Jazz Clubs and Concerts in Washington, D.C.

Best Places to Enjoy Live Jazz Around the Capital Region


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In the Washington, D.C. area you can enjoy listening to jazz in a variety of venues from intimate jazz clubs to gourmet restaurants to neighborhood pubs. Some DC area jazz clubs require tickets and advance reservations while other destinations are more casual and allow you to just drop in and listen for a while with no cover charge.

As you plan your evening, please keep in mind that some clubs feature a wide range of entertainers and may offer a variety of music styles. You should call ahead and confirm the performance schedule before heading out for the evening.

Jazz Clubs in Washington, D.C.

Bayou DC
2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. (202) 223-6941.
Live music: Every Friday and Saturday
New restaurant and live music venue
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 337-4141.
Cover charge: $15-25, Reservations suggested.
Live music: Nightly at 8 and 10 p.m.
Georgetown’s jazz supper club features top jazz performers from around the country.
Columbia Station
2325 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 462-6040.
No cover charge
Live music: Nightly at 10 p.m.
The Adams Morgan pub features nightly jazz performances.
Duke’s City Restaurant and Lounge
1208 U Street NW, Washington, D..C (202) 986-9400 No cover charge
Live music: Thursday through Sunday nights
This contemporary restaurant in the U Street corridor of DC features live jazz.
Howard Theatre
620 T Street NW Washington, D.C. (800) 653-8000.
Tickets Required
Live concerts: Schedule varies.
The historic theater features a state-of-the-art sound system and flexible supper club style seating.
JoJo's Restaurant and Bar
1518 U Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202)319-9350.
No cover charge
Live music: Nightly. This small club in the U Street District features live jazz, blues, funk, soul and R & B.
Kennedy Center Jazz Club
2700 F. St. NW, Washington, D.C. (800) 444-1324
Tickets Required, prices vary
Live music: schedule varies
This is one of the Kennedy Center’s newest performance venues.
National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden
Pavilion Café at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, D.C.
No cover charge
Live music: Fridays 5-8:30 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through mid-September
Enjoy live jazz outdoors amid beautiful landscaping and sculptures.

Sankofa Cafe
2714 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, D.C.  (202) 234-4755
No cover charge
Live music: Tuesdays and Thursays 8-10 p.m.
Local jazz musicians perform.
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Take Five Jazz Series
Kogod Courtyard, 8th & F streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
No cover charge
Live music: Every third Thursday.
Board games are always available for guests to play, and the Courtyard Café offers seasonal refreshments for sale during the concerts.
Takoma Station Tavern
6914 4th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 829-1999
No cover charge
Live music: Five nights a week including Wed.-Fri, jazz happy hours starting at 6:30 p.m.
Takoma Station Tavern offers live Latin Jazz, Reggae, International Jazz, and Progressive Jazz.
Twins Jazz
1344 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 234-0072.
Cover charge: $15, Reservations suggested.
Live music: Tues.-Thurs. at 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 9-11 p.m.; Jam Session Every Sunday with the Ron Gary Trio.
Twins Jazz features live jazz and American, Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine.
1418 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 483-7669.
No cover charge
Live Music: Tues-Thurs. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 pm.-2:30 a.m., Sun. 9:30 pm.-1:30 p.m.
U-topia offers an international menu and a variety of music.

Jazz Clubs in Maryland

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
7719 Wisconsin Avenue. Bethesda, MD (240) 330-4500.
Live Music: seven days a week
The historic Bethesda Theatre was remodeled and reopened in 2013 as a venue offering a wide range of musical performances. New Orleans style cuisine.

Jazz Clubs in Virginia

Bangkok Blues
926 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA (703) 534-0095
Cover Charge: Free to $8
Live Music: Mon-Thurs: 7:30-11 p.m., Fri, Sat: 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun: 7-10:30 p.m.
This Thai restaurant is known for excellent food and nightly jazz performances.

Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA (703) 549-7500
Cover charge: Prices vary, Buy tickets in advance.
Seating and food service begins at 6pm. Most shows start at 7:30pm.
The Birchmere is a 500-seat dinner-theater style Music Hall offering a variety of musical performances of folk, jazz, rock, gospel or alternative music.

Ice House Café
760 Elden St., Herndon, VA (703) 437-4500
No cover charge
Live Music: Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight. Reservations Suggested.
The restaurant is known for fine dining and live jazz entertainment.

King Street Blues
112 N St Asaph St, Alexandria, VA (703) 836-8800
No Cover charge
Live Music: Hours vary
King Street Blues features "Comfort Food with a Southern Accent," which includes items like BBQ, meatloaf, shrimp, catfish and salads. Live entertainment is available at four family friendly restaurant locations: Old Town, Kingstowne, Crystal City and Stafford. Performance schedules vary by location, so please call ahead to confirm.

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