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).
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.
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.
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).
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).