Eastern Standard Time
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Eastern Standard Time

Washington DC, Washington DC, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1995 | INDIE

Washington DC, Washington DC, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1995
Band Jazz Ska




"Washington Post"

"...one of Washington D.C.'s best bands." - Eric Brace

"2023 Wammie Awards"

Winner of 2023 Best Ska/Reggae Artist-Group: Eastern Standard Time - The MusicianShip

"Washington Post"

"an enjoyable if not extraordinary return to the origins of ska." - Geoffrey Himes


"[Eastern Standard Time] show us how Ska finds its way back to its Jazz roots." - Fahrplan (Germany)

"Perfect Drug"

"I like this! A grandiose mix of Ska, Reggae and Be Bop which guarantees to bring a party into swing." - Perfect Drug (Germany)


- 2023 Jump Up! Records

Time for Change
- 2019 Jump Up! Records

The Dragon 
- 2012 Eastern Standard Time Music (distributed by Jump Up! Records)

Tempus Fugit
- 2004 Jump Up! Records (North America) / Grover Records (Europe)
- "Eye of the Storm" receives steady play on Sirius/XM Radio.

Arrivals & Departures
- 2004 Megalith Records

Time is Tight
- 2001 Grover Records

Off the Clock
- 2000 Leech Records

Second Hand
- 1997 Leech Records (Europe) / Beatville Records (North America)

Take Five
- 1996 WFN5 Records

Eastern Standard Time has also appeared on dozens of compilation records worldwide.



Put together top musicians from Washington, DC’s Jazz and Reggae scenes, give them the recipe for the original Jamaican Ska, throw a heavy dose of vintage Soul in the mix, shake well, and the result is Eastern Standard Time. Hearkening back to a time when Jazz was dance music, Eastern Standard Time initially fused hot Jazz melodies over infectious Jamaican rhythms. Over the band’s storied career, Eastern Standard Time’s sound broadened to incorporate Rocksteady, Reggae, Boogaloo, Bossa, Dub, and even Spy Jazz. At home on stages as diverse as the intimate Jazz club and the festival amphitheater, Eastern Standard Time’s dynamic live performances speak simultaneously to the feet, the soul, and the mind.

Eastern Standard Time is a world-class act with multiple international tours to their credit. Their discography and spectacular live performances brought them acclaim at home and abroad. The MusicianShip (formerly Washington Area Music Awards) awarded Eastern Standard Time the 2023 Wammie Award for Best Ska/Reggae Artist-Group and the Washington Post dubbed them "one of Washington's best bands." Consummate international touring artists, Eastern Standard Time was the first American Ska band to tour Russia. The band's songs, sung in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic, receive regular play on radio, streaming outlets, and satellite radio in all corners of the earth. 

Renowned for their musical adaptability, Eastern Standard Time has been the band chosen to support such superstars of all genres of Ska and Reggae, such as Derrick Morgan, Stranger Cole, Roy “Mr. Symarip” Ellis, Monty Neysmith, Sister Nancy, Dr. Ring Ding, King Django, Chris Murray, Mr. T-Bone, and JonQuan. In 2017 Eastern Standard Time backed Jamaican music legend Derrick Morgan on his 60th Anniversary live recording.

Eastern Standard Time's exciting live performances are guaranteed to get your feet moving. Their unforgettable style and impeccable musicianship bring pleasure to the ears of all listeners; bringing the house down, time and "Eastern Standard Time" again!