Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2017
For Ella Fitzgerald's 100th, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.
Fri, Mar 31
Composer and pianist Billy Childs presents from his exquisite album interpreting the works of late songwriter and singer Laura Nyro. The album was recorded in conjunction with Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, both Kennedy Center Artistic Advisors.
Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 7:30 PM
The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters--Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith--in a free concert. UPDATE on 3/1: Reservations are now closed; please see additional information below.
Fri, Apr 14
The winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition, Marquis Hill makes his KC Jazz Club debut as a leader with his group Blacktet.
Sat, Apr 15
Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer, who got his start holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey, is joined by the exquisite Canadian vocalist Gillian Margot to deliver music from her latest recording, Black Butterfly.
Thu, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM
Named after one of the first ladies of jazz, this year's festival celebrates the legacy of late vocalist, actor, activist, and NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln with a concert tribute featuring four of today's leading jazz artists: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding.
Fri, May 5
Vocalist Jane Monheit returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series with a contemporary take on Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, joined by special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and others.
Sat, May 13
Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello returns to the Kennedy Center with a tribute performance to singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone (1933-2003).