Jazz Clubs in Washington, DC

Jazz Clubs in Washington, DC
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Jazz Clubs in Washington, DC

With a long history that dates back to the 1920’s, Washington, DC’s jazz scene has experienced a resurgence in the U Street corridor. Before moving on to Harlem, Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, Billy Taylor and Frank Wess started off in the District. If you decide to spend an evening seeing a show, expect quality performances in small venues for a reasonable price. Check the details of the club, as some have a drink or food minimum purchase, while others only require tickets.

Twins Jazz:

Known for its phenomenal jazz offerings, Twins Jazz offers nightly entertainment in a cozy venue. The warm, close, and candle-lit environment has a cover charge ranging from $10-$30 depending on the act, and requires a minimum $10 per person food or beverage purchase. Residents love the wide variety of ensembles that come in from all over the world to play, and return time and again to see some of the best acts in the city. Closed Wednesday Address: 1344 U St NW

Blues Alley:

This intimate jazz club has been known to bring in heavy hitters such as Kenny Garrett, Stanley Clark, and Chick Corea, as well as exceptional new talent. Ranging a bit more on the pricey side than other local jazz clubs (tickets between $15-$50, there is a $12 per person food or beverage requirement), it nonetheless provides a jazz experience like no other, right in the heart of Georgetown. Address: 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW

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Bohemian Caverns: CLOSED 2016

EDIT CLOSED in 2016: With a DC history that includes past performers such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Shirley Horn, Bohemian Caverns still offers an intimate jazz club experience with highly regarded acts. Located in a cavern styled basement on U st, the small club offers food and drinks at small tables surrounding the floor level stage. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Bohemian Caverns features their standard orchestra or a resident artist with tickets around $10. Fridays and Saturdays bring in touring musicians for two sets each night at $20 to $30. Popular shows can sell out – tickets online. Address: 2001 11th St NW

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