DC Jazz Calendar

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Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Oct 1 @ 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
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist — burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at[...]
* Dwayne Adell Trio 8:00 pm
* Dwayne Adell Trio @ Blues Alley
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm
One of the most respected pianists and arrangers in the area, Dwayne Adell is a musical autodidact who has greater fluency at the keyboard than with a pencil and staff paper, but he can master[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm
Every week, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ Trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets; recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Oct 1 @ 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.
2
Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Oct 2 @ 5:00 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.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 2 @ 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
Oct 2 @ 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[...]
* Petros Klampanis 8:00 pm
* Petros Klampanis @ Twins Jazz
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
Greek bassist Petros Klampanis writes music bridges the chamber music worlds of Western Europe and the Mediterranean Basin; lush harmonies underscore energetic folk melodies, all of which is propelled by a dervish of percussion in the[...]
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues w/ Lynne Jordan 8:00 pm
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues w/ Lynne Jordan @ DC City Winery
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
Blues harpist Corky Siegel leads Chamber Blues, a string quartet plus percussionist outlet that performs arrangement of Chicago Blues classics as well as other pieces from the American songbook. He’s joined by vocalist Lynne Jordan to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 2 @ 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.
Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier 8:00 pm
Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier @ Blues Alley
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm
Pedal-steel guitarist Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collins plays the blues. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
3
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 3 @ 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
Oct 3 @ 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
Oct 3 @ 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[...]
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire 8:00 pm
In Gratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire @ DC City Winery
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band In Gratitude performs.
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington 8:00 pm
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington @ Blues Alley
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists Paul Taylor and Michael Lington perform a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Takoma Jazz 8:00 pm
Takoma Jazz @ Twins Jazz
Oct 3 @ 8:00 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. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
4
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 4 @ 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.
James Collins Trio 6:00 pm
James Collins Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist James Collins leads a straight-ahead trio.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm
Dial 251 is a funk- and pop-infused sextet, featuring Bryan McEntire on tenor saxophone, Charles Whalen on trumpet, Mark Johnson on guitar, Russ Rodgers on bass and Greg Reaves on drums. Two separate sets at[...]
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington 8:00 pm
Paul Taylor & Michael Lington @ Blues Alley
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonists Paul Taylor and Michael Lington perform a mix of jazz, soul and funk. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 4 @ 9:00 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. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James King 9:30 pm
James King @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 4 @ 9:30 pm
In a city of bassists, James King stands tall as a revered and seasoned bassist who has made D.C. his scene for many years.
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 4 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
5
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 5 @ 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[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group 8:00 pm
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm
Cindy Blackman Santana is unrelenting on the drum set; her mind never lets up either. Like her mentor Tony Williams, she is one of those drummers always playing with her foot on the gas and[...]
Jeff Weintraub 8:00 pm
Jeff Weintraub @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 5 @ 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.
* Thad Wilson 9:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 5 @ 9:00 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. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 5 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies as well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious student[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Oct 5 @ 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.
6
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 6 @ 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
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Oct 6 @ 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 Cindy Blackman Santana Group 8:00 pm
* The Cindy Blackman Santana Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm
Cindy Blackman Santana is unrelenting on the drum set; her mind never lets up either. Like her mentor Tony Williams, she is one of those drummers always playing with her foot on the gas and[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 6 @ 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[...]
7
* Levon Mikaelian Trio 8:00 pm
* Levon Mikaelian Trio @ Blues Alley
Oct 7 @ 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.
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Oct 7 @ 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[...]
8
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Oct 8 @ 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
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist — burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
Every week, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ Trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets; recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
The Anderson Twins 8:00 pm
The Anderson Twins @ Blues Alley
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
Brothers Peter and Will Anderson — both prodigious improvisers on the clarinet and saxophone — play standards and original compositions with well-mannered precision, harking back to the sounds of mid-century cool jazz. Here they perform[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Oct 8 @ 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.
9
Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Oct 9 @ 5:00 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.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 9 @ 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
Oct 9 @ 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
Oct 9 @ 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
Oct 9 @ 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[...]
10
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm
Baltimore saxophonist, trumpeter and jazz organizer Clarence Ward III performs with a trio.
* Steve Turre Sextet 8:00 pm
* Steve Turre Sextet @ Blues Alley
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Sure, trombonist Steve Turre makes a great straight-ahead jazz player, but there’s always something in his playing that brims and pushes. In his urge to expand the very tradition of which he is a part,[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Oct 10 @ 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
Oct 10 @ 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
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
11
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 11 @ 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.
Julian Berkowitz Trio 6:00 pm
Julian Berkowitz Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Julian Berkowitz leads a straight-ahead trio.
Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Kevin Cordt used to play at Mr. Henry’s 10 years ago, before the Capitol Hill bar and grill stopped hosting jazz. Now the music is back on, and Cordt’s straight-ahead quartet is back. The[...]
The UpBeets 9:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Oct 11 @ 9:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears modern sensibilities. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Oct 11 @ 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 11 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
12
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 12 @ 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[...]
Jon Steele Trio 6:00 pm
Jon Steele Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime DMV sideman and bassist Jon Steele leads his own group.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
Candice Bostwick 8:00 pm
Candice Bostwick @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
Candice Bostwick sings straight-ahead.
Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
The UpBeets 9:00 pm
The UpBeets @ Twins Jazz
Oct 12 @ 9:00 pm
The UpBeets perform a form of acoustic jazz that stands firmly in the straight-ahead tradition but bears modern sensibilities. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Carly Harvey 9:30 pm
Carly Harvey @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 12 @ 9:30 pm
Carly Harvey, dubbed D.C.’s “Queen Of the Blues” by a WPFW DJ, performs a mix of blues, jazz and soul.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Oct 12 @ 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.
13
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 13 @ 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
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Oct 13 @ 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.[...]
Frederic Yonnet 8:00 pm
Frederic Yonnet @ Blues Alley
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
Harmonica player Frederic Yonnet, a native of France, has tons of talent and plenty of blues flavor lying just below the surface. He uses it toward a variety of smooth jazz. Two separate sets at[...]
Not 2 Cool Jazz Band 8:00 pm
Not 2 Cool Jazz Band @ Twins Jazz
Oct 13 @ 8:00 pm
The Not 2 Cool Jazz Band, led by trumpeter and pianist Michael Grasso, performs a mix of standards with heavy inspiration taken from Chet Baker and Toots Thielemans. 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
Oct 13 @ 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[...]
14
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Oct 14 @ 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[...]
Richard Baratta & The Gotham Circle 8:00 pm
Richard Baratta & The Gotham Circle @ Blues Alley
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
Film-producer-turned-musician Richard Baratta leads the straight-ahead outfit The Gotham Circle. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
15
Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Oct 15 @ 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
Oct 15 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist — burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Every week, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ Trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets; recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Eric Alexander Quartet 8:00 pm
Eric Alexander Quartet @ Blues Alley
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads groups with a strong sense of swing and the bop tradition, a sure sign of influence from his late teacher Harold Mabern. He leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets at[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Oct 15 @ 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.
16
Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Oct 16 @ 5:00 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.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 16 @ 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
Oct 16 @ 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[...]
* Gerald Clayton Quartet 8:00 pm
* Gerald Clayton Quartet @ Blues Alley
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
The 35-year-old pianist Gerald Clayton has proven to be among the most well-rounded and personable players of his generation. His Grammy-nominated 2013 release Life Forum stands apart, a delicately approached and intensely executed collection of[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 16 @ 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.
17
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 17 @ 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
Oct 17 @ 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[...]
Eric Jacobson 8:00 pm
Eric Jacobson @ Twins Jazz
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Milwaukee-based trumpeter Eric Jacobson’s playing contains strong and clear deference to bop masters like Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Brown. He leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets and 8 and 10 p.m.
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
18
Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 18 @ 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.
Capital Jazz Experience 8:00 pm
Capital Jazz Experience @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Percy White leads the Capital Jazz Experience, a group that performs a large repertoire of music across multiple styles — including jazz.
Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a trio (only bass and[...]
Geovane Santos 9:30 pm
Geovane Santos @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 18 @ 9:30 pm
New Orleans-based Brazilian guitarist Geovane Santos performs.
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 18 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 19 @ 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[...]
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 19 @ 6:15 pm
A veteran of musical theater (notably, she played the lead in the original Broadway presentation of Dreamgirls), Julian Nixon incorporates jazz standards and originals into her own personal brand of R&B. Two separate sets at[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Lena Seikaly 8:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ Marvin DC
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with a confident and playful demeanor.
Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 19 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a trio (only bass and[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Oct 19 @ 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.
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 19 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 20 @ 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
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Oct 20 @ 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.[...]
Michael Sarian 8:00 pm
Michael Sarian @ Twins Jazz
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Michael Sarian’s music sounds a bit like Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ early cool jazz, but spoken through the vernacular of present-day angular harmonic convention and smoothness. Two separate sets at 8 and 10[...]
Najee 8:00 pm
Najee @ Blues Alley
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
The saxophonist Najee plays 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 @ Columbia Station
Oct 20 @ 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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* Hope Udobi 8:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Marvin DC
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most promising young jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Oct 21 @ 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 Kline Band 8:00 pm
Dave Kline Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm
Violinist Dave Kline fuses influences from bebop, Afro-Caribbean music, Appalachian folk and French jazz manouche. He performs a tribute to the revolutionary, shamanic guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Oct 22 @ 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
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist — burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at[...]
Patricia Barber Trio 7:30 pm
Patricia Barber Trio @ DC City Winery
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
In Patricia Barber, you get wry oddball forthrightness, husky blues, mystery-making abstraction. The singer, composer and pianist is a Guggenheim Fellow and recorded on Blue Note for much of the 1990s and 2000s. She has[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm
Every week, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ Trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets; recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Quiana Lynell 8:00 pm
Quiana Lynell @ Blues Alley
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm
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 to great heights. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Oct 22 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Oct 23 @ 5:00 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.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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[...]
* The Pedrito Martínez Group 8:00 pm
* The Pedrito Martínez Group @ Blues Alley
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Pedrito Martinez, an imaginative percussionist and vocalist from Cuba, wears his country’s batá and rumba traditions as comfortably as a pair of fitted jeans. The West African rhythms that live on in Cuba are premised[...]
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Oct 23 @ 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 @ Columbia Station
Oct 23 @ 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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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 24 @ 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
Oct 24 @ 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[...]
Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Columbia Station
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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Peter Edelman Trio 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 25 @ 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.
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Sotto
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm
Bobby Muncy is a saxophonist with chops, conviction and the drive to make jazz feel fresh. He hopscotches between jazz covers of Radiohead, swinging renditions of his bandmates’ tunes, and his own skronky original compositions. Here[...]
Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
Rose Moraes 8:00 pm
Rose Moraes @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm
Brazilian vocalist Rose Moraes sings traditional Brazilian popular music.
Larry Brown 9:00 pm
Larry Brown @ Twins Jazz
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm
Larry Brown, a local piano player of repute, leads a quintet of notable D.C. cats through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Dave Manley 9:30 pm
Dave Manley @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 25 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist Dave Manley, who navigates the fretboard with the flair and flow of Carlos Santana mixed with Wes Montgomery, performs.
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 25 @ 11:00 pm
Drummer and DJ Joe Falero leads the Latin All Stars and DC Cuban All Stars. Here he performs with his own band, culled from members of his ensembles, where they lay down swinging Latin grooves[...]
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Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Columbia Station Jazz Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 26 @ 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[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm
George Oakley invests all the reeds he plays – saxophone, clarinet and flute – with a whispering coolness. In this weekly gig at the Sri Lankan restaurant the Banana Leaf, he performs in a duo[...]
* Brent Birckhead 8:00 pm
* Brent Birckhead @ Sotto
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Brent Birckhead is an archetypal product of the D.C. jazz scene. He’s a strong straight-ahead player, but also well-versed in go-go, R&B and the other popular sounds of the city. Armed with dual music degrees[...]
Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
Richard Fulks 8:00 pm
Richard Fulks @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Richard Fulks, a long-time jazz singer, performs standards.
Larry Brown 9:00 pm
Larry Brown @ Twins Jazz
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm
Larry Brown, a local piano player of repute, leads a quintet of notable D.C. cats through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Imani-Grace Cooper 9:30 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 26 @ 9:30 pm
Imani-Grace Cooper, a former soloist in the Howard University a capella group Afro Blue, has an enchanting vocal approach. She’s a singer on the rise.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Oct 26 @ 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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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am
Jojo’s on U Street hosts a weekly jam session dedicated to giving all the crooners, scatters and singers a chance to take up the mic.
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam 4:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Afternoon Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 27 @ 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[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 6:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Takoma Station
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm
The DC Jazz Jam convenes veteran musicians as well as young players in seek of mentorship; it makes Brixton, a chic U St. bar, into an intimate and convivial and music-focused place. Organizer Will Stephens,[...]
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Oct 27 @ 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.[...]
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Caesar Ulsano plays bop standards and originals with an unhurried tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Jonathan Butler 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler @ Blues Alley
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm
Jonathan Butler, widely recognized as the first black musician to have a single played on white South African radio, sings R&B and smooth jazz, often with gospel influences. Over the past four decades, he has[...]
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam 9:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio – Late Night Jam @ Columbia Station
Oct 27 @ 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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* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Blues Alley
Oct 28 @ 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[...]
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Oct 28 @ 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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Takoma Station Jazz Jam 7:00 pm
Takoma Station Jazz Jam @ Takoma Station
Oct 29 @ 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
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is a gripping D.C. saxophonist — burly tone wrapped around a taut rhythmic approach. When not playing with the Airmen of Note, he often leads his own projects, and he’s in residence at[...]
Vybe Band 7:30 pm
Vybe Band @ DC City Winery
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Vybe Band performs a mix of R&B and go-go.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Every week, Shannon Gunn leads the post-bop Firebird Organ Trio, featuring a rotating cast of organists/keyboardists and drummers. The group plays two sets; recently, their first sets have been dedicated to re-imagining monumental albums in[...]
Richie Goods “The Goods Project” 8:00 pm
Richie Goods “The Goods Project” @ Blues Alley
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Richie Goods performs a mix of funk and jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Marx Cafe Jam Session 9:30 pm
Marx Cafe Jam Session @ Marx Cafe
Oct 29 @ 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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Thad Wilson Presents… 5:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Oct 30 @ 5:00 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.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Oct 30 @ 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
Oct 30 @ 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[...]
Chantae Cann & Ashleigh Smith 8:00 pm
Chantae Cann & Ashleigh Smith @ DC City Winery
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm
R&B and funk singer Ashleigh Smith, the winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, shares a bill with jazz and soul vocalist Chantae Cann.
Manacá Brazilian Trio 8:00 pm
Manacá Brazilian Trio @ Twins Jazz
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm
The Manacá Brazilian Trio performs vocal and instrumental sambas, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz hits and originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Oct 30 @ 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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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz is a quintet with a sound but not a specialty. Its eclectic repertoire encompasses Gipsy jazz, Latin jazz and Italian folk songs. The band includes the Ecuadoran guitarist Paco Galarza, the Ukranian[...]
Clarence Ward III Trio 7:30 pm
Clarence Ward III Trio @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 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
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.