DC Jazz Calendar

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all previously scheduled gigs are canceled or postponed until further notice. We are now listing virtual and streamed gigs on this calendar; please get in contact with listings editor Jackson Sinnenberg to submit for a listing.

Guide to the calendar:
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** = CapitalBop Show
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Proper Utensils with Jas. Funk 4:00 pm
Proper Utensils with Jas. Funk @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm
Proper Utensils is one of the original generation of go-go bands and still holds up the old traditions, riding more on the heavy melodies of ’70s and ’80s groups like Morris Day & The Time,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Mar 1 @ 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.[...]
Jacie Lee 8:00 pm
Jacie Lee @ Twins Jazz
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Jacie Lee performs a mix of Smooth jazz and neo-soul but is committed to neither; she’s still seeking her sound. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Kim Waters 8:00 pm
Kim Waters @ Blues Alley
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kim Waters serenades with smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Mar 1 @ 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 – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
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* Levon Mikaelian Trio 8:00 pm
* Levon Mikaelian Trio @ Blues Alley
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm
Armenian-American pianist Levon Mikaelian weaves the lyricism and cadence of his homeland’s melodies into his highly impressionistic compositions. He performs here with a trio. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Mar 3 @ 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[...]
Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young & Marcus Canty 8:00 pm
Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young & Marcus Canty @ Blues Alley
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm
Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young and Marcus Canty, a trio of local jazzmen, perform their grooving, smooth version of jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Mar 4 @ 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[...]
Jessy J 8:00 pm
Jessy J @ Blues Alley
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist Jessy J performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Joe Vetter leads a straight-ahead jazz quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman takes the party over to Club Heaven & Hell and leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
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* Pop Social Jazz Happy-Hour 4:00 pm
* Pop Social Jazz Happy-Hour @ Pop Social
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is a member of Jason Moran’s Bandwagon trio, and is known not only on the jazz scene but also in[...]
Ashley Pezzotti 8:00 pm
Ashley Pezzotti @ Twins Jazz
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
The young vocalist Ashley Pezzotti, at just 23, has developed a tone indebted to the classic warm, vibrato that defines the jazz vocal tradition. She leads a straight ahead group through standards and originals. Two[...]
Peter White 8:00 pm
Peter White @ Blues Alley
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Peter White usually carries a stylish acoustic guitar on to the bandstand, a rare choice for the electrified nature of his slick, smooth jazz styling. He performs a mix of originals and covers of[...]
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Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Mar 6 @ 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.
Peter White 8:00 pm
Peter White @ Blues Alley
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Peter White usually carries a stylish acoustic guitar on to the bandstand, a rare choice for the electrified nature of his slick, smooth jazz styling. He performs a mix of originals and covers of[...]
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Mar 6 @ 9:00 pm
Drummer Tony Martucci is a frequent sideman to some of the old hats in the D.C. jazz scene like Jeff Antoniuk. He leads a straight-ahead group here. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Mr. Henry's
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm
D.C. vocalist Jeff Weintraub performs a repertoire culled from the jazz classics, the great American songbook, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and more.
Peter White 8:00 pm
Peter White @ Blues Alley
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Peter White usually carries a stylish acoustic guitar on to the bandstand, a rare choice for the electrified nature of his slick, smooth jazz styling. He performs a mix of originals and covers of[...]
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Mar 7 @ 9:00 pm
Drummer Tony Martucci is a frequent sideman to some of the old hats in the D.C. jazz scene like Jeff Antoniuk. He leads a straight-ahead group here. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Mar 7 @ 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.
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Anthony Brown: Second Sunday 3:00 pm
Anthony Brown: Second Sunday @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm
Gospel singer-songwriter Anthony Brown leads the congregation at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club in worship the second Sunday of every month this winter.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Mar 8 @ 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.[...]
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensembles 8:00 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensembles @ Twins Jazz
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts is arguably the best arts school in the D.C. area and has produced some of the best musicians in the area (and others that have gone on to[...]
Otis Taylor Band 8:00 pm
Otis Taylor Band @ Blues Alley
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm
Otis Taylor is a world-renowned blues musician, performing as a vocalist and on harmonica, banjo and guitar. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Mar 8 @ 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 – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
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* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Blues Alley
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm
Herb Scott is a tireless champion of jazz in the District. He can be found most often on Capitol Hill, either leading the Wednesday jazz jam at Mr. Henry’s or advocating in the halls of[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Mar 10 @ 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[...]
* George Burton’s Reciprocity 8:00 pm
* George Burton’s Reciprocity @ Blues Alley
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm
George Burton is of that new generation of jazz musicians unafraid to weave diverse sources like the quiet cadence and riffing of indie rock or the hard groove of funk and R&B into classic bop[...]
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Mar 11 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys & Soulful Path: “A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn” 8:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & Soulful Path: “A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn” @ Blues Alley
Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Marshall Keys is one of those cats that’s been on the D.C. scene for so long its hard to think of it without him. He came up playing alongside young titans like Geri Allen[...]
David Bertrand 8:00 pm
David Bertrand @ Twins Jazz
Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm
Flautist David Bertrand is making a strong case for the flute to have more prominence in modern jazz. The young musician, who grew up in Trinidad, brings out the flute’s strong, sharp overtones with the[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Club Heaven & Hell
Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm
Longtime Columbia Station house pianist Peter Edelman takes the party over to Club Heaven & Hell and leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
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* Pop Social Jazz Happy-Hour 4:00 pm
* Pop Social Jazz Happy-Hour @ Pop Social
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is a member of Jason Moran’s Bandwagon trio, and is known not only on the jazz scene but also in[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Mar 12 @ 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.[...]
* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Mar 12 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist – and occasional trumpet player – Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his ability to channel the current of driving,[...]
Petkoff Jazz Trio 8:00 pm
Petkoff Jazz Trio @ Twins Jazz
Mar 12 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Alec Petkoff leads a straight-ahead trio. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Mar 13 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist – and occasional trumpet player – Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his ability to channel the current of driving,[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Mar 13 @ 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.[...]
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet 9:00 pm
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Mar 13 @ 9:00 pm
John Lamkin is something of an institution when it comes to jazz along the I-95 corridor. He’s not only a veteran educator, a former instructor at University of Maryland, and the head of an impressive[...]
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* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist – and occasional trumpet player – Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his ability to channel the current of driving,[...]
Maija Rejman 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman @ Mr. Henry's
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman is a veteran local straight-ahead singer and frequent favorite of Mr. Henry’s.
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet 9:00 pm
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Mar 14 @ 9:00 pm
John Lamkin is something of an institution when it comes to jazz along the I-95 corridor. He’s not only a veteran educator, a former instructor at University of Maryland, and the head of an impressive[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Mar 14 @ 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.
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Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Mar 15 @ 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.[...]
* Joey DeFrancesco 8:00 pm
* Joey DeFrancesco @ Blues Alley
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm
Fusion organist – and occasional trumpet player – Joey DeFrancesco drew acclaim starting in the late ’80s – the era of straight-ahead jazz’s neo-traditional revival – for his ability to channel the current of driving,[...]
Backyard Band 8:00 pm
Backyard Band @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm
The Backyard Band, the self-styled “Bad Boys of Go-go,” rose to a new level of prominence at the end of 2015 with their masterful cover of Adele’s “Hello.”
The Izmirlian Quintet 8:00 pm
The Izmirlian Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist and composer Greg Izmirlian leads his straight-ahead quintet through standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Club Heaven & Hell
Mar 15 @ 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 – now downstairs from the shuttered station at Club Heaven &[...]
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