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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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Artes de Cuba Festival Opening Performance

Tue, May 8, 2018, 8:00 PM

The festival’s opening event brings the vibrant culture of Cuba center stage with performances by Omara Portuondo, Rolando Luna, Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Aldo López-Gavilán, Yosvany Terry, Jorge Luis Pacheco, Orquesta Miguel Faílde, Alí Arango, and Aymée Nuviola.

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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. Yissy has quickly become an iconic figure of female percussion in Cuba, and has performed with the likes of Dave Matthews and Esperanza Spalding. 

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Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet in the Cubano Club (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 Guerra & Quinteto Blues de Habana in the Cubano Club (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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Aymée Nuviola with Dr. Ed Calle (part of Artes de Cuba)

Sun, May 13, 2018, 7:30 PM

The 2015 Grammy®-nominated, multi-genre artist Aymée Nuviola presents her real-time improvisation, wide range of up-tempo Cuban timba dance, and delicately crafted ballads in a collaborative musical performance with Dr. Ed Calle, one of the most recorded saxophonists in history.

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Millennium Stage: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience (part of Artes de Cuba)

Wed, May 16, 2018, 6:00 PM

FREE, no tickets required. This five-piece ensemble, led by Dizzy Gillespie’s bassist John Lee, showcases the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies from Gillespie’s oeuvre of Cuban bebop, or Cu-Bop. 


Haydée Milanés & Trio with guest artist Pablo Milanés (part of Artes de Cuba)

Wed, May 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see two generations of Cuba’s finest singers! With her sultry and jazzy vocals that explore affairs of the heart, Haydée Milanés and her trio are joined by her father—award-winning superstar singer, songwriter, and guitar player Pablo Milanés, aka “Pablito"—as a special guest. 

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Millennium Stage: Luis Faife and D.C. Cuban All Stars (part of Artes de Cuba)

Thu, May 17, 2018, 6:00 PM

FREE, no tickets required. An Afro-Cuban saxophonist of panache and volatility, Luis Faife unites his upbringing in Holguin, Cuba, with the American jazz that has always captured his imagination.


Dafnis Prieto Sí o Sí Quartet in the Cubano Club (part of Artes de Cuba)

Fri, May 18

The Cuban percussionist and two-time Grammy® nominee's revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions are infusing Latin jazz with a bold new energy and sound. Taking daring plunges into modern jazz harmonies and improvisations, his quartet enthralls audiences hungry for music at once familiar and new.

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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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Millennium Stage: Tiempo Libre (part of Artes de Cuba)

Sun, May 20, 2018, 6:00 PM

FREE, no tickets required. These three-time Grammy® nominees are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba, celebrated for their sophisticated performances of timba music—an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban son. 


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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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (part of Artes de Cuba)

Sun, May 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Mexico-born pianist and composer is a five-time Grammy® winner: his “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from Cuba: The Conversation Continues won in 2016 for Best Instrumental Composition, followed by a 2018 win in the same category for his recording Three Revolutions.

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Salute to NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden, featuring Quartet West and Liberation Music Orchestra conducted by NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley
Special guest Joe Lovano

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) with special guest Joe Lovano.

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DC Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center present: Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 8:00 PM

DC Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center present Trance, the two-piano project featuring Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés. The concert combines leading living exponents of two generations in the great Cuban piano tradition.

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NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Jun 21 - Jun 27, 2018

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter joins the National Symphony Orchestra for an evening in support of his album Nat King Cole & Me.
Alert: Second performance added due to demand! Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

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