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Past Events: KC Jazz Club

  • One Mic: Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: The Revive Big Band

    Sat., Apr. 5, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Lewis Nash Quintet

    Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Jamison Ross and Joy Ride

    Sat., Mar. 1, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Gerald Clayton Trio

    Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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).

  • KC Jazz Club: CANCELLED: Cedar Walton and His Trio

    Sat., Feb. 22, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Kimberly Thompson

    Fri., Feb. 21, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Frédéric Yonnet

    Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Oscar Peñas

    Fri., Feb. 7, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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.

  • The Crossroads Club: Roy Hargrove's RH Factor

    Sat., Jan. 18, 2014
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

    Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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.

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn: The Artistry of Jazz Horn

    Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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: The Curtis Fuller Brasstet with Bobby Shew and Don Sickler

    Fri., Nov. 1, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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.

  • KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson, We Four: Celebrating John Coltrane, with Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, and Nat Reeves

    Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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: Winard Harper and Jeli Posse

    Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    "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: Grace Kelly

    Fri., Oct. 4, 2013
    2013-2014 Season
    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.

  • KC Jazz Club: Fred Hersch & Julian Lage

    Fri., May 3, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Pianist Fred Hersch–"singular among the trailblazers of their art" (The New York Times)–and guitarist Julian Lage–"a giant in the making" (All About Jazz)–pair up for an unforgettable night of jazz.

  • CANCELLED: KC Jazz Club: Frank Wess Sextet

    Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Ninety years young, flutist, saxophonist, and NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess is as popular as ever, praised by the Washington Post for his "soulful lyricism" and "great artistry."

  • KC Jazz Club: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

    Fri., Apr. 12, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    The youngest son of the indelible Marsalis family and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, drummer Jason Marsalis, along with his brothers and father "comprise New Orleans's venerable first family of jazz" (All About Jazz).

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Jacob Anderskov's Agnostic Revelations

    Sat., Mar. 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Danish pianist, composer, and bandleader Jacob Anderskov has performed all over the world and previously wowed D.C. audiences with his "edgy, evocative compositions" (JazzTimes).

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio

    Fri., Mar. 8, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Proclaimed an "impressive newcomer" by the Village Voice, Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and her Trio bridge the Brooklyn/Reykjavik jazz divide by combining the elegance of the European approach with a fiery New York drive.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Caroline Henderson

    Thu., Mar. 7, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Danish vocalist Caroline Henderson's joie de vivre, passion, and uncompromising attitude were always the driving forces behind her career, making her a true diva of jazz.

  • Nordic Cool 2013: Olli Hirvonen Quartet

    Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen's quartet has been the main outlet of his creative vision since 2008.

  • KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

    Sat., Feb. 9, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, "the most provocative thinker in current jazz" (Rolling Stone), comes home to perform with The Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.

  • KC Jazz Club: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: An Attitude for Gratitude

    Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Drummer, comedian, and entertainer Matt Wilson's aptly named ensemble creatively "pulls off fascinating improvisations with pure, unfiltered emotion" (JazzTimes).

  • KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Kris Bowers

    Sat., Feb. 2, 2013
    2012-2013 Season
    Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Award, Kris Bowers has already shown tremendous versatility at the ripe age of 22, studying under Kenny Barron and performing on Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne.

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