- A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis Wed., Dec. 31, 2014
- KC Jazz Club: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience featuring Machito Jr. Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Jazz: 2014-2015 Season
A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis
Wed., Dec. 31, 2014 | Buy Now
Ring in 2015 with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master and Tony Award nominee, and his quartet--one of the leading jazz groups working today.
KC Jazz Club: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience featuring Machito Jr.
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015 | Buy Now
Percussionist Machito Jr. joins the Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro-Cuban Experience for this concert under the direction of Dizzy's long-time bassist, John Lee.
Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Sullivan Fortner Quartet
Sat., Jan. 24, 2015 | Buy Now
Returning to the Kennedy Center following his 2013 appearance on NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas, New Orleans-born pianist Sullivan Fortner has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age.
KC Jazz Club: Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, featuring Jamie Baum, George Schuller & Jerome Harris
Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 | Buy Now
Flutist Jamie Baum held on to several charts given to her by the late, great pianist Jaki Byard several years ago. She always knew she would find the right time and the right musicians with whom to explore this interesting and timeless music.
The Crossroads Club: Maceo Parker
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015 | Buy Now
Performing in the Crossroads Club, saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk like nobody else. In the 1960s and '70s, Parker helped pioneer the genre as a key band member for James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins.
KC Jazz Club: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 | Buy Now
Featuring Chris Brubeck on bass, trombone, and piano; Joel Brown on guitar; and Peter Madcat Ruth on multiple instruments (with all three on vocals), the group performs in tribute to Chris's father, the late jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.
KC Jazz Club: Jenny Scheinman featuring Brian Blade
Fri., Feb. 13, 2015 | Buy Now
An in-demand, multi-genre artist, the violinist, vocalist, and composer makes her KC Jazz Club debut with her own group and featuring drummer Brian Blade, showcasing her fusion of jazz and country talents.
Kurt Elling: Passion World
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015 | Buy Now
Spend Valentine's Day with Kennedy Center favorite and Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling as he performs love songs from around the world in his latest project, Passion World.
The Great Flood: Film by Bill Morrison; Music composed and performed by Bill Frisell, with Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen
Fri., Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30 PM | Buy Now
Guitarist Bill Frisell and his quartet perform original compositions while accompanying the documentary The Great Flood by Bill Morrison, chronicling the largest flood in U.S. history, which took place in spring of 1927.
Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday
Fri., Mar. 27, 2015, 8:00 PM | Buy Now
Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson showcases her blues, country, and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections from her newest recording (release date scheduled for February 2015) highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday.
Jason Moran's In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, 1959
Sat., Mar. 28, 2015, 8:00 PM | Buy Now
Celebrate the legacy of Thelonious Monk as Jason Moran leads The Big Bandwagon in a full-length, multimedia work based on Monk's landmark 1959 concert at New York City's Town Hall.
KC Jazz Club: Nate Smith + Kinfolk
Fri., Apr. 3, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Drummer, bandleader, composer, and producer Nate Smith makes his KC Jazz Club debut with his own group, Kinfolk, having recently served as faculty leader for the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program.
Dianne Reeves and Friends
Sat., Apr. 11, 2015, 8:00 PM | On Sale 2/4/15
Following her star turns last season with Renée Fleming's American Voices festival and the Blue Note at 75 Celebration, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves invites her friends for a not-to-be missed evening in the Concert Hall.
The Blues Hall of Fame Tour
Fri., May 1, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Three inductees of the Blues Hall of Fame--Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica), James Cotton (harmonica), and John Hammond (guitar)--deliver individual and collaborative performances backed by a full band.
KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Trio
Fri., May 8, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Born and raised in Baltimore, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart returns with his Organ Trio. All About Jazz praises his playing for raising "the ante on his desire to fulfill a sense of organic unity between music and life."
Harlem Nights / U Street Lights: A Collaborative Presentation of The Apollo and The Kennedy Center
Sun., May 10, 2015, 8:00 PM | On Sale 2/4/15
20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
May 15 - 16, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Celebrate the 20th year of concerts highlighting the legacy of jazz pianist, composer, educator, and bandleader Mary Lou Williams with performances featuring some of today's most exciting and respected jazz musicians.
The Crossroads Club: Mehliana featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana
Sat., Oct. 4, 2014
Mehliana pairs world-renowned pianist Brad Mehldau, performing on Fender Rhodes and an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, with acclaimed percussionist Mark Guiliana on drums and effects.
Muhal Richard Abrams
Fri., Oct. 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
NEA Jazz Master pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams and his group make a rare DC appearance.
Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
Launched by SFJAZZ--the West Coast's largest nonprofit jazz institution--the SFJAZZ Collective is one of today's hottest all-star ensembles, performing original works and arrangements of compositions by Joe Henderson.
KC Jazz Club: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith
Sat., Oct. 18, 2014
Saxophonist Craig Handy makes his Kennedy Center debut as leader with music from his recently released album, which reinterprets, in New Orleans style, ten numbers made famous by Jimmy Smith, the father of the modern jazz organ.
KC Jazz Club: Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators
Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
A legendary drummer who began playing with groups fronted by Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson in the 1950s and '60s, Louis Hayes brings his Jazz Communicators for an evening of vibrant, creative music.
KC Jazz Club: The Pedrito Martinez Group
Sat., Nov. 1, 2014
Led by the conga master and a major new voice in Afro-Cuban music, the Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria.
Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Katie Ernst: Little Words
Fri., Nov. 7, 2014
Chicago bassist, vocalist, and composer Katie Ernst presents song settings of Dorothy Parker poetry from her newest recording project, Little Words, as well as original compositions and arrangements.
KC Jazz Club: George Cables Songbook featuring Victor Lewis
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
Join in the celebration for the 70th birthday of acclaimed jazz pianist George Cables, whose innovative style and fresh interpretations of classic compositions have fueled his career for more than 50 years.
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30 PM
Experience the soulful groove of NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Lou Donaldson and his quartet in a Terrace Theater performance highlighting his distinctive blues-drenched sound.
KC Jazz Club: Mary Stallings and the Eric Reed Trio
Sat., Nov. 15, 2014
"Perhaps the best jazz singer alive today" (The New York Times), the soulful Mary Stallings is joined by phenomenal pianist Eric Reed, with whom she has worked for many years.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander
Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
Under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, the group performs big band jazz standards featuring vocalists Allan Harris and Dee Alexander. The evening includes repertoire made famous by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, among others.
NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR as top jazz pianists perform their favorite holiday songs with master Harold Mabern, newcomer Kris Davis, and Washington, D.C. favorites Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut.
Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female instrumentalist to take first prize in the event's history, leads her own band.
Megan Hilty's A Kennedy Center Christmas
Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
One night only! Back by popular demand, the "new princess of Broadway" (Time Magazine) returns to perform a combination of Christmas favorites and classics from the Great American Songbook.
All programs are subject to change. List of all Jazz Performances