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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
1
* NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas 7:00 pm
* NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas @ Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
The annual holiday music, piano jazz showcase put on by National Public Radio features the luminary Jason Moran alongside young voices like James Francies and architect of American soul music Booker T. Jones. Two separate[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 1 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
2
* 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[...]
3
* 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[...]
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Finals + Gala Concert 7:30 pm
* Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Finals + Gala Concert @ Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
The three finalists of the 2018 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition perform in the competition finals before a panel of piano greats. Part of the evening’s events are also a series of performances dedicated[...]
* 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
* 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[...]
* 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[...]
* 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.
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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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[...]
* 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,[...]
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[...]
* 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 7 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
8
* 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[...]
* 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.
* Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin 8:00 pm
* Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The inventive, imaginative pianist Jason Moran, also artistic director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, presents a program of music and multimedia art highlighting the life and legacy of James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 8 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
9
* 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[...]
* Frode Gjerstad Trio, Trio OOO 8:00 pm
* Frode Gjerstad Trio, Trio OOO @ Rhizome DC
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The Norwegian alto saxophonist and clarinetist Frode Gjerstad performs sonically expansive, challenging work. His trios often play their instruments to fuller capacities, imagining the full spectrum of sound that can be conjured from wood, string, brass[...]
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.
* 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[...]
* 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
* 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[...]
* 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[...]
* 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.
12
* Paul Carr Holiday Jazz Show 6:00 pm
* Paul Carr Holiday Jazz Show @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr leads a straight-ahead group through a program of holiday classics and maybe even some twists.
* 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.
* 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
* 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[...]
14
* Vince Evans and Friends: Tribute to Lena Horne 6:00 pm
* Vince Evans and Friends: Tribute to Lena Horne @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm
The lyrical, rhythmic pianist Vince Evans leads a hard-hitting band that pays tribute to vocalist and activist Lena Horne; with the vocalists Angela Stribling, Jean DeVerne and Alicia Hetzner.
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, arguably the strongest group upholding and stretching the powers of traditional jazz, performs a program of holiday favorites.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 14 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
15
* 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[...]
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, arguably the strongest group upholding and stretching the powers of traditional jazz, performs a program of holiday favorites.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 15 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
16
* Lavenia Nesmith 6:00 pm
* Lavenia Nesmith @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm
The singer Lavenia Nesmith, who has portrayed Mahalia Jackson in one-woman shows, brings her gospel-influenced style to AJACS.
* 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.
17
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show 8:00 pm
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra commanded the Caverns every Monday night with a repertoire ranging from Count Basie to Coltrane to band members’ originals. Some truly excellent soloists strengthen the big band’s arrangements. They[...]
* 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
* 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[...]
* 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[...]
* 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.
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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
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[...]
* 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[...]
* 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.[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 21 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
22
* 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.
* 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[...]
* 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.[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 22 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
* Elijah Easton 11:45 pm
* Elijah Easton @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 11:45 pm
Elijah Easton is a fabulous straight-ahead wailer.
23
* Blacks’ Myths 7:30 pm
* Blacks’ Myths @ Black Cat Backstage
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm
DC’s Blacks’ Myths – the bassist and electronics programmer Luke Stewart (full disclosure: a co-founder of Capitalbop) and the drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup – is probably best known in other circles as the propellant, propelling[...]
24
* 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.
* 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
* 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[...]
* 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.
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.
* 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.
* 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[...]
27
* 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[...]
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.
* 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 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,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 28 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
29
* 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[...]
* 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,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Dec 29 @ 10:00 pm
Arguably the city’s best jazz trumpeter, Donvonte McCoy plays every Friday and Saturday at the hip 18th St. Lounge. He likes to mix in some funk as well during the lounge gig, and he’s liable[...]
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* 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[...]
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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[...]
* 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[...]