DC Jazz Calendar

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Please note: our listings calendar for December is not yet complete due to unforeseen delays. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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A Redd Christmas 8:00 pm
A Redd Christmas @ The Hamilton
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
Chuck Redd, a deft and lyrical vibraphonist, performs a special holiday set.
Kenny G 8:00 pm
Kenny G @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
World-famous smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G will perform tunes from his holiday albums.
Veronneau “Snowtime” 8:00 pm
Veronneau “Snowtime” @ Blues Alley
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm
The Virginia-based quartet Veronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she sings[...]
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A Chaise Lounge Christmas 8:00 pm
A Chaise Lounge Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm
In Chaise Lounge’s music, bossa nova meshes with other forms of classic pop. The sextet features Marilyn Older on vocals, Charlie Barnett on guitar, Pete Ostle on bass, John Jensen on trombone, Gary Gregg on[...]
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N’Kenge 6:00 pm
N’Kenge @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
Broadway singer N’Kenge mixes Motown soul, jazz standards and more into her holiday setlist.
Jane Lynch: “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” 7:00 pm
Jane Lynch: “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” @ DC City Winery
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
The actress Jane Lynch, best known for her role on the a capella drama Glee, performs traditional jazz-pop vocal and big band arrangements of classic Christmas standards. Two sets at
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
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* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
Kenny Lattimore 8:00 pm
Kenny Lattimore @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm
The R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, born and bred in Washington, D.C., returns for a show of holiday favorites and hits culled from his top 20 albums.
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* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
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Regina Belle 1:00 pm
Regina Belle @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm
The vocalist Regina Belle weaves strands of gospel, R&B and jazz into her performances. Here she brings a program of holiday hits. Two separate shows at 1 and 7 p.m.
* A Freddy Cole Christmas 8:00 pm
* A Freddy Cole Christmas @ Blues Alley
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The singer and pianist Freddy Cole shows plenty of similarities to his brother – the world-famous singer and pianist Nat King Cole – but his croonerism is laden with a bluesier, more roughshod texture. While[...]
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Merry Tubachristmas! 6:00 pm
Merry Tubachristmas! @ Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm
DC’s All-Tuba Big Band Ensemble returns for its 45th annual holiday performance.
* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” 7:30 pm
* The National Cathedral Band “Celebrate Christmas” @ Blues Alley
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm
The National Cathedral jazz band features some of the area’s top players like the chameleon bassist Michael Bowie, the chromatic trombonist Reginald Cyntje and the playful vocalist Lena Seikaly. Directed by the saxophonist Marshall Keys and[...]
The Capital Bones: “A Stan Kenton Christmas” 8:00 pm
The Capital Bones: “A Stan Kenton Christmas” @ Union Stage
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Capitol Bones is a swing band consisting simply of a full line of trombones plus a rhythm section. In this performance, the Bones will focus on their renditions of Stan Kenton’s Christmas carol works.
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Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
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* Paul Carr Holiday Jazz Show 6:00 pm
* Paul Carr Holiday Jazz Show @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm
Longtime saxophonist and educator Paul Carr leads a straight-ahead group through a program of holiday classics and maybe even some twists.
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” 8:00 pm
Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra “Ellington’s Nutcracker” @ Blues Alley
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm
Eric Felten’s jazz orchestra is one of the pre-eminent proponents of classic big band jazz in the Washington, DC metro area. In their annual holiday tradition, they recreate Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s lush, imaginative[...]
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Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” 8:00 pm
Spur of the Moment “Soul of the Holidays” @ Blues Alley
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Iconic DMV-based soul and R&B band Spur of the Moment performs a program of holiday hits and favorites. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, arguably the strongest group upholding and stretching the powers of traditional jazz, performs a program of holiday favorites.
Skip Priutt & Friends 8:00 pm
Skip Priutt & Friends @ Blues Alley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
The smooth jazz saxophonist Skip Priutt performs a program of holiday hits. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 8:00 pm
* Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, arguably the strongest group upholding and stretching the powers of traditional jazz, performs a program of holiday favorites.
Chelsey Green and The Green Project 8:00 pm
Chelsey Green and The Green Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
The versatile violinist and producer Chelsey Green’s music ranges from R&B offshoots to straight-ahead to smooth jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” 8:00 pm
* Brad Linde’s “Dix Out X-Mas” @ Twins Jazz
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The irrepressible D.C.-based saxophonist and educator Brad Linde leads a small-combo through avant-garde re-imaginings of Christmas classics. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
Seek and Find Project 8:00 pm
Seek and Find Project @ Blues Alley
Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
The a capella gospel group Seek and Find Project perform more spiritual Christmas classics. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show 8:00 pm
* Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
The 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra commanded the Caverns every Monday night with a repertoire ranging from Count Basie to Coltrane to band members’ originals. Some truly excellent soloists strengthen the big band’s arrangements. They[...]
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band 8:00 pm
Dave Detwiler & The White House Band @ Blues Alley
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
After a quarter century with the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, trumpeter Dave Detwiler now leads The White House Band. He will lea the group through some holiday jazz repertoire. Two separate sets at 8[...]
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Benjie Porecki 8:00 pm
Benjie Porecki @ Blues Alley
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Keyboardist Benjie Porecki leads a small group. Porecki has outward-bound, tonal inclinations, but he can also loosen his belt for some serviceable swinging jazz. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Kirk Whalum feat. Sheila E.: Gospel According to Jazz Christmas 3:00 pm
Kirk Whalum feat. Sheila E.: Gospel According to Jazz Christmas @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm
Kevin Whalum is a soul vocalist with a smooth, tenor croon. He’s the brother of well-known jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. He performs a special gospel and jazz entwined program of holiday favorites with the powerhouse,[...]
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson’s Holiday Jam @ Blues Alley
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Marcus Johnson makes highly danceable smooth jazz, with strong inflections of funk. He frequently indulges in pop covers, and is arguably the city’s best-known smooth jazz musician. Two separate sets at 8 and[...]
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Beltway Brass 12:00 pm
Beltway Brass @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Beltway Brass quintet play more swinging less chamber jazz arrangements of classic jazz standards. Here the group presents a holiday program on Christmas Eve.
* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” 7:00 pm
* Herrera – Richardson “Holiday Jam” @ Blues Alley
Dec 24 @ 7:00 pm
Joe Herrera, a lyrical trumpeter who helps lead the beloved Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, performs with another DC and BCJO favorite, the guitarist Rodney Richardson.
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Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center Christmas Day Jazz Jam @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm
Vibraphonist Chuck Redd leads a Christmas day jam session with some of DC’s local jazz veterans: drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeters Robert Redd and Tom Williams, bassist James King and vocalist Delores King Williams.
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 26 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
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* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza 8:00 pm
* Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza @ The Hamilton
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Bassist Ben Williams grew up in D.C. and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, then vaulted into the spotlight in 2009 after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He earned acclaim with[...]
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
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* Cyrus Chestnut Trio 8:00 pm
* Cyrus Chestnut Trio @ Blues Alley
Dec 30 @ 8:00 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]
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* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) 6:30 pm
* New Years Eve with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio (feat. Inegriti Reeves) @ Blues Alley
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm
Cyrus Chestnut is a piano player who’s got it all down pat: the stride piano of the ’20s and ’30s, the bebop acrobatics of Bud Powell’s generation and the heady groove of modern jazz. The[...]