DC Jazz Calendar

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1
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 1 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 1 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
2
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
3
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 might strike you as another hard-bop-ish sextet, but the members infuse their sound with the melodic drive and ethereal, grooving sounds of acid jazz.
4
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 4 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
5
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Chris Thomas King 8:00 pm
Chris Thomas King @ Blues Alley
Jan 5 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Thomas King carries on the tradition of the mythic, Southern/Mississippi Delta bluesman, one man and his guitar and songs against a mean ole world. He performs originals and blues standards in[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 5 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
6
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 6 @ 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.
Renee Tannenbaum 8:00 pm
Renee Tannenbaum @ Blues Alley
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Renee Tannenbaum performs standards in a lightly swinging, cocktail jazz style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
7
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 7 @ 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.
Carronne Jones Presents The D.I.V.A.S. Soul Revue 8:00 pm
Carronne Jones Presents The D.I.V.A.S. Soul Revue @ Blues Alley
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm
DMV gospel singer Carronne Jones, with help from comrades Candi Bleu and Nia Simmons, performs a tribute to the music of the great so-called divas of R&B and soul like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Alicia[...]
8
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 8 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
This group performs the music of 70s R&B icons Earth, Wind and Fire. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
9
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Jan 9 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz pursues a multi-cultural vision of improvised music, drawing from European, Latin American, American and Roma musical traditions. The quintet is nearly all string-musicians (save for the percussionist), featuring guitars, bass and violin.[...]
10
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire 8:00 pm
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band In Gratitude performs.
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt plays with a kind of tight, brash tone that lends itself best to his bright, energetic soloing. The straight-ahead bandleader has been a longtime feature of the jazz programming at Mr. Henry’s.[...]
11
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
12
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 12 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
13
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 13 @ 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.
Capitol Lab Band 8:00 pm
Capitol Lab Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Capitol Lab Band performs a variety of arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional member original in a classic, 1940s big band style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
14
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 14 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
Connie Han 8:00 pm
Connie Han @ Blues Alley
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm
23-year old pianist Connie Han writes and performs frenetic music that leans heavily into the lower end of the keyboard’s registry; her pieces sound towering and somewhat intimidating at times. She’s also equally adept at[...]
15
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Willie Bradley 8:00 pm
Willie Bradley @ Blues Alley
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Willie Bradley plays jubilant smooth jazz, boosted by the small symphony of synths that elevate the lightly funky affair. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
16
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
17
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 17 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
18
Julia Nixon 8:00 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
Singer Julia Nixon, who played the lead during the original run of Dreamgirls on Broadway, performs a mix of ’80s, diva-driven R&B and jazz standards. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 18 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
19
Candice Bostwick 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick sings straight ahead and is backed by a small combo.
Syleena Johnson 7:00 pm
Syleena Johnson @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
Syleena Johnson performs breathy, effervescent R&B and soul music that could fit onto a radio station like WHUR at any point over the last 20 years.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Vivian Green 7:00 pm
Vivian Green @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
Vivian Green performs slow-simmering contemporary soul and R&B.
Kirk Whalum 8:00 pm
Kirk Whalum @ Blues Alley
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm
Even if you’ve never listened to one of Kirk Whalum’s records, you’ve probably heard the smooth jazz saxophonist’s uplifting solo on Whitney Houston’s signature smash-hit “I Will Always Love You.” He’s dabbled across R&B and[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 19 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
20
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 20 @ 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.
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band 8:00 pm
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Under the direction of veteran percussionist Joe McCarthy, the Afro-Bop Alliance performs an infectious mix of heavily grooving Afro-Cuban jazz. The Latin Grammy-winning ensemble expands to a big band for this performance. Two separate sets[...]
21
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 21 @ 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.
Mateusz Smoczynski Quartet 8:00 pm
Mateusz Smoczynski Quartet @ Blues Alley
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm
Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczynski performs his own brand of improvised music that draws as much from classic bop as it does European classical and folk traditions. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
22
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Eric Scott 8:00 pm
Eric Scott @ Blues Alley
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist and vocalist Eric Scott performs a style of music he calls “modern soul” that draws on elements of hip-hop, R&B and rock. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 pm.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
23
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience 8:00 pm
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience @ Blues Alley
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Mousey Thompson performs a tribute to his former employer, the Godfather of Soul, Mister Dynamite: James Brown. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
24
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 24 @ 8:00 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.
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
Cheikh Ndoye 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye @ Blues Alley
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye is a highly lyrical Senegalese bassist and composer who draws on West-African, Afrobeat and straight-ahead jazz to create compelling, narrative music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
25
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
Cheikh Ndoye 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye @ Blues Alley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Cheikh Ndoye is a highly lyrical Senegalese bassist and composer who draws on West-African, Afrobeat and straight-ahead jazz to create compelling, narrative music. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Jan 25 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
26
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm
Bassist Victor Dvoskin, who was once hailed by critics in Russia as the top jazz bassist of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant.[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Jan 26 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
27
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 27 @ 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.
Senri Oe Trio 8:00 pm
Senri Oe Trio @ Blues Alley
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Japanese pianist Senri Oe took a bit of an unusual path to jazz; he gained great renown in Japan as a J-pop star of the ’80s and ’90s but left pop behind to study jazz[...]
28
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Jan 28 @ 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.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
29
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton’s confident, full-voiced trumpet sound can be heard in bands of all kinds across the District (and abroad). But his most consistent presence is still downstairs at Jojo’s, where he plays with a[...]
Letizia Gambi Quintet 8:00 pm
Letizia Gambi Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Italian jazz singer Letizia Gambi performs American and Italian pop and jazz standards with a restrained, tastefully sensuous vocal style. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
30
Benito Gonzalez 8:00 pm
Benito Gonzalez @ Blues Alley
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Venezuela-born pianist Benito Gonzalez should be no stranger to D.C. crowds; on top of regular engagements these days at Twins and Blues Alley, he spent some formative years here in the early aughts, shedding away[...]
31
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists from the hard-bop era. In his run with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in Lionel Hampton’s band, and as a leader of the famous Jazztet[...]

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