DC Jazz Calendar

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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 2 @ 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
Apr 2 @ 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
Apr 3 @ 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
Apr 3 @ 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
Apr 3 @ 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[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 4 @ 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.
* Antonio Sánchez & Migration 8:00 pm
* Antonio Sánchez & Migration @ AMP by Strathmore
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
The drummer and composer Antonio Sánchez is perhaps best known to popular audiences for scoring the Oscar-winning film Birdman; jazz crowds will recognize his work behind the kit in the current iteration of the Pat Metheny Group.[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Apr 4 @ 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
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
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* Tomeka Reid Stringtet 7:00 pm
* Tomeka Reid Stringtet @ Milkboy Arthouse
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm
Cellist Tomeka Reid grew up in the D.C. area but has since established herself as a guiding force on Chicago’s storied experimental jazz scene. At once broad and brittle, patient and surging, her playing achieves[...]
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT 7:30 pm
* Henry Threadgill: Double Up Plays Double Up Plus (DC) **SOLD OUT @ Kennedy Center
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Description:Since the late 1970s, the alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill has been synonymous with a certain sort of switchblade-wielding, gravity-flouting avant-garde performance. One-third of the famed trio Air, perhaps the 1980s’ most lauded free-jazz group, he[...]
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out” 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out” @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde leads a small-combo through avant-garde re-imaginings of 1920s, traditional jazz standards. The group also celebrates the release of its debut album There’ll Be SOME Changes Made.
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker 9:00 pm
* Maria Grand / Ava Mendoza / John Dikeman / Sarah Hughes+Jenny Moon Tucker @ Rhizome DC
Apr 5 @ 9:00 pm
Maria Grand is a rising voice in the creative music world, having worked on projects with luminaries like bandleader Steve Coleman, guitarists Miles Okazaki and Mary Halvorson (with whom she plays now in Code Girl)[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Apr 5 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 5 @ 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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* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) 7:00 pm
* Vijay Iyer Sextet (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Family Theater
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm
Pianist, composer and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer leads his venerated sextet in two sets. The band features some of the most intriguing creative musicians on the scene, including bassist Stephan Crump, cornetist Graham Haynes and[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
* Chucho Valdés 8:00 pm
* Chucho Valdés @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés carries the torch for a more traditional sound in Afro-Cuban jazz. His touch on the piano is often light, even as a soloist, ceding space as a bandleader to let the[...]
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 6 @ 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[...]
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ The Alex Cocktail Bar & Speakeasy
Apr 6 @ 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: Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah[...]
* Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton 8:00 pm
* Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ Music Center at Strathmore
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy award winning vocalist Lisa Fischer is probably best known as one of the Rolling Stones’ long tenured backing vocalists, and Mick Jagger’s duet partner. She’s also a prolific session musician whose toured with Nine[...]
* Reginald Cyntje 9:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje @ Twins Jazz
Apr 6 @ 9:00 pm
Reginald Cyntje, arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player, writes sloping, danceable compositions. His unhurried improvisation style taps long-held feelings, and lulls you into exhilaration. Two separate sets at 9 and 11 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 6 @ 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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* Haimovitz-Iyer Duo 3:30 pm
* Haimovitz-Iyer Duo @ National Gallery of Art - West Building, West Garden Court
Apr 7 @ 3:30 pm
Virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz performs with venerated pianist, composer and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer. The pair perform a program that ranges from Iyer’s own catalog and J.S. Bach, a favorite of Haimovitz, to Zakir Hussain and[...]
* Brownout (DC) 6:00 pm
* Brownout (DC) @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm
Brownout perform super-heavy psychedelic Latin funk that also draws influences from wide-and-far: break dancing, James Brown, hip-hop and heavy metal. The group reached a level of national acclaim in 2014 when their one-off performance of[...]
* Buster Williams “Something More” 8:00 pm
* Buster Williams “Something More” @ Blues Alley
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm
The bassist Buster Williams is hard-bop royalty. Known for his precise technique and commanding swing, Williams performed with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea and so many others, and since the mid-1970s has led a[...]
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* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Marvin DC
Apr 8 @ 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[...]
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* Afro-Blue & the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (JAM) 12:40 pm
* Afro-Blue & the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (JAM) @ Howard University - Ira Airdge Theater
Apr 9 @ 12:40 pm
Afro-Blue, Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, gathers some of the finest, young vocalists that the District has to offer. Under the director of its longtime leader Professor Fred Irby III, the Howard University Jazz Ensembles is[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 9 @ 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
Apr 9 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 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
Apr 10 @ 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[...]
Brad Linde’s Therapy Band 8:00 pm
Brad Linde’s Therapy Band @ Twins Jazz
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde performs piano standards by Bud Powell, Monk and more with his “Therapy Band. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 11 @ 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.
* Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes 8:00 pm
* Jon Collin & Sarah Hughes @ Rhizome DC
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
British guitarist John Collin takes inspiration from blues, drones and the natural world, among other sources, to craft his improvisations. He performs in a duo with area saxophonist and creative musician Sarah Hughes. A longtime fixture[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Oliver Lake’s Trio 3 8:00 pm
* Oliver Lake’s Trio 3 @ National Gallery of Art
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Iconic saxophonist, bandleader and composer Oliver Lake leads a trio of his contemporaries: the malleable and formidable bassist Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille, one of the most fearless experimenters in the history of the drum[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
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* Afro-Blue 6:00 pm
* Afro-Blue @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm
Afro-Blue, Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble, gathers some of the finest, young vocalists that the District has to offer.  
* Brent Birckhead 7:30 pm
* Brent Birckhead @ Sotto
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm
If you’ve been to one of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra’s shows, you’ve noticed Brent Birckhead. He’s the sharply dressed alto saxophonist who sits swaying and rooting and smiling beatifically in the front row while[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
* Robert Glasper Trio 8:00 pm
* Robert Glasper Trio @ DC City Winery
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm
Robert Glasper is one of the defining figure heads of the current moment in jazz. Whether with his electronic band, the Experiment, or his acoustic jazz trio, Glasper blends the cadences of hip-hop, soul and[...]
* Tim Whalen Septet 9:00 pm
* Tim Whalen Septet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 12 @ 9:00 pm
The pianist, composer and arranger Tim Whalen puts none of those roles above the other: He’s a fierce improviser with debt to the bebop greats; he also writes magnificent, interleaved pieces for mid-size ensemble.  Two[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 12 @ 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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* Lisa Sokolov Duo 3:00 pm
* Lisa Sokolov Duo @ Rhizome DC
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Lisa Sokolov presents extravagant vocals and rambunctious piano playing as a part of Transparent Productions’ series at Rhizome DC. Selecting material from a songbook that spans diverse vocal stars, she sings vivid and layered interpretations.
* Deacon Izzy 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy @ Sotto
Apr 13 @ 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’s. Two separate[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
Trouble Funk Official CD Release Party 8:00 pm
Trouble Funk Official CD Release Party @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm
Under the direction of bassist and vocalist Big Tony, Trouble Funk was one of the defining go-go groups to emerge immediately in the wake of Chuck Brown. They’re more synth driven sound is a bit[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 13 @ 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.
* Tim Whalen Septet 9:00 pm
* Tim Whalen Septet @ Twins Jazz
Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm
The pianist, composer and arranger Tim Whalen puts none of those roles above the other: He’s a fierce improviser with debt to the bebop greats; he also writes magnificent, interleaved pieces for mid-size ensemble.  Two[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 13 @ 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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* Blues In Orbit / One Giant Leap 6:00 pm
* Blues In Orbit / One Giant Leap @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues, the premiere jazz ensemble of the United States Army, performs a program of special material to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. First, the Army Blues plays[...]
* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 14 @ 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 vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with[...]
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration 8:00 pm
* Jason and Alicia Hall Moran: ‘Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration @ Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Jason Moran, an irrepressible pianist and experimentalist, and Alicia Hall Moran, a fabulous mezzo-soprano, find commonality in hidden places. Here they debut a new work exploring the Great Migration of the early 20th century. It[...]
* Monty Alexander 8:00 pm
* Monty Alexander @ Blues Alley
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm
Veteran pianist Monty Alexander uses jazz as a canvas; music from the Caribbean, American cities, and various other cultures around the globe are his colors. In collaborations with the likes of Ray Brown and Milt[...]
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* 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert 8:00 pm
* 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
The Kennedy Center hosts an all-star tribute concert to the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters: cool jazz pianist Bob Dorough, prolific critic, writer and Jazz at Lincoln Center brain-trust member Stanley Crouch, big band experimentalist Maria Schneider[...]
* Eliot Seppa 8:00 pm
* Eliot Seppa @ Marvin DC
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm
Eliot Seppa is a rising talent on the bass, holding his own in a bassist-heavy town. In the past years, his broad, bounding sound has grown up; he now plays with the an assurance often[...]
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* Abdullah Ibrahim Masterclass (JAM) 12:40 pm
* Abdullah Ibrahim Masterclass (JAM) @ Howard University - Childers Recital Hall
Apr 16 @ 12:40 pm
South African piano titan Abdullah Ibrahim helped pioneer the jazz scene in his homeland. As a member of the Jazz Epistles, the first, recorded South African bebop group, along with departed trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Ibrahim brought[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 16 @ 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
Apr 16 @ 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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* Kris Funn & Cornerstore 7:00 pm
* Kris Funn & Cornerstore @ Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm
D.C.-based, internationally-touring bassist and composer Kris Funn debuted his band Corner Store at the DC Jazz Loft back in January 2012. The band mingles blues and jazz with hip-hop and gospel, creating a rollicking sound[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Apr 17 @ 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
Apr 17 @ 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
Apr 17 @ 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[...]
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* Capital Jazz 7:30 pm
* Capital Jazz @ The Mansion At Strathmore
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm
Local producer and musician Ken Avis presents “Capital Jazz,” a celebration of some of the great musicians leading the D.C. jazz scene on documented on the “Capital Jazz” compilation album. The line-up for the Capital[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 18 @ 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.
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Apr 18 @ 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
Apr 18 @ 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,[...]
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* Aaron Goldberg Trio 8:00 pm
* Aaron Goldberg Trio @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Aaron Goldberg is at the heart of New York’s modern mainstream jazz scene. His playing displays a wily unpredictability reminiscent of Thelonious Monk’s, restlessly re-combining rhythm and harmony in an engaging, exciting way. While[...]
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who leads the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, plays at Marvin’s with his fusion group Remix.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 19 @ 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[...]
20
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
* Jazzmeia Horn 8:00 pm
* Jazzmeia Horn @ Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
The winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn shares the savory depth of Vaughan, as well as the verve of higher-pitched[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Jojo's Restaurant & Bar
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm
In Kristin Callahan’s wary alto, light slips subtly through darkening blinds. She sings jazz standards with a brooding, straight-ahead combo.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 20 @ 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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* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 21 @ 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[...]
* Arturo Sandoval 8:00 pm
* Arturo Sandoval @ Blues Alley
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Arturo Sandoval, a spirited and technically stunning trumpet player, played for a while in the 1970s with the legendary Afro-Cuban ensemble Irakere and moved on to a preeminent solo career. Renowned for his velocity and[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 23 @ 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[...]
* Andrew White Quartet 8:00 pm
* Andrew White Quartet @ Blues Alley
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm
Andrew White is one of D.C.’s foremost exponents of the jazz tradition, an embodiment of its historic blend of innovation and preservation. He’s a historian and channeler of John Coltrane, having transcribed 650 of the[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 23 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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[...]
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* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 25 @ 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
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
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* Thad Wilson 6:00 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Apr 26 @ 6:00 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 leads a tribute to the big band leader and vocalist Billy[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Apr 26 @ 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.
* Ameen Saleem 8:00 pm
* Ameen Saleem @ Jojo's Restaurant and Bar
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ameen Saleem became known around the world for laying down the singing basslines that anchored many of the late Roy Hargrove’s project over the last several years. He leads his own small combo here.
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Sotto
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Integriti Reeves is enamored with the work of classic jazz vocalists like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s Billie Holiday that Reeves emulates the most, singing ballads with a sibilant, brooding tone.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 26 @ 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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* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Apr 27 @ 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.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Apr 27 @ 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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* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Apr 28 @ 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: Allison Crockett blends neo-soul; new-school, uptown jazz; and city blues into something that’s logically[...]
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* U.S. Army Blues 6:00 pm
* U.S. Army Blues @ Kennedy Center
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
The U.S. Army Blues is the army’s official jazz band and the military discipline reflects in their tight performance.
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (JAM) 8:00 pm
* Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival (JAM) @ University of the District of Columbia - Auditorium (Theatre of the Arts—Bldg. 46-East)
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The Calvin Jones Big Band Festival is the cap off to UDC’s (and the wider academic jazz community of DC) celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. The UDC Jazz Ensemble under direction of Allyn Johnson, the[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Apr 30 @ 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[...]
* Charles Rahmat Woods & the DC Love Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Charles Rahmat Woods & the DC Love Orchestra @ Rhizome DC
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist and flautist Charles Rahmat Woods regularly performs straight-ahead jazz at restaurants and bars, but in his heart there’s always a smoldering love for the avant-garde. The bright, bracing soprano specialist leads the DC Love Orchestra[...]
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio 8:00 pm
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio @ Blues Alley
Apr 30 @ 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Apr 30 @ 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[...]