Bassist Emory Diggs and his band come to Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society to pay tribute to Jerry Gordan, the local jazz guitarist who passed away in 2012. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band that plays a mix of covers and original music. The group borrows from a diverse set of influences, ranging from ‘60s movie soundtracks to Bollywood, all in support of an operatic vocalist. The band plays a 7 p.m. set at the Bossa Bistro & Lounge. $10 at the door.

Area pianist Joe Vetter leads his quartet at Twins Jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 + minimum and surcharge.

Vocalist Nicole Henry kicks off a run of holiday shows at Blues Alley with 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 + minimum and surcharge.

Rhizome hosts an evening of avant-garde music with percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Wilt. 8 p.m. $10 at the door.


Christie Dashiell is one of three area vocalists who reached the finals of the prestigious Monk Competition in 2015. Her ensemble plays Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society from 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Bassist Eliot Seppa leads a trio at Sotto. 8 to 11 p.m. FREE

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin led the quartet that served as David Bowie's backing band for that cultural icon's final album. McCaslin's band is touring in support of its latest album, Beyond Now, and plays 7 and 9 p.m. sets at MilkBoy ArtHouse. $10-$30.

Marcus Johnson, the area’s most prominent smooth jazz musician, kicks off a four night run at Blues Alley, presenting a selection of seasonal classics. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $30-$35 + minimum and surcharge.

The Twins Jazz Orchestra plays its monthly gig at the U Street venue. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 + minimum and surcharge.

The Feedel Band combines jazz, funk, and traditional Ethiopian music to create a truly groovy sound. They'll play the Bossa Bistro & Lounge. 9:30 p.m. $10 at the door.


The U Street Jazz Collective is comprised of veteran local musicians who regularly played that neighborhood when jazz rooms were aplenty. The band comes to Jazz Night in Southwest from 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

Keyboardist Will Rast has played with R&B star Mya, his own long-running band, The Funk Ark, and now tours with the afrobeat ensemble, Antibalas. The long-time area resident leads his own quartet at Sotto. 8 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Trumpeter Kevin Cordt plays Mr. Henry's from 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Rhizome presents an evening of guitar music, ranging from primitive to experimental, with a bill that includes Mark Fosson alongside locals Don Zientara and Anthony Pirog. 8 p.m. $10 at the door.

Tony Martucci has long been one of the area’s first-call drummers. He released his latest album, the excellent Ancestral Voices, earlier this year and will no doubt play material from the recording during 9 and 11 p.m. sets with his quartet on Friday and Saturday at Twins Jazz. $15 + minimum and surcharge.


The Kennedy Center hosts NPR’s annual A Jazz Piano Christmas, featuring Helen Sung, NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, Brazilian virtuoso Abelita Mateus, and Cajun blues master Marcia Ball. 7 and 9 p.m. sets. $55-$70.

Vocalist Renee Tannenbaum plays Mr. Henry's from 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Akua Allrich is one of the area’s top vocalists, with a sound that blends jazz, soul, and African influences. Along with her band, The Tribe, she brings her infectious grooves to Sotto for an 8 p.m. set. $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Vocalist Julian Hipkins plays The Alex from 8 to 11 p.m. $20 minimum, reservations recommended.


Organist Benjie Porecki leads a group at Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Vocalist Julie Mack joins the Encantada Trio for an early set of Brazilian vibes at Bossa. 7 p.m. $10 at the door.

Area saxophonist Bob Schwartz brings his band to Twins Jazz for 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 + minimum and surcharge.


The Millennium Stage hosts the 44th anniversary of MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS!, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which hundreds of tuba, sousaphone, and euphonium players from around Washington, D.C., play traditional Christmas music. 6 p.m. FREE

The Nighthawks play Blues Night in Southwest from 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

Smooth jazz artist Daniel Weatherspoon plays a holiday show at Blues Alley. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 + minimum and surcharge.


Saxophonist Tedd Baker continues his Tuesday night residency at Jojo’s. 7:30 to 11 p.m. FREE

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club hosts its youth jazz orchestra with special guest Ben Williams, a star bassist with local roots. 7:30 p.m. $35 + minimum and surcharge.

Cheick Hamala Diabate, D.C.’s resident griot master, plays Bossa. 9:30 p.m. FREE