Upcoming Events: KC Jazz Club
Jazz is the public's art form. It's social, spontaneous, and interactive—most true to itself when being created in the company of others. So what better way to experience it than in Washington's most intimate concert venue: The KC Jazz Club.
Throughout the season, the KC Jazz Club lights up the Kennedy Center roof-level Terrace Gallery with performances by today's hottest new talents and seasoned jazz veterans. The club's trendy and comfortable cabaret setting features lamp-lit tables for four and drinks and light-menu fare available for purchase. No smoking. No minimum. Just up close and personal with your favorite jazz artists—the way jazz was meant to be.
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
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
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.
KC Jazz Club: Kimberly Thompson
Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
Few artists are as versatile as jazz drummer Kimberly Thompson, who plays everything from bop to hip-hop.
KC Jazz Club: CANCELLED: Cedar Walton and His Trio
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014
PROGRAM NOTE as of 8/19: These KC Jazz Club concerts have been cancelled. The Kennedy Center mourns the loss of pianist Cedar Walton, who passed away August 19, 2013.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
All programs are subject to change.