After losing a string of major nightclubs in recent years, including the legendary Bohemian Caverns in 2016, D.C.’s jazz community faced an uncertain future. But instead of exiting to the wail of a sad trombone, local musicians found unexpected venues in the District’s music scene bringing jams far beyond the usual haunts. We take a look at some of those new spots filling the void, and what it means for the future of jazz in and around the District.


  • Fritz Hahn Bars and Clubs Editor, Washington Post Going Out Guide
  • Omrao Brown Former co-owner, Bohemian Caverns
  • Lena Seikaly Jazz vocalist

UDC's Big Band Jazz Festival

Kojo's Best Kept Jazz Secret In Washington -Until Now - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

A few years ago, my then thirtysome-year-old son, who's been practicing and playing jazz trumpet for what seems like forever, casually invited me to join him and a friend to catch some big band jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. This took me by surprise.

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