The CHJJ also has a semi-annual music competition called “The Cuttin’ Contest” where each instrument group can compete against each other for a $100 cash prize and bragging rights. Competition winners are picked by three judges of that instrument group and are selected by process of elimination.
Join us each week for a Jam Session open to all levels and all ages! The Capitol Hill Jazz Jam (CHJJ) is a weekly jazz jam session held at Mr. Henry’s in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington D.C. every Wednesday from 8-11 PM. The jam session, formed in February 2015 by saxophonist Herbert Scott operates every week and has hosted instrumentalists, vocalists, tap dancers, poets, and many pillars of the local arts community. Each week, the house band rotates musicians which in turn has provided 50+ jazz musicians with a $100 performance pay for performing at the jam session. Each week begins with our host, Aaron Myers, who greets the audience and sets the house rules for that night. Each jam is documented with professional photos and a live video stream.