DC Jazz Calendar

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* The “Maurice’s Black History Month Salute” Memorial Combo 6:00 pm
* The “Maurice’s Black History Month Salute” Memorial Combo @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm
Every year at Westminster Presbyterian, Maurice Lyles rangs in Black History Month with an expert straight-ahead group in celebration of Black American music. Tony Green takes up the sticks to re-ingite this cerished DC jazz tradition.[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio 7:00 pm
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio @ Kennedy Center - Jazz Club
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
The saxophonist Camille Thurman favors the bite of Sonny Rollins’ tone in her playing. Also a clean-toned vocalist, she was a dubbed a rising star by Downbeat magazine. She performs drummer Darrell Green’s straight-ahead trio. Two separate[...]
* Irene Jalenti’s “The Beatles Project” 7:30 pm
* Irene Jalenti’s “The Beatles Project” @ Creative Cauldron
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
The Italian vocalist Irene Jalenti sings jazz standards in a tone that’s husky and hushed. She performs her own, jazzy, arrangements of her favorites from the Beatles’ catalog with a small combo. Two separate sets[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Sotto
Feb 1 @ 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.
* Victor Provost & Josanne Francis 8:00 pm
* Victor Provost & Josanne Francis @ AMP By Strathmore
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Victor Provost isn’t just the only jazz steel pan player in D.C. – he’s one of the region’s best improvisers, on any instrument. He pairs up with the Trinidad and Tobego-raised Strathmore AIR alumna Josanne[...]
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 is a funk- and pop-infused sextet, featuring Bryan McEntire on tenor saxophone, Charles Whalen on trumpet, Mark Johnson on guitar, Russ Rodgers on bass and Greg Reaves on drums. Two separate sets at[...]
Ben Sher Organ Quartet 9:00 pm
Ben Sher Organ Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 1 @ 9:00 pm
Guitarist Ben Sher favors tunes and tones from the bossa nova and blues traditions; he leads a shifting line-up of his organ quartet. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Amy K Bormet 9:30 pm
* Amy K Bormet @ JoJo's
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm
Amy K Bormet, pianist and founder of Washington Women in Jazz Festival, performs original compositions and arrangements with a small combo featuring Brian Settles on saxophone.
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 9:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Feb 1 @ 9:30 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[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 1 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Feb 1 @ 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
Feb 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[...]
* Ron Miles: I AM A MAN 7:00 pm
* Ron Miles: I AM A MAN @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
The cornetist and trumpeter Ron Miles plays with a warm, full tone that shows his deep study of trumpet tradition as well as his own searching on the valves. He plays with his lauded “I[...]
Algebra Blessett 7:00 pm
Algebra Blessett @ DC City Winery
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
Singer Algebra Blessett performs a mix that fits neatly in between top hits on your local R&B radio station.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 2 @ 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[...]
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
Veronneau 7:30 pm
Veronneau @ Creative Cauldron
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm
The Virginia-based quartet Veronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she sings[...]
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease 8:00 pm
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease @ Sotto
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer Quincy Phillips has an irrepressible bounce in all his playing. With the Young Lions trio, a D.C. mainstay for over 15 years, he moves throughout jazz’s decades with ease and glee.
Akua Allrich 8:00 pm
Akua Allrich @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua[...]
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
Justine Miller 8:00 pm
Justine Miller @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter and singer Justine Miller is best known for her role in the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band; she steps out to lead a small combo at Mr. Henry’s.
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ AMP by Strathmore
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician.
Ben Sher Organ Quartet 9:00 pm
Ben Sher Organ Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 2 @ 9:00 pm
Guitarist Ben Sher favors tunes and tones from the bossa nova and blues traditions; he leads a shifting line-up of his organ quartet. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* John Lamkin III 9:30 pm
* John Lamkin III @ Jojo's
Feb 2 @ 9:30 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.
* Steve Arnold 9:30 pm
* Steve Arnold @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm
The musical omnivore Steve Arnold plays everything from long-form, jazz-rock arrangements to wailing free music. Already a stalwart on the scene, he leads the blowout of Maddy’s closing, featuring performances and jams.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 2 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 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[...]
* Nag Champa: A Suite for Gil Scott Heron 6:00 pm
* Nag Champa: A Suite for Gil Scott Heron @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 3 @ 6:00 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[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 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.
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Feb 3 @ 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.
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 3 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 4 @ 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.
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Blues Alley
Feb 4 @ 8:00 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[...]
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 4 @ 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[...]
Miki Howard 8:00 pm
Miki Howard @ DC City Winery
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm
Niki Howard was  a darling of the Billboard top 100 and R&B charts back in the late 1980s; those missing Whitney Houston might find some reprieve here.
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 5 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 5 @ 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
Feb 5 @ 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[...]
Jarreau Williams 8:00 pm
Jarreau Williams @ Blues Alley
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Jarreau Williams performs a mix of Soul and R&B that nods to the late 80s sounds of groups like New Edition. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Miki Howard 8:00 pm
Miki Howard @ DC City Winery
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Niki Howard was  a darling of the Billboard top 100 and R&B charts back in the late 1980s; those missing Whitney Houston might find some reprieve here.
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Feb 6 @ 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.
* Theljon Allen 7:00 pm
* Theljon Allen @ Sotto
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm
Baltimore-based trumpeter Thejlon Allen plays a kind of electrified version of jazz that casts the sounds and structures of the early fusion groups like Return to Forever through the melodic sensibility of 80s smooth and[...]
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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.
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor CD Release 8:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor CD Release @ Blues Alley
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. He celebrates the release of Rise of the Protester, his[...]
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Feb 7 @ 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
Feb 7 @ 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.
Musiq Soulchild 7:30 pm
Musiq Soulchild @ The Birchmere
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Vocalist Musiq Soulchild, an icon of the neo-soul movement from the early 2000s to now, performs.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Feb 7 @ 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[...]
* Noble Jolley 8:00 pm
* Noble Jolley @ Sotto
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Noble Jolley draws gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into his protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy.
Jessy J 8:00 pm
Jessy J @ Blues Alley
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Jessy J performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Feb 7 @ 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
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
The Voyage 8:00 pm
The Voyage @ Twins Jazz
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Voyage, a quartet of young musicians out of the George Mason University jazz program, performs a mix of hard-bop and bebop with some cues taken from fusion, hip-hop and other post-1950s developments in jazz.[...]
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 7 @ 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[...]
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Cheryl Jones 6:00 pm
Cheryl Jones @ Westminster Presbyterian
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm
Singer Cheryl Jones sings with depth, force and clarity. She’s equally likely to sing jazz standards, pop tunes or gospel classics.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Tarus Mateen 8:00 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Feb 8 @ 8:00 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[...]
* Todd Marcus 8:00 pm
* Todd Marcus @ Sotto
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Todd Marcus is becoming known as the most exciting bass clarinetist in jazz today. He swings hard, soothes, confounds, excites. His music often draws on Egyptian musical and mythological themes and motifs; fresh off a[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 8 @ 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[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Feb 8 @ 9:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 8 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Feb 8 @ 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
Feb 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[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 9 @ 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[...]
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
Nicole Henry 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry is a jazz vocalist. Billboard Magazine wrote that Henry has “a distinctive, potent voice and she’s poised on the cusp of bigger things.” She performs a number oh holiday classics. Two separate sets[...]
Paige Wroble 8:00 pm
Paige Wroble @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Lead vocalist in the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note big band, Paige Wroble[...]
Sy Smith 8:00 pm
Sy Smith @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Sy Smith, a favorite companion of that prince of jazz-pop trumpeters Chris Botti, returns to DC to perform her jazzy take on soul music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
The Eddie Anderson Project 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project performs straight-ahead with fusion and funk undertones.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo's
Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm
The vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 9 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 10 @ 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.
Anthony Brown & group therAPy 3:00 pm
Anthony Brown & group therAPy @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm
Gospel singer-songwriter Anthony Brown performs.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 10 @ 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
Feb 10 @ 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[...]
* Nikara Warren’s Black Wall Street 6:00 pm
* Nikara Warren’s Black Wall Street @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm
Vibraphonist Nikara Warren plays with a strong bop sensibility not unlike Milt Jackson. A frequent collaborator with bop paragon Kenny Barron, she leads a sextet performance of her work “Black Wall Street,” dedicate to the Black[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 10 @ 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,[...]
** DC Jazz Loft with Marshall Keys and Nik Francis 7:00 pm
** DC Jazz Loft with Marshall Keys and Nik Francis @ Rhizome DC
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He headlines our February Jazz Loft at Rhizome which also features Nik Francis, a powerful[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 10 @ 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.
* Archie Shepp’s All-Star Tribute to John Coltrane 8:00 pm
* Archie Shepp’s All-Star Tribute to John Coltrane @ Kennedy Center
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
Afrocentric avant-garde player and keeper of “Fire Music” Archie Shepp has been an icon of the creative music world since his tutlege in the early ’60s New York scene under John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor.[...]
Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Twins Jazz
Feb 10 @ 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[...]
Sy Smith 8:00 pm
Sy Smith @ Blues Alley
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Sy Smith, a favorite companion of that prince of jazz-pop trumpeters Chris Botti, returns to DC to perform her jazzy take on soul music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 10 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 11 @ 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.
* Mark G. Meadows: Ain’t Misbehavin’ 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows: Ain’t Misbehavin’ @ Blues Alley
Feb 11 @ 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[...]
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 11 @ 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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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 12 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 12 @ 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
Feb 12 @ 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[...]
Got My Own Sound Band 8:00 pm
Got My Own Sound Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
D.C.’s Got My Own Sound Band performs a mix of hip-hop, funk and jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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U.S. Navy Commodores 6:00 pm
U.S. Navy Commodores @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Navy Commodores is the premiere jazz big band of the United States Navy, performing big band, swing, and straight-ahead standards and arrangements.
* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Feb 13 @ 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.
Blue Dot Jazz Troupe 7:00 pm
Blue Dot Jazz Troupe @ Sotto
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Blue Dot Jazz Troupe Quintet performs a mix of jazz, blues, funk, latin, bossa nova, pop and more.
Kevin Cordt Quartet 7:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Ivy City Smokehouse
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt is a favorite of Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill, performing straight-ahead bop inspired by the music’s 1950s heyday.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Feb 13 @ 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.
David Sanborn 7:30 pm
David Sanborn @ The Birchmere
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Description:There’s no doubt alto saxophonist David Sanborn is a legend. The nature of his legacy, though, is up for debate. Some would quickly dismiss most of his music as smooth jazz, and there’s no doubt[...]
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 13 @ 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
Feb 13 @ 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.
John Tolle Quintet 8:00 pm
John Tolle Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Multi-reedist John Tolle, a long time educator at the Edmund Burke School in D.C., performs standards and originals with a breezy, strolling tone that nods to Cannonball Adderley. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan 8:00 pm
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan @ Blues Alley
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Soul singer and keyboardist Kia Bennett teams up with singer Desiree Jordan
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Feb 13 @ 9:30 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[...]
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* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation: So N Luv Wit U 6:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation: So N Luv Wit U @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his playful, pointed rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin. With[...]
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day @ Blues Alley
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. He performs a special, Valentine’s Day dinner show package. Two separate sets at 7 and 10 p.m. **Please note that the 7 p.m. show is[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Feb 14 @ 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
Feb 14 @ 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.
Johnny Gill 7:30 pm
Johnny Gill @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Johnny Gill of New Edition fame performs a pair of Valentine’s Weekend shows.
Valentines Day w/ Cecily 7:30 pm
Valentines Day w/ Cecily @ Sotto
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Local vocalist Cecily Bumbray honors the great Chocolate City with music by Duke Ellington and other DC legends, as well as pieces from her own body of work. She performs two separate sets at Sotto[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Twins Jazz
Feb 14 @ 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 and leads the Valentine’s Day festivities at Twins. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 14 @ 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[...]
Veronneau 8:00 pm
Veronneau @ AMP by Strathmore
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
The Virginia-based quartet Veronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she sings[...]
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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 1]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 1] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 15 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars. Day 1 highlights include: 5 p.m. Opening ceremony feature[...]
* Marshall Keys & Friends 6:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & Friends @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation @ Marvin DC
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his topical, wise rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin.
* Gregory Porter 8:00 pm
* Gregory Porter @ Strathmore Music Center
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Gregory Porter’s powerful voice runs from limpid to barbed and straining — but he’s always deliberate, always in control. His songwriting will toss your mind back to the classic, gospel-influenced soul of the 1960s; his[...]
* James Francies 8:00 pm
* James Francies @ Kennedy Center
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
The young pianist James Francies, fresh off his debut recording as a bandleader for Blue Note, performs originals and standards strongly informed by the generation of young lions that came before him, as well as more[...]
Elin: Brazilian Quartet 8:00 pm
Elin: Brazilian Quartet @ Sotto
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Local vocalist Elin, an occasional collaborator with DC indie royals Thievery Corporation, favors Brazilian music in her jazz repertoire.
Johnny Gill 8:00 pm
Johnny Gill @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Johnny Gill of New Edition fame performs a pair of Valentine’s Weekend shows.
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Abby Schaffer Quartet 9:00 pm
Abby Schaffer Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 15 @ 9:00 pm
New Orleans influenced jazz vocalist Abby Schaffer leads a group that covers jazz, R&B, rock, and originals influenced by the above. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Brian Settles 9:30 pm
* Brian Settles @ Jojo's
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm
Brian Settles is wakefully minimalist as a saxophonist and a composer. His tone on the tenor sax warbles and decries, and it’s established him as one of D.C.’s most self-possessed improvisers.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 15 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Feb 15 @ 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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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 2]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 2] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 16 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars. Day 2 highlights include: 12 p.m. Paul Carr’s Jazz[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 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[...]
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 16 @ 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[...]
*SOLD OUT Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodríguez 7:00 pm
*SOLD OUT Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodríguez @ Kennedy Center
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
Alfredo Rodríguez, a Quincy Jones-protege whose something of a Cuban Keith Jarrett on the ivory keys, teams up with human beat factory, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, a fluid yet staunch embodiment of the Afro-Cuban jazz[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 16 @ 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[...]
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Herberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Songbyrd Music House
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* William Hooker 8:00 pm
* William Hooker @ Rhizome DC
Feb 16 @ 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[...]
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Stephanie Nakasian 8:00 pm
Stephanie Nakasian @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The vocalist Stephanie Nakasian is a respected straight-ahead jazz singer, who’s worked with the[...]
Abby Schaffer Quartet 9:00 pm
Abby Schaffer Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 16 @ 9:00 pm
New Orleans influenced jazz vocalist Abby Schaffer leads a group that covers jazz, R&B, rock, and originals influenced by the above. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Kiyem Ade 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade @ Jojos
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade, formerly Keith Ailer, is an accomplished jazz vocalist.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 16 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 3]
* Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival [Day 3] @ Rockville Hilton
Feb 17 all-day
Paul Carr hems the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, featuring acts drawn all around the Mid-Atlantic states, from high school and college ensembles to area regulars. Day 3 highlights include: 1 p.m. Michael Thomas Quintet[...]
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 17 @ 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[...]
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 5:00 pm
* Kahil El-Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Rhizome DC
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm
It’s an annual tradition for Transparent Productions to feature the mighty Ethnic Heritage Ensemble during Black History Month. For more than three decades, the Chicago-based drummer/percussionist/vocalist Kahil El’Zabar has led the group, and its revolving[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 17 @ 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.
Keigo Hirakawa Trio 8:00 pm
Keigo Hirakawa Trio @ Twins Jazz
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Keigo Hirakawa leads his small-combo through sometimes up-swinging, somethings softly singing standard piano trio fair. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Mostly Other People Do The Killing 8:00 pm
Mostly Other People Do The Killing @ Rhizome DC
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
The motley jazz crew of Mostly Other People Do The Killing is quite the elastic group; able to create note for note reproductions of classic, Miles Davis modal bop albums as well as performative, avant-edge[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 17 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 18 @ 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.
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 18 @ 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[...]
Susan Jones Quartet 8:00 pm
Susan Jones Quartet @ Blues Alley
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Violinist Susan Jones leads a small combo through standards and originals taking cues from gypsy jazz, hot jazz, bossa nova and other improvised forms that favor strings over brass. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 19 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 19 @ 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[...]
* David Binney’s Angelino Quartet 8:00 pm
* David Binney’s Angelino Quartet @ Blues Alley
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist David Binney is a stalwart of the New York scene as a bandleader, sideman and producer. He carries the same versatility as elders like Chris Potter and the same drive for exploration; his recordings[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets. Recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Feb 20 @ 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.
Levi Stephens 7:00 pm
Levi Stephens @ Sotto
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Levi Stephens performs a blend of soul, rock, R&B and the like.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Feb 20 @ 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
Feb 20 @ 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
Feb 20 @ 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.
Kayla Waters 8:00 pm
Kayla Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Keyboardist Kayla Waters performs smooth jazz influenced strongly by gospel and uplift music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Northern Virginia Jazz Collective 8:00 pm
Northern Virginia Jazz Collective @ Twins Jazz
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Northern Virginia Jazz Collective performs a mix of jazz styles and standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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El Niño y la Verdad 6:00 pm
El Niño y la Verdad @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
El Niño y la Verdad (The Child and the Truth), one of the top salsa bands in Cuba, performs.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Feb 21 @ 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[...]
Steve Herberman at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Herberman at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs solo every Thursday at Delina’s.
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 21 @ 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.
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes @ Sotto
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher who plays in the well-loved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, this all-female big band plays traditional tunes as well as original material. The band includes the pianist[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Feb 21 @ 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
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 21 @ 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[...]
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
Muneer Nasser CD Release: A Soldier’s Story 6:00 pm
Muneer Nasser CD Release: A Soldier’s Story @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
Trumpeter Muneer Nasser plays with an easy swinging, lyrical and full bodied sound. He celebrates the release of his debut album A Soldier’s Story with an all-star crew of D.C. musicians including the subtle sonic painter[...]
The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia 6:00 pm
The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
North Rhine Westphalia was the first state in Germany (then West-Germany) to support the formation of a youth jazz orchestra. Some 44 years later, the The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia continues to provide[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 22 @ 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
Feb 22 @ 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.
* Matvei Sigalov 8:00 pm
* Matvei Sigalov @ Sotto
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
The multi-talented violinist (and sometime guitarist and vocalist) Matvei Sigalov plays a mix of straight-ahead jazz and late-20th-century pop, always rendered with finesse.
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo's
Feb 22 @ 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[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Feb 22 @ 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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Thinking About Jazz – Jamil Nasser: Upright Bass 1:00 pm
Thinking About Jazz – Jamil Nasser: Upright Bass @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm
Muneer Nasser leads a lecture on the biography of his father, Jamil Nasser, a long-time blues, jazz and R&B sideman who was also closely involved with the Jazz Foundation and Jazz Emergency Fund. Part of Westminster[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 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[...]
* Donvonte McCoy & CP Time 6:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy & CP Time @ Kennedy Center Milleninum Stage
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo. He performs a[...]
** Nate Wooley’s Columbia Icefield 7:00 pm
** Nate Wooley’s Columbia Icefield @ The Corner Store
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
There are few musicians who have created such a distinct approach and style as Nate Wooley. A peerless trumpet player, his music is starkly different, as difficult to stomach as it can be spiritually tantalizing.[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 23 @ 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[...]
* Ameen Saleem 8:00 pm
* Ameen Saleem @ Sotto
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ameen Saleem became known around the world for laying down the singing basslines that anchored many of the late Roy Hargrove’s project over the last several years. He leads his own small combo here.
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Shacara Rogers 8:00 pm
Shacara Rogers @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known[...]
The Arch Thompson Jazz Quartet 8:00 pm
The Arch Thompson Jazz Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Flautist Arch Thompson leads a small combo through the songbooks of jazz masters like Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis.
* Irene Jalenti 9:30 pm
* Irene Jalenti @ Jojo's
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm
The Italian vocalist Irene Jalenti sings jazz standards in a tone that’s husky and hushed.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 23 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Feb 24 @ 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,[...]
Feelin’ The Funk! 7:00 pm
Feelin’ The Funk! @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
Feelin’ The Funk!, a 10-piece collective made up of sidemen from The Stylistics, the James Brown band and others perform the music of Parliament-Funkadelic and other ’70s icons.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 24 @ 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.
Jeffrey Osborne 7:30 pm
Jeffrey Osborne @ The Birchmere
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Singer Jeffrey Osborne, a darling of the R&B charts since he made his mark with the R&B/funk group L.T.D. in the late 1970s, performs.
Chris Bates 8:00 pm
Chris Bates @ Twins Jazz
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Chris Bates, a member of the Mingus Big Band, who also recently played with Jason Moran for the U.S. premiere of James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin, steps out to lead[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Ms. Anita Wilson 8:00 pm
Ms. Anita Wilson @ DC City Winery
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Anita Wilson performs a mix of gospel and soul.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Feb 24 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 25 @ 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.
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Feb 25 @ 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[...]
KW Big Band 8:00 pm
KW Big Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist, composer and arranger Tim Whalen puts none of those roles above the other: He’s a fierce improviser with debt to the bebop greats; he also writes magnificent, interleaved pieces for mid-size ensemble. He[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 26 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 26 @ 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
Feb 26 @ 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[...]
E-Foot & Friends 8:00 pm
E-Foot & Friends @ Blues Alley
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
E-Foot & Friends plays a mix of soul, jazz and funk. 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
Feb 27 @ 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.
Kaleidoscope 7:00 pm
Kaleidoscope @ Sotto
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
The electrified trio Kaleidoscope perform a mix of tunes and styles ranging from more acoustic post-bop to psychedelic rock-laced funk fusion.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Feb 27 @ 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
Feb 27 @ 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
Feb 27 @ 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.
BSQ 8:00 pm
BSQ @ Twins Jazz
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Bob Schwartz Quartet plays easygoing, mid-century jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Willie Jones III Quintet 8:00 pm
Willie Jones III Quintet @ Blues Alley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Willie Jones III is one of the most prolific drummers and sidemen around, having performed with legends like Horace Silver and Cedar Walton and regularly touring earlier in his career with Wynton Marsalis and Roy[...]
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Champion Sound Band 6:00 pm
Champion Sound Band @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm
DC-based soul-jazz sextet performs with the simmering control and syrupy warmth of modern R&B and neo-soul groups.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Feb 28 @ 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
Feb 28 @ 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.
* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his precocious ability to channel the current of soulful expression that runs through most[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director of Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters,[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 28 @ 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[...]