DC Jazz Calendar

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Imani-Grace Cooper 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper @ Sotto
Jun 1 @ 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper, a former soloist in the Howard University a capella group Afro Blue, has an enchanting vocal approach. She’s a singer on the rise. She performs for Sotto’s Saturday brunch crowd.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Noruz 7:30 pm
Noruz @ Sotto
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm
New Orleans sextet Noruz, led by Christian Scott and Nicholas Payton alumna Amina Michele Scott, performs slow-simmering, soul jazz. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Frankie Addison Band 6:00 pm
Frankie Addison Band @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm
Saxophonist Frankie Addison has strong roots in R&B. He leads a straight-ahead quartet through standards and originals.
Charmaine Michelle 8:00 pm
Charmaine Michelle @ Twins Jazz
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Charmaine Michelle leads a group of her fellow DMV natives in a style of jazz that recalls late era Miles. It’s electric and propulsive, but with sweeps of lyrical sweetness. Two separate sets at[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention; he commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Caesar Ulsano plays bop standards and originals with an unhurried, non-challenging tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Mosché 8:00 pm
Mosché @ Twins Jazz
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Washington, D.C.-based band Mosché performs a style of jazz most reminiscent of modern New Orleans performers like Trombone Shorty. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 0.m.
Stone Mecca 8:00 pm
Stone Mecca @ Sotto
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Psychedelic blues-rock guitarist Stone Mecca performs lite-Hendrix faire. Two separate sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m.
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Chris Barrick 7:30 pm
Chris Barrick @ Sotto
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm
Vibraphonist Chris Barrick is a recent re-arrival to D.C., and he’s wasted no time getting back into the mix. Barrick excels both as a bandleader and a soloist, wielding a powerful skill-set of fearsome technical[...]
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 7 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Jun 7 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene[...]
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DeAndre Shaifer 11:30 am
DeAndre Shaifer @ Sotto
Jun 8 @ 11:30 am
DeAndre Shaifer is plays a lithe, ecstatically swinging trumpet. His talent on the instrument jumps out at you quick—but if you hang out before or after a gig, you might catch him messing around on[...]
* Bill Heid 6:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
7:30 pm
@ Sotto
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm
Kokayi performs a mix of neo-soul and R&B. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Deborah Bond 1:00 pm
Deborah Bond @ Bin 1301
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm
Vocalist Deborah Bond performs R&B.
Oh He Dead 6:30 pm
Oh He Dead @ Sotto
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm
Contemporary soul and R&B band Oh He Dead performs.
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Twins Jazz
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
In Kristin Callahan’s wary alto, light slips subtly through darkening blinds. She sings jazz standards with a brooding, straight-ahead combo. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
10
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Bee Boisseau Project performs smooth jazz.
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention; he commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 8:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Alex Parchment is comfortable shifting between both big band and small ensembles, and injects a bit of funk into everything he plays. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Sueños 8:00 pm
Sueños @ Sotto
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sueños is a group that follow the mold of modern fusionistic sensibility set down my cats like Robert Glasper and Flying Lotus, blending neo-soul, hip-hop and rock cadences into an electronic jazz sound.
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* Dante Pope Trio 6:00 pm
* Dante Pope Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
Clarence Ward III 9:30 pm
Clarence Ward III @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 14 @ 9:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs.
15
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble 3:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble @ Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Kenny Rittenhouse has led ensembles of various sizes around the DC-Maryland area for two decades, and is a member of many others (including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra). Rittenhouse specializes hard-bop a la Art Blakey[...]
Jordan Williams Trio 6:00 pm
Jordan Williams Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Jordan Williams leads a straight-ahead trio.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Jordan Dixon 7:30 pm
Jordan Dixon @ Sotto
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
UDC jazz alum Jordan Dixon leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
Dave Manley 9:30 pm
Dave Manley @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fret board with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Dave Manley Brunch Show 11:30 am
Dave Manley Brunch Show @ Sotto
Jun 16 @ 11:30 am
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fret board with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
* Chad Carter 6:30 pm
* Chad Carter @ Sotto
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm
Chad Carter, a vocalist born and raised in the District, pours his syrupy and evocative tenor into renditions of jazz standards and straight-ahead renditions of pop hits from the 1970s. Two separate sets at 6:30[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 18 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 19 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 19 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention; he commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Sotto
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Bobby Muncy is a saxophonist with chops, conviction and the drive to make jazz feel fresh. He hopscotches between jazz covers of Radiohead, swinging renditions of his bandmates’ tunes, and his own skronky original compositions. Here[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
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Jon Steele Trio 6:00 pm
Jon Steele Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime DMV sideman and bassist Jon Steele leads his own group.
* Greg Boyer Peloton 7:30 pm
* Greg Boyer Peloton @ Sotto
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Trombonist Greg Boyer has worked with Parliament-Funkadelic, Stanley Clarke, Prince and many other stars. He’s also a member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and a popular sideman on the D.C. jazz scene. Here the[...]
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Jun 21 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
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George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Sam Prather GO 4tet 8:00 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
With his Groove Orchestra, usually consisting of about nine members, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Sam Prather collides the sounds of Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock and J Dilla; the band spreads beats like peanut[...]
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
Jun 22 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
* Jessica Boykin-Settles 9:30 pm
* Jessica Boykin-Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 22 @ 9:30 pm
Jessica Boykin-Settles is a widely respected vocalist and a professor at Howard University who has mentored a handful of the city’s fine young singers. Her approach is possessed of a firm, affirmative delicateness, and she[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Jeron White 8:00 pm
Jeron White @ Twins Jazz
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
Baltimore-based avant-garde bassist Jeron White leads a group. His music often oscillates between condensed chaos and mellifluous musings. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention; he commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
The UpBeets 8:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears some influence of modern mainstream sensibilities. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Nelson Garcia 8:00 pm
Nelson Garcia @ Twins Jazz
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Nelson Garcia performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 28 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
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The Dan Wallace Standards Trio 6:00 pm
The Dan Wallace Standards Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm
Baltimore-based saxophone player Dan Wallace leads a straight-ahead trio.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 29 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 29 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.