DC Jazz Calendar

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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Tygressa Sings Natalie 7:30 pm
Tygressa Sings Natalie @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm
Vocalist Tygressa started doing her tribute to Natalie Cole in 2018 at Blues Alley and it’s taken the area by storm. Now she takes her joyous tribute to Cole to the Kennedy Center.
Alex Bugnon 8:00 pm
Alex Bugnon @ Blues Alley
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz pianist Alex Bugnon is a regular feature this time of year at Blues Alley; he plays his annual post-Thanksgiving residency. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Herbie Hancock International Jazz Guitar Competition 7:30 pm
* Herbie Hancock International Jazz Guitar Competition @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (and famous jazz competition of the same name) was re-branded as the Herbie Hancock Institute in honor of the organization’s longtime board chairman. The now-annual Hancock Jazz Competition will[...]
Davina & The Vagabonds 8:00 pm
Davina & The Vagabonds @ Blues Alley
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Davina Lozier leads the Vagabonds through originals and standards derived from the bluesier and more boogie-woogie side of jazz music. The band propels her strong, smoky vocals with punchy arrangements. Two separate sets at 8[...]
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A Chaise Lounge Christmas 8:00 pm
A Chaise Lounge Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Chaise Lounge takes its stylistic cues – both in music and stage presentation – from the sharp suits and cool, swinging jazz of the mid-century but a more easy-listening pop sheen. The group returns to[...]
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Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
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Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 6 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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*** SOLD OUT NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas 7:00 pm
*** SOLD OUT NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas @ Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
NPR’s annual showcase of jazz pianists performing holiday classics includes revered hard-bop elder George Cables, 2011 Monk Competition runner up Joshua White and prolific salsa pianist Rebeca Mauleón. Please note, both shows are sold out.
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 7 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
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Veronneau 8:00 pm
Veronneau @ Blues Alley
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The base of Veronneau’s sound is in Brazilian samba and bossa nova, but those are the blocks on which the quartet builds its internationally-inspired sound. Lead singer Lynn Veronneau can perform in English, French and Spanish,[...]
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Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Eric Felten is one of the top jazz classicists in the Washington, D.C. area. While he’s invited modern luminaries like Donny McCaslin on his Voice of America show, Felten’s own work tends to sonically[...]
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Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Eric Felten is one of the top jazz classicists in the Washington, D.C. area. While he’s invited modern luminaries like Donny McCaslin on his Voice of America show, Felten’s own work tends to sonically[...]
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* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
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* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
* The Art Ensemble of Chicago 8:00 pm
* The Art Ensemble of Chicago @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
“Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future.” For 50 years, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, under the leadership of the singular saxophonist and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, has pursued its own vision of creative, improvised music[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 14 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
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Dave Detwiler & The White House Band 8:00 pm
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band @ Blues Alley
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
After a quarter century with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, trumpeter Dave Detwiler now leads The White House Band. He will lead the group through some holiday jazz repertoire and its annual Blues Alley[...]
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Gunhild Carling 8:00 pm
Gunhild Carling @ Blues Alley
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
Sweden’s “Queen of Jazz” Gunhild Carling sings and plays multiple horn and reed instruments. She leads groups through standards and originals with textbook arrangements and the proper amount of swing. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 20 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 21 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
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* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” 7:00 pm
* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” @ Blues Alley
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who helps lead the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, performs with another DC and BCJO favorite, guitarist Rodney Richardson in a now-annual Christmas Eve jam.
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 27 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 28 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
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* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio 6:30 pm
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]

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