Known as the home of Duke Ellington and Shirley Horn, among other illustrious jazzers, Washington DC has long had a thriving jazz scene. Historically clustered in the U Street Corridor, the best jazz clubs in DC are now scattered throughout the city. Some of the best bars in DC and some of the best dance clubs in DC lend a stage to jazz musicians of all calibers, from the famous to the up-and-coming and the traditional to the modern. For blues, R&B and related genres, you’ll want to consult our picks for the best live music clubs in DC.
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