DC Jazz Calendar

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Jan
24
Fri
Jose Ramirez @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 24 @ 9:30 pm

Guitarist and vocalist Jose Ramirez performs a style of modern blues that weds the kind of croon of ’90s R&B slow jams to rocking electric blues guitar work.

Jan
25
Sat
* Heidi Martin @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 25 @ 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 as a poet, she’s most closely linked to Abbey Lincoln, that vocalist and composer whose ear was always turned toward the acridity of injustice—not just its effects, but the ways we push it aside by drilling down.

Jan
27
Mon
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Jan 27 @ 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 to reworkings of Coltrane and and other acoustic jazz titans in this funkier format. He holds forth at “The Stew” jam session Monday nights at Bin 1301.

Jan
28
Tue
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light and breezy but with a good amount of brash metallicism.

On Tuesdays, he can be found holding forth at Jojo Restaurant and Bar with a rotating cast of musicians; often he’s joined in a trio by bassist Kris Funn and drummer Quincy Phillips, one of the tightest rhythm sections in the region.

Jan
29
Wed
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a modern-leaning jazz quartet every Wednesday. Sit-ins are common, and on any given week you might hear spoken word, Afro-Beat vocals, and even stand-up comedy, in addition to a host of recognizable D.C. jazz musicians.

* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jan 29 @ 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 Bar, or Sotto, or 18th Street Lounge, you’ve heard the crisp snap to attention on the snare, and then, in no time, the establishment of a crystal-clear groove. You don’t have to take our word for it: Stanley Clarke, Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding, Estelle and Jeremy Pelt have all relied on his work. He’s in residence weekly on U St NW.

Jan
30
Thu
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm

Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.

Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.

Jan
31
Fri
* Joe Herrera Quartet @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 31 @ 9:30 pm

Lyrical trumpeter Joe Herrera is best known in D.C. for co-leading the now-itinerant Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as well as leading his own  genre-blurring group The Remix. He leads a straight-ahead quartet at Jojo Restaurant.

Feb
3
Mon
Bee Boisseau @ Bin 1301
Feb 3 @ 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 to reworkings of Coltrane and and other acoustic jazz titans in this funkier format. He holds forth at “The Stew” jam session Monday nights at Bin 1301.


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