Jazz at The Kreeger

In collaboration with Elijah Jamal Balbed, The Kreeger Museum is honored and thrilled to present Jazz at The Kreeger, a series that furthers our mission to share music across the city. Now in its third year, this series supports and spotlights the wealth of musical talent in our metropolitan area.

Steve Arnold & Sea Change

Saturday, February 18th | 3:30pm-4:15pm

Image by Extraordinary Entertainment

Tickets | $30

Select pay what you can tickets are available upon request. Contact education@kreegermuseum.org to learn more.

This performance will be held indoors in our Great Hall. Ride sharing is encouraged as parking onsite at the museum is limited. Parking is not permitted in the circular forecourt in front of the museum. Please plan accordingly.

In the event that you must cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your seat to someone from our waiting list. Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance.

About the Artists

Stephen Arnold - Bass

Chris Barrick - Vibraphone

Keith Butler, Jr. - Drums

Federico Gonzalez Peña - Piano

"One of the District of Columbia’s breakout artists of the moment is undoubtedly Steve Arnold. The young bassist has very quickly become one of the most in demand on the scene, and he plays with aplomb and with dexterity in seemingly every style.” - Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

Stephen Arnold is a bassist and composer known for his deep grooves, open ears, and (above all) his commitment to serving the music and the moment no matter the style or context. Based in Washington, D.C., he plays upright and electric bass with many of the top groups in the region, including avant-rock-jazz quartet ¡FIASCO!, Keith Butler Jr.’s seysew, and bands led by Sarah Marie Hughes, Fran Vielma, Donvonte’ McCoy, Sharón Clark, Jessica Boykin-Settles, Brian Settles, Dana Hawkins, Abe Mamet, Alfred Yun, George V. Johnson Jr., Bobby Muncy, and Elijah Jamal Balbed. He has performed many of the area’s premiere music venues, such as Blues Alley, An Die Musik, the Keystone Korner, the Howard Theater, Lisner Auditorium, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Rhizome, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Arnold earned a B.A. in Music and English in 2017 from The George Washington University, where he was privileged to study with Herman Burney, Jr., and in 2018 he was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, led by Jason Moran.

Arnold is also an accomplished bandleader in his own right, fronting and composing the music for Sea Change, a band that combines his deep love of jazz and improvised music with his rock, folk, soul, and musical theater roots. Sea Change’s eponymous debut recording was a finalist for Jazz Album of the year at the 2021 WAMMIE Awards and voted the #4 D.C. jazz album of 2020 by CapitalBop, who praised the album’s "array of eclectic instruments and thoughtful songs that cohere seamlessly into a beautiful whole.” The band’s sophomore record is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2023 and contains some of Arnold’s most personal and emotional writing to date. The album was recorded by Bob Dawson at BIAS studios and features nine original compositions performed by an all-star lineup of close friends and collaborators: Sarah Marie Hughes on saxophone, Federico Gonzalez Peña on piano, Nelson Dougherty on guitar, and Keith Butler, Jr. on drums.

Save the date for our upcoming Jazz at The Kreeger Concerts:

March 18th, 2023: Washington Women in Jazz presents Heidi Martin
**April 15th, 2023: Drummer Jo Palmer
**May 6th, 2023: Dominique Bianco
**June 10th, 2023: Guitarist Tommy Holladay

** Indicates the concert will take place outdoors weather-permitting.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.