WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Saxophonist Tracey Cutler plays Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

Vocalist Lorree K. Slye gives a holiday performance at Blues Alley. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 plus minimum and surcharge.

Saxophonist and composer Julian Brezon draws inspiration from visual art and literary works to create his modern jazz sound. His band plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

The District of Raga, a monthly showcase for South Asian musicians that area violinist Nistha Raj organizes, returns to the Bossa Bistro & Lounge. Saxophonist Vinay Konda is this month’s featured artist. 9 p.m. $10 at the door.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist. She plays The Kennedy Center as part of the venue’s Renée Fleming VOICES series. 8 p.m. $29-$79.

Legendary Latin jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval begins a four night stand of 8 and 10 p.m. sets on Thursday at Blues Alley. $60-$65 plus minimum and surcharge.

Pianist Joe Vetter plays 8 and 10 p.m. sets at Twins Jazz. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

Brazilian vocalist Cissa Paz is at the Bossa Bistro & Lounge for her monthly appearance. 10 p.m. $10 at the door.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Organist Jackie Hairston leads band featuring special guest vocalist Marlene Ross at Jazz Night in Southwest. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door.

Todd Marcus is a talented musician and composer who does well representing Baltimore's underrated jazz community. The bass clarinetist leads his nonet at the Geothe-Institut Washington to perform music from his recent travels in Egypt and new pieces commissioned by Chamber Music America. 8 p.m. $10-$20.

Dial 251 For Jazz plays Mr. Henry’s. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Sam Prather is an in-demand composer and multi-instrumentalist who, for the past several years, has been leading his own band, the Groove Orchestra. His genre-defying compositions draw heavily from jazz, the neo-soul of the 1990s, and a number of other musical streams. Prather leads his Groove Orchestra through an 8 p.m. show at Capital Fringe. $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk leads his long-running quartet, The Jazz Update, through 9 and 11 p.m. sets on Friday and Saturday at Twins Jazz. His fellow sax player, Russ Nolan, joins as a featured guest. $15 plus minimum and surcharge.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Rhizome hosts an evening of experimental sounds with Galaxy Express 555, Ian Douglas-Moor & Paul N. Roth, Barbiero-Byrd-Ghaphery, and Afroditi Psarra. 8 p.m. $10.

Vocalist Nina Casey plays Mr. Henry’s. 8 to 11 p.m. Two item per person minimum.

Vocalist Lena Seikaly plays The Alex. 8 to 11 p.m. Reservations recommended

Capitalbop continues its Traveling Loft series with an outstanding lineup at The Fridge. Bassist Linda May Han Oh leads her quartet in support of her latest album, Walk Against Wind. Also on the bill is a duo comprised of two of D.C.’s finest, vocalist Akua Allrich and bassist Herman Burney. 8:30 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

Victor Provost brings his steel pan-led band to Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 at the door.  

Guitarist Nelson Dougherty brings his quartet to Twins Jazz for 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $10 plus minimum and surcharge.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4

Larry Carlton rose to prominence in the ‘70s through his playing with The Crusaders and as a session musician for the likes of Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell. Though the guitarist has deep roots in jazz and the blues, he has honed a smooth crossover sound that comes to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for an 8 p.m. set. $40-$79 plus minimum and surcharge.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Gloria Reuben is best known as an actress, having played major characters on ER and Falling Skies. She is also an accomplished singer and she comes to Blues Alley to give tribute to the great ladies of song. 8 and 10 p.m. sets. $25 plus minimum and surcharge.