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During 2017 we will be presenting projects that'll celebrate the 100th anniversaries of the 1917 births of vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk in a series of conversations and performances. We are preparing to live stream / archive most of our programs for those who can attend each event. Please download the LiveStream app to your computer or portable device to view. We are exploring both FaceBook Live and YouTube Live platforms as well. Stay tuned!

Our series this year, with the addition of our inter-generational initiative, will follow the pattern set forth in 2015 in our Celebrating Strayhorn! Series. We pride ourselves on presenting jazz culture programming, directly, within community settings. As you've experienced, in the past, we offered community-based programs in churches, senior centers, libraries, art/cultural centers, restaurants/cafes, theaters, art galleries, museums, schools, outdoor parks, concert halls and jazz venues.

My curatorial approach to presenting jazz culture programing is to offer mixed genre experiences to the subject that, ideally, will reach a variety of audience tastes. So, travel along with us as we celebrate Miss Fitzgerald, Mr. Gileespie and Mr. Monk during 2017!

peace,

vernard r gray
curator/director

Monday, 1/30/2017
7:00 PM
Our year, planned thusfar, is to begin with a "making the case" conversation why we're celebrating the legacies of vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk led by artist/musical scholar Brother Ah on his WPFW-fm (89.6) The Collectors radio program.
   
Saturday, 2/4/2017
2:00 PM
U.S. Army Blues Jazz Combo's Fitzgerald-Gillespie-Monk Legacy performance led by trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse on @ the Dorothy I. Height Benning Neighborhood Library located at 3935 Benning Road NE, DC 20019. Let us know you're attending.
   
Saturday, 2/25/2017
2:00 PM
Our inter-generational initiative - For Youth & Elders: From the Drum to BeBop - will offer a series of conversations designed to enage  young people, adults in their lives and other elders interested in sharing their jazz culture stories. Interested?

One youth goal will be aquiring Music Merit Badge credits for area Boy Scouts and we welcome other youth engaging ideas that you might suggest.
   
March - May We're partnering with vocalist Iva Jean Ambush to present a performance series in her hometown, Frederick MD to begin in March. Stay tuned!
   
Saturday, 4/22/2017
6:30 PM
We'll celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday @ Jazz@Wesley UPTOWN located at 5312 Connecticut Avenue NW 20015.
   
June 8 - June 18, 2017 We're working on our 2017 EAST RIVER JAZZFest series, in partnership with the annual DC Jazz Festival, in communities along the Anacostia River and beyond in Anacostia, Bellevue, Fort Dupont, Congress Heights, Benning, Parkside, Kenilworth, Fort Staton, Hillcrest.