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A Jazz New Year's Eve: Dee Dee Bridgewater's Memphis

Sun, Dec 31

Ring in the New Year in style with a lively jazz performance by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater as she presents from her album Memphis.

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KC Jazz Club: Louis Hayes, Serenade for Horace

Jan 19 - Jan 20, 2018

Louis Hayes presents a tribute to Horace Silver, the bandleader who first introduced him to the jazz world through recordings with Blue Note Records.

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Joel Ross Good Vibes

Fri, Jan 26

Vibraphonist Joel Ross convenes some of his most talented peers with established veterans for a cross-generational collaboration of extraordinary jazz.

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KC Jazz Club: Ruthie Foster

Fri, Feb 2

Ruthie Foster returns to the Kennedy Center to showcase her powerful blend of blues, gospel, country, and folk.

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: ArcoIris Sandoval's Sonic Asylum Quintet

Sat, Feb 3

Pianist, composer, and educator ArcoIris Sandoval returns to the Kennedy Center with her quintet Sonic Asylum.

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KC Jazz Club: Eric Harland, Voyager

Fri, Feb 9

Drummer Eric Harland returns to the Kennedy Center with his band Voyager to showcase their “continuously inventive and artful” style (Buffalo News).

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NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston's African Rhythms: A Tribute to James Reese Europe

Sat, Feb 10

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Octet salutes James Reese Europe, the musician often credited for helping introduce jazz music to Western Europe.

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents: Fusion of the Americas: Jazz Meets Tango, with Chaise Lounge

Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 4:00 PM

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra together with Chaise Lounge performs some of Chaise Lounge's original compositions of swinging symphonic "lounge" jazz.
Patron Note: This event, previously scheduled for Sun., Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., has been re-scheduled to Sun., Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.

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KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon featuring poets Elizabeth Alexander & Yusef Komunyakaa

Fri, Mar 2

Jason Moran and his Bandwagon unite with poets Elizabeth Alexander and Yusef Komunyakaa for an evening of poetry and music.

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KC Jazz Club: Mingus Big Band

Sat, Mar 3

Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of composer, bassist, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979), who merged gospel and blues to create a soulful feel of hard bop.

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Philip Glass's 20 Etudes: A 5-Pianist Collaboration with Philip Glass, Jason Moran, Aaron Diehl, Devonté Hynes, and Jenny Lin

Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 8:00 PM

Contemporary classical piano meets jazz improvisation in this live musical performance featuring Glass in his eagerly awaited Kennedy Center debut, along with our Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran and three other pianists.

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KC Jazz Club: Myra Melford with Snowy Egret

Sat, Mar 10

American avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford returns to the Kennedy Center with her quintet.

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KC Jazz Club: Akua Allrich

Sat, Mar 24

Jazz vocalist and D.C. native Akua Allrich returns to the Kennedy Center to display her extraordinary ability to merge jazz, blues, soul, and pan-African music into a fluid musical experience.

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Afro Blue, Howard University's Premier Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Fri, Apr 6

Howard University’s "vocal big band" presents an evening of the sensational singing that has earned the ensemble national attention.

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2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters—pianist, composer, and educator Joanne Brackeen; guitarist, composer, and educator Pat Metheny; vocalist Dianne Reeves; and club owner, producer, and artistic programmer Todd Barkan—with a free concert.

Cancelled: The Jazz Epistles: The Story in Concert featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela

Sat, Apr 28, 2018, 8:00 PM

Abdullah Ibrahim and his ensemble Ekaya unite with Hugh Masekela unite for a rare, historic evening to play their music that pioneered South African jazz.
Update on 12/12: Please see cancellation details below.

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Celebrate Mary Lou Williams 

Sat, May 5, 2018, 7:00 PM

We highlight the legacy of pianist, composer, educator, and humanitarian Mary Lou Williams with a night of phenomenal music from Eliane Elias, Amina Claudine Myers, and Anat Cohen.

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Yissy & Bandancha (part of Artes de Cuba)

Wed, May 9, 2018, 8:00 PM

Yissy Garcia and her band follow the routes of Latin jazz, funk, and electronic music. At the age of 25, she has already become an iconic figure of female percussion in Cuba.

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Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet (part of Artes de Cuba)

Thu, May 10

The internationally acclaimed saxophonist, percussionist, and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition blends exquisite post-bebop and ceremonial music with rhythms and chants from Cuba and West Africa.

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Zule Guerrra & Quinteto Blues de Habana (part of Artes de Cuba)

Fri, May 11

The singer / composer and her jazz quintet are influenced by the music of the African Diaspora and Latin America. Their work includes Latin American songs, jazz standards, and original themes in a fresh and authentic jazz language.

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Piano Marathon featuring Aldo López-Gavilán and Jorge Luis Pacheco (part of Artes de Cuba)

Sat, May 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

Two of Cuba’s premier jazz pianists join forces for a singular concert. Aldo López-Gavilán excels in both the classical and jazz worlds as a soloist, recitalist, and composer, while Jorge Luis Pacheco is a fiery young pianist with “flying hands.”

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Dafnis Prieto (part of Artes de Cuba)

Fri, May 18

This Cuban percussionist’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scenes, transposing elements from his Afro-Cuban musical heritage incorporating congas, timbales, rumba, and son.

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The López-Nussa Family (part of Artes de Cuba)

Fri, May 18, 2018, 7:30 PM

In a rare joint performance, the López-Nussa Family--Harold (pianist), Ernan (pianist), Ruy (percussionist), and Ruy Adrian (drummer)--will showcase their impressive artistry.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Sun, May 20, 2018, 7:00 PM

Trumpet master Wynton Marsalis and the incomparable JLCO perform a swinging tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

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Carla Bley and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra: A Salute to Charlie Haden

Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 7:30 PM

Under the artistic direction of pianist and NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra celebrates the life and music of bassist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden (1937–2014). 

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NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:00 PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

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