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Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

Past Events Fall 2021-Spring 2022

On behalf of JAZZAlive, we wish our community good health and safety. We hope you will join us either in-person or online. We encourage you to support local venues and organizations that feature many of our DMV musicians and to continue to tune into our UDC JAZZ Channel to enjoy selections from the JAZZforum series, Allyn Johnson & Meet the Artist on the Bandstand, JAZZAlive concerts and the Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival.

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to both in-person and live-streamed programming in the New Year.

Stay Safe & Keep JAZZAlive.

Sincerely,
Judith Korey
JAZZAlive@UDC

SEPTEMBER 2021

  • thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet

    Friday, September 24, 2021  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

     

    Art All Night is coming to Van Ness Main Street on Friday, September 24th. Join us for an evening filled with great local music, dance, performance, art and community.

    JAZZAlive celebrates Art All Night with Allyn Johnson & the UDC JAZZtet featuring Allyn Johnson (piano) and DC favorites Elijah Jamal Balbed (saxophone), and Steve Novosel (bass).

    Acacia Food & Wine • 4340 Connecticut Ave NW

NOVEMBER

  • thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand – Marshall Keys

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021  • 12:30 p.m.

    Allyn Johnson invites saxophonist, recording artist & one of the cornerstones of DC’s jazz scene– Marshall Keys for a lively session of conversation and performance. Join us in-person at UDC or online for a live-streamed program on YouTube’s UDC JAZZ Channel. The program will be available on the channel after the event date.

    Limited Seating for In-Person attendance. All visitors will require masks and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.  • RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

  • thumbnail image JAZZAlive: Tom Teasley —A Global View of Jazz Percussion

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021  • 12:30 p.m.

    World percussionist, composer, and educator Tom Teasley presents a program describing, combining, and demonstrating applications of jazz to music from different cultures.

    Join us online via ZOOM: Tom Teasley – A Global View of Jazz Percussion

DECEMBER

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and hope that you will consider an end-of-year donation to support the UDC Jazz Studies Program. Your support has helped us provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for programmatic and outreach activities within Jazz Studies. Enjoy the following selections from past holiday concerts.

  • thumbnail image UDC Jazz Ensemble — Calvin Jones, Director

    UDC Holiday Concert 2002

    Winter Wonderland
    (R. Smith & F. Bernard, arr. C. Jones)
    Calvin Jones, trombone

    The Christmas Song
    (M. Torme & R. Wells, arr. C. Jones)
    UDC Jazz Ensemble

  • thumbnail image UDC Jazz Ensemble — Allyn Johnson, Director

    UDC Holiday Concert 2010

    In My Solitude (Duke Ellington, E. DeLange & I. Mills; arr. Allyn Johnson)

    Portfolio
    (Calvin Jones; arr. Allyn Johnson)

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    (H. Martin & R. Blane; arr. Allyn Johnson)

    This Christmas
    (Donny Hathaway; arr. Allyn Johnson)
    Krislynn Perry, vocalist

    Family Reunion
    (Allyn Johnson)

MARCH 2022

JAZZAlive welcomes Orrin Evans to the University of the District of Columbia as part of his DC Jazz Festival Artist Residency.

  • thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand —Orrin Evans

    Thursday, March 17, 2022  • 7:00 p.m.

    Allyn Johnson invites pianist, composer, bandleader, and DC Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence Orrin Evans for an evening of conversation and duo-piano performance. *Join us in-person at UDC or online for a live-streamed program on YouTube's UDC Jazz Channel and DCJF's Facebook Live. UDC Theatre of the Arts (Bldg.46-East) • Free & Open to the public

     

    A two-time Grammy nominee and Pew Fellow, Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation. One of the goals of Evans’ residency will be to promote a musical/cultural exchange between DC and Philadelphia. "Making music has always been an essential part of my life but presenting music is also a passion,” said Orrin Evans. “The chance to create and fellowship with the music scene in DC is a welcome one, and I am so excited about the possibilities.”

    Often referred to as the Dean of DC Jazz, Allyn Johnson remarked that “he’s looking forward to conversing and sharing music with my brother in person. Our Meet the Artist series’ followers will be in a for special treat on March 17th.”

    Orrin Evans’ DCJF residency is part of the Jazz Road Creative Residencies program, a program of South Arts. The residency includes the creation of a big band master class at Howard University Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts’ Howard University Jazz Ensemble from March 15–17, 2022 along with creative partnerships with DC’s vibrant artist community and performances with DC artists.

    Meet the Artist on the Bandstand is free and open to the public. Join us in-person at UDC’s Theatre of the Arts, or online for a live-streamed program on YouTube's UDC Jazz Channel and DCJF's Facebook Live. The program will also be available to stream on UDC JAZZ and DCJF's YouTube Channels after the event.

    UDC’s Theatre of the Arts (Bldg. 46 East) is conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line at the Van Ness–UDC stop. Info: 202-274-5803 or JazzAlive@udc.edu

    Support the UDC Jazz Studies Program at the UDC Foundation.
    Donate Now – Designation: Jazz Studies Program (on drop-down menu).

    UDC COVID-19 protocol: All visitors must show proof of vaccination for admission and wear their masks for the duration of the performance and time on campus.

APRIL

  • thumbnail image Jazz Concert: Reginald Cyntje Group

    Monday, April 4, 2022 • 7:30 p.m.

    JAZZAlive kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month with an exciting performance by the Reginald Cyntje Group – Brian Settles, tenor sax; Herman Burney, bass; Lenny Robinson, drums; & Reginald Cyntje, trombone & compositions.

    Recital Hall (Performing Arts -Bldg. 46-West)
    • Free & Open to the Public

    JAZZAlive is delighted to feature UDC Jazz Studies graduate Reginald Cyntje. He will present The Piece of Resistance, which is a continuation of his powerful Rise of the Protester album. At the core of Cyntje’s music is love and activism. This formula has shaped his sound over the course of six albums and a twenty-plus year career. Come listen to the music before the band heads into the studio to record album seven.

    Recording artist Reginald Cyntje (born in Roseau Dominica, raised on St. Thomas, USVI) is an award-winning professional musician, composer, producer, and educator. To date, he's recorded six albums as a leader. He is also the author of Stepping Stones: 15 studies in improvisation. Cyntje, the educator, is the Director of Jazz Studies at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and a professor of music at Montgomery College. He has toured the US, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.

    All visitors must follow the current UDC COVID-19 protocol.

  • thumbnail image Jazz Concert: Small Jazz Ensembles

    Tuesday, April 12, 2022 • 12:30 p.m.

    Jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month.

    Recital Hall (Performing Arts -Bldg. 46-West)
    • Free & Open to the Public


    All visitors must follow the current UDC COVID-19 protocol.

  • thumbnail image JAZZAlive Remembers Howard “Kingfish” Franklin, Jr. (1969-2021)

    Monday, April 25, 2022 • 7:30 p.m.

    The concert is available to stream on UDC JAZZ’s YouTube Channel.

    Allyn Johnson and the UDC JAZZtet, featuring the powerful saxophonist Bruce Williams, pay tribute to Howard “Kingfish” Franklin, Jr.– drummer-bandleader, educator, UDC Jazz Studies graduate, and beloved member of our Washington, D.C. jazz community.

    UDC Theatre of the Arts (Bldg. 46-East) Free & Open to the Public. Join us In-Person at UDC. Register Now!

    About Howard “Kingfish” Franklin, Jr.:

Info: 202-274-5803 or JazzAlive@udc.edu

All visitors must follow the current UDC COVID-19 protocol.

Support the UDC Jazz Studies Program at the UDC Foundation. Donate Now – Designation: Jazz Studies Program (on drop-down menu).