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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 1 @ 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[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
Beekman 9:00 pm
Beekman @ Twins Jazz
Dec 1 @ 9:00 pm
The four-piece Beekman group performs non-challenging hard-bop in the late-50s Art Blakey vain. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 1 @ 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.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 1 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 2 @ 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.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 2 @ 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
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Keith Butler Trio 8:00 pm
Keith Butler Trio @ Twins Jazz
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer Keith Butler, alongside his trio-mates Steve Arnold on bass and Nelson Dougherty on guitar are by now familiar faces around the DC jazz jam scene as they try to assert themselves as leaders of[...]
Stacey Kent 8:00 pm
Stacey Kent @ Blues Alley
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
Straight ahead vocalist Stacy Kent sings with a delicate, clean and crisp tone. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.  
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 2 @ 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.
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* Robert Glasper Experiment 7:30 pm
* Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Birchmere Music Hall
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
Robert Glasper leads his band, the Experiment, which recently released ArtScience, its third full album on Blue Note. You could call this the epitome of a technically skilled jam band, playing everything from Roy Ayers to[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Robert Glasper Experiment 7:30 pm
* Robert Glasper Experiment @ The Birchmere Music Hall
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
Robert Glasper leads his band, the Experiment, which recently released ArtScience, its third full album on Blue Note. You could call this the epitome of a technically skilled jam band, playing everything from Roy Ayers to[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 4 @ 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 JoJo’s every[...]
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, 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[...]
A Redd Christmas 8:00 pm
A Redd Christmas @ The Hamilton
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd, a deft and lyrical vibraphonist, performs a special holiday set.
Veronneau “Snowtime” 8:00 pm
Veronneau “Snowtime” @ Blues Alley
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
The Virginia-based quartet Veronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she sings[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 4 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Vanny 7:00 pm
Vanny @ Sotto
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Vanny performs.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 5 @ 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
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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.
A Chaise Lounge Christmas 8:00 pm
A Chaise Lounge Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
In Chaise Lounge’s music, bossa nova meshes with other forms of classic pop. The sextet features Marilyn Older on vocals, Charlie Barnett on guitar, Pete Ostle on bass, John Jensen on trombone, Gary Gregg on[...]
Band Brûlée 8:00 pm
Band Brûlée @ Twins Jazz
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
Band Brûlée performs a mix of jazz and Americana.
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Brandon Woody Group 6:00 pm
Brandon Woody Group @ Marvin DC
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
The young trumpeter Brandon Woody favors a brash tone that almost splutters in his moments of great intensity; it’s reminiscent of Miles Davis in the pre-fusion, late-60s.
Jane Lynch: “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” 7:00 pm
Jane Lynch: “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” @ DC City Winery
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
The actress Jane Lynch, best known for her role on the a capella drama Glee, performs traditional jazz-pop vocal and big band arrangements of classic Christmas standards. Two sets at
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Dec 6 @ 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[...]
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Dec 6 @ 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[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
Dec 6 @ 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 of Thad Wilson, one the area’s most deft and lyrical trumpeters,[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 6 @ 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[...]
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* Elijah Jamal Balbed 5:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ Marvin DC
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons[...]
Jackie Hairston Trio featuring Marlene Ross 6:00 pm
Jackie Hairston Trio featuring Marlene Ross @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm
Local organist Jackie Hairston leads a mostly straight-ahead trio, joined by guest vocalist Marlene Ross.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
* Lenny Robinson 8:00 pm
* Lenny Robinson @ Sotto
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Lenny Robinson’s kit is the inside of his brain, its drum heads the resonant walls where his ideas ricochet and collide. Some dissolve, some take hold; some are frustrated, some streamline into a complete statement.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 7 @ 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[...]
Kenny Lattimore 8:00 pm
Kenny Lattimore @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 7 @ 8:00 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 top 20 albums.
Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Dec 7 @ 9:00 pm
A frequent sideman and bandleader in the D.C. area, the drummer Tony Martucci plays bop with a lightly dabbed, clarion swing on the ride cymbal. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Dec 7 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 8 @ 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[...]
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
* Deacon Izzy 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his soulful, sumptuous rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin.
Tony Martucci 9:00 pm
Tony Martucci @ Twins Jazz
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm
A frequent sideman and bandleader in the D.C. area, the drummer Tony Martucci plays bop with a lightly dabbed, clarion swing on the ride cymbal. Two separate sets at 9 & 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 8 @ 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.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 8 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 9 @ 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.
Regina Belle 1:00 pm
Regina Belle @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm
The vocalist Regina Belle weaves strands of gospel, R&B and jazz into her performances. Here she brings a program of holiday hits. Two separate shows at 1 and 7 p.m.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 9 @ 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
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
Jeff Cosgrove Quartet 8:00 pm
Jeff Cosgrove Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
While the drummer Jeff Cosgrove can be found in all kinds of settings in the DMV jazz arena, his current project favors a sound like Eric Dolphy at his most expansive (and expressive). Two separate[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 9 @ 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.
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* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” 7:30 pm
* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” @ Blues Alley
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm
The National Cathedral jazz band features some of the area’s top players like the chameleon bassist Michael Bowie, the chromatic trombonist Reginald Cyntje and the playful vocalist Lena Seikaly. Directed by the saxophonist Marshall Keys and[...]
The Capital Bones: “A Stan Kenton Christmas” 8:00 pm
The Capital Bones: “A Stan Kenton Christmas” @ Union Stage
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Capitol Bones is a swing band consisting simply of a full line of trombones plus a rhythm section. In this performance, the Bones will focus on their renditions of Stan Kenton’s Christmas carol works.
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 11 @ 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 JoJo’s every[...]
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, 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 Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 11 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 12 @ 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
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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.
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
Sea-Change 8:00 pm
Sea-Change @ Twins Jazz
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Steve Arnold is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces and in-demand sidemen on the DC jazz scene. His group Sea-Change blends elements and melodies of folk and rock music into wider-sweeping,[...]
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
Dec 12 @ 9:30 pm
The 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[...]
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Dec 13 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Hope Udobi 8:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Sotto
Dec 13 @ 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[...]
Charmaine Michelle 8:00 pm
Charmaine Michelle @ Twins Jazz
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Charmaine Michelle leads a group of her fellow DMV natives in a style of jazz that recalls late era Miles. It’s electric and propulsive, but with sweeps of lyrical sweetness.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Michael Brandon Trio 8:00 pm
Michael Brandon Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” 8:00 pm
Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Iconic DMV-based soul and R&B band Spur of the Moment performs a program of holiday hits and favorites. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 13 @ 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[...]
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Tarus Mateen 8:00 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene[...]
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 14 @ 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[...]
Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
Skip Priutt & Friends 8:00 pm
Skip Priutt & Friends @ Blues Alley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
The smooth jazz saxophonist Skip Priutt performs a program of holiday hits. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Timmy Shepard 9:00 pm
Timmy Shepard @ Twins Jazz
Dec 14 @ 9:00 pm
The singer-songwriter Timmy Shepard performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 14 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Dec 14 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Ace Ono 5:30 pm
Ace Ono @ Marvin DC
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm
R&B/soul singer Ace Ono performs.
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 15 @ 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
Dec 15 @ 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[...]
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* Alison Crockett 8:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically[...]
* Imani-Grace Cooper 8:00 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Jojo's
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Imani-Grace Cooper, a soloist in the Howard University a capella group Afro Blue, has an enchanting vocal approach. She’s a singer on the rise.
Chelsey Green and The Green Project 8:00 pm
Chelsey Green and The Green Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile violinist and producer Chelsey Green’s music ranges from R&B offshoots to straight-ahead to smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
The Hamiltones 8:00 pm
The Hamiltones @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The Hamiltones, the vocal trio often found backing R&B star Anthony Hamilton, testify bright and joyously with their tight harmonies.
Zo Miller 8:00 pm
Zo Miller @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz, neo-soul styled vocalist Zo Miller performs.
Timmy Shepard 9:00 pm
Timmy Shepard @ Twins Jazz
Dec 15 @ 9:00 pm
The singer-songwriter Timmy Shepard performs. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 15 @ 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.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 16 @ 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.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 16 @ 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,[...]
Gerald and Selina Albright 7:00 pm
Gerald and Selina Albright @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm
Gerald Albright is a saxophonist who runs the gamut between soul jazz, R&B and smooth jazz. He is joined by daughter his soul-singing daughter Selina.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” @ Twins Jazz
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde leads a small-combo through avant-garde re-imaginings of Christmas classics. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Seek and Find Project 8:00 pm
Seek and Find Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The a capella gospel group Seek and Find Project perform more spiritual Christmas classics. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 16 @ 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.
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Dave Detwiler & The White House Band 8:00 pm
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band @ Blues Alley
Dec 17 @ 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 lea the group through some holiday jazz repertoire. Two separate sets at 8[...]
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:00 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 18 @ 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 JoJo’s every[...]
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, 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[...]
Benjie Porecki 8:00 pm
Benjie Porecki @ Blues Alley
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Keyboardist Benjie Porecki leads a small group. Porecki has outward-bound, tonal inclinations, but he can also loosen his belt for some serviceable swinging jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 18 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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Elijah Cole 6:00 pm
Elijah Cole @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm
At just 16, Elijah Cole already had a distinctive sound on the guitar—bright and clear, not unlike Grant Green’s. He continues to develop that tone and distinction on the scene now.
* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Levi Stephens 7:00 pm
Levi Stephens @ Sotto
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Guitarist and vocalist Levi Stephens performs a blend of Soul, Rock, R&B and the like.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 19 @ 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
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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.
Lorree Slye-Montgomery 8:00 pm
Lorree Slye-Montgomery @ Blues Alley
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
The soprano vocalist Lorree Slye-Montgomery performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Rick Alberico 8:00 pm
Rick Alberico @ Twins Jazz
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Rick Alberico plays straight-ahead jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Dec 20 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 20 @ 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[...]
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* Sam Prather GO 4tet 5:30 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm
With his Groove Orchestra, usually consisting of about nine members, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Sam Prather collides the sounds of Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock and J Dilla; the band spreads beats like peanut[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Alison Crockett 8:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Sotto
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically political and personally defiant. She has the laggard rhythm of an Erykah Badu, the dance instinct of a Chaka Kahn, and[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Rob Patrick 8:00 pm
Rob Patrick @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Rob Patrick performs standards.
Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
Nate Jolley 8:09 pm
Nate Jolley @ Jojo's
Dec 21 @ 8:09 pm
The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, draw gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into their protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy. Drummer Nate[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Dec 21 @ 9:00 pm
Salim Washington is a consummate saxophonist, flautist and oboist who blends a range of music from the African Diaspora in his Harlem Arts Ensemble – from ’70s funk to avant-garde jazz. It’s a captivating mix.[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 21 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Dec 21 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 22 @ 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[...]
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* Lena Seikaly 8:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The precocious young vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead[...]
Landon Paddock 8:00 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo's
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Landon Paddock sings standards with a smooth, clean tone and gentle swing.
Maija Rejman 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman is a veteran local straight-ahead singer and frequent favorite of Mr. Henry’s.
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Nate Jolley 8:00 pm
Nate Jolley @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, draw gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into their protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy. Drummer Nate[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm
Salim Washington is a consummate saxophonist, flautist and oboist who blends a range of music from the African Diaspora in his Harlem Arts Ensemble – from ’70s funk to avant-garde jazz. It’s a captivating mix.[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 22 @ 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.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 22 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 23 @ 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.
Kirk Whalum feat. Sheila E.: Gospel According to Jazz Christmas 3:00 pm
Kirk Whalum feat. Sheila E.: Gospel According to Jazz Christmas @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm
Kevin Whalum is a soul vocalist with a smooth, tenor croon. He’s the brother of well-known jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. He performs a special gospel and jazz entwined program of holiday favorites with the powerhouse,[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Dec 23 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 23 @ 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
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
Asher Bros Quartet 8:00 pm
Asher Bros Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 23 @ 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[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 23 @ 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.
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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, the guitarist Rodney Richardson.
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 25 @ 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 JoJo’s every[...]
Tune In Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Tune In Tuesdays @ Maddy's Bar and Grille
Dec 25 @ 7:30 pm
A rotating cast of DC jazz musicians, from elders like Fred Foss to current mainstays like Joe Brotherton and young pups like bassist Steve Arnold, perform in small, two-to-three person combos every night at Maddy’s Bar and Grille.
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 25 @ 8:00 pm
Every wee, 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[...]
* Elijah Easton 10:00 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Service Bar
Dec 25 @ 10:00 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer on the saxophone. He holds forth with a rotating cast of musicians every Tuesday at Service Bar.
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* Donvonte McCoy 7:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy @ Bin 1301
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays everything from go-go to bebop with a robust, earthy tone that easily squawks and soars when it comes time to fly on the solo.
* Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Straight-ahead trumpeter Thad Wilson plays with bursting articulation, and a generous insistence on clarity. It’s easy to fall in love with his playing. He curates a weekly performance series at Bakers and Baristas.
Elijah Cole 7:00 pm
Elijah Cole @ Sotto
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
At just 16, Elijah Cole already had a distinctive sound on the guitar—bright and clear, not unlike Grant Green’s.
Wifi Trio 7:00 pm
Wifi Trio @ Tryst
Dec 26 @ 7:00 pm
Led by bassist Dylan Stoddard, the Wifi Trio ranges from straight-ahead jazz to lingering, driving grooves. The band provides a prominent layer of background entertainment at Tryst every Wednesday.
Joseph Brotherton and Friends 7:30 pm
Joseph Brotherton and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 26 @ 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
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Aaron Myers and 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.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Caesar Ulsano 8:00 pm
Caesar Ulsano @ Twins Jazz
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Caesar Ulsano performs a variety of easy listening jazz, from cocktail standards to bossa nova. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
Dec 27 @ 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[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 27 @ 7:30 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He holds a weekly residency at JoJo’s with Federico Pena and Mark Prince.
* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza 8:00 pm
* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza @ The Hamilton
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ben Williams grew up in D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then vaulted into the spotlight in 2009 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He earned acclaim with[...]
* Bilal 8:00 pm
* Bilal @ DC City Winery
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The Neo-Soul jazz vocalist Bilal has been part of the fabric of modern hip-hop, R&B, and its fusions, since his groundbreaking work alongside The Roots, the Soulquarians, and D’Angelo at the turn of the millennium. As[...]
* Brad Linde’s Team Players: Four 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s Team Players: Four @ Twins Jazz
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The enterprising area saxophonist Brad Linde, whose conscientious and beam-like sound descends cleanly from his cool jazz idols, is always introducing new ensembles and new ideas.  His Team Players groups sets the rhythm, motion and[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet 8:00 pm
Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet @ Sotto
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The lyrical trumpeter Joseph Jamaal favors clean, bright and bopping tones, not unlike a young Wynton Marsalis, but mixed with more Stevie Wonder soul.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Michael Brandon Trio 8:00 pm
Michael Brandon Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Trae and the Unknown 8:00 pm
Trae and the Unknown @ Bin 1301
Dec 27 @ 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[...]
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 28 @ 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.
* Bilal 8:00 pm
* Bilal @ DC City Winery
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Neo-Soul jazz vocalist Bilal has been part of the fabric of modern hip-hop, R&B, and its fusions, since his groundbreaking work alongside The Roots, the Soulquarians, and D’Angelo at the turn of the millennium. As[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
* Federico Peña 8:00 pm
* Federico Peña @ Sotto
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Federico Peña has played with Meshell Ndegeocello, Marcus Miller and various other performers who put jazz and funk together in service of the explosive. Here he leads his own group, foregrounding his smooth[...]
* Michael Bowie Quartet 8:00 pm
* Michael Bowie Quartet @ Jojo's
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Michael Bowie is an internationally known bassist that came up under the tutelage of the great Betty Carter and has since worked with artist such as Gil Scott-Heron, Patti Labelle, Isaac Hayes and more.
Sharón Clark 8:00 pm
Sharón Clark @ The Beacon Bar & Grill
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of Great American Songbook standards and postwar pop tunes. She holds court with pianist chris Grasso in the Beacon Hotel’s dining room.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 28 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 28 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
Dec 28 @ 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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Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Candice Bostwick 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 29 @ 6:00 pm
Candice Bostwick sings straight ahead and is backed by a small combo.
George Oakley Two-Tett 7:00 pm
George Oakley Two-Tett @ The Banana Leaf
Dec 29 @ 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[...]
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s 7:00 pm
Steve Heberman Duo at Delina’s @ Delina Eritrean Urban Kitchen
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm
The seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area singers and musicians every Saturday.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
* George V. Johnson 8:00 pm
* George V. Johnson @ Jojo's
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
George V. Johnson is the rare male jazz vocalist with rhythm and chops and an un-self-conscious personal investment in the jazz tradition. He cut his teeth touring with Pharoah Sanders decades ago, and has long[...]
Bonnie Harris 8:00 pm
Bonnie Harris @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The veteran DC-area vocalist Bonnie Harris performs.
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner 8:00 pm
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Clarence Turner plays Chicago-style, electric blues.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Dec 29 @ 9:00 pm
Tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful, the trumpeter Michael Thomas tends toward the Jazz Messengers’ strain of uncompromising hard-bop. His searing tone and dipping-and-diving improvisations have a lot in common with the work of Lee Morgan,[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
Dec 29 @ 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.
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Late Night Jam Session @ Maddy’s Bar and Grill
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm
Maddy’s Bar and Grill in DuPont hosts two last night jam sessions each week, welcoming musicians from across DC’s quadrants and traditions. Friday night is a straight jazz jam while Saturday will freewheel more with[...]
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Dec 30 @ 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.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm – 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. Saturday and Sunday afternoon to evening, all musicians and vocalists are welcome to[...]
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session 4:00 pm
Peter Edelman Trio: Jam Session @ Columbia Station
Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm
Longtime D.C. pianist Peter Edelman seems to have caught a whiff of smoke from the cigarettes of the hard-bop greats, like Sonny Clark and Kenny Drew. He leads the house band at Columbia Station, and[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
Dec 30 @ 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
Dec 30 @ 7:00 pm
The bassist Victor Dvoskin, one of the top bassists in the Soviet Union, leads a straight-ahead jazz duo every Sunday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. No cover, one-drink minimum.
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
Dec 30 @ 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.
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* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) 6:30 pm
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) @ Blues Alley
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
Eugenie Jones 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones @ Twins Jazz
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Eugenie Jones sings soul and straight-ahead. She anchors the Twins New Years’ Eve celebrations.
New Years’ with E.U. 9:00 pm
New Years’ with E.U. @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Legendary go-go band E.U. (Experience Unlimited), famous for their 80s hits “Da Butt” and collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee, raise roofs and make booties shake for New Years’ at Bethesda Blues & Jazz.