DC Jazz Calendar

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Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio 7:00 pm
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio @ Kennedy Center - Jazz Club
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
The saxophonist Camille Thurman favors the bite of Sonny Rollins’ tone in her playing. Also a clean-toned vocalist, she was a dubbed a rising star by Downbeat magazine. She performs drummer Darrell Green’s straight-ahead trio. Two separate[...]
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
Ben Sher Organ Quartet 9:00 pm
Ben Sher Organ Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 1 @ 9:00 pm
Guitarist Ben Sher favors tunes and tones from the bossa nova and blues traditions; he leads a shifting line-up of his organ quartet. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 9:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Feb 1 @ 9:30 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[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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
* Ron Miles: I AM A MAN 7:00 pm
* Ron Miles: I AM A MAN @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm
The cornetist and trumpeter Ron Miles plays with a warm, full tone that shows his deep study of trumpet tradition as well as his own searching on the valves. He plays with his lauded “I[...]
Akua Allrich 8:00 pm
Akua Allrich @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 2 @ 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: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua[...]
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
Ben Sher Organ Quartet 9:00 pm
Ben Sher Organ Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Feb 2 @ 9:00 pm
Guitarist Ben Sher favors tunes and tones from the bossa nova and blues traditions; he leads a shifting line-up of his organ quartet. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Steve Arnold 9:30 pm
* Steve Arnold @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Feb 2 @ 9:30 pm
The musical omnivore Steve Arnold plays everything from long-form, jazz-rock arrangements to wailing free music. Already a stalwart on the scene, he leads the blowout of Maddy’s closing, featuring performances and jams.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 2 @ 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[...]
3
* Nag Champa: A Suite for Gil Scott Heron 6:00 pm
* Nag Champa: A Suite for Gil Scott Heron @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm
Nag Champa is a collective of DC musicians pursuing a genre-bending vision of musical future. The group is not unlike Christian Scott’s Stretch Music, bringing in elements of jazz, avant-garde-garde, hip-hop and world music influences[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 3 @ 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.
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” 8:00 pm
Corey Harris “Rasta Blues Experience” @ Blues Alley
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm
Corey Harris plays the Delta blues with depth and credibility. He’s also a dedicated eclectic, exploring genres from reggae to Malian popular music. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
4
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 4 @ 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.
5
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 5 @ 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.
Jarreau Williams 8:00 pm
Jarreau Williams @ Blues Alley
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Jarreau Williams performs a mix of Soul and R&B that nods to the late 80s sounds of groups like New Edition. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
6
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor CD Release 8:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor CD Release @ Blues Alley
Feb 6 @ 8:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. He celebrates the release of Rise of the Protester, his[...]
7
Jessy J 8:00 pm
Jessy J @ Blues Alley
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Jessy J performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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
Nicole Henry 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry is a jazz vocalist. Billboard Magazine wrote that Henry has “a distinctive, potent voice and she’s poised on the cusp of bigger things.” She performs a number oh holiday classics. Two separate sets[...]
Paige Wroble 8:00 pm
Paige Wroble @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 9 @ 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: Lead vocalist in the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note big band, Paige Wroble[...]
Sy Smith 8:00 pm
Sy Smith @ Blues Alley
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Sy Smith, a favorite companion of that prince of jazz-pop trumpeters Chris Botti, returns to DC to perform her jazzy take on soul music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 9 @ 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[...]
10
* Nikara Warren’s Black Wall Street 6:00 pm
* Nikara Warren’s Black Wall Street @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm
Vibraphonist Nikara Warren plays with a strong bop sensibility not unlike Milt Jackson. A frequent collaborator with bop paragon Kenny Barron, she leads a sextet performance of her work “Black Wall Street,” dedicate to the Black[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 10 @ 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.
Sy Smith 8:00 pm
Sy Smith @ Blues Alley
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Sy Smith, a favorite companion of that prince of jazz-pop trumpeters Chris Botti, returns to DC to perform her jazzy take on soul music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
11
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 11 @ 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.
* Mark G. Meadows: Ain’t Misbehavin’ 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows: Ain’t Misbehavin’ @ Blues Alley
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
12
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 12 @ 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.
Got My Own Sound Band 8:00 pm
Got My Own Sound Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm
D.C.’s Got My Own Sound Band performs a mix of hip-hop, funk and jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
13
U.S. Navy Commodores 6:00 pm
U.S. Navy Commodores @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 13 @ 6:00 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.
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan 8:00 pm
KiDe’ – Kia Bennett & Desiree Jordan @ Blues Alley
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm
Soul singer and keyboardist Kia Bennett teams up with singer Desiree Jordan
14
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation: So N Luv Wit U 6:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation: So N Luv Wit U @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his playful, pointed rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin. With[...]
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows Valentine’s Day @ Blues Alley
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. He performs a special, Valentine’s Day dinner show package. Two separate sets at 7 and 10 p.m. **Please note that the 7 p.m. show is[...]
15
* James Francies 8:00 pm
* James Francies @ Kennedy Center
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
The young pianist James Francies, fresh off his debut recording as a bandleader for Blue Note, performs originals and standards strongly informed by the generation of young lions that came before him, as well as more[...]
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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[...]
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*SOLD OUT Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodríguez 7:00 pm
*SOLD OUT Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodríguez @ Kennedy Center
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
Alfredo Rodríguez, a Quincy Jones-protege whose something of a Cuban Keith Jarrett on the ivory keys, teams up with human beat factory, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, a fluid yet staunch embodiment of the Afro-Cuban jazz[...]
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Stephanie Nakasian 8:00 pm
Stephanie Nakasian @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 16 @ 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 vocalist Stephanie Nakasian is a respected straight-ahead jazz singer, who’s worked with the[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 16 @ 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[...]
17
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 17 @ 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.
Marion Meadows 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows @ Blues Alley
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Marion Meadows is an adult contemporary, smooth jazz saxophone player. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
18
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 18 @ 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.
Susan Jones Quartet 8:00 pm
Susan Jones Quartet @ Blues Alley
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Violinist Susan Jones leads a small combo through standards and originals taking cues from gypsy jazz, hot jazz, bossa nova and other improvised forms that favor strings over brass. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
19
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 19 @ 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.
* David Binney’s Angelino Quartet 8:00 pm
* David Binney’s Angelino Quartet @ Blues Alley
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist David Binney is a stalwart of the New York scene as a bandleader, sideman and producer. He carries the same versatility as elders like Chris Potter and the same drive for exploration; his recordings[...]
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Kayla Waters 8:00 pm
Kayla Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm
Keyboardist Kayla Waters performs smooth jazz influenced strongly by gospel and uplift music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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El Niño y la Verdad 6:00 pm
El Niño y la Verdad @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
El Niño y la Verdad (The Child and the Truth), one of the top salsa bands in Cuba, performs.
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
22
The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia 6:00 pm
The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
North Rhine Westphalia was the first state in Germany (then West-Germany) to support the formation of a youth jazz orchestra. Some 44 years later, the The Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine Westphalia continues to provide[...]
* Kevin Eubanks 8:00 pm
* Kevin Eubanks @ Blues Alley
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
You probably know Kevin Eubanks from his stint as musical director on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, but before that he was as a young jazz guitarist making ripples on the New York City scene in[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 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
* Donvonte McCoy & CP Time 6:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy & CP Time @ Kennedy Center Milleninum Stage
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo. He performs a[...]
* Kevin Eubanks 8:00 pm
* Kevin Eubanks @ Blues Alley
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
You probably know Kevin Eubanks from his stint as musical director on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, but before that he was as a young jazz guitarist making ripples on the New York City scene in[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Shacara Rogers 8:00 pm
Shacara Rogers @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Feb 23 @ 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: Shacara Rodgers first came on the scene as a member of Howard University’s well-known[...]
* Irene Jalenti 9:30 pm
* Irene Jalenti @ Jojo's
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm
The Italian vocalist Irene Jalenti sings jazz standards in a tone that’s husky and hushed.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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.
* Kevin Eubanks 8:00 pm
* Kevin Eubanks @ Blues Alley
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
You probably know Kevin Eubanks from his stint as musical director on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, but before that he was as a young jazz guitarist making ripples on the New York City scene in[...]
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
25
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 25 @ 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.
KW Big Band 8:00 pm
KW Big Band @ Blues Alley
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist, composer and arranger Tim Whalen puts none of those roles above the other: He’s a fierce improviser with debt to the bebop greats; he also writes magnificent, interleaved pieces for mid-size ensemble. He[...]
26
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Feb 26 @ 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.
E-Foot & Friends 8:00 pm
E-Foot & Friends @ Blues Alley
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm
E-Foot & Friends plays a mix of soul, jazz and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Willie Jones III Quintet 8:00 pm
Willie Jones III Quintet @ Blues Alley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm
Willie Jones III is one of the most prolific drummers and sidemen around, having performed with legends like Horace Silver and Cedar Walton and regularly touring earlier in his career with Wynton Marsalis and Roy[...]
28
Champion Sound Band 6:00 pm
Champion Sound Band @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm
DC-based soul-jazz sextet performs with the simmering control and syrupy warmth of modern R&B and neo-soul groups.
* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his precocious ability to channel the current of soulful expression that runs through most[...]