The DC Jazz Collective is a group of musicians hailing from the Washington, DC area, joining together to serve as ambassadors of DC’s jazz community. The Collective was originally formed in 2018 to bring DC jazz to Thailand as part of the DC government’s “Sister Cities” program, through a grant funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
The Collective includes some of the busiest performers and composers on the thriving DC jazz scene, including Lionel Lyles (sax), Oren Levine (keys), Evan Samuels (guitar), Percy White (bass), and Will Stephens (drums). The players have served as house band members and special guests for the “DC Jazz Jam,” perennially named as the best jazz jam session in DC and celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Their compositions have been featured on National Public Radio, and they have toured with international performers such as Ramsey Lewis.