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This Spring's 2013 JAZZAlive calendar is full of concerts and educational forums. Please visit the JAZZAlive events calendar online here for full descriptions of events: JAZZAlive.org. ALL events are FREE, OPEN to the public* and METRO accessible.
- Feb 20 - JAZZforum: Joann Stevens
- Feb 25 - UDC JAZZtet @MLK library
- Mar 20 - JAZZforum: (TBA)
- Apr 03 - Senior Recital: Russell Carter, saxophone
- Apr 09 - UDC Small Jazz Ensembles Concert @MLK Library
- Apr 15 - Senior Recital: Rico Huff, piano
- Apr 17 - JAZZforum: (TBA)
- Apr 29 - Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival
JAZZforum Series: Spring 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Joann Stevens is the Program Director of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Her presentation will focus on her work at the Smithsonian, and career as communications strategist, writer and public relations professional with diverse organizations.
Launched by the Smithsonian in 2002, the JAM initiative advances global appreciation and recognition of jazz as America's original music, a global cultural treasure. It is celebrated each April in every state in the U.S., the District of Columbia and some 40 countries. Ms. Stevens is also a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine's Around the Mall blog, reporting on music, history and culture. Born into a musical family, she is the sister of jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale, and performed on Gale's albums Ghetto Music and Black Rhythm Happening, produced by Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolf. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Gary Carner is producer of several projects related to the late baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, including a digital box set (2012, Motema) that document all of Adams' rarely heard compositions. Carner is also the author of the new book Pepper Adams' Joy Road (2012, Scarecrow Press). He will speak about Adams' fascinating life and career as well as the unique approach he has taken in preserving such a rich legacy through these various projects. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West)
JAZZforum Series: Fall 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Eddie Harris (1934-1996) was a multi-faceted musician—an imaginative tenor saxophonist, pianist, composer, trumpeter, vocalist, and inventor "whose career was marked by a hearty appetite for experimentation." Our very special guests—Harris' wife, Mrs. Sara Harris and his daughters Yvonne Harris Burnley and Lolita Harris, and granddaughter Nia Harris Burnley—will provide a rare perspective on his life and career. They will share insights both personal and professional about the remarkable body of work that Eddie Harris created and how they have continued his legacy. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Multi-instrumentalist, Rufus Harley (1936-2006) started studying the bagpipes after watching the Black Watch at John F. Kennedy's funeral procession in 1963. In addition to several recordings as a leader, he recorded with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins—and in later years, the Roots and Laurie Anderson. In 2007 Pipes Of Peace, a documentary by George Manney, was released. Several of his children—sons and trumpeters, Messiah and America Patton Harley, who frequently performed with their father, as well as daughters, Noah Harmony and Egypt will join us for this special evening. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Join us as author Paul de Barros discusses his just-published biography, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Though she is well-known as the award winning host of NPR's long-running Piano Jazz program, McPartland's remarkable career began in the 1930s in her native England and has involved performing, composing, teaching, and running her own record label. De Barros will discuss the book and read from it. An open Q&A session and book signing will follow. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).