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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.

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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.

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Philip Glass's 20 Etudes: A 5-Pianist Collaboration with Philip Glass, Jason Moran, Aaron Diehl, Devonté Hynes, and Jenny Lin

Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 8:00 PM

Contemporary classical piano meets jazz improvisation in this live musical performance featuring Glass in his eagerly awaited Kennedy Center debut, along with our Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran and three other pianists.

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KC Jazz Club: Myra Melford with Snowy Egret

Sat, Mar 10

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

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Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Joel Ross Good Vibes

Sat, Mar 17

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: 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.

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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.

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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.


Cancelled: 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.
Update on 12/12: Please see cancellation details below.

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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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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). 

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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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