DC Jazz Calendar

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* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 1 @ 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[...]
2
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
3
Christiana Drapkin & Mike Gellar Quartet 8:00 pm
Christiana Drapkin & Mike Gellar Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Christiana Drapkin and guitarist Mike Gellar lead a small combo through archetypal arrangements of classic vocal jazz standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
4
Jazmin Ghent 8:00 pm
Jazmin Ghent @ Blues Alley
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Jazmin Ghent performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
5
Afi Soul 8:00 pm
Afi Soul @ Blues Alley
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Soul and R&B singer Afi Soul performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
6
* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr 5:00 pm
* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr @ Phillips Collection
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He joins forces with longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr to co-leads straight-ahead group.
DC Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony @ The Residence of the Ambassador of Denmark
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm
The 2019 D.C. Jazz Festival kicks off with an intimate affair at the Danish Ambassador’s residence. While the food and drink flow, two master performers take the stage: vibraphonist Stefon Harris and D.C.’s own The[...]
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
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John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
8
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 8 @ 9:00 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 8 @ 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[...]
9
* Akua Allrich 6:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua[...]
Kelly Green Trio 6:00 pm
Kelly Green Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm
Singer and pianist Kelly Green leads a straight-ahead trio that defers to the enshrined sound and technique of 1950s standards bop. She leads a tribute to Nat King Cole.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
John Pizzarelli 8:00 pm
John Pizzarelli @ Blues Alley
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
Nostalgia is supposed to come with heartache and hurt, right? Not in John Pizzarelli’s musical universe, a cleanly defined realm where popular songs are wholesome and potable, and the jazz chops always serve an air[...]
10
* Amy K Bormet Trio 6:00 pm
* Amy K Bormet Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Amy K. Bormet, a versatile pianist and vocalist (and founder of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival) is fluent in both straight-ahead and more conceptual, avant jazz.
Capitol Lab Band 8:00 pm
Capitol Lab Band @ Blues Alley
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Capitol Lab Band performs a variety of arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional member original in a typical big band style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
11
Trent Cokley 6:00 pm
Trent Cokley @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm
Gospel and worship singer Trent Cokley performs.
Ari Hoenig Trio 8:00 pm
Ari Hoenig Trio @ Blues Alley
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Ari Hoenig leads his trio through up-tempo, sometimes ruminative, straight-ahead takes on standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
12
Noa Fort Quartet 6:00 pm
Noa Fort Quartet @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm
Israeli vocalist and pianist Noa Fort leads a small combo through ambient originals – like Norah Jones but made of shadow.
Chuck Redd Quartet 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd, a deft and lyrical vibraphonist, performs here with a combo featuring talented area musicians. He celebrates the release of his new CD Groove City. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
13
Barry Gurley 6:00 pm
Barry Gurley @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist and singer Barry Gurley performs standards and the occasional original in typical straight-ahead style.
Nicole Saphos 6:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Tudor Place
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm
The bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Appel and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace[...]
Bob Baldwin 8:00 pm
Bob Baldwin @ Blues Alley
Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth and pop jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
14
Micah Smith 6:00 pm
Micah Smith @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Baltimore born-and-bred vocalist Micah Smith performs a mix of gospel, jazz and R&B.
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
15
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 12:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ The Kreeger Museum
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm
Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically political and personally defiant. She has the laggard rhythm of an Erykah Badu, the dance instinct of a Chaka Kahn, and[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 15 @ 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[...]
16
Eric Byrd Trio 6:00 pm
Eric Byrd Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd sings in a silky croon that’s not too far from Nat “King” Cole – but with more soul and gospel influence. He performs regularly with his trio, featuring Bhagwan Khalsa[...]
Nicole Saphos 6:00 pm
Nicole Saphos @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
D.C. Jazz Fest Presents: Honoring the Great Masters of Jazz 10:02 pm
D.C. Jazz Fest Presents: Honoring the Great Masters of Jazz @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Jun 16 @ 10:02 pm
Hosted by TV and hip-hop personality Nick Cannon, the D.C. Jazz Festival puts on a tribute to some of our jazz greats, including Quincy Jones, the recently and dearly departed Roy Hargrove, and legendary singer[...]
17
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path 8:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path @ Blues Alley
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. A fluid, graceful player, Keys drapes his aesthetic over an ensemble with gentle authority; presumably,[...]
18
Gunhild Carling 8:00 pm
Gunhild Carling @ Blues Alley
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm
Sweden’s “Queen of Jazz” sings and plays multiple horn and reed instruments. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Blues Alley
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s Billie Holiday that Reeves emulates the most, singing ballads with a sibilant, brooding tone. Two separate[...]
21
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
22
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 22 @ 9:00 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 22 @ 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[...]
23
Julian Hipkins 6:00 pm
Julian Hipkins @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Julian Hipkins sings with a swinging flair and jaunty, deep voice that recalls Jimmy[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Landau Murphy Jr. 8:00 pm
Landau Murphy Jr. @ Blues Alley
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz vocalist and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy Jr. performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
24
Harry Allen Quartet 8:00 pm
Harry Allen Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen performs typical straight-ahead standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
25
Eric Scott 8:00 pm
Eric Scott @ Blues Alley
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm
Pop and soul bassist Eric Scott celebrates the release of his new album The Charm City Sessions. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
26
Robert Mwamba 8:00 pm
Robert Mwamba @ Blues Alley
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm
Zambian-born guitarist Robert Mwamba blends Latin, soul, R&B, and other styles into his recipe for “jazz.” Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Ozmosys 8:00 pm
Ozmosys @ Blues Alley
Jun 27 @ 8:00 pm
Omar Hakim has been one of the most in-demand drummers of the last thirty years; just look at his ’80s discography, when he played behind massive records by both David Bowie, Weather Report and Miles[...]
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Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
29
Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 29 @ 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[...]
30
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Shemekia Copeland 8:00 pm
Shemekia Copeland @ Blues Alley
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm
Award winning blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.