Jazz in the Garden 2023 Season Features Twelve Concerts Celebrating the American Soundscape and New Lottery System for Entry
Washington, DC—DC’s favorite summer concert series is back! Every Friday, from May 19 through August 4, our Sculpture Garden will come alive with musical performances including jazz, Latin fusion, bluegrass, and more.
This season captures the breadth of the American musical experience with Latin fusion from ¡Tumbao! on May 26, zydeco from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas on June 23, Indigenous fusion from Anderson Quartet on June 30, and funk and soul from the 8 Ohms Band on July 28. Another highlight is a special Juneteenth celebration concert with the Muneer Nasser Quintet on June 16, one of seven local acts this year.
Due to high demand, we are instituting a free lottery system so that anyone interested in attending Jazz in the Garden has an equal chance to participate. Each concert will have its own lottery, which will open the week prior on Monday at 10:00 a.m. and close that Friday at noon. Results of each lottery will be emailed to all entrants the week of the concert on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Those selected by the lottery may claim up to four free passes, which are required for all attendees ages 2 and up.
In addition to the passes distributed through our lottery, a few additional passes will be available at all entrance gates starting at 5:00 p.m.—first-come, first-served.
On concert days, the Sculpture Garden will close from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gates will reopen at 5:00 p.m., and concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m.
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. Entrances are located at 7th Street NW, 9th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and 9th Street and Madison Drive NW.
Scheduled Performances and Lottery Dates
Martha Redbone Roots Project, blues
Lottery opens: May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: May 12, noon
Results announced: May 15, 10:00 a.m.
¡Tumbao!, Latin fusion
Lottery opens: May 15, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: May 19, noon
Results announced: May 22, 10:00 a.m.
Tobago Bay, Caribbean
Lottery opens: May 22, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: May 26, noon
Results announced: May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Chelsey Green and the Green Project, contemporary jazz
Lottery opens: May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: June 2, noon
Results announced: June 5, 10:00 a.m.
The Muneer Nasser Quintet, a Juneteenth celebration
Lottery opens: June 5, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: June 9, noon
Results announced: June 12, 10:00 a.m.
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, zydeco
Lottery opens: June 12, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: June 16, noon
Results announced: June 19, 10:00 a.m.
Anderson Quartet, Indigenous fusion
Lottery opens: June 19, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: June 23, noon
Results announced: June 26, 10:00 a.m.
Alex Minasian Quartet, jazz
Lottery opens: June 26, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: June 30, noon
Results announced: July 3, 10:00 a.m.
Ultrafaux Ensemble with Hot Club of Baltimore, Roma swing
Lottery opens: July 3, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: July 7, noon
Results announced: July 10, 10:00 a.m.
DuPont Brass, eclectic soul
Lottery opens: July 10, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: July 14, noon
Results announced: July 17, 10:00 a.m.
The 8 Ohms Band, horn-heavy funk and soul
Lottery opens: July 17, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: July 21, noon
Results announced: July 24, 10:00 a.m.
The Seldom Scene, bluegrass
Lottery opens: July 24, 10:00 a.m.
Lottery closes: July 28, noon
Results announced: July 31, 10:00 a.m.
See more details on each performance by visiting their calendar pages at nga.gov/jazz.
Concerts may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. In the event of a cancelation, visitors who have reserved passes will receive an email. Weather-related updates are also available on the National Gallery’s website or by calling 202.842.6997. Other questions can be emailed to [email protected].
Refreshments from the Pavilion Café
Visitors may purchase refreshments from a special menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets inside the Pavilion Café and at pop-up bars throughout the Sculpture Garden. A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, the crowd-favorite sangria, and sodas, are also available for sale. While visitors are welcome to provide their own picnics, outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and are subject to confiscation.
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Landover, MD 20785
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