The Greater U Street Jazz Collective

We are a Washington DC-based jazz ensemble, inspired by the legacy of the District's historic U Street neighborhood; its luminaries and its ordinary citizens.

"Their music pays homage to the motley family of Jazz, from railroad Blues, Tin Pan Alley tunes, and Ellingtonia to the mastery of moderns like Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter."  - Bill Brower (Downbeat/Washington Post)


Press photos

Artists in Residence at Bohemian Caverns on U Street

The Collective's 2013 Release

At the Smithsonian NMAAHC

Live Video

Press / Reviews

  • WAMMIE Award Nominee, Best jazz group and best jazz recording, 2013
  • "A creative mix of music and words that tells the story of American music... entertains as well as educates." -Ellen Williams-Carter, host/programmer WPFW FM
  • "An important release by an important DC band." -Michael J. West, DC City Paper
  • Honorable Mention Best DC Jazz Albums (2013) CapitalBop

Stage plot & tech rider

Upcoming shows