DC Jazz Calendar

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* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 1 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist 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
Jan 1 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
2
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Feedel Band may be the leading Ethio-jazz group in a town with one of the world’s most vibrant Ethiopian expat populations. It grooves at mid-tempo, toggling between sultry and entrancing; the seven-piece band of ruggedly[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jan 2 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
3
* Vince Evans Jazz Experience 6:00 pm
* Vince Evans Jazz Experience @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm
Lyrical straight-ahead pianist Vince Evans performs with a reverence to the sweet sounds of classic piano jazz. He performs with a quartet of area all-star elder statesmen like bassist James King and trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 3 @ 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[...]
4
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Imani-Grace Cooper 9:30 pm
* Imani-Grace Cooper @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 4 @ 9:30 pm
Imani-Grace Cooper is a celebrated vocalist in the area, equally adept at holding it down with a go-go group, singing jazz standards or belting R&B. She’s been experimenting recently with her own group, the Big[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 4 @ 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[...]
5
* Michael Bowie 6:00 pm
* Michael Bowie @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm
Bassist Michael Bowie is a chameleon-like musician, moving between projects every couple of years. He’s always exploring some new musical avenue, whether putting together a swinging program of standards culled from films of the ’40s[...]
* Corcoran Holt 7:30 pm
* Corcoran Holt @ DC City Winery
Jan 5 @ 7:30 pm
Bassist Corcoran Holt began his musical career in DC as a 4 year old, learing African percussion on the djembe. He later switched to bass but kept that deep feeling of groove; its brought him[...]
6
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
7
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
8
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist 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
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
9
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
10
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 10 @ 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[...]
11
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Bill Heid 6:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid, maybe the most prominent master of the Hammond B-3 in Washington, D.C., boasts a storied resume that includes stints with jazz and blues icons like Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and David[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 11 @ 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[...]
12
13
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
14
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
15
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist 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
Jan 15 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
16
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
17
* Jazz Night in D.C. 21st Anniversary Celebration 6:00 pm
* Jazz Night in D.C. 21st Anniversary Celebration @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm
Last year Westminster Presbyterian, D.C.’s “jazz church,” celebrated 20 years of its landmark Friday “Jazz Night in D.C.” series. Some of D.C.’s straight-ahead elders gather this night on the pulpit to celebrate “Jazz Night’s” third[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 17 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 17 @ 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[...]
18
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Jazzmeia Horn 7:30 pm
* Jazzmeia Horn @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
At age 28, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn boasts some pretty impressive credentials, including winning the 2013 Sarah Vaughan and 2015 Thelonious Monk jazz competitions. She sings standards with a powerful, earthy tone that draws heavily on[...]
* Salim Washington 9:00 pm
* Salim Washington @ Twins Jazz
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm
Saxophonist Salim Washington is one of those strong musicians who inexplicably fell through the cracks of mainstream success; but he has a passionate following for his vision of jazz, heavily rooted in mid-20th century bop,[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 18 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers was born in Houston, Texas, and the baritone twang of his accent gives his performances a kind of swing that’s almost as much country and blues as it is jazz.[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 18 @ 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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20
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band 8:00 pm
* New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band @ Blues Alley
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
Under the direction of veteran percussionist Joe McCarthy, the Afro-Bop Alliance performs an infectious mix of heavily grooving Afro-Cuban jazz. The Latin Grammy-winning ensemble expands to a big band for this performance. Two separate sets[...]
21
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
22
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist 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
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
23
* Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet: Karma Suite 7:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet: Karma Suite @ Kennedy Center - Studio K
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm
Saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed was born and raised in Silver Spring and is a consummate student of the D.C. music scene: He’s equally comfortable blowing some burnished, buoyant hard-bop as he is grooving in the[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
24
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm
Sharón Clark is perhaps the most powerful jazz vocalist in Washington, D.C. She belts Great American songbook standards and soars over lush arrangements created by her regular pianist Chris Grasso. She performs at D.C.’s jazz church[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 24 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 24 @ 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[...]
25
* Steve Arnold Quartet 6:00 pm
* Steve Arnold Quartet @ SPIN
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm
Steve Arnold is at the very start of his career, but he’s already a go-to sideman for many prominent leaders in the District. His original compositions suggest stories set in the open fields of his[...]
* Wallace Roney 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney @ Blues Alley
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Wallace Roney is one of those cats that got the classic bop jazz education. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School before studying at Howard and the Berklee College of Music and went on[...]
* Heidi Martin 9:30 pm
* Heidi Martin @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 25 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist Heidi Martin is one of D.C.’s treasures: She emits messages complex but clear, with an essence of mourning and resilience that hints at Billie Holiday and a quavering force not unlike Joni Mitchell’s. But[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 25 @ 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[...]
26
* Todd Marcus Quartet 6:00 pm
* Todd Marcus Quartet @ Takoma Station
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm
Todd Marcus may be the most prominent bass clarinetist in modern jazz. The Baltimore-based composer, bandleader and activist makes a strong case for why the instrument deserves more recognition; whether he’s coxing out deep melancholy[...]
27
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session 8:00 pm
* Mashup Mondays and Jam Session @ Homestead Food
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
Every week at Petworth’s Homestead, the genre-blurring guitarist Dave Manley seeks to mix together people from various pockets of the D.C. music scene. Both those sitting in and the house band (which changes weekly) regularly[...]
28
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm
Tedd Baker is not only a staple on the D.C. jazz scene, but also one of the horn players in the military band Airmen of Note. His tone on the tenor saxophone is well-polished, light[...]
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & the Firebird Organ Trio @ Columbia Station
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm
Trombonist Shannon Gunn is an imaginative musician and frequent bandleader at venues across D.C. She can be found on Tuesdays at Columbia Station, reworking bop classics in an organ-trio format and at other times leading[...]
29
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Vocalist Aaron Myers and saxophonist 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
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm
Dana Hawkins is that rare kind of musician who doesn’t just catch your attention: He commands it. If you’ve ever been in the room with Hawkins on drums when the late set was just starting at Service[...]
30
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm
Outside of D.C., Warren “Trae” Crudup is maybe best known for conjuring swirling thunder behind James Brandon Lewis’s spiritual wail in the latter’s trio. When he’s behind the kit with his own group, the Unknown, Trae[...]
31
* Thad Wilson Quintet 6:00 pm
* Thad Wilson Quintet @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm
Trumpeter Thad Wilson has been a presence on the D.C. jazz scene, and a cornerstone of the straight-ahead jazz circles. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn in a highly lyrical, almost romantic style. He’s as comfortable[...]
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists from the hard-bop era. In his run with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, in Lionel Hampton’s band, and as a leader of the famous Jazztet[...]
* Joe Herrera Quartet 9:30 pm
* Joe Herrera Quartet @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jan 31 @ 9:30 pm
Lyrical trumpeter Joe Herrera is best known in D.C. for co-leading the now-itinerant Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as well as leading his own  genre-blurring group The Remix. He leads a straight-ahead quartet at Jojo Restaurant.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jan 31 @ 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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