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.
Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2017
The celebrated company known for vivid performances and intelligent dance pieces performs a new work that explores the legacy of jazz musician John Coltrane, visualizing his life's work through dance and eye-catching multimedia components.
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).
Mon, Jun 12, 2017, 7:30 PM
Support for Jazz at the Kennedy Center is generously provided by Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian.
Discovery Artists in the KC Jazz Club are supported by The William N. Cafritz Jazz Initiative and The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White.
Additional support for Jazz is provided by The Argus Fund.