DC Jazz Calendar

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Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 1 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
PJ Morgan 6:00 pm
PJ Morgan @ DC City Winery
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm
PJ Morgan is a jazz educator and keyboardist/organist who plays smooth jazz with 90s slow jam vibes. He plays a special holiday set to kick off the Christmas season.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.[...]
Tygressa Sings Natalie 7:30 pm
Tygressa Sings Natalie @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm
Vocalist Tygressa started doing her tribute to Natalie Cole in 2018 at Blues Alley and it’s taken the area by storm. Now she takes her joyous tribute to Cole to the Kennedy Center.
Alex Bugnon 8:00 pm
Alex Bugnon @ Blues Alley
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz pianist Alex Bugnon is a regular feature this time of year at Blues Alley; he plays his annual post-Thanksgiving residency. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Kevin Sun 8:00 pm
Kevin Sun @ Twins Jazz
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Kevin Sun is a disciple of ’50s bop. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 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. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
2
Crank Jam 7:30 pm
Crank Jam @ DC City Winery
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
DC City Winery hosts “Crank Jam, which they say is the “World’s only go-go jam session.”
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra 8:00 pm
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra @ Blues Alley
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, under the direction of DC’s great four string mix-master Michael Bowie, perform selections from the Duke Ellington songbook as well as other American popular songs by Tower of Power, Michael[...]
3
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
Davina & The Vagabonds 8:00 pm
Davina & The Vagabonds @ Blues Alley
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Davina Lozier leads the Vagabonds through originals and standards derived from the bluesier and more boogie-woogie side of jazz music. The band propels her strong, smoky vocals with punchy arrangements. Two separate sets at 8[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Dec 3 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
4
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
A Chaise Lounge Christmas 8:00 pm
A Chaise Lounge Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Chaise Lounge takes its stylistic cues – both in music and stage presentation – from the sharp suits and cool, swinging jazz of the mid-century but a more easy-listening pop sheen. The group returns to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 4 @ 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.
Tempus Fugit 8:00 pm
Tempus Fugit @ Twins Jazz
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Tempus Fugit, a group of aspiring amateur musicians, perform standards and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
5
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Feedel Band may be the leading Ethio-jazz group in a town with one of the world’s most vibrant Ethiopian expat populations. It grooves at mid-tempo, toggling between sultry and entrancing; the seven-piece band of ruggedly[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Ron Jackson 8:00 pm
Ron Jackson @ Twins Jazz
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Ron Jackson’s fingers dance lightly across the seven strings of his guitar, combining with the deep, rich tone to create a well-balanced listening experience. He plays standards and originals with lush arrangements. Two separate sets[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
6
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 6 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Ross Rodgers Trio 6:30 pm
Ross Rodgers Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm
No other information available.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 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.
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Dec 6 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje is arguably D.C.’s greatest trombone player and one of the area’s most prolific and imaginative composers. His anthemic music often tackles issues of spirituality or social causes, weaving in elements of calypso, Afro-Caribbean[...]
7
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
Paul Jung Trio 6:30 pm
Paul Jung Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm
Drummer Paul Jung leads a straight-ahead trio.
Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 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.
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Dec 7 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje is arguably D.C.’s greatest trombone player and one of the area’s most prolific and imaginative composers. His anthemic music often tackles issues of spirituality or social causes, weaving in elements of calypso, Afro-Caribbean[...]
Darcy Cooke 9:30 pm
Darcy Cooke @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm
Darcy Cooke sings standards with more of a pop sensibility than jazz swing.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 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.
8
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 8 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
Maranda Curtis 6:00 pm
Maranda Curtis @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm
Gospel, praise and worship singer Maranda Curtis leads the Sunday congregation in revelry at Bethesda Blues & Jazz through a special Christmas performance.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.[...]
Dreamville 8:00 pm
Dreamville @ Twins Jazz
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Acoustic-electric quartet Dreamville, led by vocalist Pie Francis, performs standards and originals that draw inspiration from the golden age of jazz vocals – when Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone ruled the world. Two[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings straight-ahead standards and originals with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 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. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
9
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band 8:00 pm
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ The Wine Garden at the DC City Winery
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
C.J. Chenier’s father, Clifton Chenier, was known as the “King of Zydeco” and the first Creole musician to win a coveted Grammy award. C.J., the “Prince of  Zydeco,” has stepped up to fill his father’s formidable,[...]
Veronneau 8:00 pm
Veronneau @ Blues Alley
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The base of Veronneau’s sound is in Brazilian samba and bossa nova, but those are the blocks on which the quartet builds its internationally-inspired sound. Lead singer Lynn Veronneau can perform in English, French and Spanish,[...]
10
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Eric Felten is one of the top jazz classicists in the Washington, D.C. area. While he’s invited modern luminaries like Donny McCaslin on his Voice of America show, Felten’s own work tends to sonically[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Dec 10 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
11
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 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[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Alison Shearer 8:00 pm
Alison Shearer @ Twins Jazz
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Alison Shearer leads groups that lean to jazz’s electronic side, ranging from house and ambient-influences to the kind of Herbie Hancock-meets-hip-hop style of some of the current L.A. jazz scene. Two separate sets at 8[...]
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Eric Felten is one of the top jazz classicists in the Washington, D.C. area. While he’s invited modern luminaries like Donny McCaslin on his Voice of America show, Felten’s own work tends to sonically[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 11 @ 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.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Dec 11 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist and vocalist Nicole Saphos Performs cozy originals and arrangements that comfortably blur the line between the plushness of indie folk darlings like Fiona Appel and Laura Gibson and the easy swing and fireplace intimacy[...]
12
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sean Jones Quartet 7:00 pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sean Jones Quartet @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
For years the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra gave young jazz musicians a chance to learn in a large ensemble setting from one of D.C.’s greatest educators: the dearly departed Fred Foss. Now the[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Dec 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.[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
13
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Dave Saunders Trio 6:30 pm
Dave Saunders Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm
No other information available.
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 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.[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 13 @ 9:00 pm
Whether one is standing outside Twin’s second story-haunt on U Street or lounging in the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden, Michael Thomas’ trumpet is guaranteed to cut through the din sharply but also sweetly.[...]
* DeAndre Schaifer 9:30 pm
* DeAndre Schaifer @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 13 @ 9:30 pm
DeAndre Schaifer is a proud product of the D.C. jazz scene, having spent his formative years as a musician under the wise guide of D.C. jazz dean Allyn Johnson at UDC (Schaifer is known to[...]
14
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
Kenny Lattimore & Regina Belle 5:00 pm
Kenny Lattimore & Regina Belle @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm
The R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, born and bred in Washington, D.C., returns for a show of holiday favorites and hits culled from his albums that hit the top of the R&B charts. He teams up[...]
* Bill Heid 6:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm
Whether one is standing outside Twin’s second story-haunt on U Street or lounging in the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden, Michael Thomas’ trumpet is guaranteed to cut through the din sharply but also sweetly.[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B-3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 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.
15
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 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.[...]
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” 8:00 pm
* Freddy Cole “For the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Yes, Freddy Cole sings and plays piano like his older brother Nat King Cole, but that’s about where the similarities end. Where Nat’s warm, silky voice lent itself to big band pop and smooth crooning[...]
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Joe Vetter leads a straight-ahead jazz quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 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. All musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit in an bring their[...]
16
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band 8:00 pm
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band @ Blues Alley
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
After a quarter century with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, trumpeter Dave Detwiler now leads The White House Band. He will lead the group through some holiday jazz repertoire and its annual Blues Alley[...]
17
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 17 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
Gunhild Carling 8:00 pm
Gunhild Carling @ Blues Alley
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
Sweden’s “Queen of Jazz” Gunhild Carling sings and plays multiple horn and reed instruments. She leads groups through standards and originals with textbook arrangements and the proper amount of swing. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Dec 17 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
18
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 18 @ 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[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
* Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas 8:00 pm
* Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas @ DC City Winery
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Trinidadian trumpeter and percussionist Etienne Charles emphasizes his Afro-Caribbean background in his music, performing sizzling originals and arrangements of standards that ride the calypso, Voodoo music tradition and reggae grooves of his birthplace. When he’s[...]
BSQ 8:00 pm
BSQ @ Twins Jazz
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists and flautist Bob Schwartz leads the Bob Schwartz Quartet, an easy-swinging and swaying straight-ahead group. Schwarz has a gift for plumbing the American Songbook for obscure gems and other diamonds in the rough for the[...]
Jane Monheit 8:00 pm
Jane Monheit @ Blues Alley
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Jane Monheit quickly rose up the ranks of jazz vocalists after finishing as the runner up in the 1998 Thelonious Monk jazz vocal competition. She sings standards directly and sweetly without making them maudlin. Two[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 18 @ 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.
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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
The Twins Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians that the District of Columbia has to offer. Under director Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters, the[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 20 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Jamie Sandel Trio 6:30 pm
Jamie Sandel Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 20 @ 6:30 pm
Violinist Jamie Sandel (Disclosure: CapitalBop’s Managing Director) leads a trio through standards and originals that twist classic melodies with modern, angular jazz harmony.
Chris Prince 8:00 pm
Chris Prince @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and spoken word artist Chris Prince performs a mix of jazz, funk and neo-soul.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
Nona Hendryx & the Mamafunk Band 8:00 pm
Nona Hendryx & the Mamafunk Band @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Mama Hendryx was once part of the vocal trio Labelle, backing famed vocalist Patti LaBelle, and performed a range of hits from doo-wop to funk, including the scandalizing “Lady Marmalade.” Her voiced had faded somewhat,[...]
Jason Yeager Quintet 9:00 pm
Jason Yeager Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 20 @ 9:00 pm
Pianist Jason Yeager performs in support of his new album New Songs of Resistance, a collection of Afro-Cuban and straight-ahead numbers in the same vein of jazz protest as Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, Abbey Lincoln’s work and[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 21 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
Freddie Jackson 8:00 pm
Freddie Jackson @ DC City Winery
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
R&B crooner Freddie Jackson sings sweet nothings over slow, jamming beats.
Julia Nixon 8:00 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 21 @ 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.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
Jason Yeager Quintet 9:00 pm
Jason Yeager Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm
Pianist Jason Yeager performs in support of his new album New Songs of Resistance, a collection of Afro-Cuban and straight-ahead numbers in the same vein of jazz protest as Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite, Abbey Lincoln’s work and[...]
* Jessica Boykin-Settles 9:30 pm
* Jessica Boykin-Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm
Jessica Boykin-Settles is a respected vocalist and educator in D.C. – she holds forth in the halls of Howard University’s venerated music program. She sings standards with clarity and sophistication.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 21 @ 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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Be’la Dona Holiday Brunch 2:00 pm
Be’la Dona Holiday Brunch @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm
All-female, DC-based band Be’la Dona performs a mix of go-go, jazz, R&B, soul and rock. The group performs a special holiday brunch set in the days creeping up to Christmas.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 22 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 22 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 22 @ 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.[...]
* Brad Linde’s Therapy Band 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s Therapy Band @ Twins Jazz
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Brad Linde may be the most prolific musician in the D.C. jazz scene. He’s been involved in 32 different groups, many under his own leadership, over his last 15 years in D.C., ranging from[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist and keyboardist Marcus Johnson is one of the most popular musicians in the city. While he’s known to occasionally sit in with other D.C. jazz cats, Johnson is most often found leading his own[...]
Tee “Sylk” Harris: This Christmas: A Donny Hathaway Tribute 8:00 pm
Tee “Sylk” Harris: This Christmas: A Donny Hathaway Tribute @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Local R&B singer Tee “Sylk” Harris leads a holiday-themed tribute to the great soul icon Donny Hathaway.
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 22 @ 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[...]
Backyard Band 10:00 pm
Backyard Band @ The Wine Garden at DC City Winery
Dec 22 @ 10:00 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.”
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Vybe Band 7:30 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Vybe Band performs a mix of R&B and go-go; they bring those musical twists to a special holiday set at the City Winery
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
Transcendental Light Orchestra 8:00 pm
Transcendental Light Orchestra @ Blues Alley
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
Think of the Transcendental Light Orchestra as a bit like Trans-Siberian Orchestra Lite; familiar holiday tunes performed with rocking arrangements that also respect the original forms. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” 7:00 pm
* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” @ Blues Alley
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who helps lead the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, performs with another DC and BCJO favorite, guitarist Rodney Richardson in a now-annual Christmas Eve jam.
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 24 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Dec 24 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.
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Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 25 @ 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[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 25 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist Herb Scott host a jam session at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill every Wednesday, welcoming performers of all ages and ability levels to join the bandstand.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Dec 25 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 25 @ 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.
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Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 26 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 27 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime house pianist Peter Edelman leads a straight-ahead jazz trio, which often expands into a larger band featuring horn players and guitarists.
Hannah Wynne Trio 6:30 pm
Hannah Wynne Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm
Saxophonist Hannah Wynne leads a straight-ahead trio.
Todd Simon Trio 6:30 pm
Todd Simon Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm
Sturdy and swinging pianist Todd Simon performs with a trio.
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 27 @ 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.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet 9:00 pm
* The John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 27 @ 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[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Dec 27 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist Tarus Mzateen 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[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 28 @ 4:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
Maija Rejman 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 28 @ 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
Dec 28 @ 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
Dec 28 @ 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.
Tacha Coleman Parr 9:30 pm
Tacha Coleman Parr @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Dec 28 @ 9:30 pm
Tacha Coleman Parr is a DC-area jazz singer who also derives technique and catalog from blues and gospel, and is a favorite of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.
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Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 29 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Longtime 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 favorites[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 29 @ 6:30 pm
While there are many formal and informal jams in and around the Beltway every week, the D.C. jazz jam is the flagship event for the city’s jazz scene. Organized by drummer Will Stephens, the jam becomes[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 29 @ 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.[...]
The Skip Pruitt Xperience 7:30 pm
The Skip Pruitt Xperience @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm
Saxophonist Skip Pruitt performs lightly funky originals and standards with a reedy, smooth tone.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
Asher Bros Quartet 8:00 pm
Asher Bros Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Asher Brothers – Alex on trombone and multi-instrumentalist Byron – each have respectable careers as sessions musicians and bandleaders in Brooklyn and New Orleans, respectively. The two lead a quartet for two separate sets[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Dec 29 @ 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[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
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* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio 6:30 pm
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is one of the rare, modern jazz pianists to channel the resonating, chiming harmonies and whimsical but lyrical melodic style of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While Chestnut, who also holds a teaching post in[...]
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley 7:00 pm
Coffy Cafe Music Salon w/Dave Manley @ Coffy Cafe
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs in a duo every Tuesday at Georgetown’s Coffy Cafe.
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm
Local musicians lead a jam session at Takoma Station, a bar that was a hotbed for the straight-ahead scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Dec 31 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) featuring Sugar Bear 9:00 pm
E.U. (Experience Unlimited) featuring Sugar Bear @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
E.U. (Experience Unlimited), maybe be the best known go-go band outside of D.C., famous for their 80s hit “Da Butt” and collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee. The group is still led by longtime, iconic front man[...]
Takoma Jazz 9:00 pm
Takoma Jazz @ Twins Jazz
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Edmund Burke school teachers pianist John Howard and bassist Eugenio Ibarz perform a mix of jazz and pop standards in a straight-ahead, small combo setting. They ring in the New Year at Twins Jazz.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Dec 31 @ 9:30 pm
Led by French horn player Abe Mamet, the weekly jam at the Marx Cafe welcomes players of all stripes to sit in on Tuesday nights.

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