DC Jazz Calendar

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Brandon Woody Group 6:00 pm
Brandon Woody Group @ Marvin DC
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm
The young trumpeter Brandon Woody favors a brash tone that almost splutters in his moments of great intensity; it’s reminiscent of Miles Davis in the pre-fusion, late-60s.
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* Elijah Jamal Balbed 5:30 pm
* Elijah Jamal Balbed @ Marvin DC
Dec 7 @ 5:30 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[...]
* Lenny Robinson 8:00 pm
* Lenny Robinson @ Sotto
Dec 7 @ 8:00 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.
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* Deacon Izzy 8:00 pm
* Deacon Izzy @ Sotto
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
Emcee Deacon Izzy can often be found lending his soulful, sumptuous rhymes to DC’s jazz musicians. He’s a leading voice in Mark Meadows’ Movement, DuPont Brass, the Jo-Go Project and performs often at Marvin.
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* Hope Udobi 8:00 pm
* Hope Udobi @ Sotto
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
Pianist Hope Udobi isn’t just one of the D.C. scene’s most promising young jazz players from a musicianship standpoint; he’s one of the most riveting, creatively speaking. Udobi’s incendiary bop style is brimming with furious[...]
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Ace Ono 5:30 pm
Ace Ono @ Marvin DC
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm
R&B/soul singer Ace Ono performs.
Zo Miller 8:00 pm
Zo Miller @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Smooth jazz, neo-soul styled vocalist Zo Miller performs.
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 15 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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* Sam Prather GO 4tet 5:30 pm
* Sam Prather GO 4tet @ Marvin DC
Dec 21 @ 5:30 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[...]
* Alison Crockett 8:00 pm
* Alison Crockett @ Sotto
Dec 21 @ 8:00 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[...]
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Nate Jolley 8:00 pm
Nate Jolley @ Sotto
Dec 22 @ 8:00 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. Drummer Nate[...]
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Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet 8:00 pm
Joseph Jamaal Jam-Tet @ Sotto
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
The lyrical trumpeter Joseph Jamaal favors clean, bright and bopping tones, not unlike a young Wynton Marsalis, but mixed with more Stevie Wonder soul.
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* Federico Peña 8:00 pm
* Federico Peña @ Sotto
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
The pianist Federico Peña has played with Meshell Ndegeocello, Marcus Miller and various other performers who put jazz and funk together in service of the explosive. Here he leads his own group, foregrounding his smooth[...]
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Bonnie Harris 8:00 pm
Bonnie Harris @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Every Saturday in the Alex Cocktail Cellar, pianist Chris Grasso presents a line-up of local vocalists and other musicians. This week: The veteran DC-area vocalist Bonnie Harris performs.
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner 8:00 pm
Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm
Clarence Turner plays Chicago-style, electric blues.
Tyler Leak & Freeform 11:45 pm
Tyler Leak & Freeform @ Sotto
Dec 29 @ 11:45 pm
Drummer Tyler Leak tends to favor the sounds and sweeps of jazz’s electric period in the early 70s.
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