DC Jazz Calendar

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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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.
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio 8:00 pm
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio @ Blues Alley
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile saxophonist Chris Potter came of age in the Young Lions generation and was elastic in tone enough to flit between the then uptown and downtown scenes of Manhattan. He boasts a staggeringly lengthy[...]
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 1 @ 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[...]
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall 8:00 pm
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall @ DC City Winery
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Music industry mogul and pop jazz icon Herb Alpert performs with Latin, pop jazz singer Lani Hall.
Rick Alberico 8:00 pm
Rick Alberico @ Twins Jazz
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Rick Alberico plays straight-ahead jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
2
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sullivan Fortner Trio 7:00 pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sullivan Fortner Trio @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Sullivan Fortner came up in Roy Hargrove’s bands but he’s become something of a jazz celebrity accompanying the stupefying  vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. He plays with a sensitive touch, always conscious of where the song is[...]
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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[...]
Joe Policastro Trio 8:00 pm
Joe Policastro Trio @ Twins Jazz
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Chicago based bassist Joe Policastro leads his modern jazz trio through originals and covers of pop tunes like a-Ha’s “Take On Me.” Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Tuck & Patti 8:00 pm
Tuck & Patti @ Blues Alley
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Tuck & Patti are a vocal-guitar duo, performing jazz standards with an easygoing manner. Patti’s voice recalls influences from Ella Fitzgerald to Betty Carter, though her singing is a bit less aggressive than those idols.[...]
3
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
After 7 7:30 pm
After 7 @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 3 @ 7:30 pm
’80s vocal R&B trio After 7 performs.
BroadSound 7:30 pm
BroadSound @ Sotto
May 3 @ 7:30 pm
R&B cover band Broadsound performs two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Najee 7:30 pm
Najee @ The Birchmere Music Hall
May 3 @ 7:30 pm
Najee plays smooth jazz saxophone.
Dial 251 8:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Mr. Henry's
May 3 @ 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[...]
Tuck & Patti 8:00 pm
Tuck & Patti @ Blues Alley
May 3 @ 8:00 pm
Tuck & Patti are a vocal-guitar duo, performing jazz standards with an easygoing manner. Patti’s voice recalls influences from Ella Fitzgerald to Betty Carter, though her singing is a bit less aggressive than those idols.[...]
Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update 9:00 pm
Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update @ Twins Jazz
May 3 @ 9:00 pm
The tenor saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk plays straight-ahead jazz with his sights set on what lies just past the horizon; his tone is broad and self-sufficient. Here he brings his quartet, Jazz Update, featuring Wade Beach[...]
* Lenny Robinson 9:30 pm
* Lenny Robinson @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 3 @ 9:30 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.
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
May 3 @ 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[...]
4
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 4 @ 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
May 4 @ 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[...]
Batida Diferente 8:00 pm
Batida Diferente @ Mr. Henry's
May 4 @ 8:00 pm
Batida Diferente are a quartet that blend the tranquil sounds of traditional Brazilian music in reworkings of timeless jazz standards and other covers. The lead vocals, Kim Scudera sings with a bluesy folk-like tone that[...]
Roberta Gambarini 8:00 pm
Roberta Gambarini @ Blues Alley
May 4 @ 8:00 pm
Italian born vocalist Roberta Gambriani kicked off her US jazz career taking home a semi-finalist spot in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz contest in 1998. Since then she’s sung with everyone from Herbie Hancock[...]
Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update 9:00 pm
Jeff Antoniuk & The Jazz Update @ Twins Jazz
May 4 @ 9:00 pm
The tenor saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk plays straight-ahead jazz with his sights set on what lies just past the horizon; his tone is broad and self-sufficient. Here he brings his quartet, Jazz Update, featuring Wade Beach[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
May 4 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Landon Paddock 9:30 pm
Landon Paddock @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 4 @ 9:30 pm
The 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
May 5 @ 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.
Imani-Grace Cooper 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper @ Sotto
May 5 @ 11:30 am
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. She performs for Sotto’s Sunday brunch crowd.
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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[...]
Steve Washington 6:00 pm
Steve Washington @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 5 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Warm-voiced vocalist Steve Washington is from Washington, DC and is comfortable with the big[...]
* The Jolley Brothers 6:30 pm
* The Jolley Brothers @ Sotto
May 5 @ 6:30 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.
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
May 5 @ 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,[...]
The Allen Carman Project 7:00 pm
The Allen Carman Project @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Al Di Meola band veterans bassist Allen Carman, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, percussionist Gumbi Ortiz and drummer Luis Alicea perform in the contemporary jazz group The Allen Carman Project.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 5 @ 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.
* Nelson Dougherty 8:00 pm
* Nelson Dougherty @ Twins Jazz
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Nelson Dougherty plays with a reverberating tone and intricate style that recalls bluegrass and more folk styles than jazz. He brings a little Bill Frisell sensibility to the D.C. scene and frequently plays with[...]
Roberta Gambarini 8:00 pm
Roberta Gambarini @ Blues Alley
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
Italian born vocalist Roberta Gambriani kicked off her US jazz career taking home a semi-finalist spot in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz contest in 1998. Since then she’s sung with everyone from Herbie Hancock[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 5 @ 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.
6
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 6 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Peter Beets Trio 8:00 pm
Peter Beets Trio @ Blues Alley
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Peter Beets performs straight-head with a little step and stride. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Tyler Leak & Freeform 8:00 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Marvin DC
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
7
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 7 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 7 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
May 7 @ 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[...]
Brian Simpson 8:00 pm
Brian Simpson @ Blues Alley
May 7 @ 8:00 pm
Contemporary and smooth jazz pianist Brian Simpson performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
8
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 8 @ 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
May 8 @ 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
May 8 @ 7:30 pm
Trumpeter Joseph Brotherton fuses hip-hop, funk, fusion, and straight-ahead.
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists of the hard-bop era – his place in history is cemented by his compositions, energetic and driving and full of hummable melodies that soar[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
May 8 @ 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 8 @ 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[...]
Ginuwine 8:00 pm
Ginuwine @ DC City Winery
May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Late-’90s R&B icon Ginuwine, born and raised in D.C., returns to his hometown to croon and swoon.
Joe Vetter Quartet 8:00 pm
Joe Vetter Quartet @ Twins Jazz
May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Joe Vetter leads a straight-ahead jazz quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Nicole Saphos 9:30 pm
Nicole Saphos @ Marx Cafe
May 8 @ 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[...]
9
Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
May 9 @ 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
May 9 @ 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.
* Shannon Gunn 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn @ Twins Jazz
May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Cogitative and crafty, the trombonist Shannon Gunn is also becoming an instigator around the D.C. jazz scene, where she runs a big band and sometimes organizes concerts. (Disclosure: They include a CapitalBop collaboration, the Jazz[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 9 @ 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[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Mary Wilson of the Supremes 8:00 pm
Mary Wilson of the Supremes @ Blues Alley
May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Mary Wilson was the longest serving original member of the Supremes, the legendary Motown vocal group that starred Diana Ross. She performs soul and R&B numbers from her decades long career. Two separate sets at[...]
Stokley of Mint Condition 8:00 pm
Stokley of Mint Condition @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Stokley Williams is best known as the lead singer of Mint Condition, a Minneapolis funk and R&B band that carries on the legacy of the Minneapolis sound created by Prince.
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
Stokley of Mint Condition 7:00 pm
Stokley of Mint Condition @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
Stokley Williams is best known as the lead singer of Mint Condition, a Minneapolis funk and R&B band that carries on the legacy of the Minneapolis sound created by Prince. Two separate sets at 7 and[...]
Zet Harris 7:30 pm
Zet Harris @ Sotto
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Saxophonist Zet Harris leads a straight-ahead group. Two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Kevin Cordt Quartet 8:00 pm
Kevin Cordt Quartet @ Mr. Henry's
May 10 @ 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[...]
Mary Wilson of the Supremes 8:00 pm
Mary Wilson of the Supremes @ Blues Alley
May 10 @ 8:00 pm
Mary Wilson was the longest serving original member of the Supremes, the legendary Motown vocal group that starred Diana Ross. She performs soul and R&B numbers from her decades long career. Two separate sets at[...]
Dial 251 9:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Twins Jazz
May 10 @ 9:00 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[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
May 10 @ 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[...]
11
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 11 @ 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
May 11 @ 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[...]
Karyn White & Keith Washington 7:00 pm
Karyn White & Keith Washington @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
R&B vocalists and hitmakers Karyn White and Keith Washington perform.
* Bill Charlap Trio 8:00 pm
* Bill Charlap Trio @ Blues Alley
May 11 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Charlap is one of the most praised pianists of the past 30 years, possessed of fastidious control and a sensitive touch on the keyboard. He performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.[...]
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul 8:00 pm
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul @ Sotto
May 11 @ 8:00 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 will be accompanied here by a small group he calls Kindred[...]
The Eddie Anderson Project 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project @ Mr. Henry's
May 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Eddie Anderson Project performs straight-ahead jazz with fusion and funk undertones.
Dial 251 9:00 pm
Dial 251 @ Twins Jazz
May 11 @ 9:00 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[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 11 @ 9:30 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.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
May 11 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
12
DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 12 @ 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.
Fred Hammond 3:00 pm
Fred Hammond @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 12 @ 3:00 pm
Fred Hammond combines his message with the more secular sounds of contemporary soul and R&B and is credited for the creation of the “Urban Praise & Worship” style. He performs a pair of shows for[...]
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio 4:00 pm
Columbia Station Jazz Jam w/ Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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[...]
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 12 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Vocalist Sharón Clark has a powerful voice and tends to sing a combination of[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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.
* Bill Charlap Trio 8:00 pm
* Bill Charlap Trio @ Blues Alley
May 12 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Charlap is one of the most praised pianists of the past 30 years, possessed of fastidious control and a sensitive touch on the keyboard. He performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.[...]
Chip Shelton 8:00 pm
Chip Shelton @ Twins Jazz
May 12 @ 8:00 pm
Flautist and saxophonist Chip Shelton performs a form of grooving jazz music that harkens back to the soul jazz made famous on U Street in the 1960s by players like Jimmy Smith and Ramsey Lewis.[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 12 @ 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.
13
Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 13 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* The Spellcasters 8:00 pm
* The Spellcasters @ Blues Alley
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Anthony Pirog, Joel Harrison and Dave Chappell are three of the areas most inventive and experimental guitarists, seeking new sounds and ideas in rock, jazz and blues forms. They perform music from their new album The[...]
14
Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 14 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 14 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
May 14 @ 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[...]
Sanjay Mishra 8:00 pm
Sanjay Mishra @ Blues Alley
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Sanjay Mishra is an Indian guitarist who blends his home country’s music traditions with those of the West. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.w
The B.B. King Blues Band 8:00 pm
The B.B. King Blues Band @ DC City Winery
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
The B.B. King Blues band backed the legendary king of blues for countless years and countless annual dates out on the road. They continue to play the king’s sharp but smooth electric blues.
15
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 15 @ 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
May 15 @ 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
May 15 @ 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
May 15 @ 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 15 @ 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[...]
Mike Phillips 8:00 pm
Mike Phillips @ Blues Alley
May 15 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz saxophonist and seasoned touring musician Mike Phillips performs. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Nicole Henry 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry @ DC City Winery
May 15 @ 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry is a jazz vocalist. Billboard Magazine wrote that Henry has “a distinctive, potent voice and she’s poised on the cusp of bigger things.”
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Rock Creek Jazz 7:00 pm
Rock Creek Jazz @ Haydee's Restaurant
May 16 @ 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
May 16 @ 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.
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 16 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 16 @ 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[...]
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
May 16 @ 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
May 16 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease 7:30 pm
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease @ Sotto
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
The drummer Quincy Phillips has an irrepressible bounce in all his playing. With the Young Lions trio, a D.C. mainstay for over 15 years, he moves throughout jazz’s decades with ease and glee. Two separate[...]
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
Jeff Dwyer 8:00 pm
Jeff Dwyer @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and crooner Jeff Dwyer performs standards, originals and pop covers.
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
May 17 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
Fran Vielma 9:30 pm
Fran Vielma @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 17 @ 9:30 pm
Multi-percussionist Fran Vielma plays with a strong command of Caribbean, Venezuelan and South American styles and forms.
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
May 17 @ 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
May 18 @ 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[...]
Julia Nixon 6:15 pm
Julia Nixon @ Mr. Henry's
May 18 @ 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
May 18 @ 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[...]
* Maceo Parker 7:30 pm
* Maceo Parker @ The Birchmere Music Hall
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
If you hear James Brown on record hollering for someone to “blow your horn!” the next thing you’re going to experience is Maceo Parker. Brown’s right-hand sax man had an irreducible funkiness to his playing—swagger[...]
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
Frankie Addison Band 8:00 pm
Frankie Addison Band @ Marvin DC
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Frankie Addison has strong roots in R&B. He leads a straight-ahead quartet through standards and originals.
JS Williams 8:00 pm
JS Williams @ Sotto
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter JS Williams likes digging into a Lee Morgan vibe. That means finding time for some swinging hard-bop playing, and more than a few lines soused in the blues. But it also means being[...]
Project Natale 9:00 pm
Project Natale @ Twins Jazz
May 18 @ 9:00 pm
Brothers Joe and Lou Natale (on bass and drums, respectively) play straight-ahead and Latin jazz with their quartet. It’s rounded out by a reputable cohort: tenor saxophonist Carl Cornwell and pianist Bob Butta. Two separate[...]
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
May 18 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Kiyem Ade 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade @ Jojos
May 18 @ 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade, formerly Keith Ailer, is an accomplished jazz vocalist.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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[...]
Paige Wroble 6:00 pm
Paige Wroble @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Lead vocalist in the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note big band, Paige Wroble Martin[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
May 19 @ 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,[...]
Rose Royce 7:00 pm
Rose Royce @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 19 @ 7:00 pm
Rose Royce topped the charts in the 1970s with a string of pop and R&B hits and have continued ever since.
Victor Dvoskin Duo 7:00 pm
Victor Dvoskin Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 19 @ 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.
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
Sea-Change 8:00 pm
Sea-Change @ Twins Jazz
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
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, improvisational[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 19 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 20 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble 7:00 pm
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble performs.
Georgetown Day School Jazz Ensemble 7:00 pm
Georgetown Day School Jazz Ensemble @ Blues Alley
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Under the direction of that irrepressible and irreplaceable saxophone stalwart Brad Linde, the Georgetown Day School Jazz Ensemble play your standard big band educational fair, but with an appreciation of jazz from Coltrane and Miles[...]
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
May 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
Edmund Burke School Jazz Ensemble 9:00 pm
Edmund Burke School Jazz Ensemble @ Blues Alley
May 20 @ 9:00 pm
Edmund Burke School Jazz Ensemble plays its annual end-of-year concert at Blues Alley.
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 21 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble 7:00 pm
Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble performs.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 21 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
May 21 @ 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[...]
Karen Linette 8:00 pm
Karen Linette @ Blues Alley
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Karen Linette performs a mix of soul and R&B. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 22 @ 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
May 22 @ 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
May 22 @ 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
May 22 @ 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 22 @ 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[...]
Steven B. 8:00 pm
Steven B. @ Blues Alley
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
A D.C. transplant from Philly, smooth sax man Steven B. plays 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
May 23 @ 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
May 23 @ 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.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 23 @ 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
May 23 @ 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,[...]
Dave Hollister 8:00 pm
Dave Hollister @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 23 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Hollister came on the R&B scene as one quarter of the beloved Blackstreet; he’s enjoyed a string of success in the R&B world as a solo act since.
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band 8:00 pm
Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band @ Blues Alley
May 23 @ 8:00 pm
This group performs the music of 70s R&B icons Earth, Wind and Fire. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
May 23 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
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* A Salute to Fred Foss 6:00 pm
* A Salute to Fred Foss @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 24 @ 6:00 pm
Charlie Young III, a vibrant horn player and educator leads a cadre of fellow D.C. jazz elders – Allyn Johnson, Steve Novosel, and Nasar Abadey – through a program to pay tribute to the dearly[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
May 24 @ 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
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
Be’la Dona 8:00 pm
Be’la Dona @ DC City Winery
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
All-female, DC-based band Be’la Dona performs a mix of go-go, jazz, R&B, soul and rock.
Dave Hollister 8:00 pm
Dave Hollister @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Hollister came on the R&B scene as one quarter of the beloved Blackstreet; he’s enjoyed a string of success in the R&B world as a solo act since.
Elin: Brazilian Quartet 8:00 pm
Elin: Brazilian Quartet @ Sotto
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
Local vocalist Elin, an occasional collaborator with DC indie royals Thievery Corporation, favors Brazilian music in her jazz repertoire.
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience 8:00 pm
Mousey Thompson’s James Brown Experience @ Blues Alley
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Mousey Thompson performs a tribute to his former employer, the Godfather of Soul, Mister Dynamite: James Brown. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Linda Harris & Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella 9:00 pm
Linda Harris & Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella @ Twins Jazz
May 24 @ 9:00 pm
Vocalist Linda Harris and pianist Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella perform standards and originals with hints of Afro-Brazilian influence. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Shannon Gunn 9:30 pm
* Shannon Gunn @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 24 @ 9:30 pm
Cogitative and crafty, the trombonist Shannon Gunn is also becoming an instigator around the D.C. jazz scene, where she runs a big band and sometimes organizes concerts. (Disclosure: They include a CapitalBop collaboration, the Jazz[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
May 24 @ 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
May 25 @ 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
May 25 @ 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[...]
Peabo Bryson 7:00 pm
Peabo Bryson @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 25 @ 7:00 pm
If you grew up watching the Disney renaissance movies of the ’90s, you probably heard Peabo Bryson crooning on the credits to films like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast singing the pop versions of hits like “A[...]
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ DC City Winery
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
Lori Williams 8:00 pm
Lori Williams @ Blues Alley
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth-voiced and soulful, Lori Williams is one of the most riveting straight-ahead jazz vocalists in D.C. She plays in Saltman Knowles, the Blackbyrds, Allyn Johnson’s Divine Order and a handful of other bands that treat[...]
Maija Rejman 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman @ Mr. Henry's
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Maija Rejman is a veteran local straight-ahead singer and frequent favorite of Mr. Henry’s.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
May 25 @ 9:00 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.
Linda Harris & Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella 9:00 pm
Linda Harris & Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella @ Twins Jazz
May 25 @ 9:00 pm
Vocalist Linda Harris and pianist Felipe Ricardo Paccagnella perform standards and originals with hints of Afro-Brazilian influence. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
James Benson Quartet 9:30 pm
James Benson Quartet @ Columbia Station
May 25 @ 9:30 pm
Guitarist James Benson leads a quartet mixing mid-century jazz, bossa nova and funk, often with the help of a guest vocalist.
Tamika Love Jones 9:30 pm
Tamika Love Jones @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 25 @ 9:30 pm
Soul singer Tamika ‘Love’ Jones takes a stab at jazz and leads her own quartet.
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DC Jazz Singers Jam 11:00 am
DC Jazz Singers Jam @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 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[...]
* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
Every Sunday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: Precocious young vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals[...]
DC Jazz Jam 6:30 pm
DC Jazz Jam @ Brixton
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 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.
* Akua Allrich “This Mother’s Daughter” 8:00 pm
* Akua Allrich “This Mother’s Daughter” @ Blues Alley
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua Allrich’s scorching, muscular music: An effervescent singer, she wields a sort of earthbound optimism. She performs a tribute to jazz vocal[...]
* Joe Pino 8:00 pm
* Joe Pino @ Twins Jazz
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Athletic and full-bore, trumpeter Joe Pino doesn’t hold back. On straight-ahead jazz standards as well as original compositions, he dives into his solos with fervor and grit. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ DC City Winery
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
Peter Edelman Trio 8:30 pm
Peter Edelman Trio @ Columbia Station
May 26 @ 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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Steve Herberman Duo 6:45 pm
Steve Herberman Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 27 @ 6:45 pm
Seven-string guitarist Steve Heberman favors a interplay of melodic and harmonic riffing not unlike Jim Hall. He performs in a duo with either a guitarist or vocalist at the Tabard Inn.
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Donato Soverio Duo 6:45 pm
Donato Soverio Duo @ Tabard Inn
May 28 @ 6:45 pm
Guitarist Donato Soverio has worked as performer, arranger, and composer around the DC area for twenty years. He performs in a duo with a rotating cast of area musicians. No cover, one drink minimum.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 28 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
May 28 @ 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[...]
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 29 @ 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
May 29 @ 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
May 29 @ 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
May 29 @ 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 29 @ 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[...]
Jazzy Mob 8:00 pm
Jazzy Mob @ Blues Alley
May 29 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz quartet Jazzy Mob performs.  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
May 30 @ 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
May 30 @ 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.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 30 @ 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[...]
Jazzy Mob 8:00 pm
Jazzy Mob @ Blues Alley
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz quartet Jazzy Mob performs.  Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
Maplewood Grille Jazz Jam @ Maplewood Grill
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Drummer Karl Anthony hosts an open jam session at this Vienna, Va. restaurant. $10 Cover, no minimum.
Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ DC City Winery
May 30 @ 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.
Michael Brandon Trio 8:00 pm
Michael Brandon Trio @ Columbia Station
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brandon performs straight-ahead in a trio.
Paul Bailey 8:00 pm
Paul Bailey @ Twins Jazz
May 30 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Paul Bailey came up through the ranks of DC’s jazz youth orchestras and now leads his own groups through standards and straight-ahead originals. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Mr. Henry's
May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Herb Scott is a young, soulful powerhouse on alto saxophone. As a bandleader, his style often veers into the over-sweetened terrain of smooth jazz, but no matter what he plays, his fleetness and conviction are[...]
* Kim Jordan 8:00 pm
* Kim Jordan @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Kim Jordan blends gospel, jazz and R&B, and has worked with the likes of Taj Mahal, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder. She was the musical director of Gil Scott-Heron’s band for many years, and[...]
Jason Yeager & Randal Despommier Quintet 9:00 pm
Jason Yeager & Randal Despommier Quintet @ Twins Jazz
May 31 @ 9:00 pm
Pianist Jason Yeager and saxophonist Randal Despommier frequently perform as a duo, playing standards and originals with a mellifluous and honey sweet straight-ahead approach. The lead a quartet through similar pacing. Two separate sets at 9[...]
Joe Falero 11:00 pm
Joe Falero @ Rumba Cafe
May 31 @ 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[...]