DC Jazz Calendar

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Victor Dvoskin Duo 6:45 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 1 @ 6:45 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.
Yoko Miwa Trio 8:00 pm
Yoko Miwa Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Yoko Miwa plays well-studied straight-ahead with a slight blues accent. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the Embassy of Japan
2
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 2 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Yvette Spears 8:00 pm
Yvette Spears @ Blues Alley
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm
Yvette Spears, a veteran of both jazz groups and musical theater, sings standards and popular songs with a dash of influence from her native New Orleans. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
3
Sister Nancy (DC) 6:00 pm
Sister Nancy (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm
Sister Nancy, the “First Lady of Dancehall,” performs her hits at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium stage. While usually a seated affair, getting up out of your chair will be encouraged. Presented as part of the[...]
Steve Smith & Vital Information 8:00 pm
Steve Smith & Vital Information @ Blues Alley
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Steve Smith is probably best known for his on-and-off stints in Journey, the pop metal band that defines ’80s classic rock in some ways to this day. He leads the fusion outfit Vital Information. Two separate[...]
4
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
5
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT 7:30 pm
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT @ Kennedy Center
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Description:Since the late 1970s, the alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill has been synonymous with a certain sort of switchblade-wielding, gravity-flouting avant-garde performance. One-third of the famed trio Air, perhaps the 1980s’ most lauded free-jazz group, he[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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[...]
6
Laraaji (DC) 6:00 pm
Laraaji (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm
New age multi-instrumentalist Laraaji performs. Presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Direct Current” Festival
* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) 7:00 pm
* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Family Theater
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm
Pianist, composer and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer leads his venerated sextet in two sets. The band features some of the most intriguing creative musicians on the scene, including bassist Stephan Crump, cornetist Graham Haynes and[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ The Alex Cocktail Bar & Speakeasy
Apr 6 @ 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: Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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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* Brownout (DC) 6:00 pm
* Brownout (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm
Brownout perform super-heavy psychedelic Latin funk that also draws influences from wide-and-far: break dancing, James Brown, hip-hop and heavy metal. The group reached a level of national acclaim in 2014 when their one-off performance of[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 7 @ 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.
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
8
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 8 @ 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.
Rina Yamazaki Trio 8:00 pm
Rina Yamazaki Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm
Bop piano disciple Rina Yamazaki leads a straight ahead trio. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the Embassy of Japan
9
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 9 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
10
Tessa Souter 8:00 pm
Tessa Souter @ Blues Alley
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
Shadowy singer Tessa Souter leads a group through brooding originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
12
Michael Mayo 7:00 pm
Michael Mayo @ Kennedy Center - Jazz Club
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Michael Mayo is one of those new talents determined to claim his own turf in the jazz scene. He sings fluidly and with great romance, but often uses reverb live and an assortment of[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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[...]
13
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 13 @ 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
Apr 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[...]
14
* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 14 @ 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: Precocious vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 14 @ 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.
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration 8:00 pm
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Jason Moran, an irrepressible pianist and experimentalist, and Alicia Hall Moran, a fabulous mezzo-soprano, find commonality in hidden places. Here they debut a new work exploring the Great Migration of the early 20th century. It[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
15
Geoff Reecer Duo 6:45 pm
Geoff Reecer Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 15 @ 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.
Yuko Mabuchi Trio 8:00 pm
Yuko Mabuchi Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is a bop disciple but draws on hints of blues, Latin and other jazz styles to add to the music’s flavor. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Co-presented by the[...]
16
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective 6:00 pm
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm
The Shenandoah University Trombone Collective, a nearly pure-trombone ensemble, plays a variety of art music from Bach to Ellington.
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 16 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Deja Gruv 8:00 pm
Deja Gruv @ Blues Alley
Apr 16 @ 8:00 pm
11-piece ensemble Deja Gruv performs a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
17
Peter Bernstein – Larry Goldings – Bill Stewart Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Bernstein – Larry Goldings – Bill Stewart Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 17 @ 8:00 pm
The Bernstein-Goldings-Stewart organ trio performs spritely, swinging straight-ahead jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
19
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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[...]
20
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
Luther Re-Lives 8:00 pm
Luther Re-Lives @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Luther Vandross tribute band Luther Re-Lives performs.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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[...]
21
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 21 @ 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: Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 21 @ 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.
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
22
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 22 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
The GW Jazz Orchestra 8:15 pm
The GW Jazz Orchestra @ Blues Alley
Apr 22 @ 8:15 pm
The George Washington University Jazz Ensemble performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
23
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 23 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Andrew White Quartet 8:00 pm
* Andrew White Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
Andrew White is one of D.C.’s foremost exponents of the jazz tradition, an embodiment of its historic blend of innovation and preservation. He’s a historian and channeler of John Coltrane, having transcribed 650 of the[...]
24
3 Divas Celebrate Ella 8:00 pm
3 Divas Celebrate Ella @ Blues Alley
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Singers Darden Purcell, Sara Jones and Alexis Cole combine their talents and vocal chords to pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
25
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
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Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 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[...]
27
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr 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[...]
28
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 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.
Lynda Carter 7:30 pm
Lynda Carter @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Screen and stage presence Lynda Carter, most famous for her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show, performs a mix of jazz standards, show tunes, blues, country and original songs.
Yellowjackets 8:00 pm
Yellowjackets @ Blues Alley
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Yellowjackets are one of the last ensembles standing from the years when jazz-rock fusion, R&B and smooth jazz signed a fated armistice. The group’s current lineup includes Russell Ferrante on keyboards and synthesizers, Bob[...]
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* U.S. Army Blues 6:00 pm
* U.S. Army Blues @ Kennedy Center
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues is the army’s official jazz band and the military discipline reflects in their tight performance.
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 29 @ 6:45 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.
U.S. Navy Commodores 8:00 pm
U.S. Navy Commodores @ Blues Alley
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The U.S. Navy Commodores is the premiere jazz big band of the United States Navy, performing big band, swing, and straight-ahead standards and arrangements. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Free but must[...]
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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Apr 30 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio 8:00 pm
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile saxophonist Chris Potter came of age in the Young Lions generation and was elastic in tone enough to flit between the then uptown and downtown scenes of Manhattan. He boasts a staggeringly lengthy[...]