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  • [KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly.] KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly

    Fri., Oct. 4, 2013
    A virtuosic musician and songwriter who has "intelligence, wit, and feeling" in her music according to jazz great Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Grace Kelly has a growing list of triumphs, including four ASCAP Foundation's Young Jazz Composers Awards.

  • [Ahmad Jamal with Opening Set by Jason Moran.] Ahmad Jamal with Opening Set by Jason Moran

    Sat., Oct. 5, 2013, 7:30 PM
    Pianist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal performs with his own group, with pianist Jason Moran providing an opening set on solo piano. Produced in association with Jill Newman Productions.

  • [ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding.] ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding

    Fri., Oct. 11, 2013
    Formed out of their work together on Carrington's Grammy-winning album The Mosaic Project, ACS gathers three of the most important musicians in jazz: pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist Esperanza Spalding.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Winard Harper and Jeli Posse.] KC Jazz Club: Winard Harper and Jeli Posse

    Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
    "A drummer of huge presence and virtuosity," (The Chicago Tribune), Winard Harper returns to the Kennedy Center with his newest band, the Jeli Posse.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson, <I>We Four: Celebrating John Coltrane</i>, with Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, and Nat Reeves.] KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson, We Four: Celebrating John Coltrane, with Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, and Nat Reeves

    Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
    Saxophonist Javon Jackson combines talents with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb for an original project highlighting the immortal music of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

  • [KC Jazz Club: The Curtis Fuller Brasstet with Bobby Shew and Don Sickler.] KC Jazz Club: The Curtis Fuller Brasstet with Bobby Shew and Don Sickler

    Fri., Nov. 1, 2013
    A brilliant trombonist and master technician, NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller brings his newest endeavor to the Kennedy Center, The Brasstet, with five-time Grammy-winning producer Don Sickler and Bobby Shew on trumpet and flugelhorn.

  • [Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars with Stefon Harris.] Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars with Stefon Harris

    Sat., Nov. 2, 2013
    Showcasing the intricacies of the Django Reinhardt style, the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars return featuring guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt and are joined by vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris.

  • [Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn: <i>The Artistry of Jazz Horn</i>.] Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn: The Artistry of Jazz Horn

    Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
    With a strong nod to the vocal traditions of the past, and a headstrong look to the future, Jazzmeia Horn was the recipient of the "Rising Star" award at the inaugural Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2012.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon.] KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

    Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
    Pianist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran brings his The Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, for more dynamic and creative music.

  • [<i>Something to Sing About</i><br>Kathleen Battle, soprano<br>Cyrus Chestnut, pianist.] Something to Sing About
    Kathleen Battle, soprano
    Cyrus Chestnut, pianist

    Fri., Nov. 15, 2013, 8:00 PM
    Soprano Kathleen Battle, whose voice has been called "one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (Washington Post), joins forces with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to perform music by Gershwin, Ellington, Joplin, and others.

  • [<i>American Voices</i>: Jazz Master Session with Dianne Reeves.] American Voices: Jazz Master Session with Dianne Reeves

    Fri., Nov. 22, 2013, 8:00 PM
    Observe jazz sensation Dianne Reeves as she coaches pre-selected young artists. The session concludes with a panel discussion moderated by Renée Fleming that includes Kurt Elling, Darryl Pitt, Dianne Reeves, Larry Rosen, and Don Was.

  • [NPR's <i>A Jazz Piano Christmas</i>.] NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

    Sat., Dec. 7, 2013
    Join the Kennedy Center and NPR as top jazz pianists, including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs in a program to be recorded for later broadcast.

  • [A Jazz New Year's Eve: <i>Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute</i> with Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli.] A Jazz New Year's Eve: Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute with Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli

    Tue., Dec. 31, 2013
    Ring in 2014 with NEA Jazz Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli as they pay homage to Nat King Cole, whose smoky, smooth vocals spawned a long string of solid hits starting with "Straighten Up And Fly Right."

  • [The Crossroads Club: Roy Hargrove's RH Factor.] The Crossroads Club: Roy Hargrove's RH Factor

    Sat., Jan. 18, 2014
    Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove brings his progressive jazz ensemble the RH Factor to The Crossroads Club in a high-energy performance combining soul, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Oscar Peñas.] KC Jazz Club: Oscar Peñas

    Fri., Feb. 7, 2014
    Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas makes his KC Jazz Club debut playing his unique style of music that has been described as "transnational cool," fusing traditional jazz with hints of flamenco and South American grooves.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Frédéric Yonnet.] KC Jazz Club: Frédéric Yonnet

    Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
    Urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet produces "remarkably fluid, jazz-inspired improvisations" (The Washington Post), blending multiple genres including rock and R&B, while bringing the harmonica front and center.

  • [<i>Let's Fall in Love:</i> Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More.] Let's Fall in Love: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand, Songbook Classics, & More

    Fri., Feb. 14, 2014
    Spend Valentine's Day with singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who is known for her sparkling jazz renditions from the Great American Songbook, and her clever, contemporary originals.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Kimberly Thompson.] KC Jazz Club: Kimberly Thompson

    Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
    From bop to hip-hop, versatile jazz drummer Kimberly Thompson regularly plays with artists as varied as Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Mike Stern. She'll also be the house band drummer for TV's upcoming Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Gerald Clayton Trio.] KC Jazz Club: Gerald Clayton Trio

    Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
    Grammy–nominated jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton is leaving his own mark on the music community with his "huge and authoritative presence" (The New York Times).

  • [Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jamison Ross and Joy Ride.] Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jamison Ross and Joy Ride

    Sat., Mar. 1, 2014
    An alumnus of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, drummer Jamison Ross, winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition, returns to the Kennedy Center with his band Joy Ride.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Lewis Nash Quintet.] KC Jazz Club: Lewis Nash Quintet

    Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
    Drummer Lewis Nash makes his Kennedy Center debut as a bandleader with Renee Rosnes on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Jimmy Greene on saxophone, and Peter Washington on bass.

  • [<i>One Mic</i>: Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: The Revive Big Band.] One Mic: Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: The Revive Big Band

    Sat., Apr. 5, 2014
    With a contemporary groove housed in a traditional jazz context, New York's Revive Big Band led by trumpeter Igmar Thomas blends original works flavored with hip-hop, R&B, and sampled jazz recordings.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Kevin Mahogany.] KC Jazz Club: Kevin Mahogany

    Sat., Apr. 26, 2014
    Vocalist Kevin Mahogany returns to the Kennedy Center with a blues-heavy set celebrating his 20-year career as an artist with a gift for bebop, ballads, blues, and swinging jazz.

  • [Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Justin Kauflin.] Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Justin Kauflin

    Fri., May 2, 2014
    With "a touch and imagination that is immensely appealing" (Jersey Jazz), young jazz pianist Justin Kauflin brings his talent back to the Kennedy Center.

  • [The Terence Blanchard Group<br>with special guest Lionel Loueke.] The Terence Blanchard Group
    with special guest Lionel Loueke

    Fri., May 9, 2014
    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, multi-Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Blue Note artist Terence Blanchard returns to the Center with his ensemble for the first time in three years.

  • [The Crossroads Club: Robert Glasper Experiment.] The Crossroads Club: Robert Glasper Experiment

    Sat., May 10, 2014
    Grammy-winning hip-hop jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his spontaneous spirit of adventure and experimentation to the Kennedy Center in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

  • [<i>Blue Note at 75, The Concert</i>.] Blue Note at 75, The Concert

    Sun., May 11, 2014, 7:00 PM
    As the culminating event of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, artists from the iconic label's present and past roster perform: Norah Jones, Jason Moran, Wayne Shorter, and other guests.

  • [19th Annual <i>Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival</i>.] 19th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

    May 23 - 24, 2014
    Celebrate the life, legacy, and career of legendary pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams with the Kennedy Center's 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

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