Best Jazz Spots In DC
Whether you prefer the tunes of major jazz performing artists or a little-known local jazz band, DC has plenty of hot spots to enjoy a beverage, a meal and a little bit of jazz music. So check out what this city has to offer in the art of jazz.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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Since 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has brought countless theatrical performances, concerts, dance and ballet ensembles to the DC area. In terms of jazz music, the Kennedy Center Jazz Club brings seasoned jazz veterans and up-and-coming new jazz artists to the rooftop Terrace Gallery. The club sets the scene with comfortable seating, lamp-lit tables and light fare. The Kennedy Center also provides educational opportunities as well as a section of the gift shop strictly devoted to jazz music.
Hours: Mon – Thurs, Sun 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.
If you prefer a little bit of soul food with your jazz music, then swing on by Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan. Madam’s Organ features live musical entertainment every night of the week, from popular jazz performing artists to local jazz bands. The venue is also known to have live blues and bluegrass entertainment as well. Enjoy soul food classics like chicken fried steak, fried okra, pulled pork and collard greens. Madam’s Organ also features food and drink specials as well as other exciting events like open mic night and drunkeoke.
Hours: Mon 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Tue to Thur 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Established in 1926, Bohemian Caverns is DC’s most legendary jazz club. Many jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis performed on the club’s stage. Today, swing by and listen to the club’s own 17-piece big band play every Monday night or check out the club’s happening events calendar, which features both established jazz veterans as well as local up-and coming jazz artists. The club also features a delicious brunch menu and tasty dinner items.
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Hours: Sun – Thurs 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri – Sat 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
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See up-and-coming jazz artists before they hit the big time at Twins Jazz. Twins Jazz provides students from local schools, colleges and universities the chance to perform their musical talents in front of an audience. The venue is also known to host plenty of veteran jazz artist performances of both the past and present including pianist Shirley Horn, vocalist Nap Turner, saxophonist Frank Lacy, the great Stevie Wonder and more. Enjoy American, Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine, the laidback atmosphere as well as other exciting events like jazz festivals, workshops and forums.
Utopia Bar and Grill
Hours: Jazz Nights Tues 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Weds 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Thurs 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Enjoy works of original food and drink specials as well as live jazz entertainment at Utopia Bar and Grill. A local hot spot for the U Street Corridor neighborhood. Enjoy the sounds of Brazilian jazz and blues, including local artists the Deandre Howard and Elijah quartets, six nights a week. The venue also features unique artwork from its owner, Jamal Sahri, as well as delicious brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menus. Utopia also provides a full-service bar, 14 beers and delicious coffee drinks.
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