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Gary Bartz

KC Jazz Club: Gary Bartz Quartet

Fri, Oct 7

A 2015 BNY Mellon Living Legacy Jazz Awardee, saxophonist Gary Bartz performs with his quartet.

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Harold López-Nussa Trio

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Harold López-Nussa Trio

Sat, Oct 8

One of the most outstanding young interpreters of jazz in Cuba, Harold López-Nussa has given concerts in the most important theaters in Cuba, as well as on notable stages and international festivals.

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Jane Ira Bloom

KC Jazz Club: Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson

Fri, Oct 14

In a new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, 21st-century soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom explores the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson.

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Fred Hersch

KC Jazz Club: Fred Hersch Trio

Sat, Oct 15

Guggenheim Fellow, pianist, and composer Fred Hersch brings his imaginative approach to classic jazz standards in a performance alongside bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.

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Lakecia Benjamin

KC Jazz Club: Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad

Fri, Oct 21

Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters as well as classic jazz, charismatic and dynamic tenor saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level.

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Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

The Crossroads Club: Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: Breathless

Sat, Oct 22

Multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and film score composer Terence Blanchard, who continues to push the boundaries of sound, purpose, and reach for the art form, performs with his contemporary electronic quintet.

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Tootie Heath

KC Jazz Club: Tootie Heath: The Whole Drum Truth

Sat, Oct 29

For one night only, drummer Tootie Heath joins three great jazz drummers for a historical all-percussion performance, featuring four drum sets--and nothing else.

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Jimmy Heath

Jimmy Heath at 90

Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center celebrates the 90th birthday of legendary saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath with a stellar lineup, including appearances by the Jimmy Heath Big Band.

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KC Jazz Club: Sheila Jordan

KC Jazz Club: Sheila Jordan

Fri, Nov 4

NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan is "one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers" (All Music Guide). Her first great influence was Charlie Parker and, indeed, most of her influences have been instrumentalists rather than singers.

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KC Jazz Club: Pedrito Martinez Group

KC Jazz Club: The Pedrito Martinez Group

Sat, Nov 5

The Grammy-nominated group, led by the consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, returns to the Center with music from their latest album, Habana Dreams.

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Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter: The Unfolding

Sat, Nov 12, 2016, 8:00 PM

NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter returns with a work co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center inspired by recent interpretations of the Big Bang theory that describe the expansion of the universe as an "unfolding" of matter in the time and space continuum.

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Tia Fuller's Angelic Warrior Quartet

KC Jazz Club: Tia Fuller's Angelic Warrior Quartet

Sat, Nov 19

Tia Fuller's third release on Mack Avenue Records, Angelic Warrior, marks her deep-rooted evolution as an instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader.

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NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat, Dec 10

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for a special family affair at this year's holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

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Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

KC Jazz Club: Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra: Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas

Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2016

Highlighting the centenary of late Kennedy Center Honoree and NEA Jazz Master Ella Fitzgerald, Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra perform selections from Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas, and other big band tunes.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow

The Crossroads Club: Jason +: Jason and Jyoti: Muldrow Meets Mingus

Sat, Jan 28

Jason Moran shares the stage with Los Angeles–born singer-songwriter Jyoti in a commissioned musical collaboration that transcends genres and styles and celebrates jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

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Jason Moran and Joan Jonas

Jason +: Jason and Joan: Reanimation

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 7:00 PM

Performance and video artist Joan Jonas collaborates with pianist Jason Moran in Reanimation, a multimedia piece inspired by the Icelandic author Halldór Laxness's novel, Under the Glacier (1968).

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Jazzmeia Horn

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn

Fri, Feb 10

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Horn returns to headline the KC Jazz Club.
 

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Regina Carter

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Fri, Feb 17

One of the leading instrumentalists of her generation, jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter celebrates the 100th birthday of her musical idol and inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald.

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Theaster Gates

Jason +: Jason Moran and Theaster Gates: Looks of a Lot

Fri, Feb 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

Jazz pianist Jason Moran teams up with Chicago-based installation artist and sculptor Theaster Gates to remount a work comprising a series of new blues compositions performed by high school musicians presented in correlation with art and set pieces.

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Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Sat, Mar 4

Multi-Grammy Award–winning composer and conductor Maria Schneider is recognized for successfully blurring the lines between genres. She brings her 17-member collective featuring some of the finest jazz musicians today.

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Elena and Samora Pinderhughes

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Elena and Samora Pinderhughes

Fri, Mar 10

Pinderhughes siblings Elena (flutist and vocalist) and Samora (pianist and composer) are on respective musical trajectories worthy of note. Together, they showcase a family dynamic which highlights their varied musical background.

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Leslie Odom Jr.

Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

Leslie Odom Jr. returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series for a grand concert showcasing the remarkable talent that won him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the smash-hit Hamilton.

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Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover

NSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company

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.

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Billy Childs

Renée Fleming VOICES: Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 8:00 PM

As part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series, composer and pianist Billy Childs presents his exquisite interpretation of songwriter Laura Nyro's beloved works.

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2017 Jazz Masters

2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Mon, Apr 3, 2017, 8:00 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. 


Marquis Hill Blacklet

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Marquis Hill Blacktet

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.

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KC Jazz Club: Geoffrey Keezer Trio with special guest Gillian Margot

KC Jazz Club: Geoffrey Keezer Trio with special guest Gillian Margot

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.

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Abbey Lincoln

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival: Abbey Lincoln Tribute

Thu, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM

Under the musical direction of Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, iconic jazz vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines a celebration of the life and legacy of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).

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Jane Monheit

Renée Fleming VOICES: Jane Monheit with special guest Nicholas Payton: The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration

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.

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Meshell Ndegeocello

The Crossroads Club: Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour Une Âme Souveraine, A Dedication to Nina Simone

Sat, May 13

Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ngdegeocello returns to the Kennedy Center with a tribute performance to singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone (1933-2003).

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