DC Jazz Calendar

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Please note: our listings calendar for December is not yet complete due to unforeseen delays. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 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[...]
Beekman 9:00 pm
Beekman @ Twins Jazz
Dec 1 @ 9:00 pm
The four-piece Beekman group performs non-challenging hard-bop in the late-50s Art Blakey vain. 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
Dec 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.
Keith Butler Trio 8:00 pm
Keith Butler Trio @ Twins Jazz
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer Keith Butler, alongside his trio-mates Steve Arnold on bass and Nelson Dougherty on guitar are by now familiar faces around the DC jazz jam scene as they try to assert themselves as leaders of[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 4 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
Vanny 7:00 pm
Vanny @ Sotto
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Vanny performs.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Band Brûlée 8:00 pm
Band Brûlée @ Twins Jazz
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Band Brûlée performs a mix of jazz and Americana.
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Brandon Woody Group 6:00 pm
Brandon Woody Group @ Marvin DC
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
The young trumpeter Brandon Woody favors a brash tone that almost splutters in his moments of great intensity; it’s reminiscent of Miles Davis in the pre-fusion, late-60s.
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Dec 6 @ 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,[...]
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 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[...]
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* Elijah Jamal Balbed 5:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ Marvin DC
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
* Lenny Robinson 8:00 pm
* Lenny Robinson @ Sotto
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Lenny Robinson’s kit is the inside of his brain, its drum heads the resonant walls where his ideas ricochet and collide. Some dissolve, some take hold; some are frustrated, some streamline into a complete statement.
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Dec 7 @ 9:00 pm
A frequent sideman and bandleader in the D.C. area, the drummer Tony Martucci plays bop with a lightly dabbed, clarion swing on the ride cymbal. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m.
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George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 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[...]
* Deacon Izzy 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 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.
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm
A frequent sideman and bandleader in the D.C. area, the drummer Tony Martucci plays bop with a lightly dabbed, clarion swing on the ride cymbal. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m.
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
9
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
Jeff Cosgrove Quartet 8:00 pm
Jeff Cosgrove Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
While the drummer Jeff Cosgrove can be found in all kinds of settings in the DMV jazz arena, his current project favors a sound like Eric Dolphy at his most expansive (and expressive). Two separate[...]
10
* Dante Pope 5:30 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin DC
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
11
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 11 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
12
* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Sea-Change 8:00 pm
Sea-Change @ Twins Jazz
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Steve Arnold is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces and in-demand sidemen on the DC jazz scene. His group Sea-Change blends elements and melodies of folk and rock music into wider-sweeping,[...]
13
Trey Sorrells 5:30 pm
Trey Sorrells @ Marvin DC
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm
The saxophonist Trey Sorrells is gaining a reputation as something of a mainstay in the Richmond jazz scene. He plays straight-ahead influenced by the more rounded and elastic tones of Grover Washington Jr.
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
* Hope Udobi 8:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Sotto
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most promising young jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious[...]
Charmaine Michelle 8:00 pm
Charmaine Michelle @ Twins Jazz
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
The 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.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 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[...]
14
Timmy Shepard 9:00 pm
Timmy Shepard @ Twins Jazz
Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm
The singer-songwriter Timmy Shepard performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
15
Ace Ono 5:30 pm
Ace Ono @ Marvin DC
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm
R&B/soul singer Ace Ono performs.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 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[...]
Zo Miller 8:00 pm
Zo Miller @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz, neo-soul styled vocalist Zo Miller performs.
Timmy Shepard 9:00 pm
Timmy Shepard @ Twins Jazz
Dec 15 @ 9:00 pm
The singer-songwriter Timmy Shepard performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” @ Twins Jazz
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde leads a small-combo through avant-garde re-imaginings of Christmas classics. 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
Dec 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[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 18 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
Levi Stephens 7:00 pm
Levi Stephens @ Sotto
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Levi Stephens performs a blend of Soul, Rock, R&B and the like.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Rick Alberico 8:00 pm
Rick Alberico @ Twins Jazz
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Rick Alberico plays straight-ahead jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
20
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 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[...]
21
* Sam Prather GO 4tet 5:30 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Dec 21 @ 5:30 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[...]
* Alison Crockett 8:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Sotto
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically political and personally defiant. She has the laggard rhythm of an Erykah Badu, the dance instinct of a Chaka Kahn, and[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm
Salim Washington is a consummate saxophonist, flautist and oboist who blends a range of music from the African Diaspora in his Harlem Arts Ensemble – from ’70s funk to avant-garde jazz. It’s a captivating mix.[...]
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George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 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[...]
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation @ Marvin DC
Dec 22 @ 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.
Nate Jolley 8:00 pm
Nate Jolley @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, draw gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into their protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy. Drummer Nate[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm
Salim Washington is a consummate saxophonist, flautist and oboist who blends a range of music from the African Diaspora in his Harlem Arts Ensemble – from ’70s funk to avant-garde jazz. It’s a captivating mix.[...]
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
* Blacks’ Myths 7:30 pm
* Blacks’ Myths @ Black Cat Backstage
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm
DC’s Blacks’ Myths – the bassist and electronics programmer Luke Stewart (full disclosure: a co-founder of Capitalbop) and the drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup – is probably best known in other circles as the propellant, propelling[...]
Asher Bros Quartet 8:00 pm
Asher Bros Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Asher Brothers – Alex on trombone and multi-instrumentalist Byron – each have respectable careers as sessions musicians and bandleaders in Brooklyn and New Orleans, respectively. The two lead a quartet for two separate sets[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 25 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
Elijah Cole 7:00 pm
Elijah Cole @ Sotto
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
At just 16, Elijah Cole already had a distinctive sound on the guitar—bright and clear, not unlike Grant Green’s.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 26 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Caesar Ulsano performs a variety of easy listening jazz, from cocktail standards to bossa nova. 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
Dec 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.
* Brad Linde’s Team Players: Four 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s Team Players: Four @ Twins Jazz
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The enterprising area saxophonist Brad Linde, whose conscientious and beam-like sound descends cleanly from his cool jazz idols, is always introducing new ensembles and new ideas.  His Team Players groups sets the rhythm, motion and[...]
Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet 8:00 pm
Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet @ Sotto
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The lyrical trumpeter Joseph Jamaal favors clean, bright and bopping tones, not unlike a young Wynton Marsalis, but mixed with more Stevie Wonder soul.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 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[...]
28
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 5:30 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
* Federico Peña 8:00 pm
* Federico Peña @ Sotto
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Federico Peña has played with Meshell Ndegeocello, Marcus Miller and various other performers who put jazz and funk together in service of the explosive. Here he leads his own group, foregrounding his smooth[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 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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George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 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[...]
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner 8:00 pm
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Clarence Turner plays Chicago-style, electric blues.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 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,[...]
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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.
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Eugenie Jones 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones @ Twins Jazz
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones sings soul and straight-ahead. She anchors the Twins New Years’ Eve celebrations.