Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

From the National Gallery of Art:

“A beloved DC summer tradition, the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden concert series will kick off its 2019 season on Friday, May 17. In addition to the return of audience favorites like Black Masala, Son del Caribe, and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, this year’s lineup will feature new performers like Rob Curto’s Forró for All, Adwela & the Uprising, and The Bailsmen. Every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. through August 23, 2019, the Gallery will invite visitors to spend an evening among the Sculpture Garden’s monumental works of art set to tunes ranging from African fusion and go-go to New Orleans Dixieland and salsa.

Highlights of this year’s schedule include the 13th year of collaboration between Jazz in the Garden and the DC JazzFest with a performance by Shannon Gunn on June 7. Visitors can enjoy new additions to the outdoor grill menu–a banh mi turkey burger with ginger soy aioli and Asian slaw and a teriyaki Impossible burger with pineapple chutney–and the Pavilion Café’s menu indoors.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located along Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive between 7th and 9th Streets NW.

Weather-related updates are available on the Gallery’s website at nga.gov/jazz, Twitter feed @ngadc, or by calling (202) 289-3360. For the safety of visitors and works of art, access to the Sculpture Garden is monitored and will be limited if the space becomes too crowded.

Scheduled Performances

May 17- Rob Curto’s Forró For All (Brazilian folk jazz)
May 24- Futurist (Alternative modern)
May 31- Billy Price (Blues)
June 7- Shannon Gunn* (Jazz Trombone) *in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival
June 14- Adwela & the Uprising (Reggae)
June 21- Black Masala (Ethno-funk)
June 28- Hendrik Meurkens Quartet (Jazz harmonica and vibraphone)
July 5- The JoGo Project (Jazz and go-go)
July 12- Elikeh (African fusion jazz)
July 19- Miles Stiebel (Jazz violin)
July 26- Incendio (Instrumental world guitar)
August 2- Son del Caribe (Pan-Caribbean salsa)
August 9- The Bailsmen (Gypsy jazz and vintage swing)
August 16- Dixie Power Trio (New Orleans Dixieland jazz)
August 23- Funky Dawgz Brass Band (Funk and hip-hop)

Refreshments from the Pavilion Café

Guests may purchase refreshments from a special menu of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and salads indoors at the Pavilion Café, or may purchase sandwiches and burgers from the outdoor grill on the patio. A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, sangria, and sodas, is sold on-site. Outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and subject to confiscation. View the full Jazz in the Garden menu at pavilioncafe.com/jazz.”


Subscribe to our mailing list