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DC Jazz Jam (www.dcjazzjam.com) is a free, open, and welcoming space for experienced jazz players, hobbyists, students, and appreciators to come together to enjoy spontaneous music-making.

Sunday 4/30/17: Vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper hosts our final Ella tribute jam!

ImaniGraceCooperPlease join us as we finish our month-long Ella Fitzgerald centenary tribute with  outstanding vocalist Imani-Grace Cooper!  Imani-Grace first sang with the jam during one of our early collaborations with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival and has come back to the jam as a guest host twice since then.

Come sit in with Imani-Grace and the rest of our special Fifth Sunday house band, including guest guitarist Adam Fluger, guest keys Hope Udobi, guest bassist Percy White, and jam organizer Will Stephens on drums.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

Also, save the date for these future jam sessions:

  • 5/7/17: Donvonte McCoy (trumpet)
  • 5/14/17: John “JS” Williams (trumpet)
  • 5/21/17: Shannon Gunn (trombone)
  • 5/28/17: No jam (Memorial weekend)
  • Plus many more featured artists from June onward, available on our website’s calendar page!

Sunday 4/13/17: Ella tribute continues w/ singer Jessica Boykin-Settles!

Please join us as we continue our month-long Ella Fitzgerald centenary tribute with vocalist and jazz educator Jessica Boykin-Settles!In addition to being a guest host herself a number of times, Jessica has also served as a vocal instructor for many of the talented vocalists that have come out to the jam over the years.

Come sit in with Irene and the rest of our terrific Fourth Sunday house band, including guest drummer Nick Costa and guest bassist Jon Schwartz.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

Also, save the date for the last of our Ella tribute jam sessions in April, featuring:

  • 4/30/17: Imani-Grace Cooper
  • Plus many more featured artists from May onward, available on our website’s calendar page!

Sunday 4/16/17: Ella Fitzgerald tribute continues with vocalist Irene Jalenti!

Please join us as we continue our month-long Ella Fitzgerald centenary tribute with vocalist Irene Jalenti!  We are very glad to have Irene back for a third stint leading the jam.

Come sit in with Irene and the rest of our terrific Third Sunday house band.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

Also, save the date for the rest of our Ella tribute jam sessions in April, featuring these amazing female vocalists:

  • 4/23/17: Jessica Boykin-Settles
  • 4/30/17: Imani-Grace Cooper
  • Plus many more featured artists from May onward, available on our website’s calendar page!

[Photo by Darwyn Dave at a 2014 jam]

Sunday 4/9/17: Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Month continues with vocalist Rochelle Rice!

Please join us as we continue our month-long Ella Fitzgerald centenary tribute with vocalist Rochelle Rice!  Rochelle has been named Best Vocalist by the Washington CityPaper “Jazzies” and has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore, among many other achievements and accolades.

Come sit in with Rochelle and the rest of our terrific Second Sunday house band, including guest bassist Percy White.  6:30-9:30pm @ The Brixton (901 U Street NW).  No cover!

Also, save the date for the rest of our Ella tribute jam sessions in April, featuring these amazing female vocalists:

  • 4/16/17: Integriti Reeves
  • 4/23/17: Jessica Boykin-Settles
  • 4/30/17: Imani-Grace Cooper
  • Plus many more featured artists from May onward, available on our website’s calendar page!

Best Jazz Jam Session 2017!

We did it!  DC Jazz Jam @ The Brixton just won “Best Jazz Jam Session” in the 2017 Washington CityPaper Readers Poll (link here)!

This is the third time that the CityPaper has had the category, and we’ve won all three times (2013, 2016, 2017).  Three-peat!  Thanks very much to all our house band players and subs, Monthly Master guest artists, guest musicians who walk in the door, patrons, Brixton management and staff, and especially all of this year’s CityPaper voters!