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Please note: our listings calendar for December is not yet complete due to unforeseen delays. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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* NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas 7:00 pm
* NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas @ Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
The annual holiday music, piano jazz showcase put on by National Public Radio features the luminary Jason Moran alongside young voices like James Francies and architect of American soul music Booker T. Jones. Two separate[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 1 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 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
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
3
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 3 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing in the school of Jim Hall. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Finals + Gala Concert 7:30 pm
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Finals + Gala Concert @ Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
The three finalists of the 2018 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition perform in the competition finals before a panel of piano greats. Part of the evening’s events are also a series of performances dedicated[...]
4
Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
Veronneau “Snowtime” 8:00 pm
Veronneau “Snowtime” @ Blues Alley
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
The Virginia-based quartet Veronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she sings[...]
5
A Chaise Lounge Christmas 8:00 pm
A Chaise Lounge Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
In Chaise Lounge’s music, bossa nova meshes with other forms of classic pop. The sextet features Marilyn Older on vocals, Charlie Barnett on guitar, Pete Ostle on bass, John Jensen on trombone, Gary Gregg on[...]
6
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
7
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* 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[...]
8
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 8 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 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
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
10
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 10 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing in the school of Jim Hall. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” 7:30 pm
* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” @ Blues Alley
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm
The National Cathedral jazz band features some of the area’s top players like the chameleon bassist Michael Bowie, the chromatic trombonist Reginald Cyntje and the playful vocalist Lena Seikaly. Directed by the saxophonist Marshall Keys and[...]
11
Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
12
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
13
Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” 8:00 pm
Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Iconic DMV-based soul and R&B band Spur of the Moment performs a program of holiday hits and favorites. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
14
Skip Priutt & Friends 8:00 pm
Skip Priutt & Friends @ Blues Alley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
The smooth jazz saxophonist Skip Priutt performs a program of holiday hits. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* 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[...]
15
* Alison Crockett 8:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday 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[...]
Chelsey Green and The Green Project 8:00 pm
Chelsey Green and The Green Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile violinist and producer Chelsey Green’s music ranges from R&B offshoots to straight-ahead to smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 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
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.
Seek and Find Project 8:00 pm
Seek and Find Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The a capella gospel group Seek and Find Project perform more spiritual Christmas classics. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
17
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 17 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Geoff Reecer favors a warm, full tone for both rhythm and lead playing in the school of Jim Hall. He performs in a duo. One drink minimum, no cover.
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band 8:00 pm
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band @ Blues Alley
Dec 17 @ 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 lea the group through some holiday jazz repertoire. Two separate sets at 8[...]
18
Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
Benjie Porecki 8:00 pm
Benjie Porecki @ Blues Alley
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Keyboardist Benjie Porecki leads a small group. Porecki has outward-bound, tonal inclinations, but he can also loosen his belt for some serviceable swinging jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
19
Lorree Slye-Montgomery 8:00 pm
Lorree Slye-Montgomery @ Blues Alley
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
The soprano vocalist Lorree Slye-Montgomery performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
20
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
21
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* 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[...]
22
* Lena Seikaly 8:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The precocious young vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 22 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 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
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
24
* 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, the guitarist Rodney Richardson.
25
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 25 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
26
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
27
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
28
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 28 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* 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[...]
29
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Bonnie Harris 8:00 pm
Bonnie Harris @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The veteran DC-area vocalist Bonnie Harris performs.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 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
Dec 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.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
31
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) 6:30 pm
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) @ Blues Alley
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]