Jazz Up Your Night in Washington, DC

Shannon Morgan

By , Travel Expert at Large, Washington
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Do you like jazz? Did you know that Washington, DC is the birthplace of jazz legend Duke Ellington? DC is also home to several jazz clubs, like Bohemian Caverns where Ellington spent time. Bohemian Caverns delivers that classic 1920s jazz club experience as does Blues Alley in Georgetown.

Another unique venue is the KC Jazz Club on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center. The club is intimate and more casual than you would expect. Black Fox Lounge and Twins Jazz Club are also intimate venues where you can enjoy jazz in the district.

If the bar scene is more to your liking, you can enjoy jazz at Takoma Station Tavern, Columbia...  Read more »

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    HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues

    HR-57 is a venue for weekend jazz and blues performances by new and seasoned musicians.

    Local Expert Tip: "Text JAZZ to 202-800-1588 to receive monthly concert schedules."

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    Takoma Station Tavern

    Takoma Station Tavern hosts a jazz jam session featuring local musicians every Tuesday.

    Local Expert Tip: "Every night is busy; arrive early to grab your seat."

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    KC Jazz Club

    The KC Jazz Club on the roof of the Kennedy Center is an intimate jazz concert venue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get early access to ticket sales by becoming a member of the Kennedy Center."

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    Black Fox Lounge

    Black Fox Lounge features intimate performances by talented jazz musicians.

    Local Expert Tip: "Think you've got chops? Black Fox Lounge hosts a bi-monthly open-mic night."

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    Blues Alley

    Blues Alley offers the classic jazz club experience in historic Georgetown.

    Local Expert Tip: "Find show discounts on the Blues Alley Facebook page."

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    Bohemian Caverns

    Bohemian Caverns is more than just a jazz club; its a DC institution.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take a moment to appreciate the jazz mural on the exterior of the building."

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    Columbia Station

    Columbia Station is a family-friendly restaurant in Adams Morgan featuring live jazz music.

    Local Expert Tip: "The best place to just listen and enjoy the music is at the bar."

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    Madam's Organ

    Live music plays every night of the week at Madam's Organ, including jazz, blues, R&B and bluegrass.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are four levels inside Madam's Organ; head to level three to escape the crowds."

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    Georgia Brown's

    Georgia Brown's serves a side of jazz twice weekly with its low country cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy live jazz on Wednesday evenings and at Sunday brunch. "

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    Twins Jazz

    Twins Jazz Club hosts serious jazz musicians at its U Street location.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a seat near the stage if you want to enjoy the music without being disturbed by conversations."



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