Gellar Quartet 8:00 pm
Christiana Drapkin & Mike Gellar Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Christiana Drapkin and guitarist Mike Gellar lead a small combo through archetypal arrangements of classic vocal jazz standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jun 3 @ 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. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
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* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Jamila Woods 7:30 pm
* Jamila Woods @ Union Stage
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Chicago-born-and-based vocalist, rapper and poet Jamila Woods is not a member of the AACM or the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but embodies the spirit of  “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.” Her work encompasses[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 1] 8:00 pm
Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 1] @ Rhizome DC
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Austin, Texas based percussionist, composer and creative improviser Claire Rousay often plays behind a drum set, but that’s where convention stops. Her performances often involve her stretching the kit’s sonic palette beyond normal imagination,  deconstructing the[...]
Jazmin Ghent 8:00 pm
Jazmin Ghent @ Blues Alley
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Jazmin Ghent performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Monifah & Russell Taylor 8:00 pm
Monifah & Russell Taylor @ DC City Winery
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Monifah and Russell Taylor perform soul and R&B.
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* Hope Udobi 6:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most celebrated jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious energy,[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 5 @ 7:00 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.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 5 @ 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
Jun 5 @ 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.
* Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 2] 8:00 pm
* Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 2] @ Rhizome DC
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Austin, Texas based percussionist, composer and creative improviser Claire Rousay often plays behind a drum set, but that’s where convention stops. Her performances often involve her stretching the kit’s sonic palette beyond normal imagination,  deconstructing the[...]
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
Afi Soul 8:00 pm
Afi Soul @ Blues Alley
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Soul and R&B singer Afi Soul performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Caesar Ulsano plays bop standards and originals with an unhurried, non-challenging tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Philip Bailey 8:00 pm
Philip Bailey @ DC City Winery
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Philip Bailey’s falsetto graced many of Earth, Wind and Fire’s top hit in the 1970s and ’80s. His own music can vary between EWF’s up-lifting R&B and more Marvin Gaye, socially-conscious, soul and jazz.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 8:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
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* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr 5:00 pm
* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr @ Phillips Collection
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He joins forces with longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr to co-leads straight-ahead group.
DC Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony @ The Residence of the Ambassador of Denmark
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm
The 2019 D.C. Jazz Festival kicks off with an intimate affair at the Danish Ambassador’s residence. While the food and drink flow, two master performers take the stage: vibraphonist Stefon Harris and D.C.’s own The[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jun 6 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Jun 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[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Mosché 8:00 pm
Mosché @ Twins Jazz
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Washington, D.C.-based band Mosché performs a style of jazz most reminiscent of modern New Orleans performers like Trombone Shorty. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 0.m.
Stone Mecca 8:00 pm
Stone Mecca @ Sotto
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Psychedelic blues-rock guitarist Stone Mecca performs lite-Hendrix faire. Two separate sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m.
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Shannon Gunn 5:00 pm
Shannon Gunn @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm
Cogitative and crafty, the trombonist Shannon Gunn is also becoming an instigator around the D.C. jazz scene, where she runs a big band and sometimes organizes concerts. (Disclosure: They include a CapitalBop collaboration, the Jazz[...]
* The Jo-Go Project 6:00 pm
* The Jo-Go Project @ Gateway DC Pavilion
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed came up in the D.C. area, the rare ’90s baby enamored with the jazz greats. But he couldn’t help picking up some hometown music pride along the way—and for[...]
Herb Smith: Hail to the Masters! 6:00 pm
Herb Smith: Hail to the Masters! @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime area-educator and swinging saxophonist Herb Smith leads a small, straight-ahead combo.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
Julia Nixon 7:00 pm
Julia Nixon @ Asbury United Methodist Church
Jun 7 @ 7:00 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.
Junie Henderson: Prince Birthday Tribute 7:00 pm
Junie Henderson: Prince Birthday Tribute @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Prince impersonator June Henderson leads a birthday tribute to the Purple One. Two separate shows at 7 and 10 p.m.
Kent Miller Group 7:00 pm
Kent Miller Group @ Busboys and Poets - Anacostia
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Kent Miller leads his own straight-ahead quartet.
Lewis & Keys Trio 7:00 pm
Lewis & Keys Trio @ Gallery O on H
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
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Chris Barrick 7:30 pm
Chris Barrick @ Sotto
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
Vibraphonist Chris Barrick is a recent re-arrival to D.C., and he’s wasted no time getting back into the mix. Barrick excels both as a bandleader and a soloist, wielding a powerful skill-set of fearsome technical[...]
* Anat Cohen 8:00 pm
* Anat Cohen @ The Hamilton
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen is a force in the jazz world whose international influences – especially those originating in Latin America – shine through strongly, even as she is guided by a deep knowledge[...]
Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 3] 8:00 pm
Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 3] @ Rhizome DC
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
Austin, Texas based percussionist, composer and creative improviser Claire Rousay often plays behind a drum set, but that’s where convention stops. Her performances often involve her stretching the kit’s sonic palette beyond normal imagination,  deconstructing the[...]
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
Tal Wilkenfeld 8:00 pm
Tal Wilkenfeld @ DC City Winery
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
Blues-rock and fusion bassist Tal Wilkenfeld cut her teeth backing up Chick Corea in her native Australia and gained international acclaim performing in guitar-icon Jeff Beck’s trio. Her new album, Love Remains, oscillates between brooding acoustic[...]
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 7 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Jun 7 @ 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
Jun 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Jun 7 @ 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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* Jazz in the Hoods Kick-Off
* Jazz in the Hoods Kick-Off @ Anacostia Business Improvement District
Jun 8 all-day
The DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the Hoods series – spotlighting many of the performers and venues in the district outside the major venues of the festival – launches in Anacostia with an event co-presented[...]
DeAndre Shaifer 11:30 am
DeAndre Shaifer @ Sotto
Jun 8 @ 11:30 am
DeAndre Shaifer is plays a lithe, ecstatically swinging trumpet. His talent on the instrument jumps out at you quick—but if you hang out before or after a gig, you might catch him messing around on[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
* Bill Heid 6:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 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[...]
* Cecile McLorin-Salvant feat. Fred Hersch 7:00 pm
* Cecile McLorin-Salvant feat. Fred Hersch @ The Hamilton
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Cecile McLorin-Salvant won the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and it was vindication for jazz’s classicists: Here’s a singer with verve, virtuosity and a reverence for the classics that’s anything but deferential. McLorin-Salvant,[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 8 @ 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[...]
7:30 pm
@ Sotto
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm
Kokayi performs a mix of neo-soul and R&B. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Herb Scott and El Jay’Em: Jazz/Hip-hop Jam 7:30 pm
* Herb Scott and El Jay’Em: Jazz/Hip-hop Jam @ We Act Radio
Jun 8 @ 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[...]
* Joe Morris + Tomas Fujiwara 8:00 pm
* Joe Morris + Tomas Fujiwara @ Rhizome DC
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Joe Morris is a fearless improviser, guitarist and bandleader. He can cut straight-down the line of modern mainstream, ECM-ish chamber jazz, but also turn his Ornette and Monk instincts up to 11 to push his[...]
Garrett Shider & Groovallegiance 8:00 pm
Garrett Shider & Groovallegiance @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Garrett – son of Gary Shider, a longtime music director for funkmaster George Clinton’s P-Funk – continues the family legacy of playing simmering, shaking funk and R&B.
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
Nanny Assis 8:00 pm
Nanny Assis @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Brazilian guitarist Nanny Assis performs a mix of Bossa Nova, Brazilian jazz and other Afro-Brazilian traditions.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 8 @ 9:00 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.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 9:30 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[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jun 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
9
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 9 @ 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.
Deborah Bond 1:00 pm
Deborah Bond @ Bin 1301
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm
Vocalist Deborah Bond performs R&B.
* Nag Champa 2:00 pm
* Nag Champa @ Wild Days (Rooftop of EatonDC Hotel)
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
Nag Champa is a collective of DC musicians pursuing a genre-bending vision of musical future. The group is not unlike Christian Scott’s Stretch Music, bringing in elements of jazz, avant-garde-garde, hip-hop and world music influences[...]
Second Sunday’s Jazz Vinyl Records 3:00 pm
Second Sunday’s Jazz Vinyl Records @ Anacostia Art Center
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm
Earl Jackson of Vinyl Listening Lounge Club partners with East River Jazz for an afternoon of community, gathering and music. Bring your favorite jazz vinyl LPs, or just come to learn about collecting dusty disks of[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
Future Band 5:00 pm
Future Band @ Ivy City Smokehouse
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm
Future Band performs a mix of go-go, R&B, and Soulquarians/Roots style jazz-hip-hop fusion.
* Akua Allrich 6:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua[...]
Kelly Green Trio 6:00 pm
Kelly Green Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Singer and pianist Kelly Green leads a straight-ahead trio that defers to the enshrined sound and technique of 1950s standards bop. She leads a tribute to Nat King Cole.
Linda Harris 6:00 pm
Linda Harris @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist Linda Harris perform standards and originals.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jun 9 @ 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,[...]
Oh He Dead 6:30 pm
Oh He Dead @ Sotto
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm
Contemporary soul and R&B band Oh He Dead performs.
John P. Kee and New Life 7:00 pm
John P. Kee and New Life @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
Pastor and vocalist John P. Kee performs a mix of gospel and R&B.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* Celebrating Randy Weston 7:30 pm
* Celebrating Randy Weston @ Kennedy Center - Family Theater
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
A supergroup featuring pianist Vijay Iyer, Marc Cary and Rodney Kendrick performs in tribute to NEA Jazz Master and Pan-Africanism apostle Randy Weston. Joining the pianists is the rhythm section made up of Alex Blake, T.K.[...]
* Hailu Mergia 7:30 pm
* Hailu Mergia @ The Hamilton
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Hailu Mergia was one of Ethiopia’s most popular keyboardists during the country’s music boom in the early ’70s – part of the afrobeat explosion that also saw the rise of Fela Kuti in Nigeria. Mergia[...]
* Hip/Bop Convergence 7:30 pm
* Hip/Bop Convergence @ Honfleur Gallery
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Anacostia-based poet and arts activist Terrence Nicholson pairs up with three of the D.C. jazz scene’s finest – the strong, bluesy sax man Marshall Keys, funky pianist  Federico Peña and drummer Mark Prince – to[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Twins Jazz
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
In Kristin Callahan’s wary alto, light slips subtly through darkening blinds. She sings jazz standards with a brooding, straight-ahead combo. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 9 @ 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.
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* Amy K Bormet Trio 6:00 pm
* Amy K Bormet Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Amy K. Bormet, a versatile pianist and vocalist (and founder of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival) is fluent in both straight-ahead and more conceptual, avant jazz.
* Samuel Prather feat. Akua Allrich 6:00 pm
* Samuel Prather feat. Akua Allrich @ Ivy City Smokehouse
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Prather is a human jukebox, a man of incalculable riffs, grooves and licks. He draws from a deep well of influences that range from Roy Ayers and Anthony Hamilton to Chuck Brown and[...]
Jordan Dixon 7:00 pm
Jordan Dixon @ University of the District of Columbia - Performing Arts—Building 46-West
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm
UDC jazz alum Jordan Dixon returns to his old stomping grounds to lead a straight-ahead group.
The Peter Brown Project 7:30 pm
The Peter Brown Project @ Anacostia Playhouse
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm
Bassist Peter Brown boasts an impressive resume, having played or toured with the likes of Stanley Turrentine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers, Marcus Miller and others. He leads his own jazz and funk band.
* Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ Ensemble 8:00 pm
* Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ Ensemble @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The enterprising area saxophonist Brad Linde, whose conscientious and beam-like sound descends cleanly from his cool jazz idols, is always introducing new ensembles and new ideas. He teams up with Australian trumpeter and composer Elliot[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Bee Boisseau Project performs smooth jazz.
Capitol Lab Band 8:00 pm
Capitol Lab Band @ Blues Alley
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Capitol Lab Band performs a variety of arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional member original in a typical big band style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Let It Flow Band 8:00 pm
Let It Flow Band @ DC City Winery
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Let It Flow Band, a Washington D.C.-based neo-soul and go-go band, performs.
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jun 10 @ 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. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
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Trent Cokley 6:00 pm
Trent Cokley @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm
Gospel and worship singer Trent Cokley performs.
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 11 @ 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[...]
10Issues Music Collective 7:30 pm
10Issues Music Collective @ Anacostia Playhouse
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm
The Maryland-based 10Issues Music Collective performs a mix of jazz, hip-hop and R&B.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Ari Hoenig Trio 8:00 pm
Ari Hoenig Trio @ Blues Alley
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Ari Hoenig leads his trio through up-tempo, sometimes ruminative, straight-ahead takes on standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Joe Herrera feat. James Zimmerman 5:00 pm
Joe Herrera feat. James Zimmerman @ Wild Days (Rooftop of EatonDC Hotel)
Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, often mixed hip-hop, R&B, soul and rock into his own project, called the Remix. He’s joined by vocalist James Zimmerman, who often[...]
Noa Fort Quartet 6:00 pm
Noa Fort Quartet @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm
Israeli vocalist and pianist Noa Fort leads a small combo through ambient originals – like Norah Jones but made of shadow.
* Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress 7:00 pm
* Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress @ Library of Congress, Mumford Room, James Madison Building
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm
In November 2018, the Library of Congress announced it acquired a collection of Billy Strayhorn’s historical documents – over 18,000 papers – that range from manuscripts to financial accounts during his time as one of[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 12 @ 7:00 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.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Trey Sorrells: Artist-in-Residence 7:30 pm
Trey Sorrells: Artist-in-Residence @ Strathmore Mansion
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm
The saxophonist Trey Sorrells is gaining a reputation as something of a mainstay in the Richmond jazz scene. He plays straight-ahead influenced by the more rounded and elastic tones of Grover Washington Jr. He is[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 12 @ 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
Jun 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[...]
* Dante Pope’s “Donuts and JIVE” 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope’s “Donuts and JIVE” @ Songbyrd Music House
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, brings together collaborators from across the country for his new project “Donuts and JIVE” which fuses the jazzy production of hip-hop icon[...]
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 8:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Jun 12 @ 8:00 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.
Chuck Redd Quartet 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd, a deft and lyrical vibraphonist, performs here with a combo featuring talented area musicians. He celebrates the release of his new CD Groove City. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 8:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
SPAGA 8:00 pm
SPAGA @ DC City Winery
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
SPAGA, the trio led by jam-band Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner, performs theatrical mainstream jazz.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Jun 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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* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience 12:30 pm
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience @ Franklin Park
Jun 13 @ 12:30 pm
Dante Pope, a strong, gospel-rooted drummer, is also a singer-songwriter in a kind of soul/pop vein. His After Five Music project is dedicated to the grooves and thoughts that arise when the sun goes down.
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 6:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ University of the District of Columbia
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
Barry Gurley 6:00 pm
Barry Gurley @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist and singer Barry Gurley performs standards and the occasional original in typical straight-ahead style.
Nicole Saphos 6:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Tudor Place
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm
The 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[...]
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 7:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ United States National Arboretum
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jun 13 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
Bob Baldwin 8:00 pm
Bob Baldwin @ Blues Alley
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth and pop jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Michael Brandon Trio 8:00 pm
Michael Brandon Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Selwyn Birchwood 8:00 pm
Selwyn Birchwood @ DC City Winery - The Wine Garden
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Selwyn Birchwood performs blues-rock in the mold of Steve Miller: smooth and grooving.
Sueños 8:00 pm
Sueños @ Sotto
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sueños is a group that follow the mold of modern fusionistic sensibility set down my cats like Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus, blending neo-soul, hip-hop and rock cadences into an electronic jazz sound.
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Adwela & The Uprising 5:00 pm
Adwela & The Uprising @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm
Reggae outfit Adwela & The Uprising performs.
* Dante Pope Trio 6:00 pm
* Dante Pope Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor 6:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. His new work Rise of the Protester puts forth[...]
Micah Smith 6:00 pm
Micah Smith @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Baltimore born-and-bred vocalist Micah Smith performs a mix of gospel, jazz and R&B.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* William Hooker 8:00 pm
* William Hooker @ Rhizome DC
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
The avant-garde drummer and sonic contourist William Hooker is as interested in texture as he is in percussion. His music rumbles, trembles and tenses; it can pulse with real urgency, without charging toward any particular[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 14 @ 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[...]
Snarky Puppy / José James 8:00 pm
Snarky Puppy / José James @ The Anthem
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
Snarky Puppy is one of jazz’s latest crossover sensations, making music with a rock ‘n’ roll mordancy and a neo-soul lag. Opening for Snarky Puppy is José James. He could be a vastly respected straight-ahead jazz[...]
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
Clarence Ward III 9:30 pm
Clarence Ward III @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 14 @ 9:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Jun 14 @ 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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* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 1]
* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 1] @ District Wharf
Jun 15 all-day
The D.C. Jazz Festival’s second, and culminating, weekend features a smorgasbord of performances across two stages at the D.C. Wharf. The transit pier amphitheater and the district pier stage will each host a mix of[...]
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 12:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ The Kreeger Museum
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
* 2019 DCJazzPrix Finals 2:30 pm
* 2019 DCJazzPrix Finals @ Pearl Street Warehouse
Jun 15 @ 2:30 pm
The DCJazzPrix seeks to find a new great talent in jazz; it’s not the Monk – now Herbie Hancock – competition in terms of prestige, but does offer opportunities to still hustling jazz artists. D.C.[...]
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble 3:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble @ Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Jun 15 @ 3:00 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[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm
Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically political and personally defiant. She has the laggard rhythm of an Erykah Badu, the dance instinct of a Chaka Kahn, and[...]
Jordan Williams Trio 6:00 pm
Jordan Williams Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Jordan Williams leads a straight-ahead trio.
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 15 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes 7:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes @ Galley O on H
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher whose become a major player in the D.C. jazz scene, this all-female big band plays traditional tunes as well as original material. 
Bin 1301 All Star Jam Session 7:00 pm
Bin 1301 All Star Jam Session @ Bin 1301
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
The Bin 1301 wine bar, a popular spot to truly feel the heart beat of D.C. on nights when Warren “Trae” Crudup III, Dana Hawkins and others hold forth, hosts a D.C. jazz festival jam[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 15 @ 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[...]
Jordan Dixon 7:30 pm
Jordan Dixon @ Sotto
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
UDC jazz alum Jordan Dixon leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Coniece Washington 8:00 pm
Coniece Washington @ The Phillips Collection
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Coniece Washington performs standards with a touch of swing and cocktail cabaret style.
Proper Utensils 8:00 pm
Proper Utensils @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Proper Utensils performs.
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
Dave Manley 9:30 pm
Dave Manley @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fret board with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jun 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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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* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 2]
* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 2] @ District Wharf
Jun 16 all-day
The D.C. Jazz Festival’s second and culminating weekend features a smorgasbord of performances across two stages at the D.C. Wharf. The Transit Pier amphitheater, District Pier stage and the Pearl Street Warehouse will each host[...]
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 16 @ 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.
Dave Manley Brunch Show 11:30 am
Dave Manley Brunch Show @ Sotto
Jun 16 @ 11:30 am
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fret board with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
* Elijah Jamal Balbed: Father’s Day Tribute to Fred Foss 3:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed: Father’s Day Tribute to Fred Foss @ Seafarers Yacht Club
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
Zapp and Brick 3:00 pm
Zapp and Brick @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm
Bethesda Blues and Jazz puts together a double bill of two chart-topping 70’s funk bands for Father’s Day. Funk band Zapp and jazz/disco fusionists BRICK perform. Two separate sets at 3 and 7 p.m.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
* David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar Duo 5:00 pm
* David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar Duo @ Rhizome DC
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm
It’s easy to talk about the way jazz developed in the 1970s and ’80s without mentioning saxophonist David Murray, and many have done it – it was a quicksilver time for the music, and there’s[...]
Eric Byrd Trio 6:00 pm
Eric Byrd Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd sings in a silky croon that’s not too far from Nat “King” Cole – but with more soul and gospel influence. He performs regularly with his trio, featuring Bhagwan Khalsa[...]
Muneer Nasser 6:00 pm
Muneer Nasser @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Trumpeter Muneer Nasser plays with an easy swinging, lyrical and full bodied sound.
Nicole Saphos 6:00 pm
Nicole Saphos @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the[...]
* Chad Carter 6:30 pm
* Chad Carter @ Sotto
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm
Chad Carter, a vocalist born and raised in the District, pours his syrupy and evocative tenor into renditions of jazz standards and straight-ahead renditions of pop hits from the 1970s. Two separate sets at 6:30[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jun 16 @ 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
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Hazel Mitchell-Bell 7:30 pm
Hazel Mitchell-Bell @ DC City Winery
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm
The vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell performs a program of songbook standards as well as clean covers of Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and others in the pantheon of jazz vocal greats. She performs a special fathers day show[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
The Love Jones Movement 8:00 pm
The Love Jones Movement @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalists Ash, Nndi, and Phryn perform a mix of R&B, jazz and neo-soul.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 16 @ 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.
D.C. Jazz Fest Presents: Honoring the Great Masters of Jazz 10:02 pm
D.C. Jazz Fest Presents: Honoring the Great Masters of Jazz @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Jun 16 @ 10:02 pm
Hosted by TV and hip-hop personality Nick Cannon, the D.C. Jazz Festival puts on a tribute to some of our jazz greats, including Quincy Jones, the recently and dearly departed Roy Hargrove, and legendary singer[...]
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* Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed, Jason Moran: Discussions of the Sonic Imagination 6:00 pm
* Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed, Jason Moran: Discussions of the Sonic Imagination @ Hirshhorn Museum - Ring Auditorium
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Theaster Gates presents Processions, a series of performances dedicated to exploring the full extent of African-American art and expression. Discussions of Sonic Imaginations, the culminating event in Processions, features some of both the D.C. jazz scene’s[...]
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path 8:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path @ Blues Alley
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. A fluid, graceful player, Keys drapes his aesthetic over an ensemble with gentle authority; presumably,[...]
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jun 17 @ 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. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
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* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 18 @ 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
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Al di Meola 8:00 pm
Al di Meola @ DC City Winery
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Al di Meola skyrocketed to fame after joining Chick Corea’s band Return to Forever in the 1970s. Since then, he’s been a leading fusion and Latin jazz personality. Musically, he believes in theatrics as[...]
Christian Fresno 8:00 pm
Christian Fresno @ DC City Winery - The Wine Garden
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm
Argentine guitarist Christian Fresno performs a style of finger-picking native to his motherland that is easily reminiscent of both flamenco and bossa nova.
Gunhild Carling 8:00 pm
Gunhild Carling @ Blues Alley
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm
Sweden’s “Queen of Jazz” sings and plays multiple horn and reed instruments. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 19 @ 7:00 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.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 19 @ 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
Jun 19 @ 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
Jun 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[...]
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 8:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jun 20 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Blues Alley
Jun 20 @ 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[...]
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Sotto
Jun 20 @ 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. Here[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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Black Masala 5:00 pm
Black Masala @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm
The DC- based brass band Black Masala takes cues from contemporaries like New Orleans’ Soul Rebels and Brooklyn’s Balkan Beat Box and Red Baraat, drawing elements from traditions across the globe to make music that is undeniably[...]
* Mavis Waters: Georgia on My Mind! 6:00 pm
* Mavis Waters: Georgia on My Mind! @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
The astounding vocalist Mavis Waters performs with an all star group.
Jon Steele Trio 6:00 pm
Jon Steele Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime DMV sideman and bassist Jon Steele leads his own group.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Greg Boyer Peloton 7:30 pm
* Greg Boyer Peloton @ Sotto
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Trombonist Greg Boyer has worked with Parliament-Funkadelic, Stanley Clarke, Prince and many other stars. He’s also a member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and a popular sideman on the D.C. jazz scene. Here the[...]
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
Got My Own Sound Band 8:00 pm
Got My Own Sound Band @ DC City Winery
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm
D.C.’s Got My Own Sound Band performs a mix of hip-hop, funk and jazz.
Lionel Lyles Quintet 8:00 pm
Lionel Lyles Quintet @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 21 @ 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[...]
The Intruders & Shadz of Soul 8:00 pm
The Intruders & Shadz of Soul @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm
R&B and pop chart toppers The Intruders perform their mix of ’70s R&B and soul.
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Jun 21 @ 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[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:30 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 21 @ 9:30 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 leads a tribute to the big band leader and vocalist Billy[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Jun 21 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Brian Falkowski Trio 6:00 pm
Brian Falkowski Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm
Saxophonist Brian Falkowski leads a straight-ahead group.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 22 @ 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[...]
* Sam Prather GO 4tet 8:00 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
With his Groove Orchestra, usually consisting of about nine members, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Sam Prather collides the sounds of Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock and J Dilla; the band spreads beats like peanut[...]
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
Chris Prince 8:00 pm
Chris Prince @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and spoken word artist Chris Prince performs a mix of jazz, funk and neo-soul.
Conya Doss 8:00 pm
Conya Doss @ DC City Winery
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
R&B and soul singer Conya Doss performs.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 22 @ 9:00 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.
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Jun 22 @ 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[...]
* Jessica Boykin-Settles 9:30 pm
* Jessica Boykin-Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 22 @ 9:30 pm
Jessica Boykin-Settles is a widely respected vocalist and a professor at Howard University who has mentored a handful of the city’s fine young singers. Her approach is possessed of a firm, affirmative delicateness, and she[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 23 @ 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.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
Julian Hipkins 6:00 pm
Julian Hipkins @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Julian Hipkins sings with a swinging flair and jaunty, deep voice that recalls Jimmy[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jun 23 @ 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,[...]
* Empirical 7:00 pm
* Empirical @ Rhizome DC
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
The U.K. quartet Empirical plays kinetic acoustic jazz clearly inspired by a certain ’60s angular post-bop sound. The group always feels in motion, ever-shifting, never staying in the same rhythm, cadence or melodic musing for long.[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Conya Doss 8:00 pm
Conya Doss @ DC City Winery
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
R&B and soul singer Conya Doss performs.
Jeron White 8:00 pm
Jeron White @ Twins Jazz
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
Baltimore-based avant-garde bassist Jeron White leads a group. His music often oscillates between condensed chaos and mellifluous musings. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Landau Murphy Jr. 8:00 pm
Landau Murphy Jr. @ Blues Alley
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz vocalist and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy Jr. performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 23 @ 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.
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Harry Allen Quartet 8:00 pm
Harry Allen Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen performs typical straight-ahead standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jun 24 @ 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. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
Vybe Band 8:00 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm
The Vybe Band performs a strong mix of R&B and go-go.
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* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 25 @ 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
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Eric Scott 8:00 pm
Eric Scott @ Blues Alley
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm
Pop and soul bassist Eric Scott celebrates the release of his new album The Charm City Sessions. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 26 @ 7:00 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.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Trey Sorrells: Artist-in-Residence 7:30 pm
Trey Sorrells: Artist-in-Residence @ Strathmore Mansion
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
The saxophonist Trey Sorrells is gaining a reputation as something of a mainstay in the Richmond jazz scene. He plays straight-ahead influenced by the more rounded and elastic tones of Grover Washington Jr. He is[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 26 @ 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
Jun 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[...]
Robert Mwamba 8:00 pm
Robert Mwamba @ Blues Alley
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
Zambian-born guitarist Robert Mwamba blends Latin, soul, R&B, and other styles into his recipe for “jazz.” Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby 8:00 pm
Sirius Company featuring Ms. Kim & Scooby @ DC City Winery
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
Go-go band Sirius Company performs.
The UpBeets 8:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears some influence of modern mainstream sensibilities. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jun 27 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
Earl Carter & Phillip “Doc” Martin 8:00 pm
Earl Carter & Phillip “Doc” Martin @ DC City Winery
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Multi-instrumentalist Earl Carter has been a fixture on the scene for some time. He joins forces with smooth jazz saxophonist and dentist Philip “Doc” Martin for a double-headline album release party – each artist celebrates[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Michael Brandon Trio 8:00 pm
Michael Brandon Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Michael Muse 8:00 pm
Michael Muse @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Former Rare Essence frontman Michael Muse performs a mix of go-go, R&B and soul.
Nelson Garcia 8:00 pm
Nelson Garcia @ Twins Jazz
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Nelson Garcia performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Ozmosys 8:00 pm
Ozmosys @ Blues Alley
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Omar Hakim has been one of the most in-demand drummers of the last thirty years; just look at his ’80s discography, when he played behind massive records by both David Bowie, Weather Report and Miles[...]
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Jack Kilby 6:00 pm
Jack Kilby @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandria native and drummer Jack Kilby leads a straight-ahead group.
Lionel Lyles: Tribute to Lee Morgan 6:00 pm
Lionel Lyles: Tribute to Lee Morgan @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 28 @ 6:00 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[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 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.
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
En Vogue 8:00 pm
En Vogue @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
R&B/soul/pop vocal trio En Vogue, who scored a handful of top 10 hits in the early 1990s, performs.
Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
YahZarah 8:00 pm
YahZarah @ DC City Winery
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist YahZarah performs a mix of soul and R&B.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 28 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
* Leigh Pilzer 9:30 pm
* Leigh Pilzer @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm
Leigh Pilzer, who is arguably the city’s best baritone saxophonist, leads a group through her own swinging tunes and arrangements.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Jun 28 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
The Dan Wallace Standards Trio 6:00 pm
The Dan Wallace Standards Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm
Baltimore-based saxophone player Dan Wallace leads a straight-ahead trio.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 29 @ 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[...]
En Vogue 8:00 pm
En Vogue @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
R&B/soul/pop vocal trio En Vogue, who scored a handful of top 10 hits in the early 1990s, performs.
Linda Harris 8:00 pm
Linda Harris @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Linda Harris perform standards and originals.
Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 29 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 30 @ 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.
* Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of Washington, DC Arts Venues 2:00 pm
* Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of Washington, DC Arts Venues @ National Gallery of Art - East Building Auditorium
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm
Before Capitalbop, before Rhizome DC, before Capital Fringe – hell, before the 9:30 Club – d.c. space was the one-stop place to see some of the most forward-thinking music created in and brought to the[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
Cubano Groove 6:00 pm
Cubano Groove @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm
Cubano Groove performs Afro-Cuban jazz.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jun 30 @ 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
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
A Tribute To The Music Of Motown 7:30 pm
A Tribute To The Music Of Motown @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
A group of local musicians and vocalists, gathered by Brencore Entertainment, performs a tribute to Motown icons like The Four Tops, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and others.
Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jun 30 @ 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.