DC Jazz Calendar

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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 1 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead with a small combo. He’s a regular at the straight-ahead sanctum that is Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society, where he plays tonight.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 1 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 1 @ 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[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 1 @ 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.
2
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 2 @ 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
Jan 2 @ 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
Jan 2 @ 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
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
3
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 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.
* Vince Evans Jazz Experience 6:00 pm
* Vince Evans Jazz Experience @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm
Lyrical straight-ahead pianist Vince Evans performs with a reverence to the sweet sounds of classic piano jazz. He performs with a quartet of area all-star elder statesmen like bassist James King and trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 might strike you as another hard-bop-ish sextet, but the members infuse their sound with the melodic drive and ethereal, grooving sounds of acid jazz.
Jeff Reid Quartet 9:30 pm
Jeff Reid Quartet @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 3 @ 9:30 pm
New York-based saxophonist Jeff Reid plays with a deference to the classic sounds of the bebop and hard-bop eras.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 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[...]
4
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 4 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
* Imani-Grace Cooper 9:30 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 4 @ 9:30 pm
Imani-Grace Cooper is a celebrated vocalist in the area, equally adept at holding it down with a go-go group, singing jazz standards or belting R&B. She’s been experimenting recently with her own group, the Big[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 4 @ 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
Jan 4 @ 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[...]
5
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 5 @ 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[...]
* Michael Bowie 6:00 pm
* Michael Bowie @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm
Bassist Michael Bowie is a chameleon-like musician, moving between projects every couple of years. He’s always exploring some new musical avenue, whether putting together a swinging program of standards culled from films of the ’40s[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 5 @ 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.[...]
* Corcoran Holt 7:30 pm
* Corcoran Holt @ DC City Winery
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm
Bassist Corcoran Holt began his musical career in DC as a 4 year old, learing African percussion on the djembe. He later switched to bass but kept that deep feeling of groove; its brought him[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 5 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 5 @ 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[...]
6
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 6 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Crank Jam 7:30 pm
Crank Jam @ DC City Winery
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm
DC City Winery hosts “Crank Jam, which they say is the “World’s only go-go jam session.”
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
Renee Tannenbaum 8:00 pm
Renee Tannenbaum @ Blues Alley
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Renee Tannenbaum performs standards in a lightly swinging, cocktail jazz style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
7
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 7 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 7 @ 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[...]
Carronne Jones Presents The D.I.V.A.S. Soul Revue 8:00 pm
Carronne Jones Presents The D.I.V.A.S. Soul Revue @ Blues Alley
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm
DMV gospel singer Carronne Jones, with help from comrades Candi Bleu and Nia Simmons, performs a tribute to the music of the great so-called divas of R&B and soul like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Alicia[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Jan 7 @ 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.
8
Joshua Bayer 6:00 pm
Joshua Bayer @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm
Straight-ahead guitarist Joshua Bayer performs with an ear towards simmering soul jazz.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
This group performs the music of 70s R&B icons Earth, Wind and Fire. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 8 @ 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.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Jan 8 @ 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[...]
9
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz pursues a multi-cultural vision of improvised music, drawing from European, Latin American, American and Roma musical traditions. The quintet is nearly all string-musicians (save for the percussionist), featuring guitars, bass and violin.[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
John Forté 7:30 pm
John Forté @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm
Hip-hop producer John Forté achieved wide-spread acclaim and recognition for his work songwriting and shaping the sound of The Fugee’s iconic album The Score. His own work shuffles between ’90s hip-hop, reflective soul ballads and more.
Lenny Williams 7:30 pm
Lenny Williams @ DC City Winery
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm
To a certain generation, Lenny Williams will always be the icon of cool and soul; a smooth, fluid vocalist who made his mark in music crooning over the propulsive sound of the mighty Tower of[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jan 9 @ 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
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
10
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 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.
Vince Smith Quartet 6:00 pm
Vince Smith Quartet @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm
Straight-ahead keyboardist Vince Smith leads a straight-ahead quartet through standards beloved by the Westninster Church audience, with help from vocalists Bonnie Harris and Julian Hipkins.
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire 8:00 pm
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band In Gratitude performs.
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt plays with a kind of tight, brash tone that lends itself best to his bright, energetic soloing. The straight-ahead bandleader has been a longtime feature of the jazz programming at Mr. Henry’s.[...]
Jordan Dixon 9:30 pm
Jordan Dixon @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 10 @ 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
Jan 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[...]
11
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 11 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Bill Heid 6:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B-3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 11 @ 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
Jan 11 @ 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[...]
12
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 12 @ 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[...]
Coniece Washington 6:00 pm
Coniece Washington @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist Coniece Washington performs standards with a touch of swing and cocktail / cabaret style.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jan 12 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
** Corey Thuro + ¡FIASCO! | CapitalBop DC Jazz Loft 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 12 @ 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.[...]
Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses 7:30 pm
Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses @ DC City Winery
Jan 12 @ 7:30 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 – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 12 @ 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[...]
13
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 13 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jan 13 @ 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[...]
Capitol Lab Band 8:00 pm
Capitol Lab Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Capitol Lab Band performs a variety of arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional member original in a classic, 1940s big band style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
14
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 14 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 14 @ 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[...]
Connie Han 8:00 pm
Connie Han @ Blues Alley
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm
23-year old pianist Connie Han writes and performs frenetic music that leans heavily into the lower end of the keyboard’s registry; her pieces sound towering and somewhat intimidating at times. She’s also equally adept at[...]
15
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 15 @ 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[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 15 @ 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.
Willie Bradley 8:00 pm
Willie Bradley @ Blues Alley
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Willie Bradley plays jubilant smooth jazz, boosted by the small symphony of synths that elevate the lightly funky affair. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session (Special Wednesday Session) 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session (Special Wednesday Session) @ Marx Cafe
Jan 15 @ 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.
16
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 16 @ 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[...]
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Meli’sa Morgan 8:00 pm
Meli’sa Morgan @ DC City Winery
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Meli’sa Morgan hit the stage and the R&B charts in the 1980s with minor hits like “Fool’s Paradise.” She sticks to that mode of classic, big-voiced soul singing and heavily synthesized backing. 
17
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 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.
* Jazz Night in D.C. 21st Anniversary Celebration 6:00 pm
* Jazz Night in D.C. 21st Anniversary Celebration @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm
Last year Westminster Presbyterian, D.C.’s “jazz church,” celebrated 20 years of its landmark Friday “Jazz Night in D.C.” series. Some of D.C.’s straight-ahead elders gather this night on the pulpit to celebrate “Jazz Night’s” third[...]
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends 8:00 pm
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends @ DC City Winery
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw performs a mix of jazz and hip-hop indebted to the Soulquarians and Philadelphia soul and jazz fusion sound (he often performs alongside the Roots).
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
The Sugarhill Gang 8:00 pm
The Sugarhill Gang @ DC City Winery
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
The hip-hop trio Sugarhill Gang holds a place in the pantheon of music history for their 1979 hit single “Rapper’s Delight” (what you heard was not a test, they were rapping to the beat) which[...]
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) feat. Sugar Bear 8:30 pm
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) feat. Sugar Bear @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Jan 17 @ 8:30 pm
E.U. (Experience Unlimited), maybe be the best known go-go band outside of D.C., famous for their 80s hit “Da Butt” and collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee. The group is still led by longtime, iconic front man[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 17 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
Harold Summey Quartet 9:30 pm
Harold Summey Quartet @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 17 @ 9:30 pm
Master Sergeant Harold Summey has anchored the U.S. Army Band from the drum kit for almost two-decades now. He leads his own small combo through tight arrangements of straight-ahead standards and originals.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 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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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 18 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Jazzmeia Horn 7:30 pm
* Jazzmeia Horn @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
At age 28, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn boasts some pretty impressive credentials, including winning the 2013 Sarah Vaughan and 2015 Thelonious Monk jazz competitions. She sings standards with a powerful, earthy tone that draws heavily on[...]
Julia Nixon 8:00 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Julia Nixon, who played the lead during the original run of Dreamgirls on Broadway, performs a mix of ’80s, diva-driven R&B and jazz standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 18 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers was born in Houston, Texas, and the baritone twang of his accent gives his performances a kind of swing that’s almost as much country and blues as it is jazz.[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 18 @ 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
Jan 18 @ 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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** CapitalBop’s Jazz and Freedom Festival 2020 3:00 pm
** CapitalBop’s Jazz and Freedom Festival 2020 @ Eaton DC
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Today, probably the greatest civil-rights challenge facing our country has to do with our treatment of immigrants, particularly those arriving from countries just across our Southern border. That’s why, on Sunday, Jan. 19 — the[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 19 @ 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[...]
Candice Bostwick 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick sings straight ahead and is backed by a small combo.
Lionel Lyles 6:00 pm
Lionel Lyles @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm
Lionel Lyles’ voice on the tenor saxophone is straightforward and impassioned. His improvising, arranging and bandleading takes most of its cues from the beloved hard bop tradition of the 50s and 60s, but for some[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Syleena Johnson 7:00 pm
Syleena Johnson @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
Syleena Johnson performs breathy, effervescent R&B and soul music that could fit onto a radio station like WHUR at any point over the last 20 years.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 19 @ 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.[...]
Vivian Green 7:00 pm
Vivian Green @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
Vivian Green performs slow-simmering contemporary soul and R&B.
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 19 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 20 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band 8:00 pm
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Under the direction of veteran percussionist Joe McCarthy, the Afro-Bop Alliance performs an infectious mix of heavily grooving Afro-Cuban jazz. The Latin Grammy-winning ensemble expands to a big band for this performance. Two separate sets[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 21 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 21 @ 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[...]
Mateusz Smoczynski Quartet 8:00 pm
Mateusz Smoczynski Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm
Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczynski performs his own brand of improvised music that draws as much from classic bop as it does European classical and folk traditions. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Jan 21 @ 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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Rick Alberico 6:00 pm
Rick Alberico @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm
Straight-ahead alto saxophonist Rick Alberico has been part of the D.C. jazz scene for years now. He loves to lead his bands through bopping, popping standards in a manner similar to Charlie Parker.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 22 @ 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[...]
Eric Scott 8:00 pm
Eric Scott @ Blues Alley
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist and vocalist Eric Scott performs a style of music he calls “modern soul” that draws on elements of hip-hop, R&B and rock. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 pm.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 22 @ 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.
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* Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet: Karma Suite 7:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet: Karma Suite @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 23 @ 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
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience 8:00 pm
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience @ Blues Alley
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Mousey Thompson performs a tribute to his former employer, the Godfather of Soul, Mister Dynamite: James Brown. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 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.
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm
Sharón Clark is perhaps the most powerful jazz vocalist in Washington, D.C. She belts Great American songbook standards and soars over lush arrangements created by her regular pianist Chris Grasso. She performs at D.C.’s jazz church[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 24 @ 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.
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
Cheikh Ndoye 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye @ Blues Alley
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye is a highly lyrical Senegalese bassist and composer who draws on West-African, Afrobeat and straight-ahead jazz to create compelling, narrative music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Jose Ramirez 9:30 pm
Jose Ramirez @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 24 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Jose Ramirez performs a style of modern blues that weds the kind of croon of ’90s R&B slow jams to rocking electric blues guitar work.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 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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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.  All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their favorites[...]
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
Cheikh Ndoye 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye @ Blues Alley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye is a highly lyrical Senegalese bassist and composer who draws on West-African, Afrobeat and straight-ahead jazz to create compelling, narrative music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Heidi Martin 9:30 pm
* Heidi Martin @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 25 @ 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
Jan 25 @ 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
Jan 25 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 26 @ 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[...]
* Todd Marcus Quartet 6:00 pm
* Todd Marcus Quartet @ Takoma Station
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm
Todd Marcus may be the most prominent bass clarinetist in modern jazz. The Baltimore-based composer, bandleader and activist makes a strong case for why the instrument deserves more recognition; whether he’s coxing out deep melancholy[...]
Deep Water Jazz Band 6:00 pm
Deep Water Jazz Band @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm
Baltimore’s Deep Water Jazz Band performs ruminative, straight-ahead standard and originals that really allow their two vocalists to dig into the melodies.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 26 @ 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.[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 26 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 27 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Chi-Cha Jazz Jam @ Chi-Cha Lounge
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
Senri Oe Trio 8:00 pm
Senri Oe Trio @ Blues Alley
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Japanese pianist Senri Oe took a bit of an unusual path to jazz; he gained great renown in Japan as a J-pop star of the ’80s and ’90s but left pop behind to study jazz[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 28 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 28 @ 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[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Jan 28 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 29 @ 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[...]
Letizia Gambi Quintet 8:00 pm
Letizia Gambi Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Italian jazz singer Letizia Gambi performs American and Italian pop and jazz standards with a restrained, tastefully sensuous vocal style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 29 @ 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.
Yuna 8:00 pm
Yuna @ DC City Winery
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Malay R&B singer-songwriter Yuna was one of those artists swept up by the MySpace boom of the late-aughts, going from her native Malaysia to working on her debut single with Usher in the span of[...]
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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 30 @ 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[...]
Benito Gonzalez 8:00 pm
Benito Gonzalez @ Blues Alley
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Venezuela-born pianist Benito Gonzalez should be no stranger to D.C. crowds; on top of regular engagements these days at Twins and Blues Alley, he spent some formative years here in the early aughts, shedding away[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Yuna 8:00 pm
Yuna @ DC City Winery
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Malay R&B singer-songwriter Yuna was one of those artists swept up by the MySpace boom of the late-aughts, going from her native Malaysia to working on her debut single with Usher in the span of[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 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.
* Thad Wilson Quintet 6:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Quintet @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm
Trumpeter Thad Wilson has been a presence on the D.C. jazz scene, and a cornerstone of the straight-ahead jazz circles. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn in a highly lyrical, almost romantic style. He’s as comfortable[...]
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists from the hard-bop era. In his run with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in Lionel Hampton’s band, and as a leader of the famous Jazztet[...]
* Joe Herrera Quartet 9:30 pm
* Joe Herrera Quartet @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 31 @ 9:30 pm
Lyrical trumpeter Joe Herrera is best known in D.C. for co-leading the now-itinerant Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as well as leading his own  genre-blurring group The Remix. He leads a straight-ahead quartet at Jojo Restaurant.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 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[...]

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