DC Jazz Calendar

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Victor Dvoskin Duo 6:45 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 1 @ 6:45 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.
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 1 @ 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[...]
Tony Terry 8:00 pm
Tony Terry @ DC City Winery
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm
D.C. born-and-bred (he graduated from the Duke Ellington School) singer Tony Terry had a handful of R&B hits in the ’80s and ’90s and was one of the adopters of the “new jack swing” sound.
Yoko Miwa Trio 8:00 pm
Yoko Miwa Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Yoko Miwa plays well-studied straight-ahead with a slight blues accent. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the Embassy of Japan
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 2 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 2 @ 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
Apr 2 @ 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[...]
Boneshaker, Timothée Quost 8:00 pm
Boneshaker, Timothée Quost @ Rhizome DC
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
The Boneshaker Trio performs frantic but purposeful, kinetic and skronking creative music that evokes Ornette Coleman’s early 1960s work. Timothée Quost uses trumpet in tandem with microphones and speakers to pull new sonic palettes from[...]
Vybe Band 8:00 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
The Vybe Band performs a strong mix of R&B and go-go.
Yvette Spears 8:00 pm
Yvette Spears @ Blues Alley
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
Yvette Spears, a veteran of both jazz groups and musical theater, sings standards and popular songs with a dash of influence from her native New Orleans. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Sister Nancy (DC) 6:00 pm
Sister Nancy (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm
Sister Nancy, the “First Lady of Dancehall,” performs her hits at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium stage. While usually a seated affair, getting up out of your chair will be encouraged. Presented as part of the[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Apr 3 @ 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
Apr 3 @ 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
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention; he commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
BSQ 8:00 pm
BSQ @ Twins Jazz
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
The Bob Schwartz Quartet plays easygoing, mid-century jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Steve Smith & Vital Information 8:00 pm
Steve Smith & Vital Information @ Blues Alley
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Steve Smith is probably best known for his on-and-off stints in Journey, the pop metal band that defines ’80s classic rock in some ways to this day. He leads the fusion outfit Vital Information. Two separate[...]
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George Mason University Latin Jazz Ensemble (JAM) 12:00 pm
George Mason University Latin Jazz Ensemble (JAM) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm
The George Mason University Latin Jazz Ensemble performs three separate sets at 12 noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The group performs as part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Apr 4 @ 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
Apr 4 @ 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.
* Antonio Sánchez & Migration 8:00 pm
* Antonio Sánchez & Migration @ AMP by Strathmore
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer and composer Antonio Sánchez is perhaps best known to popular audiences for scoring the Oscar-winning film Birdman; jazz crowds will recognize his work behind the kit in the current iteration of the Pat Metheny Group.[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Apr 4 @ 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
Apr 4 @ 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[...]
Ben Winkelman 8:00 pm
Ben Winkelman @ Twins Jazz
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Ben Winkelman is a fine player who fits neatly in the mold of Brad Mehldau, post-bop, modern jazz piano. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Bill “Majic” Lavender-Bey 8:00 pm
Bill “Majic” Lavender-Bey @ Petworth Citizen
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Bassist Bill “Majic” Lavender-Bey, a veteran on the scene, performs.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Apr 4 @ 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
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
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Jeanine Gilbert Carter 6:00 pm
Jeanine Gilbert Carter @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm
As a member of the Washington Performing Arts Society Men & Women of the Gospel Mass Choir, Jeanine Gilbert Carter has refined her reputation as a strong gospel singer in the area. She built off[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Tomeka Reid Stringtet 7:00 pm
* Tomeka Reid Stringtet @ Milkboy Arthouse
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm
Cellist Tomeka Reid grew up in the D.C. area but has since established herself as a guiding force on Chicago’s storied experimental jazz scene. At once broad and brittle, patient and surging, her playing achieves[...]
Capitol City Symphony: Jazzy Orchestra 7:00 pm
Capitol City Symphony: Jazzy Orchestra @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm
The Capitol City Symphony, a community organized group of musician, performs as its alter ego the “Jazzy Orchestra” in a free concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT 7:30 pm
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT @ Kennedy Center
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Description:Since the late 1970s, the alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill has been synonymous with a certain sort of switchblade-wielding, gravity-flouting avant-garde performance. One-third of the famed trio Air, perhaps the 1980s’ most lauded free-jazz group, he[...]
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out” 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out” @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde leads a small-combo through avant-garde re-imaginings of 1920s, traditional jazz standards. The group also celebrates the release of its debut album There’ll Be SOME Changes Made.
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
Carmen Lundy 8:00 pm
Carmen Lundy @ BlackRock Center for the Arts
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist, composer, and arranger Carmen Lundy has been a staple on the vocal jazz scene for over 30 years. The rare jazz singer who focuses on original material, she draws from a training in opera[...]
Coniece Washington 8:00 pm
Coniece Washington @ Sotto
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Coniece Washington performs standards with a touch of swing and cocktail cabaret style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 5 @ 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[...]
* Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker 9:00 pm
* Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker @ Rhizome DC
Apr 5 @ 9:00 pm
Maria Grand is a rising voice in the creative music world, having worked on projects with luminaries like bandleader Steve Coleman, guitarists Miles Okazaki and Mary Halvorson (with whom she plays now in Code Girl)[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Apr 5 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 5 @ 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
Apr 5 @ 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
Apr 6 @ 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[...]
Laraaji (DC) 6:00 pm
Laraaji (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm
New age multi-instrumentalist Laraaji performs. Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Direct Current” Festival
* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) 7:00 pm
* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Family Theater
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm
Pianist, composer and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer leads his venerated sextet in two sets. The band features some of the most intriguing creative musicians on the scene, including bassist Stephan Crump, cornetist Graham Haynes and[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Apr 6 @ 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[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Chucho Valdés 8:00 pm
* Chucho Valdés @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés carries the torch for a more traditional sound in Afro-Cuban jazz. His touch on the piano is often light, even as a soloist, ceding space as a bandleader to let the[...]
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 6 @ 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[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ The Alex Cocktail Bar & Speakeasy
Apr 6 @ 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: Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah[...]
* Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton 8:00 pm
* Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy award winning vocalist Lisa Fischer is probably best known as one of the Rolling Stones’ long tenured backing vocalists, and Mick Jagger’s duet partner. She’s also a prolific session musician whose toured with Nine[...]
Craig Alston 8:00 pm
Craig Alston @ Sotto
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
Craig Alston plays straight-ahead jazz with a tenor sax tone like burnished copper. He hails from Baltimore, and has earned a Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Heroes Award for his work promoting the scene there. Two separate[...]
Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 6 @ 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[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Apr 6 @ 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
Apr 6 @ 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
Apr 7 @ 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.
Be’la Dona 2:00 pm
Be’la Dona @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm
All-female, DC-based band Be’la Dona performs a mix of go-go, jazz, R&B, soul and rock.
* Haimovitz-Iyer Duo 3:30 pm
* Haimovitz-Iyer Duo @ National Gallery of Art - West Building, West Garden Court
Apr 7 @ 3:30 pm
Virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz performs with venerated pianist, composer and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer. The pair perform a program that ranges from Iyer’s own catalog and J.S. Bach, a favorite of Haimovitz, to Zakir Hussain and[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 7 @ 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
Apr 7 @ 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[...]
* Brownout (DC) 6:00 pm
* Brownout (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm
Brownout perform super-heavy psychedelic Latin funk that also draws influences from wide-and-far: break dancing, James Brown, hip-hop and heavy metal. The group reached a level of national acclaim in 2014 when their one-off performance of[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Apr 7 @ 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
Apr 7 @ 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.
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
Justin Lees 8:00 pm
Justin Lees @ Twins Jazz
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm
Though now based in New York City, Justin Lees began his tenure as a swinging yet straight-focused guitarist in Washington, DC. He learned at the heels of several DC guitarist, including Rick Whitehead, Bill Biesecker[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 7 @ 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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Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 8 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing in the school of Jim Hall. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Marvin DC
Apr 8 @ 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[...]
JAZZforum — Washington, DC, Jazz (Images of America) 8:00 pm
JAZZforum — Washington, DC, Jazz (Images of America) @ University of the District of Columbia - Recital Hall (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
Allyn Johnson hosts Dr. Regennia N. Williams Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truesdale, the authors and editors of the new “Images of America” volume on Washington, D.C. for a roundtable discussion on assembling their new work. The panel[...]
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan 8:00 pm
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan @ DC City Winery
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
Soul singer and keyboardist Kia Bennett teams up with singer Desiree Jordan.
Kristin Chenoweth 8:00 pm
Kristin Chenoweth @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
Broadway icon Kristin Chenoweth performs show tune hits and other jazz standards.
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 8 @ 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[...]
Rina Yamazaki Trio 8:00 pm
Rina Yamazaki Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
Bop piano disciple Rina Yamazaki leads a straight ahead trio. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the Embassy of Japan
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UDC Small Jazz Ensembles (JAM) 12:30 pm
UDC Small Jazz Ensembles (JAM) @ University of the District of Columbia - Recital Hall (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)
Apr 9 @ 12:30 pm
The UDC Small Jazz Ensembles, under the leadership of Allyn Johnson, perform a variety of standards and small group-tailored tunes to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Part of UDC’s Jazz Appreciation Month festivities.
* Afro-Blue & the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (JAM) 12:40 pm
* Afro-Blue & the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (JAM) @ Howard University - Ira Airdge Theater
Apr 9 @ 12:40 pm
Afro-Blue, Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, gathers some of the finest, young vocalists that the District has to offer. Under the director of its longtime leader Professor Fred Irby III, the Howard University Jazz Ensembles is[...]
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 9 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 9 @ 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
Apr 9 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Apr 10 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Apr 10 @ 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[...]
Brad Linde’s Therapy Band 8:00 pm
Brad Linde’s Therapy Band @ Twins Jazz
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde performs piano standards by Bud Powell, Monk and more with his “Therapy Band. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Tessa Souter 8:00 pm
Tessa Souter @ Blues Alley
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Shadowy singer Tessa Souter leads a group through brooding originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Apr 10 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Appel and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
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“The Legacy of Louis Armstrong” (JAM) 11:00 am
“The Legacy of Louis Armstrong” (JAM) @ Howard University - Childers Recital Hall
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am
Celebrated music theory and technology professor Dr. Chris Royal presents a lecture on the Legacy of Louis Armstrong. Part of Howard University’s Jazz Appreciation Month
Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble (JAM) 1:00 pm
Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble (JAM) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm
The Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble performs. The group performs as part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Apr 11 @ 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
Apr 11 @ 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.
* Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes 8:00 pm
* Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes @ Rhizome DC
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
British guitarist John Collin takes inspiration from blues, drones and the natural world, among other sources, to craft his improvisations. He performs in a duo with area saxophonist and creative musician Sarah Hughes. A longtime fixture[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Oliver Lake’s Trio 3 8:00 pm
* Oliver Lake’s Trio 3 @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Iconic saxophonist, bandleader and composer Oliver Lake leads a trio of his contemporaries: the malleable and formidable bassist Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille, one of the most fearless experimenters in the history of the drum[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Apr 11 @ 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[...]
Anansi Trio 8:00 pm
Anansi Trio @ Sotto
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Anansi Trio plays straight-ahead with occasional Afro-Cuban or Indian flare. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
BSO: Porgy and Bess 8:00 pm
BSO: Porgy and Bess @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the Gershwin’s seminal jazz/folk opera, Porgy & Bess.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Zoe Jorgenson 8:00 pm
Zoe Jorgenson @ Petworth Citizen
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Zoe Jorgenson, a newcomer to D.C. whose working on her masters in jazz studies at George Mason, performs.
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* Afro-Blue 6:00 pm
* Afro-Blue @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm
Afro-Blue, Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, gathers some of the finest, young vocalists that the District has to offer.  
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
Michael Mayo 7:00 pm
Michael Mayo @ Kennedy Center - Jazz Club
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Michael Mayo is one of those new talents determined to claim his own turf in the jazz scene. He sings fluidly and with great romance, but often uses reverb live and an assortment of[...]
* Brent Birckhead 7:30 pm
* Brent Birckhead @ Sotto
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm
If you’ve been to one of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra’s shows, you’ve noticed Brent Birckhead. He’s the sharply dressed alto saxophonist who sits swaying and rooting and smiling beatifically in the front row while[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Robert Glasper Trio 8:00 pm
* Robert Glasper Trio @ DC City Winery
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Robert Glasper is one of the defining figure heads of the current moment in jazz. Whether with his electronic band, the Experiment, or his acoustic jazz trio, Glasper blends the cadences of hip-hop, soul and[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 12 @ 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[...]
* Tim Whalen Septet 9:00 pm
* Tim Whalen Septet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 12 @ 9:00 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.  Two[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 12 @ 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
Apr 12 @ 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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* Lisa Sokolov Duo 3:00 pm
* Lisa Sokolov Duo @ Rhizome DC
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Lisa Sokolov presents extravagant vocals and rambunctious piano playing as a part of Transparent Productions’ series at Rhizome DC. Selecting material from a songbook that spans diverse vocal stars, she sings vivid and layered interpretations.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 13 @ 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
Apr 13 @ 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[...]
* Deacon Izzy 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy @ Sotto
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his soulful, sumptuous 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’s. Two separate[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
Rose Moraes 8:00 pm
Rose Moraes @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Brazilian vocalist Rose Moraes sings traditional Brazilian popular music.
Trouble Funk Official CD Release Party 8:00 pm
Trouble Funk Official CD Release Party @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Under the direction of bassist and vocalist Big Tony, Trouble Funk was one of the defining go-go groups to emerge immediately in the wake of Chuck Brown. They’re more synth driven sound is a bit[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
* Tim Whalen Septet 9:00 pm
* Tim Whalen Septet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 13 @ 9:00 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.  Two[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Apr 13 @ 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
Apr 13 @ 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
Apr 14 @ 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
Apr 14 @ 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
Apr 14 @ 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[...]
Maranda Curtis 5:00 pm
Maranda Curtis @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm
Gospel, praise and worship singer Maranda Curtis leads the Sunday congregation at Bethesda Blues & Jazz.
* Blues In Orbit / One Giant Leap 6:00 pm
* Blues In Orbit / One Giant Leap @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues, the premiere jazz ensemble of the United States Army, performs a program of special material to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. First, the Army Blues plays[...]
* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Precocious vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Apr 14 @ 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: Nicole Saphos + Chris Barrick 7:00 pm
** DC Jazz Loft: Nicole Saphos + Chris Barrick @ Rhizome DC
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm
** DC Jazz Loft: Nicole Saphos + Chris Barrick @ Rhizome DC
This month’s installment of the DC Jazz Loft features bassist/vocalist Nicole Saphos and vibraphonist Chris Barrick, two respected young musicians starting to make waves on the District’s scene. Saphos and Barrick both play their instruments[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 14 @ 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.
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration 8:00 pm
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Jason Moran, an irrepressible pianist and experimentalist, and Alicia Hall Moran, a fabulous mezzo-soprano, find commonality in hidden places. Here they debut a new work exploring the Great Migration of the early 20th century. It[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
Alison Shearer 8:00 pm
Alison Shearer @ Twins Jazz
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Alison Shearer leads groups that lean to jazz’s electronic side, ranging from house and ambient-influences to the kind of Herbie Hancock-meets-hip-hop style of some of the current L.A. jazz scene. Two separate sets at 8[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 14 @ 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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Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 15 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing in the school of Jim Hall. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
* 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert 8:00 pm
* 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
The Kennedy Center hosts an all-star tribute concert to the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters: cool jazz pianist Bob Dorough, prolific critic, writer and Jazz at Lincoln Center brain-trust member Stanley Crouch, big band experimentalist Maria Schneider[...]
* Eliot Seppa 8:00 pm
* Eliot Seppa @ Marvin DC
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
Eliot Seppa is a rising talent on the bass, holding his own in a bassist-heavy town. In the past years, his broad, bounding sound has grown up; he now plays with the an assurance often[...]
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 15 @ 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[...]
Yuko Mabuchi Trio 8:00 pm
Yuko Mabuchi Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is a bop disciple but draws on hints of blues, Latin and other jazz styles to add to the music’s flavor. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the[...]
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* Abdullah Ibrahim Masterclass (JAM) 12:40 pm
* Abdullah Ibrahim Masterclass (JAM) @ Howard University - Childers Recital Hall
Apr 16 @ 12:40 pm
South African piano titan Abdullah Ibrahim helped pioneer the jazz scene in his homeland. As a member of the Jazz Epistles, the first, recorded South African bebop group, along with departed trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Ibrahim brought[...]
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective 6:00 pm
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective, a nearly pure-trombone ensemble, plays a variety of art music from Bach to Ellington.
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 16 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 16 @ 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
Apr 16 @ 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[...]
Deja Gruv 8:00 pm
Deja Gruv @ Blues Alley
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm
11-piece ensemble Deja Gruv performs a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) featuring Sugar Bear 8:00 pm
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) featuring Sugar Bear @ DC City Winery
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm
Legendary go-go band E.U. (Experience Unlimited), famous for their 80s hits “Da Butt” and collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee, raise roofs and make booties shake at the DC City Winery.
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* Kris Funn & Cornerstore 7:00 pm
* Kris Funn & Cornerstore @ Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm
D.C.-based, internationally-touring bassist and composer Kris Funn debuted his band Corner Store at the DC Jazz Loft back in January 2012. The band mingles blues and jazz with hip-hop and gospel, creating a rollicking sound[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Apr 17 @ 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.
The Bailsmen 7:00 pm
The Bailsmen @ Sotto
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm
The Bailsmen play a style of jazz that enshrines 1930s hot and gypsy jazz, even dressing the part.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Apr 17 @ 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
Apr 17 @ 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
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Apr 17 @ 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[...]
Kelly Green Trio 8:00 pm
Kelly Green Trio @ Twins Jazz
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
Singer and pianist Kelly Green leads a straight-ahead trio that defers to the enshrined sound and technique of 1950s standards bop. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Bernstein – Larry Goldings – Bill Stewart Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Bernstein – Larry Goldings – Bill Stewart Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
The Bernstein-Goldings-Stewart organ trio performs spritely, swinging straight-ahead jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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George Washington University Latin Jazz Band (JAM) 12:00 pm
George Washington University Latin Jazz Band (JAM) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm
The George Washington University Latin Jazz Band performs three separate sets at 12 noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The group performs as part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month.
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Apr 18 @ 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[...]
* Capital Jazz 7:30 pm
* Capital Jazz @ The Mansion At Strathmore
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm
Local producer and musician Ken Avis presents “Capital Jazz,” a celebration of some of the great musicians leading the D.C. jazz scene on documented on the “Capital Jazz” compilation album. The line-up for the Capital[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 18 @ 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.
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Apr 18 @ 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,[...]
Clarence Ward III 8:00 pm
Clarence Ward III @ Marvin DC
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Apr 18 @ 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
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
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Howard University Jazz Ensemble 6:00 pm
Howard University Jazz Ensemble @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm
Under the director of its longtime leader Professor Fred Irby III, the Howard University Jazz Ensembles is the premiere collegiate ensemble of the Washington, D.C. area.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Aaron Goldberg Trio 8:00 pm
* Aaron Goldberg Trio @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Aaron Goldberg is at the heart of New York’s modern mainstream jazz scene. His playing displays a wily unpredictability reminiscent of Thelonious Monk’s, restlessly re-combining rhythm and harmony in an engaging, exciting way. While[...]
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Apr 19 @ 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.
Craig Gildner 8:00 pm
Craig Gildner @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Craig Gildner leads a trio that plays straight-ahead, jaunty versions of classics from the swing and bebop eras.
Tyler Leak & Freeform 8:00 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
The GW Jazz Orchestra 9:00 pm
The GW Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Apr 19 @ 9:00 pm
The George Washington University Jazz Ensemble performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 19 @ 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
Apr 19 @ 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
Apr 20 @ 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
Apr 20 @ 6:15 pm
A veteran of musical theater (notably, she played the lead in the original Broadway presentation of Dreamgirls), Julian Nixon incorporates jazz standards and originals into her own personal brand of R&B. Two separate sets at[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Apr 20 @ 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[...]
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Jazzmeia Horn 8:00 pm
* Jazzmeia Horn @ Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
The winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn shares the savory depth of Vaughan, as well as the verve of higher-pitched[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Jojo's Restaurant & Bar
Apr 20 @ 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.
Luther Re-Lives 8:00 pm
Luther Re-Lives @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Luther Vandross tribute band Luther Re-Lives performs.
Tracy Hamlin 8:00 pm
Tracy Hamlin @ DC City Winery
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Tracy Hamlin, whose toured with the likes of Gloria Gaynor (the originator of the disco hit “I Will Survive”), blends soul, jazz, R&B and house music.
The GW Jazz Orchestra 9:00 pm
The GW Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Apr 20 @ 9:00 pm
The George Washington University Jazz Ensemble performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Apr 20 @ 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
Apr 20 @ 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
Apr 21 @ 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
Apr 21 @ 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
Apr 21 @ 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[...]
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Apr 21 @ 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,[...]
Rempis/Lopez/Packard / Heart of the Ghost / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten 7:00 pm
Rempis/Lopez/Packard / Heart of the Ghost / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten @ Rhizome DC
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm
Chicago-based free jazz saxophonist leads his working trio, featuring bassist Brandon Lopez and percussionist Ryan Packard through work that straddles the fence between free music and more melodic, avant-garde jazz. Creative music trio Heart of[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 21 @ 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.
CeCe Peniston 7:30 pm
CeCe Peniston @ DC City Winery
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm
Singer CeCe Peniston performs a mix of house and dance music.
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 21 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 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[...]
The GW Jazz Orchestra 8:15 pm
The GW Jazz Orchestra @ Blues Alley
Apr 22 @ 8:15 pm
The George Washington University Jazz Ensemble performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 23 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 23 @ 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[...]
* Andrew White Quartet 8:00 pm
* Andrew White Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
Andrew White is one of D.C.’s foremost exponents of the jazz tradition, an embodiment of its historic blend of innovation and preservation. He’s a historian and channeler of John Coltrane, having transcribed 650 of the[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 23 @ 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[...]
Jane Monheit 8:00 pm
Jane Monheit @ DC City Winery
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
In 1998, at just 20, Jane Monheit shot to jazz’s fore as the second-place finisher at the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition. Since then, the lush-voiced vocalist’s career has unfolded famously. She touches jazz standards with[...]
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Apr 24 @ 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[...]
3 Divas Celebrate Ella 8:00 pm
3 Divas Celebrate Ella @ Blues Alley
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Singers Darden Purcell, Sara Jones and Alexis Cole combine their talents and vocal chords to pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Howard University’s SaaSY Vocal Ensemble (JAM) 12:00 pm
Howard University’s SaaSY Vocal Ensemble (JAM) @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm
Howard University’s SaaSY Vocal Ensemble sings a capella arrangements of straight ahead classics and performs three separate sets at 12 noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The group performs as part of the Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Apr 25 @ 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
Apr 25 @ 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.
Aubrey Logan 7:30 pm
Aubrey Logan @ DC City Winery
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
YouTube musical personality and jazz trombonist Aubrey Logan performs.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Oh He Dead 8:00 pm
Oh He Dead @ Sotto
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Contemporary soul and R&B band Oh He Dead performs.
The Tritone Trio 8:00 pm
The Tritone Trio @ Twins Jazz
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Tritone Trio, a group of three, acoustic string musicians, perform in a lightly swinging style reminiscent of gypsy jazz and traditional New Orleans music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
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* Thad Wilson 6:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He leads a tribute to the big band leader and vocalist Billy[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 26 @ 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.
* Ameen Saleem 8:00 pm
* Ameen Saleem @ Jojo's Restaurant and Bar
Apr 26 @ 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.
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Sotto
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s Billie Holiday that Reeves emulates the most, singing ballads with a sibilant, brooding tone.
ConFunkShun 8:00 pm
ConFunkShun @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Funk ensemble ConFunkShun enjoyed a string of R&B hits in the 1980s. They perform with some choreography and familiar, definitely ’80s, six-part harmonies.
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends 8:00 pm
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends @ DC City Winery
Apr 26 @ 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).
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
Jim Snidero 9:00 pm
Jim Snidero @ Twins Jazz
Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero leads a powerhouse band, draping his strong, swinging lines over his rhythm section. Snidero has been a sideman to singers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting and Eddie Palmeri. Two separate[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 26 @ 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
Apr 26 @ 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: Billy Eckstine: Mr. B 1:00 pm
Thinking About Jazz: Billy Eckstine: Mr. B @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm
Vocalist Billy Eckstine was an icon of the big band era and the era of vocal jazz where the style reigned as the pop music of the time. Guy Bennington, one of the long serving and[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 27 @ 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[...]
Darcy Cooke 8:00 pm
Darcy Cooke @ Jojo's Restaurant and Bar
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Darcy Cooke performs jazz standards and  some more contemporary numbers with a cabaret lounge feel.
Hey Nineteen 8:00 pm
Hey Nineteen @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
Steely Dan jazz-rock tribute band Hey Nineteen performs.
Snack Cat 8:00 pm
Snack Cat @ Sotto
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
New York’s Snack Cat performs a mix of soul, rock, jazz, blues and funk.  Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
Jim Snidero 9:00 pm
Jim Snidero @ Twins Jazz
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm
Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero leads a powerhouse band, draping his strong, swinging lines over his rhythm section. Snidero has been a sideman to singers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting and Eddie Palmeri. Two separate[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Apr 28 @ 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,[...]
Sylver Logan Sharp 7:00 pm
Sylver Logan Sharp @ DC City Winery
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm
Sylver Logan Sharp, former lead singer of disco icon Chic, performs a variety of R&B styles and derivatives including disco and go-go (she collaborated with Rare Essence in the 1980s).
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 28 @ 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.
Lynda Carter 7:30 pm
Lynda Carter @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Screen and stage presence Lynda Carter, most famous for her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show, performs a mix of jazz standards, show tunes, blues, country and original songs.
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 28 @ 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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* U.S. Army Blues 6:00 pm
* U.S. Army Blues @ Kennedy Center
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues is the army’s official jazz band and the military discipline reflects in their tight performance.
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 29 @ 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.
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (JAM) 8:00 pm
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (JAM) @ University of the District of Columbia - Auditorium (Theatre of the Arts—Bldg. 46-East)
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Calvin Jones Big Band Festival is the cap off to UDC’s (and the wider academic jazz community of DC) celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The UDC Jazz Ensemble under direction of Allyn Johnson, the[...]
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Apr 29 @ 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[...]
U.S. Navy Commodores 8:00 pm
U.S. Navy Commodores @ Blues Alley
Apr 29 @ 8:00 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. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Free but must[...]
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 30 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 30 @ 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[...]
* Charles Rahmat Woods & the DC Love Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Charles Rahmat Woods & the DC Love Orchestra @ Rhizome DC
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist and flautist Charles Rahmat Woods regularly performs straight-ahead jazz at restaurants and bars, but in his heart there’s always a smoldering love for the avant-garde. The bright, bracing soprano specialist leads the DC Love Orchestra[...]
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio 8:00 pm
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile saxophonist Chris Potter came of age in the Young Lions generation and was elastic in tone enough to flit between the then uptown and downtown scenes of Manhattan. He boasts a staggeringly lengthy[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 30 @ 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[...]