National Gallery of Art: Jazz in the Garden 2017

Enjoy Free Outdoor Jazz Concerts in Washington DC

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
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The National Gallery of Art offers free jazz performances at Jazz in the Garden at its outdoor café every Friday evening throughout the summer. The concerts feature locally and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a wide variety of musical genres—Brazilian bluegrass, Dixieland, Czech jazz, Steel Pan Caribbean jazz, blues fusion, Brazilian jazz, soul, and more. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and a light dinner while listening to great music in a relaxed garden setting amid the Gallery's collection of large-scale sculpture by such modern and contemporary artists as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and Roxy Paine.

Arrive early for optimal seating.

Dates: Every Friday, May 19 - August 25, 2017, weather permitting.

Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Pavilion Café, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW, along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square.

Admission: Free

Food and Drink: You may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring your own picnic. The Pavilion Café offers appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and salads indoors, while an outdoor grill provides barbecue pork sandwiches, jerk chicken sandwiches, and Italian sausages. A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, sangria, and soda, are sold onsite. Note that alcoholic beverages must be purchased on site and are subject to confiscation if brought to the premises from outside.

2017 Jazz in the Garden Performance Schedule

  • May 19 - Matuto (Brazilian Bluegrass)
  • May 26 - United States Coast Guard Dixieland Band (Dixieland Jazz)
  • June 2 - Leigh Pilzer (saxophone)
  • June 9 - Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio (Czech Jazz)
  • June 16 - Michael Thomas Quintet (Collaboration with DC Jazz Festival)
  • June 23 -  Juanita Williams (Blues singer)
  • June 30 - Victor Provost (Steel Pan Caribbean Jazz)
  • July 7 - Speakers of the House (Rock Fusion)
  • July 14 - Onyx Club Boys (Gypsy Swing)
  • July 21 - Elijah Jamal Balbed (Jazz Go-Go Fusion)
  • July 28 - 3Divas (Instrumental Jazz)
  • August 4 - Incendio (World Guitar)
  • August 11 - Zili (World Soul)
  • August 18 - Davina and the Vagabonds (Jazz, Blues)
  • August 25 - Black Masala (Eclectic)

Concerts may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. For up-to-date informationvisit www.nga.gov/jazz, or call (202) 289-3360.

About the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

The 6.1-acre National Gallery of Art Sculpture ​Garden, opened on May 23, 1999, provides a distinctive backdrop for 21 monumental works of modern sculpture by internationally renowned artists. Visitors may enjoy spacious seating and walking areas amid the native American canopy and flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. The sculpture garden was given to the nation by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Read more about the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

The Washington DC area offers dozens of free live performances throughout the year.