DC Jazz Calendar

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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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* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Semifinals 12:00 pm
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Semifinals @ Baird Auditorium - National Museum of Natural History
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz presents the 2018 international jazz piano competition. 14 semi-finalists, who come from near and far, from Julliard and Florida to Armenia and Israel, perform before a panel of giants[...]
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.
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* 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[...]
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A Redd Christmas 8:00 pm
A Redd Christmas @ The Hamilton
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd, a deft and lyrical vibraphonist, performs a special holiday set.
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
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N’Kenge 6:00 pm
N’Kenge @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
Broadway singer N’Kenge mixes Motown soul, jazz standards and more into her holiday setlist.
* Lecture: Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin 7:30 pm
* Lecture: Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin @ Gonda Theater - Georgetown University
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, co-presents a lecture with cinematographer  Bradford Young based around their new multimedia work centered on the oft-unexamined legacy Lieutenant James Reese[...]
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Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
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* Jason Moran: History of James Reese Europe 6:00 pm
* Jason Moran: History of James Reese Europe @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, gives a performance lecture based around his new multimedia work centered on the oft-unexamined legacy Lieutenant James Reese Europe, leader of[...]
* Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin 8:00 pm
* Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, presents a program of music and multimedia art highlighting the life and legacy of James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters,[...]
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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.
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Merry Tubachristmas! 6:00 pm
Merry Tubachristmas! @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm
DC’s All-Tuba Big Band Ensemble returns for its 45th annual holiday performance.
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
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Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
Quiana Lynell 9:00 pm
Quiana Lynell @ Kennedy Center - Jazz Club
Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm
The 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 beautifully to great heights.
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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.
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
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Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
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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.
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Beltway Brass 12:00 pm
Beltway Brass @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Beltway Brass quintet play more swinging less chamber jazz arrangements of classic jazz standards. Here the group presents a holiday program on Christmas Eve.
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Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd leads a Christmas day jam session with some of DC’s local jazz veterans: drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores King Williams.
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* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
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* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza 8:00 pm
* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza @ The Hamilton
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ben Williams grew up in D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then vaulted into the spotlight in 2009 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He earned acclaim with[...]
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Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
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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.
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Patti Austin’s Bebop Hip Hop Ella 7:00 pm
Patti Austin’s Bebop Hip Hop Ella @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm
Description:Patti Austin is famous as an R&B singer, but recently she’s been flexing her jazz chops – as on the Grammy-winning album Avant Gershwin, from 2007. This New Year’s Eve she performs a series of[...]
* The Jo-Go Project 10:00 pm
* The Jo-Go Project @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed came up in the D.C. area, the rare ’90s baby enamored with the jazz greats. But he couldn’t help picking up some hometown music pride along the way—and for[...]