April 2018: Jazz Roundup (jam with musicians & more!)

Jazz from Fresh Price of Bel Air

Are you really, really into Jazz? Check out our roundup of all the best weekly and special jazz events in DC. Bonus: Most are FREE!

Weekly Jazz Events


Happy Hour + Live Jazz Band, 7:30-10:30pm at Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St NW). FREE


DCJazzJam, 6:30-9:30pm at the Brixton (901 U St NW). Every Sunday night we’ve got DC’s best musicians riffing on our 2nd floor Lodge. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Bring your own instrument and jam with us. FREE

Special Jazz Events

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jazz Family Day, 11:30am-3pm at Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery (800 G St NW). Come and jam at SAAM during Jazz Appreciation Month! SAAM celebrates jazz’s influence on artists with activities and performances. Improvise with your own jazz-themed crafts, complete a swinging scavenger hunt, and bop to jazz performances throughout the day. FREE

Sunday, April 8, 2018

DC Jazz Jam’s “SaxMachines” w/ Bryan Entire, 6:30-9:30pm at Brixton (901 U St NW). Please come out this Sunday eve as sax-man (and long-time friend of the jam) Bryan McEntire returns to headline our house band, continuing our month of #SaxMachines! You can usually see Bryan jumping in to play a burning solo at every jam session, so we are pleased to have him actually leading the whole show this week. FREE

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jazz at the Citizen: Trumpeter Paul Bailey, 8-11pm at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St NW). FREE

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NEA Jazz Masters Listening Party, 2-3:30pm at NPR Studio 1 (1111 North Capitol St NE). Join the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters for a unique opportunity to hear about the music that plays important roles in their lives and careers. Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz, will moderate the conversations with the NEA Jazz Masters. FREE

Jazz In the Garden, 3-5pm at Cheers at The Big Chair (2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE). Enjoy an afternoon of jazz with East Jazz Collective at Cheers at The Big Chair. Sponsored by Anacostia Arts Center and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. FREE

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Darden Purcell with Mason Jazz Faculty, 8pm at Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave NW). Darden Purcell returns to Blues Alley for a very special performance on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. She is joined by George Mason University Jazz faculty Wade Beach (piano), Regan Brough (bass), Matt Niess (trombone), Shawn Purcell (guitar), Harold Summey (drums) and very special guests. Shows are 8pm and 10pm. $22

Todd Ledbetter with Quartet, 6-9pm at Alice’s Jazz And Cultural Society (2813 12th St NE). Todd will be returning to Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society for a straight-ahead jazz set. You don’t want to miss it. $10

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Van Ness Main Street presents an Evening of Jazz with Alison Crockett, 6:30-8pm at Tesoro (4400 Connecticut Ave NW). This month we return to Tesoro Restaurant and we’re excited to announce Alison Crockett will be our special guest! Alison’s voice has provided a velvety, sensual finishing touch for cutting edge beats — her voice dripping with soul and generous helpings of jazz, bossa nova, gospel and blues. Enjoy Happy Hour prices, delicious Italian food and a night of terrific music with friends old and new! FREE

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Julian Hipkins at The Alex, 8-11pm at the Alex (1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW). Powerful and swinging vocals are always on hand when Julian Hipkins hits the stage. Long a favorite of DC jazz fans, he’s a performer who knows how to connect with a song, whether he’s shouting a blues like Jimmy Rushing, swinging a standard or delivering a heartfelt ballad. $20

Monday, April 30, 2018

Louie Cruz Beltran (Percussion/Vocals/Latin Jazz), 8-9:30pm at Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Ave NWLouie Cruz Beltran blends Afro Cuban rhythms with jazz, Latin jazz, pop and R&B influences. Louie is an entertainer at heart – a bandleader who is also a superbly skilled conguero, timbalero and vocalist. $25

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jazz Appreciation Month: Shaolin Jazz Live!, 2-4pm at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place SE). Shaolin Jazz founders, DJ 2-Tone Jones and Gerald Watson bring their unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, and rap fusion to the Anacostia Community Museum. FREE

Ladies of Jazz series featuring Renee Tannenbaum, 8-11pm at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant (601 Pennsylvania Ave SE). The legendary music venue and restaurant presents Renee Tannenbaum on vocals with Jon Ozment on keyboards, John Leonard on bass, and Gary Montanaro on drums. FREE

Monday, April 30, 2018

SOLD OUT: International Jazz Day at the Embassy of Switzerland, 6-9:30pm at Ambassador’s Residence (2920 Cathedral Avenue NW). Music from Swiss harmonica player sensation Grégoire Maret, whose work was recently voted top miscellaneous instrument in a critics poll. Reception at 7:45pm featuring authentic Swiss Raclette dinner and Swiss drinks. FREE

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