DC Jazz Calendar

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Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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.
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio 8:00 pm
* Chris Potter Circuits Trio @ Blues Alley
May 1 @ 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[...]
* Dana Hawkins Trio 8:00 pm
* Dana Hawkins Trio @ Bin 1301
May 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
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sullivan Fortner Trio 7:00 pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra feat. the Sullivan Fortner Trio @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Sullivan Fortner came up in Roy Hargrove’s bands but he’s become something of a jazz celebrity accompanying the stupefying  vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. He plays with a sensitive touch, always conscious of where the song is[...]
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 2 @ 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
May 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
May 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
* Lenny Robinson 9:30 pm
* Lenny Robinson @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 3 @ 9:30 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
May 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
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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
* The Jolley Brothers 6:30 pm
* The Jolley Brothers @ Sotto
May 5 @ 6:30 pm
The Jolley Brothers, Noble on keyboard and Nate on drums, draw gospel, soul and the modal bop of the 1960s into their protean, contemporary jazz sound, stamped with a slick and modish energy.
* Nelson Dougherty 8:00 pm
* Nelson Dougherty @ Twins Jazz
May 5 @ 8:00 pm
Guitarist Nelson Dougherty plays with a reverberating tone and intricate style that recalls bluegrass and more folk styles than jazz. He brings a little Bill Frisell sensibility to the D.C. scene and frequently plays with[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 7 @ 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
May 7 @ 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[...]
8
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 8 @ 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.
* Benny Golson 8:00 pm
* Benny Golson @ Blues Alley
May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Jazz luminary Benny Golson is one of the most important saxophonists of the hard-bop era – his place in history is cemented by his compositions, energetic and driving and full of hummable melodies that soar[...]
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam 8:00 pm
* Capitol Hill Jazz Jam @ Mr. Henry's
May 8 @ 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
May 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
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 9 @ 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.
* Shannon Gunn 8:00 pm
* Shannon Gunn @ Twins Jazz
May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Cogitative and crafty, the trombonist Shannon Gunn is also becoming an instigator around the D.C. jazz scene, where she runs a big band and sometimes organizes concerts. (Disclosure: They include a CapitalBop collaboration, the Jazz[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 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
* Herb Scott 6:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 10 @ 6:00 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[...]
* 24th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival [Day 1] 7:00 pm
* 24th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival [Day 1] @ Kennedy Center
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center presents its annual tribute to the spirit of prolific and powerful composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams. On night one, regal and powerful drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads Feed The Fire, a celebration of[...]
* Theo Croker 8:00 pm
* Theo Croker @ Blackrock Center for the Arts
May 10 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter and vocalist Theo Croker is a mentee of Dee Dee Bridgewater: there’s a lovely lyricism in the way he blows his horn.
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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
* Funk Parade 2019
* Funk Parade 2019 @ U Street
May 11 all-day
Funk Parade is the quintessential celebration of all things D.C. as “Washington” slowly takes over more neighborhoods and cultural landmarks of the District. Go-go, soul, jazz and hip-hop blare up and down U Street from stages,[...]
* 24th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival [Day 2] 7:00 pm
* 24th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival [Day 2] @ Kennedy Center
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Kennedy Center presents its annual tribute to the spirit of prolific and powerful composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams. On night two, performances from a pair of quartets, each led by leading female pianists.[...]
* Bill Charlap Trio 8:00 pm
* Bill Charlap Trio @ Blues Alley
May 11 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Charlap is one of the most praised pianists of the past 30 years, possessed of fastidious control and a sensitive touch on the keyboard. He performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.[...]
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul 8:00 pm
* Thad Wilson’s Kindred Soul @ Sotto
May 11 @ 8:00 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 will be accompanied here by a small group he calls Kindred[...]
* Theo Croker 8:00 pm
* Theo Croker @ THEARC
May 11 @ 8:00 pm
Trumpeter and vocalist Theo Croker is a mentee of Dee Dee Bridgewater: there’s a lovely lyricism in the way he blows his horn. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:30 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 11 @ 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
May 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
* Sharón Clark 6:00 pm
* Sharón Clark @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 12 @ 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[...]
* Bill Charlap Trio 8:00 pm
* Bill Charlap Trio @ Blues Alley
May 12 @ 8:00 pm
Bill Charlap is one of the most praised pianists of the past 30 years, possessed of fastidious control and a sensitive touch on the keyboard. He performs two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.[...]
13
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra 7:00 pm
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra @ Levine Music Silver Spring Campus
May 13 @ 7:00 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.
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
* The Spellcasters 8:00 pm
* The Spellcasters @ Blues Alley
May 13 @ 8:00 pm
Anthony Pirog, Joel Harrison and Dave Chappell are three of the areas most inventive and experimental guitarists, seeking new sounds and ideas in rock, jazz and blues forms. They perform music from their new album The[...]
14
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 14 @ 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
May 14 @ 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[...]
Sanjay Mishra 8:00 pm
Sanjay Mishra @ Blues Alley
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Sanjay Mishra is an Indian guitarist who blends his home country’s music traditions with those of the West. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.w
15
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 15 @ 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
May 15 @ 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
May 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
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 16 @ 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.
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 16 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
* Trae and the Unrehearsed 8:00 pm
* Trae and the Unrehearsed @ Bin 1301
May 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
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease 7:30 pm
* Qunicy Phillip: Chicken Grease @ Sotto
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
The drummer Quincy Phillips has an irrepressible bounce in all his playing. With the Young Lions trio, a D.C. mainstay for over 15 years, he moves throughout jazz’s decades with ease and glee. Two separate[...]
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 17 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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
* Maceo Parker 7:30 pm
* Maceo Parker @ The Birchmere Music Hall
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
If you hear James Brown on record hollering for someone to “blow your horn!” the next thing you’re going to experience is Maceo Parker. Brown’s right-hand sax man had an irreducible funkiness to his playing—swagger[...]
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
JS Williams 8:00 pm
JS Williams @ Sotto
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter JS Williams likes digging into a Lee Morgan vibe. That means finding time for some swinging hard-bop playing, and more than a few lines soused in the blues. But it also means being[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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[...]
19
* Kenny Garrett 8:00 pm
* Kenny Garrett @ Blues Alley
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
Grammy winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a penetrating sound that can be both introspective and cage-rattling. He played for five years in Miles Davis’ band in the 1980s, and ever since he has been[...]
20
* Dante Pope 8:00 pm
* Dante Pope @ Marvin
May 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dante Pope, a fabulous and multi-talented drummer and singer-songwriter with strong gospel roots, performs.
21
* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 21 @ 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
May 21 @ 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[...]
22
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 22 @ 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
May 22 @ 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
May 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
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 23 @ 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
May 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[...]
* Twins Jazz Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Twins Jazz Orchestra @ Twins Jazz
May 23 @ 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,[...]
24
* Aaron L. Myers II 8:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Mr. Henry's
May 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.
* Shannon Gunn 9:30 pm
* Shannon Gunn @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 24 @ 9:30 pm
Cogitative and crafty, the trombonist Shannon Gunn is also becoming an instigator around the D.C. jazz scene, where she runs a big band and sometimes organizes concerts. (Disclosure: They include a CapitalBop collaboration, the Jazz[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ DC City Winery
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
* Aaron L. Myers II 9:00 pm
* Aaron L. Myers II @ Bistro Bistro
May 25 @ 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
May 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
* DeAndrey Howard’s Collectors Edition 6:00 pm
* DeAndrey Howard’s Collectors Edition @ Jazz and Cultural Society
May 26 @ 6:00 pm
The area straight-ahead stalwart DeAndrey Howard plays trumpet and sometimes shouts the blues. Together with his longstanding band, Collector’s Edition, he plays standards with a friendly, inviting touch.
* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 26 @ 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 young vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals[...]
* Akua Allrich “This Mother’s Daughter” 8:00 pm
* Akua Allrich “This Mother’s Daughter” @ Blues Alley
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba are two strong influences that bubble up in Akua Allrich’s scorching, muscular music: An effervescent singer, she wields a sort of earthbound optimism. She performs a tribute to jazz vocal[...]
* Joe Pino 8:00 pm
* Joe Pino @ Twins Jazz
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Athletic and full-bore, trumpeter Joe Pino doesn’t hold back. On straight-ahead jazz standards as well as original compositions, he dives into his solos with fervor and grit. Two separate sets at 8 & 10 p.m.
* Roy Ayers 8:00 pm
* Roy Ayers @ DC City Winery
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Beloved by acid-jazz fans, hip-hop heads and disco lovers alike, vocalist and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is partial to the title “King of Neo-Soul Music.” Early in his career, Ayers’ work as an experimental jazz musician[...]
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* Tedd Baker and Friends 7:30 pm
* Tedd Baker and Friends @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 28 @ 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
May 28 @ 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[...]
29
Thad Wilson Presents… 7:00 pm
Thad Wilson Presents… @ Bakers and Baristas
May 29 @ 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
May 29 @ 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
May 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
* Marshall Keys Trio 7:30 pm
* Marshall Keys Trio @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 30 @ 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
May 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[...]
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* Lena Seikaly 6:00 pm
* Lena Seikaly @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 31 @ 6:00 pm
Precocious vocalist Lena Seikaly performs jazz standards and her own relatively straight-ahead originals with a confident and playful demeanor.
* Ralph Peterson Jr.: The Messenger Legacy 7:00 pm
* Ralph Peterson Jr.: The Messenger Legacy @ Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
The drummer Ralph Peterson was Art Blakey’s last protege in the 1980s, and he now carries on Bu’s legacy as an educator and mentor. Behind the kit, Peterson is vigorous and unrelenting, washing his band members[...]
* Herb Scott 8:00 pm
* Herb Scott @ Mr. Henry's
May 31 @ 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[...]
* Kim Jordan 8:00 pm
* Kim Jordan @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Kim Jordan blends gospel, jazz and R&B, and has worked with the likes of Taj Mahal, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder. She was the musical director of Gil Scott-Heron’s band for many years, and[...]
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet 10:00 pm
* Donvonte McCoy Quintet @ 18th St. Lounge
May 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[...]