DC Jazz Calendar

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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 1 @ 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
Aug 1 @ 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
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
MGB Power Trio 8:00 pm
MGB Power Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 1 @ 8:00 pm
The MGB Power Trio perform a mix of standards and originals inspired by hard-swinging bop from the likes of Art Blakey and Charles Mingus. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
2
* Mark G. Meadows & Danielle Wertz 7:30 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & Danielle Wertz @ Sotto
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm
Pianist and vocalist Mark G. Meadows is one of the cornerstone keyboardists on the D.C. jazz scene. With his band, the Movement, Meadows also takes the vocal mic, creating music that lands somewhere between the[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Aug 2 @ 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.
3
* Bill Heid 6:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 3 @ 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
Aug 3 @ 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[...]
* Herb Scott 7:30 pm
* Herb Scott @ Sotto
Aug 3 @ 7:30 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[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Aug 3 @ 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
Aug 3 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the 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 student[...]
4
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 4 @ 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.
Nicole Saphos 6:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Sotto
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm
Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Apple and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 9:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Twins Jazz
Aug 4 @ 9:00 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[...]
5
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 5 @ 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[...]
6
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 6 @ 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[...]
7
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 7 @ 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
Aug 7 @ 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[...]
Lara Driscoll Trio 8:00 pm
Lara Driscoll Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 7 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Lara Driscoll’s compositions blend the angular, shimmering harmonic sense of contemporary jazz with a sense of melody strongly rooted in the straight-ahead tradition. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
8
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 8 @ 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
Aug 8 @ 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
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
The Izmirlian Quintet 8:00 pm
The Izmirlian Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Aug 8 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist and composer Greg Izmirlian leads his straight-ahead quintet through standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
9
Todd Simon Duo 6:00 pm
Todd Simon Duo @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm
Study  and swinging pianist Todd Simon performs with a trio.
* Shacara Rogers 7:30 pm
* Shacara Rogers @ Sotto
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm
Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known a cappella group Afro Blue. Since her undergrad years, she’s honed her compositional skills in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Aug 9 @ 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. He debuts a new song cycle called “Magnetism” over[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Aug 9 @ 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[...]
10
Julian Berkowitz Trio 6:00 pm
Julian Berkowitz Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Julian Berkowitz leads a straight-ahead trio.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 10 @ 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[...]
Lauren White 7:30 pm
Lauren White @ Sotto
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm
Soul and R&B singer Lauren White presents her “soul revival”. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Aug 10 @ 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. He debuts a new song cycle called “Magnetism” over[...]
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 10 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
11
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 11 @ 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.
* The New World 8:00 pm
* The New World @ Twins Jazz
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
As a unit, The New World, a group of young mainstays of the D.C. scene, has developed a vision of jazz it calls “fiction music.” It’s a group dedicated to long, sweeping original compositions, and[...]
12
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 12 @ 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[...]
13
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 13 @ 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[...]
14
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 14 @ 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
Aug 14 @ 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[...]
Cimarrón 8:00 pm
Cimarrón @ Twins Jazz
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm
Columbia-based group Cimarrón performs a style of traditional music called joropo, which draws on African, European and Native South American influences. Two separate sets and 8 and 10 p.m.
15
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 15 @ 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
Aug 15 @ 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
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
16
* Kenny Rittenhouse 9:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse @ Twins Jazz
Aug 16 @ 9:00 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 Dixon 9:30 pm
Jordan Dixon @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 16 @ 9:30 pm
UDC jazz alum Jordan Dixon leads a straight-ahead group.
17
* Keith Butler Trio 6:00 pm
* Keith Butler Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm
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 the[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 17 @ 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[...]
* Kenny Rittenhouse 9:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse @ Twins Jazz
Aug 17 @ 9:00 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[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 17 @ 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.
18
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 18 @ 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.
19
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 19 @ 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[...]
20
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 20 @ 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[...]
21
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 21 @ 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
Aug 21 @ 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[...]
22
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 22 @ 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
Aug 22 @ 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
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
23
Jack Kilby 6:00 pm
Jack Kilby @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandria native and drummer Jack Kilby leads a straight-ahead group.
* Kris Funn & CornerStore 7:30 pm
* Kris Funn & CornerStore @ Sotto
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
D.C.-based, internationally touring bassist and composer Kris Funn debuted his band CornerStore at the DC Jazz Loft back in January 2012. The group has come a long way in the years since. The band mingles blues and[...]
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency 7:30 pm
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency @ Local 16
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Nicole Saphos is a remarkable young bassist/vocalist whose distinctive brand of songwriting is well-known — and well-respected — on the D.C. jazz scene. Her songs are playful and engaging, but they have a tendency to[...]
* Tom Williams Quartet 9:30 pm
* Tom Williams Quartet @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 23 @ 9:30 pm
Tom Williams is a lyrical trumpeter from Baltimore.
24
Erol Danon 6:00 pm
Erol Danon @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Erol Danon first started making his mark in the D.C. jazz scene with The New World, a modern post-bop-ish group that also featured current rising stars like Steve Arnold and Keith Butler. He is[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 24 @ 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[...]
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency 7:30 pm
** Nicole Saphos Trio — CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency @ Local 16
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm
Nicole Saphos is a remarkable young bassist/vocalist whose distinctive brand of songwriting is well-known — and well-respected — on the D.C. jazz scene. Her songs are playful and engaging, but they have a tendency to[...]
* Heidi Martin 9:30 pm
* Heidi Martin @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 24 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Heidi Martin is one of D.C.’s treasures: She emits messages complex but clear, with an essence of mourning and resilience that hints at Billie Holiday and a quavering force not unlike Joni Mitchell’s. But[...]
25
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 25 @ 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.
Manacá Brazilian Trio 8:00 pm
Manacá Brazilian Trio @ Twins Jazz
Aug 25 @ 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.
26
Bee Boisseau 8:00 pm
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Aug 26 @ 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[...]
27
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 27 @ 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[...]
28
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Aug 28 @ 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
Aug 28 @ 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[...]
Lauren Lee 8:00 pm
Lauren Lee @ Twins Jazz
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and vocalist Lauren Lee performs originals that occasionally swing out from their more straight-ahead, mainstream roots. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
29
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 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
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
30
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Aug 30 @ 9:00 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.
31
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Aug 31 @ 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[...]
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry 9:00 pm
Alex Parchment & AP Chemistry @ Twins Jazz
Aug 31 @ 9:00 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.