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Please note: our listings calendar for December is not yet complete due to unforeseen delays. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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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[...]
Michael Gude 8:00 pm
Michael Gude @ Mr. Henry's
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
The vocalist Michael Gude is a veteran of the DC circuit; he’s performed in clubs, bars and even inauguration balls.
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[...]
2
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.
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Semifinals 12:00 pm
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Semifinals @ Baird Auditorium - National Museum of Natural History
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz presents the 2018 international jazz piano competition. 14 semi-finalists, who come from near and far, from Julliard and Florida to Armenia and Israel, perform before a panel of giants[...]
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,[...]
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.
3
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
4
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.
5
* 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.
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.
* 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.
6
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.
N’Kenge 6:00 pm
N’Kenge @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
Broadway singer N’Kenge mixes Motown soul, jazz standards and more into her holiday setlist.
* Lecture: Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin 7:30 pm
* Lecture: Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin @ Gonda Theater - Georgetown University
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, co-presents a lecture with cinematographer  Bradford Young based around their new multimedia work centered on the oft-unexamined legacy Lieutenant James Reese[...]
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[...]
7
* 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[...]
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
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[...]
8
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[...]
* Jason Moran: History of James Reese Europe 6:00 pm
* Jason Moran: History of James Reese Europe @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, gives a performance lecture based around his new multimedia work centered on the oft-unexamined legacy Lieutenant James Reese Europe, leader of[...]
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.
9
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.
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,[...]
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.
10
* Dante Pope 5:30 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin DC
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
Merry Tubachristmas! 6:00 pm
Merry Tubachristmas! @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm
DC’s All-Tuba Big Band Ensemble returns for its 45th annual holiday performance.
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
11
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.
12
* 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.
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.
* 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.
13
Trey Sorrells 5:30 pm
Trey Sorrells @ Marvin DC
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm
The saxophonist Trey Sorrells is gaining a reputation as something of a mainstay in the Richmond jazz scene. He plays straight-ahead influenced by the more rounded and elastic tones of Grover Washington Jr.
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.
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[...]
14
Dayramir Gonzalez 6:00 pm
Dayramir Gonzalez @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm
The Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez performs a variety of styles to highlight his home’s rich musical heritage.
Michael Price 6:00 pm
Michael Price @ Columbia Station
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pianist Michael Price performs straight-ahead.
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[...]
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[...]
15
Lena Horne: Jazz Voice to Political Activist (TAJ) 1:00 pm
Lena Horne: Jazz Voice to Political Activist (TAJ) @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm
Jazz writer, photographer and historian Patricia Willard presents a talk on Lena Horne’s transition from captivating jazz singer to charged voice of political activism. Part of Westminster Jazz Night’s “Thinking About Jazz” series.
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.
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.
16
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,[...]
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.
17
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
18
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.
19
* 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.
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.
* 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.
20
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[...]
21
* 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.
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[...]
22
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[...]
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy & the Congregation @ Marvin DC
Dec 22 @ 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.
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.
23
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.
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,[...]
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.
24
Beltway Brass 12:00 pm
Beltway Brass @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Beltway Brass quintet play more swinging less chamber jazz arrangements of classic jazz standards. Here the group presents a holiday program on Christmas Eve.
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
25
Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd leads a Christmas day jam session with some of DC’s local jazz veterans: drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores King Williams.
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.
26
* 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.
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.
* 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.
27
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.
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[...]
28
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 5:30 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
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.
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[...]
29
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[...]
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.
30
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,[...]
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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* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mixtape Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead Food, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together members of various pockets of the D.C. music scene. The house band at these Monday shows-cum-jams typically includes Mark Meadows[...]
* The Jo-Go Project 10:00 pm
* The Jo-Go Project @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed came up in the D.C. area, the rare ’90s baby enamored with the jazz greats. But he couldn’t help picking up some hometown music pride along the way—and for[...]