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Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (The Kennedy Center)

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center identifies outstanding, emerging artists and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping them to polish their performance, composing and arranging skills.The program was originally developed by Carter in 1993 at 651, an arts center in Brooklyn, and the first concert was presented at the BAM Majestic Theater. In 1997, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Dr. Billy Taylor, the Center's artistic advisor for Jazz, invited Carter to bring Jazz Ahead to Washington.

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<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/7/14: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/6/14: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/5/14: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 16th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/22/13: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/21/13: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<I>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/20/13: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 15th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists as they complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/15/11: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/14/11: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/13/11: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong 2011 residency with a free concert.
2010 <I>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/26/10: 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
2010 <I>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/25/10: 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
2010 <I>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 3/24/10: 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/3/09: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/2/09: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.
<i>Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead</i> 4/1/09: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program has launched the careers of artists such as Cyrus Chestnut and Jason Moran. See the next jazz greats in an ensemble performance.
11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/28/08: 11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/27/08: 11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/26/08: 11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

11th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet 3/20/08: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet, made up of class of 2007 participants—including saxophonist Alex Lopez, bassist Nathan Goheen, pianist Gideon Van Gelder, and drummer Martin Urbach—groove to original jazz works.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet, made up of class of 2007 participants—including saxophonist Alex Lopez, bassist Nathan Goheen, pianist Gideon Van Gelder, and drummer Martin Urbach—groove to original jazz works.
10th Anniversary of 4/13/07: 10th Anniversary of "Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead"

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

10th Anniversary of "Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead"

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

10th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 4/12/07: 10th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

10th Anniversary of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
10th Anniversary of 4/11/07: 10th Anniversary of "Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead"

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

10th Anniversary of "Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead"

Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert. Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 4/1/05: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/31/05: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/30/05: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their weeklong residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: 4/16/04: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: 4/15/04: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
THIS PERFORMANCE IS NOT YET AVAILABLE DUE TO AUDIO DIFFICULTIES

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
THIS PERFORMANCE IS NOT YET AVAILABLE DUE TO AUDIO DIFFICULTIES
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: 4/14/04: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead:

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead: Various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/28/03: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 3/27/03: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/5/02: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/4/02: Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2002 and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

A big band and various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists complete their week-long residency with a free concert.
Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/20/01: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead features performers who have worked with such established jazz musiciansas: Nathan Davis, saxophonist (residency leader); Carmen Lundy, vocalist; George Cables, pianist; Bob Magnusson, bassist; and Winard Harper, drummer.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead features performers who have worked with such established jazz musiciansas: Nathan Davis, saxophonist (residency leader); Carmen Lundy, vocalist; George Cables, pianist; Bob Magnusson, bassist; and Winard Harper, drummer.
Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/19/01: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead features performers who have worked with such established jazz musiciansas: Nathan Davis, saxophonist (residency leader); Carmen Lundy, vocalist; George Cables, pianist; Bob Magnusson, bassist; and Winard Harper, drummer.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead features performers who have worked with such established jazz musiciansas: Nathan Davis, saxophonist (residency leader); Carmen Lundy, vocalist; George Cables, pianist; Bob Magnusson, bassist; and Winard Harper, drummer.
Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/28/00: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Hear tomorrow's stars today in a jammin' celebratory performance by the Millennium graduates of "Betty CarterÆs Jazz Ahead," a residency program.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Hear tomorrow's stars today in a jammin' celebratory performance by the Millennium graduates of "Betty CarterÆs Jazz Ahead," a residency program.
Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 4/27/00: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Hear tomorrow's stars today in a jammin' celebratory performance by the Millennium graduates of "Betty CarterÆs Jazz Ahead," a residency program.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Hear tomorrow's stars today in a jammin' celebratory performance by the Millennium graduates of "Betty CarterÆs Jazz Ahead," a residency program.

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