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Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

Past Events Fall 2019-Spring 2020

SEPTEMBER 2019

  • thumbnail imageAllyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand - Muneer Nasser

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:30 p.m.

    Pianist and UDC Jazz Studies Director Allyn Johnson invites author and trumpeter Muneer Nasser for a session of conversation and performance. Muneer’s recording, A Soldier's Story is the musical companion to the book he authored, Upright Bass: The Musical Life and Legacy of Jamil Nasser. The recording is a musical tribute to his father, the late great bassist Jamil Nasser.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

  • thumbnail imageJAZZforum: Maxine Gordon in Conversation with Reuben Jackson

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.

    Maxine Gordon is an arts advocate, jazz historian, archivist, scholar, manager and producer with a lifetime career working with jazz musicians. Maxine will discuss her remarkable career and recently published book, Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon with archivist, poet, writer and radio broadcaster Reuben Jackson who is the Jazz Archives Specialist at the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

OCTOBER

  • thumbnail image Meet the Artist in a Workshop – Joe Chambers

    Tuesday, October 01, 2019 12:30 p.m.

    Acclaimed percussionist, composer and recording artist Joe Chambers will share his expertise as a master performer and educator. Chambers has worked with some of the most influential jazz figures of the last several decades and is a recognized performer and composer whose works have been performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a sideman and leader, Chambers has recorded more than 500 albums and is one of the original members of Max Roach’s ensemble, M’Boom . Workshop is open to the public. RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

  • thumbnail image JAZZforum: Lennie Cuje with Rusty Hassan

    Monday, October 07, 2019 7:00 p.m.

    The legendary vibraphonist Lennie Cuje has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over 60 years. International Musician notes that he “has experienced life on a grand scale–in music, in war, and in two homelands.” A screening of the Washington Post’s award-winning documentary A Life in 4/4 Time will be followed by Lennie Cuje in conversation with veteran jazz broadcaster Rusty Hassan.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

  • thumbnail image JAZZforum: George Schuller – Film Screening & Discussion: The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy

    Monday, October 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.

    JAZZforum presents a screening of George Schuller’s recently produced film The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy. The drummer, composer/arranger, producer and director of the film George Schuller, will join author and discographer Michael Fitzgerald for a discussion on this new documentary that examines the role of the MJQ while in residence at Music Inn and The School of Jazz (Lenox, MA) during the mid to late 1950s.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

  • thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand – Richie Goods

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 12:30 p.m.

    Allyn Johnson invites bassist, composer, producer and the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame - Richie Goods for a lively session of conversation and performance.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

NOVEMBER

  • thumbnail imageJazz Concert: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 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

 

  • thumbnail imageAnnual Holiday Concert

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:30 p.m.

    The University of the District of Columbia presents its annual holiday gift to the Washington, D.C. community. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sounds of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie. The UDC Jazz Ensemble directed by Allyn Johnson closes the program with big band jazz sure to spread the holiday spirit.
    UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM (Theatre of the Arts—Bldg. 46-East)


  • Enjoy a selection of past programs on our UDCJAZZ YouTube Channel

     

FEBRUARY 2020

  • thumbnail imageJazz Concert: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:30 p.m.

    Join the jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson for our Black History Month celebration.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

MARCH

  • thumbnail imageJAZZforum —Fred Irby, III and Rusty Hassan

    Monday, March 2, 2020 7:00 p.m.

    Musician and educator Fred Irby, III is a prominent figure in the Washington, D.C. music scene. He will share his background and experiences with veteran broadcaster Rusty Hassan, which include forty-five years as director of the internationally acclaimed Howard University Jazz Ensemble
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

JAZZAlive has cancelled all public events through April 30,2020

 

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

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:30 p.m.

    Favorite pianist and UDC Jazz Studies Director 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)

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

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020 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
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)

APRIL — JAM 2020 (Jazz Appreciation Month)@UDC

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  • thumbnail image JAZZAlive: Senior Recital —Theresa Watson, vocalist

    Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:00 p.m.

    Vocalist and jazz studies major Theresa Watson presents her Senior Recital.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)


  • thumbnail imageJAZZforum —Larry Appelbaum and Rusty Hassan

    Monday, April 6, 2020 7:00 p.m.

    Music reference and jazz specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, former Supervisor of the Library's Magnetic Recording Laboratory, writer and long time radio host on WPFW-FM, Larry Appelbaum, will discuss his extraordinary career with veteran jazz broadcaster Rusty Hassan.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)


  • thumbnail image Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand —Ben Sands, Jr.

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:30 p.m.

    Pianist Allyn Johnson invites saxophonist, playwright and dedicated educator Ben Sands, Jr. for a lively session of conversation and performance. Ben is celebrating thirty-seven years at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)


  • thumbnail imageJazz Concert: UDC Small Jazz Ensembles

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:30 p.m.

    Jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in a variety of flavors.
    RECITAL HALL (Performing Arts—Bldg. 46-West)


  • thumbnail image Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival

    Monday, April 27, 2020 8:00 p.m.

    The Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival celebrates 34 years of world-class jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. The Big Band sound returns to UDC 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), once again cap off Jazz Appreciation Month with a hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time. Produced by UDC’s Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, the festival began in 1987 as part of a citywide tribute to Duke Ellington, and it remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, DC’s jazz calendar. Scholarship Benefit Series.
    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.