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Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

February 2023

thumbnail image JAZZforum - Aidan Levy in Conversation with Reuben Jackson - Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

Wednesday, February 8, 2023  • 7:00 p.m.

Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins is Aidan Levy's long-awaited first full biography of the legendary saxophonist and composer.

Aidan Levy is the author of Dirty Blvd: The Life and Music of Lou Reed and editor of Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, JazzTimes, and The Nation. He will discuss this extraordinary biography with poet, radio broadcaster, and archivist at the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, Reuben Jackson.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

thumbnail image JAZZAlive Celebrates Black History Month

Tuesday, February 21, 2023  • 12:30 p.m.

Allyn Johnson celebrates Black History Month and the Jazz Organ Trio.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

 

 

thumbnail image JAZZforum - Willard Jenkins - Ain't But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell their Story

Monday, February 27, 2023  • 7:00 p.m.

Editor Willard Jenkins leads a panel discussion on the recent Duke University Press publication - Ain't But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story. The book presents over two dozen candid dialogues with black jazz critics and journalists and includes an anthology section, which reprints classic essays and articles from black writers and musicians.

Willard Jenkins is the Artistic Director of the DC Jazz Festival as well as an arts consultant, producer, educator, and print and broadcast journalist. His writing has been featured in JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazz Forum, Jazzwise, and many other publications. He is the coauthor of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, also published by Duke University Press. The panel will include contributors to this major publication.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

MARCH 2023

thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand – Davey Yarborough

Wednesday, March 29, 2023  • 7:00 p.m.

Allyn Johnson invites woodwind specialist, composer-arranger, bandleader, and dedicated educator Davey Yarborough for a lively session of conversation and performance.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

APRIL 2023

thumbnail image Jazz Concert: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 • 12:30 p.m.

Join the Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson for our Jazz Appreciation Month celebration.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

 

Allyn Johnson & Orrin Evans

Thursday, April 13, 2023  • 7:30 p.m.

Save the Date! JAZZAlive & DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) partner again. More information to follow.

 

UNIVERSITY THEATER (Bldg. 46-East)

thumbnail image Jazz Concert: Senior Recital - Jade Jacobs

Wednesday, April 19, 2023  • 7:00 p.m.

Vocalist and jazz studies major Jade Jacobs presents her Senior Recital.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival

Monday, April 24, 2023  • 8:00 p.m.

The BIG BAND sound makes a long-awaited return as the powerhouse jazz ensembles from the University of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and the University of Maryland (directed by Tim Powell) celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and honor the late musician and educator, Dr. Leroy Barton, Jr. Produced by the Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, the festival began in 1987 as part of a city-wide tribute to Duke Ellington, and it remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, DC's jazz calendar.

Tickets are $20 (general admission), $15 (seniors), and $10 (students) and can be purchased in advance at the UDC Music Program, Performing Arts-Bldg. 46-West or online at InstantSeats.com. Info: (202) 274-5803 * jazzalive@udc.edu * www.bigbandjazzfest.org

UNIVERSITY THEATER (Bldg. 46-East)

FALL CALENDAR- SEPTEMBER 2022

thumbnail image Allyn Johnson with the UDC JAZZAlive Trio

Friday, September 23, 2022  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Art All Night returns to Van Ness Main Street on Friday, September 23, 2022. Join us for an evening filled with great local music, dance, performance, art, and community.

Celebrate Art All Night with the UDC JAZZAlive Trio featuring Allyn Johnson (piano) and DC favorites DeAndre Shaifer (trumpet), and Steve Novosel (bass). Flavor Garden Restaurant.Outside at 4400 Connecticut Ave., NW

 

thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand – Tom Williams

Tuesday, September 27, 2022  • 12:30 p.m.

Allyn Johnson invites trumpeter, drummer, bandleader, and educator Tom Williams for a lively session of conversation and performance. Join us in-person at UDC. The program will be available on YouTube’s UDC JAZZ Channel after the event date.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

OCTOBER 2022

thumbnail image Celebrating the Jazz Organ Trio

Tuesday, October 18, 2022  • 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a change of pace as Allyn Johnson plays the Hammond B3 and is joined by guest saxophonist Paul Carr, and drummer Ynomrah Hicks.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

NOVEMBER 2022

thumbnail image Jazz Concert: Junior Recital

Wednesday, November 2, 2022  • 5:30 p.m.

Vocalist and jazz studies major Jade Jacobs presents her Junior Recital.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

 

 

thumbnail image Tom Teasley: World Percussionist

Tuesday, November 15, 2022  • 12:30 p.m.

World percussionist Tom Teasley shares his experience as a performer and composer.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

 

 

 

thumbnail image Jazz Concert: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles

Tuesday, November 22, 2022  • 12:30 p.m.

Join the Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson for our Thanksgiving celebration.

RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

 

 

DECEMBER 2022

thumbnail image Annual Holiday Concert

Monday, December 5, 2022  • 7:30 p.m.

The University of the District of Columbia presents its holiday gift to the Washington, D.C. community, The UDC Chorale directed by Johnny Butler III, The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie and the UDC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Allyn Johnson return in person to spread the holiday spirit.

UNIVERSITY THEATER (Bldg. 46-East)