DC Jazz Calendar

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* Dwayne Adell Trio 8:00 pm
* Dwayne Adell Trio @ Blues Alley
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm
One of the most respected pianists and arrangers in the area, Dwayne Adell is a musical autodidact who has greater fluency at the keyboard than with a pencil and staff paper, but he can master[...]
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Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier 8:00 pm
Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier @ Blues Alley
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
Pedal-steel guitarist Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collins plays the blues. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Paul Taylor & Michael Lington 8:00 pm
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington @ Blues Alley
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists Paul Taylor and Michael Lington perform a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Joe Chambers & M’Boom 7:00 pm
* Joe Chambers & M’Boom @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm
Drummer Joe Chambers got his start on the D.C. scene in the 1960s, when he was a founding member of the JFK Quintet. He went on to perform with legends like Max Roach (in the[...]
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington 8:00 pm
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington @ Blues Alley
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists Paul Taylor and Michael Lington perform a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 4 @ 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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* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group 8:00 pm
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm
Cindy Blackman Santana is unrelenting on the drum set; her mind never lets up either. Like her mentor Tony Williams, she is one of those drummers always playing with her foot on the gas and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 5 @ 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
Oct 6 @ 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.[...]
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group 8:00 pm
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm
Cindy Blackman Santana is unrelenting on the drum set; her mind never lets up either. Like her mentor Tony Williams, she is one of those drummers always playing with her foot on the gas and[...]
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* Levon Mikaelian Trio 8:00 pm
* Levon Mikaelian Trio @ Blues Alley
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm
Armenian-American pianist Levon Mikaelian weaves the lyricism and cadence of his homeland’s melodies into his highly impressionistic compositions. He performs here with a trio. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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The Anderson Twins 8:00 pm
The Anderson Twins @ Blues Alley
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
Brothers Peter and Will Anderson — both prodigious improvisers on the clarinet and saxophone — play standards and original compositions with well-mannered precision, harking back to the sounds of mid-century cool jazz. Here they perform[...]
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* Steve Turre Sextet 8:00 pm
* Steve Turre Sextet @ Blues Alley
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Sure, trombonist Steve Turre makes a great straight-ahead jazz player, but there’s always something in his playing that brims and pushes. In his urge to expand the very tradition of which he is a part,[...]
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Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 11 @ 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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Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 13 @ 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.[...]
Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
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Richard Baratta & The Gotham Circle 8:00 pm
Richard Baratta & The Gotham Circle @ Blues Alley
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
Film-producer-turned-musician Richard Baratta leads the straight-ahead outfit The Gotham Circle. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Eric Alexander Quartet 8:00 pm
Eric Alexander Quartet @ Blues Alley
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads groups with a strong sense of swing and the bop tradition, a sure sign of influence from his late teacher Harold Mabern. He leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets at[...]
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* Gerald Clayton Quartet 8:00 pm
* Gerald Clayton Quartet @ Blues Alley
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
The 35-year-old pianist Gerald Clayton has proven to be among the most well-rounded and personable players of his generation. His Grammy-nominated 2013 release Life Forum stands apart, a delicately approached and intensely executed collection of[...]
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Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 18 @ 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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Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 19 @ 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
Oct 20 @ 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.[...]
Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Dave Kline Band 8:00 pm
Dave Kline Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Violinist Dave Kline fuses influences from bebop, Afro-Caribbean music, Appalachian folk and French jazz manouche. He performs a tribute to the revolutionary, shamanic guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Quiana Lynell 8:00 pm
Quiana Lynell @ Blues Alley
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Quiana Lynell, winner of the 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, knows the power of dynamics; her voice can seethe in a whisper or soar to great heights. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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* The Pedrito Martínez Group 8:00 pm
* The Pedrito Martínez Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Pedrito Martinez, an imaginative percussionist and vocalist from Cuba, wears his country’s batá and rumba traditions as comfortably as a pair of fitted jeans. The West African rhythms that live on in Cuba are premised[...]
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Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
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Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 25 @ 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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Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Oct 26 @ 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
Oct 27 @ 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.[...]
Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
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* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm
Feedel Band may be the leading Ethio-jazz group in a town with one of the world’s most vibrant Ethiopian expat populations. It grooves at mid-tempo, toggling between sultry and entrancing; the seven-piece band of ruggedly[...]
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Richie Goods “The Goods Project” 8:00 pm
Richie Goods “The Goods Project” @ Blues Alley
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Richie Goods performs a mix of funk and jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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