Drummer Jon Epcar's credits range from Broadway hits to studio work with John Legend and Justin Timberlake. He assembled a band to record his first album, Morning Drone, brings the group to the Millennium Stage for a 6 p.m. set. FREE

Vocalist Kia Bennett pays tribute to Sade in her 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Blues Alley. $22 + minimum and surcharge. 


The Millennium Stage hosts a Thanksgiving Day swing dance party from 6 to 9 p.m. FREE


Trombonist Bobby Felder assembled a big band comprised of DMV veterans to play Jazz Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door. 

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra bring the classic big band elegance of the '20s, '30s, and '40s to the Carlyle Club. The band kicks off the holiday season with arrangements of Christmas classics. 8 p.m. Tickets $35 plus minimum and surcharge.

Smooth jazz star and keyboardist Alex Bugnon will begins a three-night stand of 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Blues Alley. Tickets $30-$35 plus minimum and surcharge.

Busy area vocalist Aaron Myers leads his band at Mr. Henry's. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum. (Disclosure: Aaron Myers publishes this blog). 


Robert “Mousey” Thompson played with the great James Brown from 1993 until the music icon’s death in 2006. His James Brown Experience faithfully recreates Brown's greatest hits at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. 8 p.m. $25 + minimum and surcharge. 

Rhizome hosts an evening of experimental ambient music featuring Radiator Greys, Coteries, Ordet, and Twin Jude. 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 

Vocalist Jeff Weintraub leads his band at Mr. Henry's. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum. 


Pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr. have been playing together for the better part of two decades. The trio comes to The Hamilton to play selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas. 3 and 5:30 p.m. sets. $14.75-$34.75.

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum brings his sixth annual holiday tour to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. sets. His all-star band infuses jazz with gospel sounds and seasonal favorites. $59.50 + minimum and surcharge. 

Vocalist Audrey Shakir brings a band to Alice's Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door. 

The New World plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 + minimum and surcharge. 

Subcontinental Groove is a collaboration among veteran local musicians of South Asian descent. The group will play an all-improvised set on Sunday at the Bossa Bistro & Lounge. 8:30 p.m. No cover.


Ethan Foote has played bass with local artsists in a variety of genres. His own quartet draws from jazz, art song, modernism, and other facets of the classical tradition, and plays a 6 p.m. show at the Millennium Stage. FREE

The Electrified Blues Band plays Blues Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door. 

Braxton Cook started his career as a professional saxophonist while a student at Georgetown University. The PG County native now resides in New York, having toured with the likes of trumpeter Christian Scott, but he returns home to Blues Alley with his band to play material from his new album, Somewhere In Between. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $22 + minimum and surcharge. 


Cheik Hamala Diabate, D.C.'s resident master griot, continues his long-running Tuesday night residency playing infectious West African sounds at Bossa. 9:30 p.m. FREE