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Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

Jazz

Hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, this year’s 24th annual festival includes two nights of sensational music. May 10's program is Feed the Fire, a night dedicated to prolific pianist and composer Geri Allen, while May 11's program is TBD. Performers for both concerts to be announced at a later date. Tickets may be purchased for one or both programs. 

Price

$40.00 - $45.00

Run Time

Approx. 2-1/4 hours

About

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
Hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater
Tickets may be purchased for one or both nights.

For 24 years, the Kennedy Center has celebrated the influence of pianist, composer, educator, and humanitarian Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981) with a festival featuring phenomenal guest musicians. A trailblazer who taught herself to play piano as a child, Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and collaborated with jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington. Hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, this year’s festival includes two nights of outstanding music:

May 10:
Feed the Fire: Geri Allen Tribute
The first night of the festival will be dedicated to prolific pianist and composer Geri Allen, whose recent death at the age of 60 shocked and saddened the jazz world. In a moving program under the direction Terri Lyne Carrington, a Grammy®-winning drummer and close friend of Geri, the Kennedy Center commemorates the life and legacy of the remarkable artist whose musical innovation and push for gender equality in music changed the language of jazz forever. Performers to be announced at a later date.

May 11:
Performers to be announced at a later date.

Included In Packages

This event is part of these subscription packages

Jazz 10% Select Series

Jazz 20% Select Series

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