DC Jazz Calendar

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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[...]
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The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra 6:00 pm
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 3 @ 6:00 pm
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, under the direction of DC’s great four string mix-master Michael Bowie, perform selections from the Duke Ellington songbook as well as other American popular songs by Tower of Power, Michael[...]
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** Angelica Sanchez Nonet 8:00 pm
** Angelica Sanchez Nonet @ NYU Washington, DC - Abramson Family Auditorium
May 4 @ 8:00 pm
For over a decade, pianist Angelica Sanchez has slowly but steadily created a strong body of work, as a skilled composer and formidable improviser. With each performance, with each new project, her voice on the[...]
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* 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[...]
* 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.
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* 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.
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* 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.
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Rob Curto’s Forró For All 5:00 pm
Rob Curto’s Forró For All @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
Accordion player Rob Curto leads a band through popular and folk Brazilian tunes.
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Hazel Mitchell-Bell 6:00 pm
Hazel Mitchell-Bell @ Jazz and Cultural Society
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
The vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell performs a program of songbook standards as well as clean covers of Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and others in the pantheon of jazz vocal greats.
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Hendrik Meurkens Quartet 2:53 am
Hendrik Meurkens Quartet @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
May 22 @ 2:53 am – 3:53 am
Vibraphonist and mouth organist (harmonica-player) Hendrik Meurkens leads a quartet through straight-ahead standards and originals.
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Alexandria Jazz Festival
Alexandria Jazz Festival @ Alexandria Waterfront Park
May 27 all-day
The city of Alexandria hosts a Memorial Day jazz festival at the scenic waterfront park overlooking the Potomac. The military’s finest, the U.S. Army Blues, world-trotting acoustic quartet Veronneau, gypsy-jazz fusionist Dave Kline Band and[...]
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Billy Price 5:30 pm
Billy Price @ National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
May 31 @ 5:30 pm
Blues and soul singer Billy Price, an inductee into Pittsburgh’s Rock ‘n Roll Awards, performs.