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.
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.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 7:30 PM
The acclaimed Harlem String Quartet combines its "fresh, bracing, and intelligent" work (The Cincinnati Enquirer) with the Fortas debut of "formidable virtuoso" Aldo Lopez-Gavilan (The Times of London), a renowned Cuban pianist and composer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2017
The real-life story of Emile Griffith--the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s led to unexpected tragedy--comes roaring to the stage in Terence Blanchard's haunting and visually stunning "opera in jazz."
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.
Apr 7 - Apr 8, 2017
The celebrated, all-female 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
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).
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.
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).