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Past Events: KC Jazz Club

  • KC Jazz Club: Nnenna Freelon

    Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    A multiple Grammy nominee and frequent Billboard Jazz Chart-topper, Nnenna Freelon "makes each song such a personal statement that they all seem fresh and new" (USA Today).

  • KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Christie Dashiell Quartet

    Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Vocalist and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alum Christie Dashiell returns to the Kennedy Center off of a hot run on NBC's hit The Sing-Off, as part of the Howard University jazz/pop a cappella ensemble Afro Blue.

  • KC Jazz Club: Carl Allen Quartet

    Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    The Washington Post praises Carl Allen, "a physical, hard swinging drummer of the Art Blakey school--[for pushing] his band mates to abandon their cool reserve so they can testify as if shouting out in church."

  • KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

    Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo RodrĂ­guez's early and deserved success lies in his "grace under pressure and talent for finding emotional truth in the split-second fall of a piano key" (Los Angeles Times).

  • KC Jazz Club: Roseanna Vitro and The Randy Newman Project, featuring Mark Soskin, Sara Caswell, Tim Horner, and Dean Johnson

    Sat., Nov. 3, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Vocalist Roseanna Vitro has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most gifted singers" and "a first-rate improviser determined to use her voice with the same musical breath and density with which instrumentalists use their horns."

  • KC Jazz Club: Lionel Loueke Trio

    Fri., Nov. 2, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Presenting an elegant mixture of Afropop and jazz, guitarist Lionel Loueke, hailing from the west African country of Benin, has collaborated closely with some of jazz's biggest stars, including Grammy Award winners Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding.

  • KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon with Bill Frisell & Alicia Hall Moran

    Fri., Oct. 26, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Jason Moran, Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz, and The Bandwagon welcome two special guests: one of America's foremost jazz guitarists, Bill Frisell, and talented mezzo-soprano and jazz vocalist Alicia Hall Moran.

  • KC Jazz Club: The Heath Brothers: Jimmy & Tootie Heath

    Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Two landmark careers and giants of jazz in one family; legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and ace hard bop drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath bring brotherly love to their innovative cross-genre playing.

  • KC Jazz Club: Anat Cohen Quartet

    Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, voted Clarinetist of the Year by DownBeat readers in 2010 and 2011, presents her own specialized take on jazz, combining modern jazz with classical music, Brazilian choro, and Argentine tango.

  • KC Jazz Club: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio featuring Jonathan Kreisberg & Jamire Williams

    Sat., Oct. 6, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    A master of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith "can light up a room with visceral intensity or lay down some of the nastiest funk ever played on an organ" (JazzTimes). Smith returns to the Kennedy Center with his trio.

  • KC Jazz Club: Mulgrew Miller Trio

    Fri., Oct. 5, 2012
    2012-2013 Season
    One of the premier groups in all of jazz, the Mulgrew Miller Trio has gained worldwide acclaim from fans and critics alike for their "exceptional harmonic diversity" (Los Angeles Times).

  • KC Jazz Club: Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project

    Sat., Apr. 28, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    With a unique blend of jazz, salsa, Afro-Cuban and South American music, percussionist Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project create a "singularly multicultural musical experience" (Los Angeles Times).

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Fri., Apr. 27, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Salvant's classic style has proven to be a vocal force in the jazz community. The Washington Post proclaims, Salvant's "marathon is just beginning."

  • KC Jazz Club: Julian Lage Group

    Sat., Apr. 14, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    A Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso, Julian Lage returns with his band following his outstanding January 2010 performance with violinist Mark O'Connor celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

  • KC Jazz Club: Catherine Russell

    Fri., Apr. 13, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Vocalist Catherine Russell returns to the Kennedy Center following her show-stopping appearance at the 2010 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival to perform her signature blend of jazz, blues, R&B, and soul.

  • KC Jazz Club: Aaron Parks

    Sat., Feb. 25, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    A 24-year-old jazz piano prodigy turned professional musician, Aaron Parks is turning heads as he breaks out on his own as a leader with his debut CD, Invisible Cinema.

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Milton Suggs

    Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Baritone Milton Suggs has been described by DownBeat as a "commanding jazz vocalist." See why this 2010 alumnus of the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead professional training program is making waves with his debut CD Things to Come.

  • KC Jazz Club: The Cookers

    Sat., Feb. 11, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Jazz veterans Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Victor Lewis, David Weiss, and Craig Handy forge a world-class union in their debut for the Kennedy Center as The Cookers.

  • KC Jazz Club: Nicholas Payton

    Fri., Feb. 10, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Hailed as "abundantly gifted" by the New York Times, Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Nicholas Payton makes his Kennedy Center debut with his own trio.

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Gregory Porter

    Sat., Feb. 4, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Soulful jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is making waves with his gospel-influenced baritone, tinged with an echo of Nat King Cole.

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Aaron Diehl

    Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Winner of the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, Aaron Diehl returns to the Kennedy Center following his tremendous 2008 solo Millennium Stage performance as part of the Jazz in DC celebration.

  • KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Group featuring Bobby Floyd

    Sat., Jan. 28, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart--usually seen in the Center's larger theaters with the likes of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band--returns in a more intimate setting with Hammond B-3 organist Bobby Floyd.

  • KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly Quintet with Special Guest Phil Woods: Man with the Hat

    Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Young saxophone phenom Grace Kelly returns to the Kennedy Center joined by her mentor, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Phil Woods. Throughout her career, Kelly has worked with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and many others.

  • KC Jazz Club: Tierney Sutton Band

    Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Three-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who the New York Times calls "a true jazz spirit," returns to the KC Jazz Club for the first time in six years.

  • KC Jazz Club: Russell Malone

    Sat., Oct. 22, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    A self-taught guitarist who plays with "exceptional harmonic ingenuity and finesse" (The Washington Post), Russell Malone is well-known in the jazz world for his congenial, clever style and astounding versatility.

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