DC Jazz Calendar

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* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 1]
* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 1] @ Phillips Collection
Jun 1 all-day
The annual soft-launch of the D.C. Jazz Festival, “Jazz N’ Family Fun Days” features some of the best jazz artists in D.C. performing all day at the Phillips Collection for absolutely free! Activities start at[...]
* Spirits Rise – Astral Spirits Festival 5:00 pm
* Spirits Rise – Astral Spirits Festival @ Rhizome DC
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm
Rhizome’s Spirits Rise Festival celebrates the work of artists on the Astral Spirits, an Austin, Texas-based label that puts out tapes and digital recordings that highlight the new generations of free jazz heavy-hitters (Disclosure: They[...]
* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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
* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 2]
* Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days [Day 2] @ Phillips Collection
Jun 2 all-day
The annual soft-launch of the D.C. Jazz Festival, “Jazz N’ Family Fun Days” features some of the best jazz artists in D.C. performing all day at the Phillips Collection for absolutely free! Activities start at[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 2 @ 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[...]
* Keyon Harrold 8:00 pm
* Keyon Harrold @ Blues Alley
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold pairs notes of Christian Scott’s smokiness with the brassy bounce of Freddie Hubbard. He leads groups that synthesizes a multitude of black music traditions, not unlike his classmates from the New School:[...]
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4
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Jamila Woods 7:30 pm
* Jamila Woods @ Union Stage
Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm
Chicago-born-and-based vocalist, rapper and poet Jamila Woods is not a member of the AACM or the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but embodies the spirit of  “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.” Her work encompasses[...]
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
5
* Hope Udobi 6:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most celebrated jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious energy,[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 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
Jun 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.
* Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 2] 8:00 pm
* Claire Rousay Rhizome Residency [Night 2] @ Rhizome DC
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm
Austin, Texas based percussionist, composer and creative improviser Claire Rousay often plays behind a drum set, but that’s where convention stops. Her performances often involve her stretching the kit’s sonic palette beyond normal imagination,  deconstructing the[...]
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 5 @ 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[...]
6
* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr 5:00 pm
* Marshall Keys and Paul Carr @ Phillips Collection
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. He joins forces with longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr to co-leads straight-ahead group.
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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.
* Feedel Band 8:00 pm
* Feedel Band @ Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Jun 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[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
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* The Jo-Go Project 6:00 pm
* The Jo-Go Project @ Gateway DC Pavilion
Jun 7 @ 6:00 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[...]
* Anat Cohen 8:00 pm
* Anat Cohen @ The Hamilton
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm
The Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen is a force in the jazz world whose international influences – especially those originating in Latin America – shine through strongly, even as she is guided by a deep knowledge[...]
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 7 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Tarus Mateen 9:30 pm
* Tarus Mateen @ Jojo's
Jun 7 @ 9:30 pm
Bassist Tarus Mateen strikes a balance between ethereal harmonic movement and deeply resonant groove. He is the first call for both Jason Moran and Marc Cary, and is known not only on the jazz scene[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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
* Jazz in the Hoods Kick-Off
* Jazz in the Hoods Kick-Off @ Anacostia Business Improvement District
Jun 8 all-day
The DC Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the Hoods series – spotlighting many of the performers and venues in the district outside the major venues of the festival – launches in Anacostia with an event co-presented[...]
* Bill Heid 6:00 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Cecile McLorin-Salvant feat. Fred Hersch 7:00 pm
* Cecile McLorin-Salvant feat. Fred Hersch @ The Hamilton
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm
Vocalist Cecile McLorin-Salvant won the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and it was vindication for jazz’s classicists: Here’s a singer with verve, virtuosity and a reverence for the classics that’s anything but deferential. McLorin-Salvant,[...]
* Herb Scott and El Jay’Em: Jazz/Hip-hop Jam 7:30 pm
* Herb Scott and El Jay’Em: Jazz/Hip-hop Jam @ We Act Radio
Jun 8 @ 7:30 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[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 8 @ 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.
* Anthony Nelson Quartet 9:00 pm
* Anthony Nelson Quartet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm
Anthony Nelson is a multi-talented reeds player, though he typically sticks to the tenor saxophone. He has a burnished, stout sound and a lightning-quick improvisational attack. He sometimes performs with a strolling trio (only bass[...]
* Bill Heid 9:30 pm
* Bill Heid @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 8 @ 9:30 pm
Bill Heid is a stalwart of the ivory keys, a dexterous player who is able to punch out powerful piano harmonies and well as settle into cool organ grooves that supplant cocktail stereotypes. A serious[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
9
* Nag Champa 2:00 pm
* Nag Champa @ Wild Days (Rooftop of EatonDC Hotel)
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
Nag Champa is a collective of DC musicians pursuing a genre-bending vision of musical future. The group is not unlike Christian Scott’s Stretch Music, bringing in elements of jazz, avant-garde-garde, hip-hop and world music influences[...]
* Akua Allrich 6:00 pm
* Akua Allrich @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Jun 9 @ 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: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua[...]
* Celebrating Randy Weston 7:30 pm
* Celebrating Randy Weston @ Kennedy Center - Family Theater
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
A supergroup featuring pianist Vijay Iyer, Marc Cary and Rodney Kendrick performs in tribute to NEA Jazz Master and Pan-Africanism apostle Randy Weston. Joining the pianists is the rhythm section made up of Alex Blake, T.K.[...]
* Hailu Mergia 7:30 pm
* Hailu Mergia @ The Hamilton
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Hailu Mergia was one of Ethiopia’s most popular keyboardists during the country’s music boom in the early ’70s – part of the afrobeat explosion that also saw the rise of Fela Kuti in Nigeria. Mergia[...]
* Hip/Bop Convergence 7:30 pm
* Hip/Bop Convergence @ Honfleur Gallery
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Anacostia-based poet and arts activist Terrence Nicholson pairs up with three of the D.C. jazz scene’s finest – the strong, bluesy sax man Marshall Keys, funky pianist  Federico Peña and drummer Mark Prince – to[...]
* Kristin Callahan 8:00 pm
* Kristin Callahan @ Twins Jazz
Jun 9 @ 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. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
10
* Amy K Bormet Trio 6:00 pm
* Amy K Bormet Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Amy K. Bormet, a versatile pianist and vocalist (and founder of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival) is fluent in both straight-ahead and more conceptual, avant jazz.
* Samuel Prather feat. Akua Allrich 6:00 pm
* Samuel Prather feat. Akua Allrich @ Ivy City Smokehouse
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Prather is a human jukebox, a man of incalculable riffs, grooves and licks. He draws from a deep well of influences that range from Roy Ayers and Anthony Hamilton to Chuck Brown and[...]
* Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ Ensemble 8:00 pm
* Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ Ensemble @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jun 10 @ 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. He teams up with Australian trumpeter and composer Elliot[...]
11
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
12
* Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress 7:00 pm
* Finding Strayhorn: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn Collection at the Library of Congress @ Library of Congress, Mumford Room, James Madison Building
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm
In November 2018, the Library of Congress announced it acquired a collection of Billy Strayhorn’s historical documents – over 18,000 papers – that range from manuscripts to financial accounts during his time as one of[...]
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 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
Jun 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 12 @ 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[...]
* Dante Pope’s “Donuts and JIVE” 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope’s “Donuts and JIVE” @ Songbyrd Music House
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, brings together collaborators from across the country for his new project “Donuts and JIVE” which fuses the jazzy production of hip-hop icon[...]
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* Elijah Jamal Balbed 6:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ University of the District of Columbia
Jun 13 @ 6:00 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[...]
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 7:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ United States National Arboretum
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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
* Dante Pope Trio 6:00 pm
* Dante Pope Trio @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor 6:00 pm
* Reginald Cyntje: Rise of the Protestor @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 14 @ 6:00 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. His new work Rise of the Protester puts forth[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* William Hooker 8:00 pm
* William Hooker @ Rhizome DC
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm
The avant-garde drummer and sonic contourist William Hooker is as interested in texture as he is in percussion. His music rumbles, trembles and tenses; it can pulse with real urgency, without charging toward any particular[...]
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 14 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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
* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 1]
* DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf [Day 1] @ District Wharf
Jun 15 all-day
The D.C. Jazz Festival’s second, and culminating, weekend features a smorgasbord of performances across two stages at the D.C. Wharf. The transit pier amphitheater and the district pier stage will each host a mix of[...]
* Elijah Jamal Balbed 12:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ The Kreeger Museum
Jun 15 @ 12:00 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[...]
* 2019 DCJazzPrix Finals 2:30 pm
* 2019 DCJazzPrix Finals @ Pearl Street Warehouse
Jun 15 @ 2:30 pm
The DCJazzPrix seeks to find a new great talent in jazz; it’s not the Monk – now Herbie Hancock – competition in terms of prestige, but does offer opportunities to still hustling jazz artists. D.C.[...]
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble 3:00 pm
* Kenny Rittenhouse Ensemble @ Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Kenny Rittenhouse has led ensembles of various sizes around the DC-Maryland area for two decades, and is a member of many others (including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra). Rittenhouse specializes hard-bop a la Art Blakey[...]
* Alison Crockett 6:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 15 @ 6:00 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[...]
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes 7:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn & The Bullettes @ Galley O on H
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
Led by Shannon Gunn, a talented trombonist and teacher whose become a major player in the D.C. jazz scene, this all-female big band plays traditional tunes as well as original material. 
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement 8:00 pm
* Mark G. Meadows & The Movement @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Mark Meadows is one of the fast-climbing talents on the D.C. jazz scene. He pulls sound from the keys with sharp, keen soulfulness, and writes melodies that are tight and savvy. With his[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet 9:00 pm
* John Russell Lamkin III Qunitet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm
The son of UMD Jazz Studies prof and trumpeter John Lamkin II, hard-driving drummer and Baltimorean John R. Lamkin III plays straight-ahead in a quintet. Two separate sets at 9 pm and 11:00 p.m.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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
* Elijah Jamal Balbed: Father’s Day Tribute to Fred Foss 3:00 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed: Father’s Day Tribute to Fred Foss @ Seafarers Yacht Club
Jun 16 @ 3:00 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[...]
* David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar Duo 5:00 pm
* David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar Duo @ Rhizome DC
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm
It’s easy to talk about the way jazz developed in the 1970s and ’80s without mentioning saxophonist David Murray, and many have done it – it was a quicksilver time for the music, and there’s[...]
Eric Byrd Trio 6:00 pm
Eric Byrd Trio @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm
Vocalist and pianist Eric Byrd sings in a silky croon that’s not too far from Nat “King” Cole – but with more soul and gospel influence. He performs regularly with his trio, featuring Bhagwan Khalsa[...]
* Chad Carter 6:30 pm
* Chad Carter @ Sotto
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm
Chad Carter, a vocalist born and raised in the District, pours his syrupy and evocative tenor into renditions of jazz standards and straight-ahead renditions of pop hits from the 1970s. Two separate sets at 6:30[...]
* The Azar Lawrence Experience 8:00 pm
* The Azar Lawrence Experience @ Blues Alley
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
The incendiary tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence is principally indebted to John Coltrane, and has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis. Here he leads a straight-ahead quartet. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
17
* Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed, Jason Moran: Discussions of the Sonic Imagination 6:00 pm
* Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed, Jason Moran: Discussions of the Sonic Imagination @ Hirshhorn Museum - Ring Auditorium
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm
Artist Theaster Gates presents Processions, a series of performances dedicated to exploring the full extent of African-American art and expression. Discussions of Sonic Imaginations, the culminating event in Processions, features some of both the D.C. jazz scene’s[...]
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path 8:00 pm
* Marshall Keys & The Soulful Path @ Blues Alley
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm
Marshall Keys’ saxophone can sing the blues or swing to the rhythms of bebop with a laid-back sense of cool. A fluid, graceful player, Keys drapes his aesthetic over an ensemble with gentle authority; presumably,[...]
18
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
19
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 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
Jun 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 19 @ 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[...]
20
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* Integriti Reeves 8:00 pm
* Integriti Reeves @ Blues Alley
Jun 20 @ 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. Two separate[...]
* The Radiohead Jazz Project 8:00 pm
* The Radiohead Jazz Project @ Sotto
Jun 20 @ 8:00 pm
Bobby Muncy is a saxophonist with chops, conviction and the drive to make jazz feel fresh. He hopscotches between jazz covers of Radiohead, swinging renditions of his bandmates’ tunes, and his own skronky original compositions. Here[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
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* Mavis Waters: Georgia on My Mind! 6:00 pm
* Mavis Waters: Georgia on My Mind! @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
The astounding vocalist Mavis Waters performs with an all star group.
* Greg Boyer Peloton 7:30 pm
* Greg Boyer Peloton @ Sotto
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Trombonist Greg Boyer has worked with Parliament-Funkadelic, Stanley Clarke, Prince and many other stars. He’s also a member of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and a popular sideman on the D.C. jazz scene. Here the[...]
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
* Thad Wilson 9:30 pm
* Thad Wilson @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 21 @ 9:30 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[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
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* Sam Prather GO 4tet 8:00 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Jun 22 @ 8:00 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[...]
* Wallace Roney Quintet 8:00 pm
* Wallace Roney Quintet @ Blues Alley
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bop trumpeter Wallace Roney was one of the few horn players lucky enough to study directly at the feet of Miles Davis; he plays with the deft attack of Miles in his peak post-bop years.[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
Jun 22 @ 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.
* Jessica Boykin-Settles 9:30 pm
* Jessica Boykin-Settles @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 22 @ 9:30 pm
Jessica Boykin-Settles is a widely respected vocalist and a professor at Howard University who has mentored a handful of the city’s fine young singers. Her approach is possessed of a firm, affirmative delicateness, and she[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
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* Empirical 7:00 pm
* Empirical @ Rhizome DC
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm
The U.K. quartet Empirical plays kinetic acoustic jazz clearly inspired by a certain ’60s angular post-bop sound. The group always feels in motion, ever-shifting, never staying in the same rhythm, cadence or melodic musing for long.[...]
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* Jazz ‘N More At The Port 7:00 pm
* Jazz ‘N More At The Port @ Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine by Don Berto's Kitchen
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm
Port-au-Prince Haitian Cuisine in Silver Spring hosts some of the finest jazz musicians in the DMV every Tuesday night. The house band consists of keyboardist Federico Peña, drummer Mark Prince and bassist Tarus Mateen.
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
Jun 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
Jun 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[...]
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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
Jun 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
Jun 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.
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
Jun 26 @ 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
Jun 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.
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
Jun 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[...]
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* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
Jun 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.
* Joe Herrera’s Remix 8:00 pm
* Joe Herrera’s Remix @ Marvin DC
Jun 28 @ 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.
* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 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,[...]
* Leigh Pilzer 9:30 pm
* Leigh Pilzer @ Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm
Leigh Pilzer, who is arguably the city’s best baritone saxophonist, leads a group through her own swinging tunes and arrangements.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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[...]
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* Michael Thomas Quintet 9:00 pm
* Michael Thomas Quintet @ Twins Jazz
Jun 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,[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
Jun 29 @ 9:30 pm
Vocalist and pianist Aaron Myers tugs jazz standards down into cozy, soul-warming territory. He also writes his own tunes, often with a heavy blues influence.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
Jun 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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* Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of Washington, DC Arts Venues 2:00 pm
* Space Was the Place: An Abbreviated History of Washington, DC Arts Venues @ National Gallery of Art - East Building Auditorium
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm
Before Capitalbop, before Rhizome DC, before Capital Fringe – hell, before the 9:30 Club – d.c. space was the one-stop place to see some of the most forward-thinking music created in and brought to the[...]