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Selma: A Film and Live Music Event with the NSO and Jason Moran

Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 8:00 PM

Experience Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement to secure equal voting rights as chronicled by the Academy Award®–nominated film on a big screen with Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran’s acclaimed score performed live.

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Jason Moran & Q-Tip 

Fri, Oct 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

Two of the Kennedy Center's dynamic artistic partners, DJ and rapper Q-Tip and jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, explore contemporary sounds at the crossroads of their respective genres in this one-night only collaborative concert.

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Lotus: Tap Stars Reunite to Celebrate the Art Form

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 7:30 PM

Six award-winning tap dancing artists unite for a night of performances choreographed to honor the roots of tap dance, their predecessors, and each other, all to live jazz music.

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Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration with Jason Moran and Kenny Barron

Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jason Moran and celebrated artists salute the lasting legacy of the late pianist, composer, and architect of modern jazz Thelonious Monk, 100 years since his birth.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award®–winning bassist Christian McBride.

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NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz at 90

Sat, Oct 14

Celebrate the 90th birthday of saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz (born October 13, 1927) with his trio as they perform selections from two new Impulse! Records, released in 2017.

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Carrie Mae Weems: Grace Notes: Reflections for Now

Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and diverse artists offer a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores the implications of race and violence in communities across America.

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Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Celebration

Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 8:00 PM

Join us for a celebration of the late dynamic trumpeter, NEA Jazz Master, and 1990 Kennedy Center Honoree Dizzy Gillespie with a lineup of lively jazz performances from renowned musicians.

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NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter Trio

Fri, Oct 27

Award-winning bassist and NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter returns to the Kennedy Center for a performance with his own trio.

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Django Festival All-Stars featuring Dorado and Amati Schmitt

Mon, Nov 6

The Django Festival All-Stars return to the Kennedy Center with two energetic performances in tribute to the swinging style of the Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt.

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Christian Sands

Sat, Nov 18

Christian Sands returns to the Kennedy Center to showcase the fresh sounds of his 2017 album Reach. Recognized at a young age for his virtuosity on the piano, Sands is a five-time Grammy®-nominated pianist and 2007 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alumnus.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 PM

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award®winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."

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NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 9

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for A Jazz Piano Christmas, the annual holiday tradition highlighting performances by jazz pianists of their favorite seasonal music.

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KC Jazz Club: Harriet Tubman

Sat, Dec 16

Inspired by abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman, the trio makes its Kennedy Center debut showcasing music from its 2017 album, Araminta.

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

Sun, Feb 4, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra together with Chaise Lounge performs some of Chaise Lounge's original compositions of swinging symphonic "lounge" jazz.

On Sale 10/2/2017


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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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.

On Sale 11/15/2017


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.

On Sale 11/15/2017


Philip Glass's 20 Etudes: A 5-Pianist Collaboration with Philip Glass, Jason Moran, Aaron Diehl & Others

Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 8:00 PM

Contemporary classical piano meets jazz improvisation in this live musical performance of Philip Glass's Etudes.

On Sale 11/15/2017


KC Jazz Club: Myra Melford, Snowy Egret

Sat, Mar 10

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

On Sale 11/15/2017


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.

On Sale 11/15/2017


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.

On Sale 11/15/2017


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.


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.

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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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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). 

On Sale 11/15/2017


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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