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. UPDATE on 3/1: Reservations are now closed; please see additional information below. 


Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

Urban Bush Women: Walking with 'Trane

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.

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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


 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.

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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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