DC JazzFest June 7-16, 2019
The DC JazzFest takes over 20 District neighborhoods celebrating their 15th Anniversary. The festival offers an exceptional mix of universally-renowned masters and emerging artists from across the jazz spectrum and beyond, 100+ bands, 300 artists, 40+ venues, 20 neighborhoods, from June 7-16. Check here for ticketed and free events.
DC JazzFest: Stefon Harris & BlackoutResidence of the Denmark Ambassador
Thu. Jun 6 Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene.
DC JazzFest: Betty Carter’s Jazz AheadMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Jun. 6 – 8 This program culminates in three concerts in which the graduates will perform original compositions.
DC JazzFest: Anat Cohen QuartetHamilton Live
Fri. Jun 7 Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet.
DC JazzFest: Anthony NelsonTwins Jazz
Fri. Jun 7 Jazz Saxophonist Anthony Nelson has made a name for himself as a woodwindist and a composer.
DC JazzFest: The Kent Miller QuartetBusboy & Poets in Anacostia
Fri. Jun 7 Jazz in the ’Hoods is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, and performing arts spaces.
DC JazzFest: Cécile McLorin SalvantHamilton Live
Sat. Jun 8 The last 24 months have been a whirlwind of success and acclaim for this young vocalist.
DC JazzFest: Joe Morris (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums)Rhizome
Sat. Jun 8 Drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting.
DC JazzFest: Georgia Anne Muldrow, Justin Brown's Nyeusi and Miles OkazakiThe Sandlot
Sat. Jun 8 Muldrow has built a reputation to match her career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician.
DC JazzFest: Nanny AssisMr. Henry's
Sat. Jun 8 His ability to make any kind of music sound smooth makes Nanny a notable and gifted artist.
DC JazzFest: Herb Scott and El Jay'EmWe Act Radio
Sat. Jun 8 D.C. Native and saxophonist Herb Scott is a rising star on the Washington, D.C. Jazz scene.
DC JazzFest: Celebrating Randy WestonThe Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 9 Randy Weston combines the rich music of the African continent with the African-American tradition of jazz.
DC JazzFest: Hailu MergiaHamilton Live
Sun. Jun 9 Since he emigrated from Ethiopia and built a life in D.C., Mergia’s career has followed an impressive trajectory.
DC JazzFest: Kelly Green TrioMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 9 The Trio pay homage to Nat King Cole, performing reimagined arrangements of his classics and deep cuts.
DC JazzFest: The Kristin Callahan BandTwins Jazz
Sun. Jun 9 The Kristin Callahan Band is bringing sweet music to you playing some of your favorite romantic jazz tunes to set the mood for this special day.
DC JazzFest: Future BandIvy City Smokehouse
Sun. Jun 9 More than just a band, they are a movement. FutureBandDC has been thrilling audiences since 2013.
DC JazzFest: Nag Champa Art EnsembleWild Days
Sun. Jun 9 Nag Champa Art Ensemble fuses elements of jazz, soul, electronic, Go-Go, and African Rhythms,
DC JazzFest: DC Jazz JamThe Brixton
Sun. Jun 9 The house band for the DC Jazz Jam is made up of a rotating cast of terrific players from the DC area.
DC JazzFest: Terrence Nicholson (Sub-Z)Honfleur Gallery
Sun. Jun 9 Hip/Bop Convergence, featuring poet, pianist, saxophonist, and percussionist.
DC JazzFest: The Peter Brown ProjectAnacostia Playhouse
Mon. Jun 10 Peter Brown, a veteran of the music industry having been on tour playing bass for Mark IV singing group on Mercury Records.
DC JazzFest: Elliott Hughes and Brad Linde’s BIG OL’ EnsembleAtlas Performing Arts Center
Mon. Jun 10 The band features stellar musicians from New York, Washington DC, and Toronto, bringing to life the compositions of Hughes.
DC JazzFest: Jordon DixonUniversity of the District of Columbia
Mon. Jun 10 Born in Baton Rouge, Jordon Dixon grew up in a very musical family. He started his musical path at the age of 12!
DC JazzFest: Amy K. BormetMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Mon. Jun 10 Pianist and vocalist Amy K. Bormet weaves jazz and chamber music, often combining improvisation with art song.
DC JazzFest: Alex Parchment & AP ChemistryTwins Jazz
Tue. Jun 11 Alex strives to connect with a community of artists and create music that pushes the boundaries of genre and musicianship.
DC JazzFest: Trent Cokley: Heal Our HeartsMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Tue. Jun 11 "Heal Our Hearts" is a musical journey through the process of becoming whole after facing relational and societal setbacks.
DC JazzFest: Exploring the Billy Strayhorn CollectionLibrary of Congress
Wed. Jun 12 This special panel-and-performance event spotlights the personal collection of an important star in the jazz firmament.
DC JazzFest: SPAGACity Winery
Wed. Jun 12 This project is the brainchild of one of The Disco Biscuits’ founding members, Aron Magner.
DC JazzFest: Joe Herrera feat. James ZimmermanWild Days
Wed. Jun 12 James Keith Zimmerman, a native Washingtonian, is a preserver of African American musical culture and history.
DC JazzFest: The Noa Fort QuartetMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Wed. Jun 12 Pianist, and composer Noa Fort has brought an intimate voice to the NYC scene since her arrival from Tel Aviv in 2013.
DC JazzFest: Dante Pope After Five ExperienceFranklin Park at Greenbelt Station
Thu. Jun 13 Dante’ Pope blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world.
DC JazzFest: Etienne Charles Creole SoulCity Winery
Thu. Jun 13 Etienne returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture.
DC JazzFest: Nicole Saphos TrioTudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thu. Jun 13 Relax on the beautiful Tudor Place grounds with the music of a jazz trio featuring bassist Nicole Saphos.
DC JazzFest: The Barry Gurley TrioMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Thu. Jun 13 The Barry Gurley Trio performs arrangements of both Nat King Cole tunes and other jazz repertoire.
DC JazzFest: The King and Mic featuring Micah SmithMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Fri. Jun 14 The King and Mic featuring Micah Smith will be an evening filled with timeless tunes recorded by the late great Nat King Cole.
DC JazzFest: Snarky PuppyThe Anthem
Fri. Jun 14 The defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.
DC JazzFest: Kevin Cordt QuartetMr. Henry's
Fri. Jun 14 Kevin Cordt was raised in the Washington, DC area and studied trumpet at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
DC JazzFest: The William Hooker TrioRhizome
Fri. Jun 14 “Kingpin of the free jazz world, Hooker’s limits have been boundless” - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
DC JazzFest: Jose Montaño TrioTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15 José André Montaño from Cochabamba, Bolivia, taught himself how to play piano from a very young age.
DC JazzFest: String QueensTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15 The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.
DC JazzFest: Jon Batiste & Stay HumanThe Anthem
Sat. Jun 15 The acclaimed leader of Stay Human — the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
DC JazzFest: Julia NixonMr. Henry's
Sat. Jun 15 Julia Nixon has reached astounding heights, such as her Broadway role in Dreamgirls, replacing Jennifer Holliday.
DC JazzFest: Mark G. Meadows and the MovementAtlas Performing Arts Center
Sat. Jun 15 Meadows combines jazz, R&B, hip-hop, funk, and gospel into a harmonic blend that is fresh and exciting.
DC JazzFest: The Ernest Turner TrioPearl Street Warehouse
Sat. Jun 15 The Ernest Turner Trio has been active on the music scene in Durham, North Carolina.
DC JazzFest: John Lamkin IIITwins Jazz
Sat. Jun 15 John Russell Lamkin, III is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing drums at the tender age of four.
DC JazzFest: Joshua Redman QuartetDistrict Pier
Sat. Jun 15 Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 1990s.
DC JazzFest: The Elijah Jamal Balbed QuartetThe Kreeger Museum
Sat. Jun 15 Jazz in the 'Hoods unites DC in a citywide partnership and presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists.
DC JazzFest: Yannick RieuDistrict Pier
Sat. Jun 15 Recognized as one of the most talented jazz saxophonists in the world, his music is best defined by its constant evolution.
DC JazzFest: Michael FranksDistrict Pier
Sat. Jun 15 Michael Franks hovers dragonfly-like in a sacred space all his own within his contributions to music.
DC JazzFest: Sasha Berliner and BandThe Wharf
Sat. Jun 15 Sasha Berliner is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader from San Francisco. She started playing drums at eight years old.
DC JazzFest: Allyn Johnson & Sonic SanctuaryTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sat. Jun 15 Allyn Johnson is a multi-talented musician whose trademark sound gives fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation.
DC JazzFest: Todd Marcus Jazz OrchestraThe Wharf
Sat. Jun 15 Marcus’ straight-ahead playing has carved out a unique voice for the instrument in modern jazz.
DC JazzFest: Alison CrockettMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sat. Jun 15 Nat King Cole’s clean and sophisticated style greatly influenced Alison Crockett’s music.
DC JazzFest: Tarus Mateen & Beyond GenreDistrict Pier
Sat. Jun 15 Tarus is one of the most sought-after musician/producers in hip-hop, house, blues, rock, reggae, soul, and straight ahead jazz.
DC JazzFest: Great Masters of JazzThe Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 16 This one-night-only event features magical tributes by Patti Austin, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, and more!
DC JazzFest: The Jazz Academy OrchestraPearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16 The JAO is a large ensemble where students learn and perform the big band charts of the big band era.
DC JazzFest: Joey AlexanderThe Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 His work continues to draw from his inspirations of the past, while constantly exploring.
DC JazzFest: Evan HarrisThe Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 Evan's passion for jazz and improvised music has informed his unique sound on the saxophone.
DC JazzFest: Ralph Peterson & Gen-Next Big BandDistrict Pier
Sun. Jun 16 The Gen-Next Big Band features an exciting lineup of some of Berklee College of Music’s brightest young musicians.
DC JazzFest: NommoMarket Stage
Sun. Jun 16 NOMMO is jazz trio of young musicians ranging from age 14-17. They are the future of DMV jazz.
DC JazzFest: The CornerstoreDistrict Pier
Sun. Jun 16 Life lessons meeting at the intersection of blues, rock, bebop and hip hop. See you at the Cornerstore.
DC JazzFest: Sean Jones: Dizzy SpellzThe Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 Sean is a musical chameleon and is comfortable in any musical setting no matter what the role or the genre.
DC JazzFest: Olli Soikkeli TrioTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 Soikkeli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz, which has been his primary focus since.
DC JazzFest: Cinema ItaliaTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 Unforgettable themes from unforgettable movies, such Once Upon A Time in America and Cinema Paradiso.
DC JazzFest: Anne Mette IversenPearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16 Ms. Iversen is considered an important voice as a composer for modern, contemporary jazz composition.
DC JazzFest: Terri Lyne Carrington & Social ScienceThe Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 This award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, as toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and more.
DC JazzFest: Girls In AirportsTransit Pier at The Wharf
Sun. Jun 16 Their charismatic live performances have made them one of the most talked about new bands on the international scene.
DC JazzFest: Witness Matlou TrioPearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16 Pianist Witness Matlou's work is influenced by South African folk music, jazz, classical and other world music.
DC JazzFest: El Violin LatinoPearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16 For Gregor Huebner, the influence of Eastern European music is clearly audible in the music of South America.
DC JazzFest: Oleg Butman and Natalia SmirnovaPearl Street Warehouse
Sun. Jun 16 Oleg Butman and Natalia Smirnova are the most passionate, harmonious and musically well-balanced couple on the Russian jazz scene.
DC JazzFest: The Eric Byrd Trio and the Jazz AmbassadorsMillennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
Sun. Jun 16 To celebrate the centennial of Nat King Cole, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd presents a program of originals and standards.