DC Jazz Calendar

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* 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[...]
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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.
* 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.
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* 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.
* 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.
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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.
* 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.
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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[...]
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[...]
* 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.
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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.
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[...]
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* 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[...]
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* 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[...]
* 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[...]
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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.
* 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.
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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
* 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.
* 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.
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* 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[...]
* 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[...]
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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[...]
* 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[...]
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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.
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[...]
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* 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[...]
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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[...]
* 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[...]
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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.
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.
* 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.
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* 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.
* 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.
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* 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.
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.
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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[...]
* 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.
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.
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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.
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* 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[...]
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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.
* 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[...]
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* 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.
* 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[...]
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.
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* 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.
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[...]
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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.
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[...]
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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.
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* 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[...]