DC Jazz Calendar

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall 8:00 pm
Herb Alpert & Lani Hall @ DC City Winery
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Music industry mogul and pop jazz icon Herb Alpert performs with Latin, pop jazz singer Lani Hall.
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BroadSound 7:30 pm
BroadSound @ Sotto
May 3 @ 7:30 pm
R&B cover band Broadsound performs two separate sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
* 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.
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Imani-Grace Cooper 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper @ Sotto
May 5 @ 11:30 am
Imani-Grace Cooper, a former soloist in the Howard University a capella group Afro Blue, has an enchanting vocal approach. She’s a singer on the rise. She performs for Sotto’s Sunday brunch crowd.
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Ginuwine 8:00 pm
Ginuwine @ DC City Winery
May 8 @ 8:00 pm
Late-’90s R&B icon Ginuwine, born and raised in D.C., returns to his hometown to croon and swoon.
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* 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[...]
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* 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.
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The B.B. King Blues Band 8:00 pm
The B.B. King Blues Band @ DC City Winery
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
The B.B. King Blues band backed the legendary king of blues for countless years and countless annual dates out on the road. They continue to play the king’s sharp but smooth electric blues.
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Nicole Henry 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry @ DC City Winery
May 15 @ 8:00 pm
Nicole Henry is a jazz vocalist. Billboard Magazine wrote that Henry has “a distinctive, potent voice and she’s poised on the cusp of bigger things.”
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* 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[...]
Fran Vielma 9:30 pm
Fran Vielma @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 17 @ 9:30 pm
Multi-percussionist Fran Vielma plays with a strong command of Caribbean, Venezuelan and South American styles and forms.
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Frankie Addison Band 8:00 pm
Frankie Addison Band @ Marvin DC
May 18 @ 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Frankie Addison has strong roots in R&B. He leads a straight-ahead quartet through standards and originals.
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[...]
Kiyem Ade 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade @ Jojos
May 18 @ 9:30 pm
Kiyem Ade, formerly Keith Ailer, is an accomplished jazz vocalist.
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Paige Wroble 6:00 pm
Paige Wroble @ The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar
May 19 @ 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: Lead vocalist in the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note big band, Paige Wroble Martin[...]
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* 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.
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Be’la Dona 8:00 pm
Be’la Dona @ DC City Winery
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
All-female, DC-based band Be’la Dona performs a mix of go-go, jazz, R&B, soul and rock.
Elin: Brazilian Quartet 8:00 pm
Elin: Brazilian Quartet @ Sotto
May 24 @ 8:00 pm
Local vocalist Elin, an occasional collaborator with DC indie royals Thievery Corporation, favors Brazilian music in her jazz repertoire.
* 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[...]
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Kelton Norris 6:00 pm
Kelton Norris @ Jojo Restaurant & Bar
May 25 @ 6:00 pm
Drummer Kelton Norris is making a name for himself on the D.C. jazz scene as a first-rate, and first-call, band member.
* 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[...]
Tamika Love Jones 9:30 pm
Tamika Love Jones @ Jojo's Restaurant and Grill
May 25 @ 9:30 pm
Soul singer Tamika ‘Love’ Jones takes a stab at jazz and leads her own quartet.
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* 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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Marcus Johnson 8:00 pm
Marcus Johnson @ DC City Winery
May 30 @ 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.
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