DC Jazz Calendar

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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.
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Steve Washington 6:00 pm
Steve Washington @ Jazz and Cultural Society
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm
Warm-voiced vocalist Steve Washington is from Washington, DC and is comfortable with the big band and vocal jazz standards.
* Frode Gjerstad Trio, Trio OOO 8:00 pm
* Frode Gjerstad Trio, Trio OOO @ Rhizome DC
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm
The Norwegian alto saxophonist and clarinetist Frode Gjerstad performs sonically expansive, challenging work. His trios often play their instruments to fuller capacities, imagining the full spectrum of sound that can be conjured from wood, string, brass[...]
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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.
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Dayramir Gonzalez 6:00 pm
Dayramir Gonzalez @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm
The Cuban pianist Dayramir Gonzalez performs a variety of styles to highlight his home’s rich musical heritage.
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Lena Horne: Jazz Voice to Political Activist (TAJ) 1:00 pm
Lena Horne: Jazz Voice to Political Activist (TAJ) @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm
Jazz writer, photographer and historian Patricia Willard presents a talk on Lena Horne’s transition from captivating jazz singer to charged voice of political activism. Part of Westminster Jazz Night’s “Thinking About Jazz” series.
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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.
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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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Kristine Key 6:00 pm
Kristine Key @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm
The smooth-voiced and wistful singer Kristine Key performs here with a small combo.
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* The Jo-Go Project 10:00 pm
* The Jo-Go Project @ Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage
Dec 31 @ 10:00 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[...]