DC Jazz Calendar

* = CB Pick
** = CapitalBop Show
v v categories are neighborhoods
v v tags sort by free events, venues with food, CapitalBop shows, and more

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Sotto
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
* Amy K Bormet 9:30 pm
* Amy K Bormet @ JoJo's
Feb 1 @ 9:30 pm
Amy K Bormet, pianist and founder of Washington Women in Jazz Festival, performs original compositions and arrangements with a small combo featuring Brian Settles on saxophone.
2
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease 8:00 pm
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease @ Sotto
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer Quincy Phillips has an irrepressible bounce in all his playing. With the Young Lions trio, a D.C. mainstay for over 15 years, he moves throughout jazz’s decades with ease and glee.
* John Lamkin III 9:30 pm
* John Lamkin III @ Jojo's
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead.
3
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 3 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Caesar Ulsano plays bop standards and originals with an unhurried, non-challenging tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
4
5
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
6
* Theljon Allen 7:00 pm
* Theljon Allen @ Sotto
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm
Baltimore-based trumpeter Thejlon Allen plays a kind of electrified version of jazz that casts the sounds and structures of the early fusion groups like Return to Forever through the melodic sensibility of 80s smooth and[...]
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
7
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Noble Jolley 8:00 pm
* Noble Jolley @ Sotto
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Noble Jolley draws gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into his protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy.
The Voyage 8:00 pm
The Voyage @ Twins Jazz
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Voyage, a quartet of young musicians out of the George Mason University jazz program, performs a mix of hard-bop and bebop with some cues taken from fusion, hip-hop and other post-1950s developments in jazz.[...]
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
8
* Tarus Mateen 8:00 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene[...]
* Todd Marcus 8:00 pm
* Todd Marcus @ Sotto
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Todd Marcus is becoming known as the most exciting bass clarinetist in jazz today. He swings hard, soothes, confounds, excites. His music often draws on Egyptian musical and mythological themes and motifs; fresh off a[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Feb 8 @ 9:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
9
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo's
Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm
The vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
10
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
11
12
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
13
Blue Dot Jazz Troupe 7:00 pm
Blue Dot Jazz Troupe @ Sotto
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Blue Dot Jazz Troupe Quintet performs a mix of jazz, blues, funk, latin, bossa nova, pop and more.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
John Tolle Quintet 8:00 pm
John Tolle Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Multi-reedist John Tolle, a long time educator at the Edmund Burke School in D.C., performs standards and originals with a breezy, strolling tone that nods to Cannonball Adderley. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
14
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
Valentines Day w/ Cecily 7:30 pm
Valentines Day w/ Cecily @ Sotto
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Local vocalist Cecily Bumbray honors the great Chocolate City with music by Duke Ellington and other DC legends, as well as pieces from her own body of work. She performs two separate sets at Sotto[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Twins Jazz
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
In Kristin Callahan’s wary alto, light slips subtly through darkening blinds. She sings jazz standards with a brooding, straight-ahead combo and leads the Valentine’s Day festivities at Twins. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
15
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation @ Marvin DC
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his topical, wise rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin.
Elin: Brazilian Quartet 8:00 pm
Elin: Brazilian Quartet @ Sotto
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Local vocalist Elin, an occasional collaborator with DC indie royals Thievery Corporation, favors Brazilian music in her jazz repertoire.
Abby Schaffer Quartet 9:00 pm
Abby Schaffer Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 15 @ 9:00 pm
New Orleans influenced jazz vocalist Abby Schaffer leads a group that covers jazz, R&B, rock, and originals influenced by the above. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Brian Settles 9:30 pm
* Brian Settles @ Jojo's
Feb 15 @ 9:30 pm
Brian Settles is wakefully minimalist as a saxophonist and a composer. His tone on the tenor sax warbles and decries, and it’s established him as one of D.C.’s most self-possessed improvisers.
16
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Abby Schaffer Quartet 9:00 pm
Abby Schaffer Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 16 @ 9:00 pm
New Orleans influenced jazz vocalist Abby Schaffer leads a group that covers jazz, R&B, rock, and originals influenced by the above. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Kiyem Ade 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade @ Jojos
Feb 16 @ 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade, formerly Keith Ailer, is an accomplished jazz vocalist.
17
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Keigo Hirakawa Trio 8:00 pm
Keigo Hirakawa Trio @ Twins Jazz
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Keigo Hirakawa leads his small-combo through sometimes up-swinging, somethings softly singing standard piano trio fair. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
18
19
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
20
Levi Stephens 7:00 pm
Levi Stephens @ Sotto
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Levi Stephens performs a blend of soul, rock, R&B and the like.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
Northern Virginia Jazz Collective 8:00 pm
Northern Virginia Jazz Collective @ Twins Jazz
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Northern Virginia Jazz Collective performs a mix of jazz styles and standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
21
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes @ Sotto
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher who plays in the well-loved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, this all-female big band plays traditional tunes as well as original material. The band includes the pianist[...]
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
22
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
* Matvei Sigalov 8:00 pm
* Matvei Sigalov @ Sotto
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
The multi-talented violinist (and sometime guitarist and vocalist) Matvei Sigalov plays a mix of straight-ahead jazz and late-20th-century pop, always rendered with finesse.
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo's
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
23
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Ameen Saleem 8:00 pm
* Ameen Saleem @ Sotto
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ameen Saleem became known around the world for laying down the singing basslines that anchored many of the late Roy Hargrove’s project over the last several years. He leads his own small combo here.
* Irene Jalenti 9:30 pm
* Irene Jalenti @ Jojo's
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm
The Italian vocalist Irene Jalenti sings jazz standards in a tone that’s husky and hushed.
24
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Chris Bates 8:00 pm
Chris Bates @ Twins Jazz
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Chris Bates, a member of the Mingus Big Band, who also recently played with Jason Moran for the U.S. premiere of James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin, steps out to lead[...]
25
26
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist—burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at JoJo’s every[...]
27
Kaleidoscope 7:00 pm
Kaleidoscope @ Sotto
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
The electrified trio Kaleidoscope perform a mix of tunes and styles ranging from more acoustic post-bop to psychedelic rock-laced funk fusion.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
BSQ 8:00 pm
BSQ @ Twins Jazz
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Bob Schwartz Quartet plays easygoing, mid-century jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
28
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director of Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters,[...]
Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]