DC Jazz Calendar

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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 1 @ 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[...]
2
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 2 @ 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
Oct 2 @ 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[...]
* Petros Klampanis 8:00 pm
* Petros Klampanis @ Twins Jazz
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
Greek bassist Petros Klampanis writes music bridges the chamber music worlds of Western Europe and the Mediterranean Basin; lush harmonies underscore energetic folk melodies, all of which is propelled by a dervish of percussion in the[...]
3
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 3 @ 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[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Takoma Jazz 8:00 pm
Takoma Jazz @ Twins Jazz
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Edmund Burke school teachers pianist John Howard and bassist Eugenio Ibarz perform a mix of jazz and pop standards in a straight-ahead, small combo setting. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
4
James Collins Trio 6:00 pm
James Collins Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist James Collins leads a straight-ahead trio.
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 4 @ 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.
James King 9:30 pm
James King @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 4 @ 9:30 pm
In a city of bassists, James King stands tall as a revered and seasoned bassist who has made D.C. his scene for many years.
5
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 5 @ 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[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 5 @ 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.
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 5 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies as well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious student[...]
6
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 6 @ 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.
7
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
8
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 8 @ 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[...]
9
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 9 @ 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
Oct 9 @ 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[...]
10
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 10 @ 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
Oct 10 @ 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 Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters, the[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
11
Julian Berkowitz Trio 6:00 pm
Julian Berkowitz Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Julian Berkowitz leads a straight-ahead trio.
The UpBeets 9:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Oct 11 @ 9:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears modern sensibilities. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Oct 11 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist Tarus Mzateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is a member of Jason Moran’s Bandwagon trio, and is known not only on the jazz scene but also in[...]
12
Jon Steele Trio 6:00 pm
Jon Steele Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime DMV sideman and bassist Jon Steele leads his own group.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 12 @ 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[...]
The UpBeets 9:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears modern sensibilities. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Carly Harvey 9:30 pm
Carly Harvey @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 12 @ 9:30 pm
Carly Harvey, dubbed D.C.’s “Queen Of the Blues” by a WPFW DJ, performs a mix of blues, jazz and soul.
13
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 13 @ 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.
Not 2 Cool Jazz Band 8:00 pm
Not 2 Cool Jazz Band @ Twins Jazz
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
The Not 2 Cool Jazz Band, led by trumpeter and pianist Michael Grasso, performs a mix of standards with heavy inspiration taken from Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
14
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
15
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 15 @ 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[...]
16
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 16 @ 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
Oct 16 @ 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[...]
17
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience @ Marvin DC
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope may be best known to many of D.C.’s jazz crowd as a steady drummer who brings some of the groove from his years playing soul and gospel. As a leader he brings that[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 17 @ 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[...]
Eric Jacobson 8:00 pm
Eric Jacobson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Milwaukee-based trumpeter Eric Jacobson’s playing contains strong and clear deference to bop masters like Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Brown. He leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets and 8 and 10 p.m.
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
18
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 18 @ 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 trio (only bass and[...]
Geovane Santos 9:30 pm
Geovane Santos @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 18 @ 9:30 pm
New Orleans-based Brazilian guitarist Geovane Santos performs.
19
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 19 @ 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[...]
* Lena Seikaly 8:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ Marvin DC
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with a confident and playful demeanor.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 19 @ 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 trio (only bass and[...]
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 19 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
20
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 20 @ 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.
Michael Sarian 8:00 pm
Michael Sarian @ Twins Jazz
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Michael Sarian’s music sounds a bit like Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ early cool jazz, but spoken through the vernacular of present-day angular harmonic convention and smoothness. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
21
* Hope Udobi 8:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Marvin DC
Oct 21 @ 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[...]
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
22
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 22 @ 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[...]
23
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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[...]
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Joe Vetter leads a straight-ahead jazz quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
24
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience @ Marvin DC
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope may be best known to many of D.C.’s jazz crowd as a steady drummer who brings some of the groove from his years playing soul and gospel. As a leader he brings that[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 24 @ 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[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
25
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Oct 25 @ 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.
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Sotto
Oct 25 @ 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[...]
Larry Brown 9:00 pm
Larry Brown @ Twins Jazz
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm
Larry Brown, a local piano player of repute, leads a quintet of notable D.C. cats through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Dave Manley 9:30 pm
Dave Manley @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 25 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
26
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 26 @ 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[...]
* Brent Birckhead 8:00 pm
* Brent Birckhead @ Sotto
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Brent Birckhead is an archetypal product of the D.C. jazz scene. He’s a strong straight-ahead player, but also well-versed in go-go, R&B and the other popular sounds of the city. Armed with dual music degrees[...]
Larry Brown 9:00 pm
Larry Brown @ Twins Jazz
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm
Larry Brown, a local piano player of repute, leads a quintet of notable D.C. cats through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Imani-Grace Cooper 9:30 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 26 @ 9:30 pm
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.
27
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 27 @ 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
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Caesar Ulsano plays bop standards and originals with an unhurried tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
28
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau performs a groove-based kind of jazz that often falls on the smooth side of things but the group can also veer into grooving electro-funk a la the Head Hunters. He sometimes devotes sets[...]
29
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 29 @ 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[...]
30
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 30 @ 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
Oct 30 @ 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[...]
Manacá Brazilian Trio 8:00 pm
Manacá Brazilian Trio @ Twins Jazz
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm
The Manacá Brazilian Trio performs vocal and instrumental sambas, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz hits and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
31
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope’s After Five Experience @ Marvin DC
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope may be best known to many of D.C.’s jazz crowd as a steady drummer who brings some of the groove from his years playing soul and gospel. As a leader he brings that[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 31 @ 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[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.