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Guide to Online Performances and Chats

Listings for streams and webcasts from jazz artists, organizations, and venues

Linda May Han Oh (photo by Shervin Lainez)
Linda May Han Oh (photo by Shervin Lainez)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations, festivals, and venues are either presenting concerts from home or offering videos of past performances. And some are hosting conversations, such as ones with Christian McBride and Wynton Marsalis. We’re doing our best to list these on our events calendar, which you can find here.

You can also visit the websites for those organizations. Here’s a partial list:

Alternative Venues for Jazz – Daily guest streams
Arts for Art (NYC) – Archival Vision Festival footage Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays on YouTube; AFA Artist Diaries Mondays and Wednesdays on Facebook and IGTV; Online Salon Series Fridays on Zoom at 7 p.m. EDT
Atlanta Jazz Festival (Atlanta, Ga.) – Daily at 9 p.m. EDT throughout May
The Baked Potato (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Barbès (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Biophilia Records 
Birdland Jazz Club (NYC)
The Blue LLama (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.) – Speakeasy Series Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 and 10 p.m. EDT
BMI (NYC) – BMI’s Jam Sessions
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest (Reading, Pa.)
DC Jazz Festival (Washington, D.C.) – Saturdays at 7 p.m. EDT
Detroit Jazz Festival (Detroit, Mich.)
Flushing Town Hall (Flushing, N.Y.)
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival/Caffé Lena (Saratoga, N.Y.)
Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC)
Jazz Forum (Tarrytown, N.Y.) – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Jazz Gallery (NYC) 
Jazz House Kids (Montclair, N.J.) – Hang @ Home on FB Live and Zoom every Friday at 8 p.m. EDT
Keystone Korner Baltimore (Baltimore, Md.)
Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival/WWOZ (New Orleans, La.) – Jazz Festing in Place
Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, R.I.) – Live Wax on IG Live every Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT
The Ori-Gen Collective – Thursdays at 9 p.m. EDT
Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, Ga.)
SFJAZZ (San Francisco, Calif.) – Fridays at Five every Friday at 8 p.m. EDT
Smalls Jazz Club (NYC) – Two sets every night
Town Hall (NYC)
Village Vanguard (NYC) – Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. EDT

In addition, many artists are regularly posting songs and sets or streaming shows to Facebook Live, YourTube or their websites. We’ve listed them below in alphabetical order with an embedded link to their Facebook or YouTube page, along with regularly scheduled times, if appropriate. All times below are ET.

Shelly Berg
Rick Braun (Rick’s Cafe, Fridays at 8:30 p.m.)
Marc Cary
Charleston Jazz Orchestra (Thursdays at 7 p.m.)
Emmet Cohen (Mondays at 7:30 p.m.)
Chick Corea (daily at 5 p.m.)
Eric Darius (Live from the Living Room, Saturdays at 3 p.m.)
Joey DeFrancesco
Paquito D’Rivera
Kurt Elling (Cocktail Hour with Kurt Elling, Fridays at 6 p.m.)
Kat Edmonson (Sundays at 7 p.m.)
Orrin Evans’ Club Patio (Sundays at 4 p.m.)
Dominick Farinacci (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.)
John Fedchock & Jennifer Wharton (Question of the Day, daily)
Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura
Tom Grant
Allan Harris (Harlem After Dark, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.)
Kevin Hays
Gilad Hekselman
Fred Hersch (daily at 1 p.m.) 
Monika Herzig & Peter Kienle
Fred Hughes
Bob James (daily at 10 a.m.)
Boney James
Norah Jones
Julian Lage
Jay Leonhart (daily at 7 p.m.)
Lionel Loueke 
Maysa (Kitchen Karaoke, Sundays at 7 p.m.)
Mingus Big Band (Mingus Mondays at 7:30 p.m.)
Yoko Miwa
Tony Monaco 
John Pizzarelli
Ted Rosenthal (daily at 5 p.m.)
Yotam Silberstein (Quarantine Duos)
Bria Skonberg (Sundays at 11 a.m., Wednesdays at 4 p.m.)
Daniela Soledad & Nate Najar (Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
Greg Spero (Mornings with Greg, daily)
Alexa Tarantino (The Well-Rounded Musician, Thursdays at 9 p.m.)
Dan Tepfer
Rachel Therrien
Tuck & Patti
Steve Tyrell
Michael Wolff
Stephane Wrembel (daily at 3 p.m.)
Brandee Younger & Dezron Douglas (Brunch, Fridays at 11 a.m.)

Qwest TV is streaming or webcasting shows from artists such as Herbie Hancock, Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez, Omar Sosa, and Taylor McFerrin on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Jazz on the Tube has a thorough directory of jazz musicians who are actively streaming.

WBGO has an excellent calendar of online events on their website.

This information, like just about everything now, is subject to change. Let us know if there are any notable artists or organizations we’ve omitted. Send the information to Lmergner (at)


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