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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 and the students of Chicago's Kenwood Academy Jazz Band to remount a multimedia "opus on sustaining hope in the face of violence" (Chicago Tribune).

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Washington National Opera: Champion

Washington National Opera: Champion

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."

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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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KC Jazz Club: Christie Dashiell

KC Jazz Club: Christie Dashiell

Sat, Mar 11

Born in D.C., a 2010 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alum, and chosen as Washington City Paper's Jazz Vocalist of the year in 2015, Christie Dashiell is a talented vocalist who has been likened to Sarah Vaughan and Lalah Hathaway.

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2017 Jazz Masters

2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

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. 


Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

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.

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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 Sings Ella Fitzgerald with special guest Nicholas Payton

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

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