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Fri., Sep. 22, 2006 - Billy Taylor Trio
[Billy Taylor Trio.]


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In a season celebrating Living Jazz Legends, the Kennedy Center officially launches its new jazz season with its own jazz legend, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy winner Dr. Billy Taylor. Though he retired from formal public performance in 2005, the Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz returns for these two very special concerts. Hailed as a "vibrant force on the keyboard" by the Washington Post, Dr. Taylor reunites in the KC Jazz Club with his trio mates, bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Winard Harper, plus 17-year-old pianist Christian Sands, a protégé of Billy Taylor. Part of the Prelude Festival.

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Sat., Sep. 30, 2006 - Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project
[Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project.]


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With a unique blend of jazz, salsa, and all else that originates from south of the border, the Caribbean Jazz Project creates a "singularly multicultural musical experience" (Los Angeles Times). Led by vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Dave Samuels--a former Spyro Gyra bandmember--the ensemble also features Mark Walker (drums), Dario Eskanazi (piano), Oscar Stagnaro (bass), Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Roberto Quintero (congas, percussion). A 2002 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album, the sextet returns to perform selections from its new CD, Past and Present, to be released in August 2006. Part of the Prelude Festival.

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Fri., Oct. 6, 2006 - Geri Allen Trio featuring Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb
[Geri Allen Trio featuring Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb.]


EXCLUSIVE KENNEDY CENTER ENGAGEMENT!

The New York Times hails Geri Allen as "a jazz pianist who dares to follow an unmarked road." And the Los Angeles Times has applauded her "devotion to the swinging roots of jazz." For her first headline engagement in the Terrace Theater, the pianist, composer, and Howard University graduate is joined by two living legends for exclusive Kennedy Center performances. 

Along with D.C. native drummer Jimmy Cobb and NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winning bassist Ron Carter, Geri Allen performs music from their new CD, Timeless Portraits and Dreams. Don't miss this extremely rare and exciting concert event - it's your only chance to see these three spectacular talents performing live together! Also appearing is the Afro Blue Vocal Ensemble of Howard University, which will back the trio on select numbers from the recording.

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Sat., Oct. 7, 2006 - Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things
[Janis Siegel: <i>A Thousand Beautiful Things</i>.]


Over the past three decades, nine-time Grammy winner Janis Siegel has been an undeniable vocal force in The Manhattan Transfer and through her own solo career. At the 2004 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, the Washington Post hailed her for her "extraordinary vocal gifts." As part of the citywide Duke Ellington celebration, Janis Siegel performs songs made famous by the Duke plus selections from her latest CD, A Thousand Beautiful Things. The recording was culled from a wide cross-section of songwriters--Björk, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Fred Hersch, and Suzanne Vega among them--and interpreted through a predominantly Latin lens.

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Fri., Oct. 13, 2006 - Rufus Reid Quintet
[Rufus Reid Quintet.]


A recipient of the 2005 Mellon Living Jazz Legacy Award, Rufus Reid is one of today's premier bassists. His playing encompasses eloquent renditions of often-overlooked jazz standards as well as exciting original compositions. Combining three generations of styles and experiences, Rufus Reid's repertoire ranges from infectious hard-swinging bebop to lush, sensuous ballads. In a program that includes music from his multi-part composition, Linear Surroundings commissioned by Chamber Music America, Rufus Reid "plays with a degree of subtlety and tonal polish one rarely encounters in improvised music" (The Chicago Tribune).

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Sat., Oct. 14, 2006 - Cyrus Chestnut Trio
[Cyrus Chestnut Trio.]


This Baltimore-born pianist began his astonishing career alongside Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and as a member of Betty Carter's trio. Much like Ray Charles, he uses gospel roots to transmit his joyful affinity for early jazz forms, revealing "an orchestral command of the keyboard and a sophisticated sense of swing" (People Magazine). As part of his program, the Kennedy Center favorite performs originals from his latest CD, Genuine Chestnut, which also features covers of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'," the classic Bread ballad "If," and Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."

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Fri., Oct. 20, 2006 - Kellylee Evans
[Kellylee Evans.]


Kellylee Evans last wowed Kennedy Center audiences in 2004 when she took home second prize at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. The "charismatic" (JazzTimes) Canadian singer has a smooth style that glides through jazz, soul, and R&B. She performs music from Fight or Flight?, her latest CD.

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Sat., Oct. 21, 2006 - Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio featuring Peter Bernstein and Allison Miller
[Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio featuring Peter Bernstein and Allison Miller.]


Dr. Lonnie Smith, a gifted pianist and proponent of the Hammond B3 organ, has been hailed as "a pillar in the jazz pantheon" (All About Jazz). His dynamic playing and prolific composing have kept him at the forefront of the jazz scene with over 70 recordings. "Utterly entertaining" (The Village Voice) guitarist Peter Bernstein and "Rising Star Drummer" (Down Beat Magazine) Allison Miller round out this dynamic trio, performing music from Dr. Smith's latest CD, Jungle Soul, and more.

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Fri., Oct. 27, 2006 - Lage Lund
[Lage Lund.]


Originally from Norway, Lage Lund's passion for music led him to become the first electric guitarist in the history of Juilliard's jazz program. The Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alum has performed alongside Carmen Lundy, Roy Haynes, and Wynton Marsalis--and he recently won the prestigious 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition hosted at the Kennedy Center. Performing original music and standards with his band, Lund has officially established himself with his "casually magnetic" style (The New York Times).

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Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 - Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Jeremy Pelt
[Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Jeremy Pelt.]


Exceptionally gifted bop drummer Louis Hayes was a member of alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's original quintet. Now, Hayes is "the perfect bandleader to mount a tribute to Adderley" (All About Jazz). Jeremy Pelt--praised as a "hot, new trumpeter" by the Village Voice--joins the band for this special concert.

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Nov. 3 - 4, 2006 - Kurt Elling
[Kurt Elling.]


A writer and performer of lyrics in the art of vocalese--the setting of lyrics to established jazz orchestral instrumentals--Kennedy Center favorite Kurt Elling is "truly a musical phenomenon" (UK's The Guardian). The Grammy-nominated Chicago vocalist and composer rang in the New Year at the Kennedy Center in 2004; now he's back to showcase more of his "robustly expressive vocals and exquisitely silken phrases" (The Chicago Tribune).

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Fri., Nov. 10, 2006, 7:30 PM - Keter Betts Tribute
[Keter Betts Tribute.]


With his unique bluesy tone and creative string stylings, the late Keter Betts was a D.C. musical treasure--"one of the most respected bassists in jazz" (The Washington Post) who was also a rhythm section member for both Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. Local and national talents come together in performance and remembrance of his many gifts. Artists include vocalist Vanessa Rubin, pianists Junior Mance and Robert Redd, bassists Michael Bowie and James King, drummer Lenny Robinson, and saxophonist Davey Yarborough. A benefit program for Kennedy Center Jazz education programs.

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Dec. 7 - 9, 2006 - Ronald K. Brown\EVIDENCE
[Ronald K. Brown\EVIDENCE.]


Celebrating his company's 20th anniversary in 2006, Ronald K. Brown continues to fuse ballet, hip-hop, West African, and modern movement to share evidence of the world's many cultural perspectives.

December 7, the company joins forces with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon in the evening-length D.C. premiere of Blueprint of a Lady: The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday. Exploring the late singer's struggles and triumphs, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence takes the stage with Freelon and her band to bring to life Lady Day's legendary blues and jazz songs through dance, live music, and the spoken word. The New York Times hails this extraordinary collaboration as "a poetic take on Holiday's life and art."

December 8 and 9, the company performs an all-Evidence program of mixed repertory by Brown. Inspired by the 119th Psalm, Order My Steps has been praised for its "stunning passages of choreography" by the Village Voice. This new collaboration with poet and Howard University graduate Chad Boseman is performed to gospel by Fred Hammond, a haunting string score by Terry Riley recorded by the Kronos Quartet, and Bob Marley's "Exodus." Receiving its world premiere, Truth Don' Die follows the spiritual journey of a man named Truth, featuring the Afro-beats of Nigeria's Femi Kuti. Concluding the program is the wildly popular Grace, a "streetwise and soulful" (San Francisco Chronicle) showcase for Brown's signature style that includes the music of Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., Fela Kuti, Jimmy McPhail, and Jennifer Holliday.
 
"One of the most profound choreographers of his generation"  
--The New York Times

Performance Plus:  On Dec. 7, join a post-performance discussion with Nnenna Freelon and members of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE.

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Fri., Dec. 8, 2006 - NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
[NPR's <i>A Jazz Piano Christmas</i>.]


Join the Kennedy Center and National Public Radio when top jazz pianists and other artists perform their favorite holiday songs. An annual NPR tradition, the concert will be produced for later broadcast. This year's performers include New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint; pianist Cedar Walton; pianist Eric Reed; pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vocalist Nancy King; Latin Grammy-nominated Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto; Tigran Hamasyan, the winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition; and more. Last year's concerts--which featured Marcia Ball, Dave Samuels, Dr. Billy Taylor, and others--were hailed as an "imaginative and glowing holiday celebration of contrasts and inventiveness" by the Washington Post.

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Sun., Dec. 31, 2006 - A Jazz New Year's Eve: Freddy Cole & the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
[<I>A Jazz New Year's Eve</i>: Freddy Cole & the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.]


Freddy Cole's suave vocals and robust piano playing are among the most acclaimed in jazz. The Chicago Sun-Times says he "gathers the words and music up in his natural warmth, and creates the illusion of letting them speak for themselves." Cole rings in 2007 with the Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band, an elite corps of jazz giants led by music director and NEA Jazz Master Slide Hampton. After the concert, enjoy live dancing and music at the New Year's Eve celebration in the Grand Foyer, free with your concert ticket.

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Sat., Jan. 13, 2007 - An Evening of Duets with René Marie and Kevin Mahogany
[An Evening of Duets with René Marie and Kevin Mahogany.]


René Marie has been hailed as "a jazz singer with the sheer presence to be included in the very top level of performers" by the Los Angeles Times. Kevin Mahogany has been called "the standout vocalist of his generation" by Newsweek. For the first Kennedy Center Jazz concert of 2007, these two singing sensations come together to perform an evening of duets.

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Fri., Feb. 9, 2007 - Dave Holland Sextet
[Dave Holland Sextet.]


For more than four decades, three-time Grammy winner Dave Holland "has defined the best in jazz" (JazzTimes), commanding attention as few bassists ever have. A musician of profound imagination and sophistication, he brings together an extraordinary sextet of jazz all-stars to perform a program of his own original music. A special project of limited duration, this may be your only chance to experience Dave Holland's latest collaboration, featuring saxophonist Antonio Hart, drummer Eric Harland, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and trombonist Robin Eubanks.

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Sun., Feb. 18, 2007, 8:00 PM - Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth: Shakespeare and All That Jazz
[Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth: <i>Shakespeare and All That Jazz</i>.]


For more than four decades, Britain's famed "Queen of Jazz" has enchanted audiences with her "smoky, bold, and imaginative voice" (Rolling Stone Magazine). Possessed of a rare versatility, she is the only singer to be nominated for Grammys in the Female Jazz, Popular, and Classical categories. Her classic recording Shakespeare and All That Jazz won a coveted five stars in DownBeat Magazine. In this special concert, Cleo Laine and her husband and musical director Sir John Dankworth perform music from the album, along with Bard-inspired works that were commissioned for new millennium festivities at the Kennedy Center. Part of the citywide festival Shakespeare in Washington.

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Sun., Feb. 18, 2007, 8:00 PM - Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth: Shakespeare and All That Jazz
[Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth: <i>Shakespeare and All That Jazz</i>.]


For more than four decades, Britain's famed "Queen of Jazz" has enchanted audiences with her "smoky, bold, and imaginative voice" (Rolling Stone Magazine). Possessed of a rare versatility, she is the only singer to be nominated for Grammys in the Female Jazz, Popular, and Classical categories. Her classic recording Shakespeare and All That Jazz won a coveted five stars in DownBeat Magazine. In this special concert, Cleo Laine and her husband and musical director Sir John Dankworth perform music from the album, along with Bard-inspired works that were commissioned for new millennium festivities at the Kennedy Center. Part of the citywide festival Shakespeare in Washington.

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Fri., Feb. 23, 2007 - The Barber Brothers
[The Barber Brothers.]


Twins Rahsaan and Roland Barber were named after famed saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Originally from Nashville, the brothers are alums from both Indiana University and the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. Rahsaan was one of four Americans invited to compete at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival World Saxophone Competition, while Roland won the International Trombone Association's Frank Rosolino Competition. The brothers make their KC Jazz Club debut with music from their CD, Twinnovation.

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Sat., Feb. 24, 2007 - Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
[Jason Moran and the Bandwagon.]


Discovered by Betty Carter--and influenced by opera, classical and world music, and even rap--pianist Jason Moran performs music that's "serious and directed, and some of the best live jazz around now" (The New York Times). In almost every category that matters--improvisation, composition, technique, and technological experimentation--Moran and his group the Bandwagon have challenged the status quo. Performing music from their new CD, Artist in Residence, due September 2006, Jason Moran delivers more genre-bending flair in the KC Jazz Club.

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Sat., Mar. 3, 2007, 7:00 PM - Jazz in Our Time All-Star Opening Night Concert and Award Ceremony
[<i>Jazz in Our Time</i> All-Star Opening Night Concert and Award Ceremony.]


For the 2006–2007 season, the Kennedy Center will host a spectacular salute to a generation of extraordinary artists who have helped make jazz "America's greatest music." Over eight days in March, Jazz in Our Time will bring together an unprecedented number of jazz icons all under one roof. The celebration will begin with a special concert, hosted by James Earl Jones, to honor these Living Jazz Legends with a Kennedy Center award for their lifetime of contributions to the art form. Performances by some of these jazz stars will follow during the celebration, along with many other exciting events.
 
The festivities kick off with this once-in-a-lifetime all-star event hosted by Tony winner and Kennedy Center Honoree James Earl Jones. During the concert, more than 25 jazz luminaries will be honored with the Kennedy Center "Living Jazz Legend Award" (see below for recipients). Performers will include vocalist Nancy Wilson with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, drummer T.S. Monk, violinist Regina Carter, and many others. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

Award recipients include:

Toshiko Akiyoshi, David Baker, Louie Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Donald Byrd, Ornette Coleman,
Paquito D'Rivera, Sir John Dankworth, Buddy DeFranco, Frank Foster, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson,
Chico Hamilton, Barry Harris, Jimmy Heath, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal,
Al Jarreau, Hank Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, Michel Legrand, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis,
Marian McPartland, James Moody, George Russell, Jimmy Scott, Dr. Billy Taylor, Cecil Taylor, 
Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Gerald Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and Phil Woods.

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Sun., Mar. 4, 2007, 7:30 PM - Marian McPartland's 89th Birthday Celebration
[Kennedy Center Logo.]


Musical chameleon Marian McPartland can adapt to any style or situation and still sound like no one but herself. For more than seven decades, the indefatigable jazz pianist, composer, radio host, and educator has been one of the world's most important jazz ambassadors. As "The First Lady of Piano Jazz" (New York Newsday), Marian McPartland celebrates her 89th birthday in a concert that will also feature a surprise special guest and be recorded for future broadcast on National Public Radio's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

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Sun., Mar. 4, 2007, 7:30 PM - Marian McPartland's 89th Birthday Celebration
[Marian McPartland's 89th Birthday Celebration.]


Musical chameleon Marian McPartland can adapt to any style or situation and still sound like no one but herself. For more than seven decades, the indefatigable jazz pianist, composer, radio host, and educator has been one of the world's most important jazz ambassadors. As "The First Lady of Piano Jazz" (New York Newsday), Marian McPartland celebrates her 89th birthday in a concert that will also feature a surprise special guest and be recorded for future broadcast on National Public Radio's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

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Sun., Mar. 4, 2007, 7:30 PM - Marian McPartland's 89th Birthday Celebration
[Marian McPartland's 89th Birthday Celebration.]


Musical chameleon Marian McPartland can adapt to any style or situation and still sound like no one but herself. For more than seven decades, the indefatigable jazz pianist, composer, radio host, and educator has been one of the world's most important jazz ambassadors. As "The First Lady of Piano Jazz" (New York Newsday), Marian McPartland celebrates her 89th birthday in a concert that will also feature a surprise special guest and be recorded for future broadcast on National Public Radio's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

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Fri., Mar. 9, 2007 - Ahmad Jamal and special guests Donald Byrd and Jimmy Heath
[Ahmad Jamal and special guests Donald Byrd and Jimmy Heath.]


Audiences delight in NEA Jazz Master pianist Ahmad Jamal's total command of the keyboard, charismatic swing, and daringly inventive solos that always tell a story. "No musician has had a more profound effect on the orchestral approach to small groups in the last 35 years," says the Village Voice. Joining Jamal for this rare concert are two fellow NEA Jazz Masters: hard-bop, jazz fusion, and R&B trumpeter Donald Byrd and tenor saxophonist and flutist Jimmy Heath. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

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Sat., Mar. 10, 2007 - All-Star Quintet featuring Roberta Gambarini, with special guests Paquito D'Rivera & Frank Wess
[All-Star Quintet featuring Roberta Gambarini, with special guests Paquito D'Rivera & Frank Wess.]


According to NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones, "when you listen to a pianist, each note should have a soul of its own." For more than six decades, Jones has taken his words to heart, always playing with a deeply personal style. "A great, ageless pianist who's among the last links to the lost world of Manhattan's 52nd Street" (The New York Times), he brings his quartet featuring Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini, who demonstrated a "remarkable range and a great flair for scatting" (The Washington Post) at James Moody's 80th birthday celebration in 2005. Jones's quartet will be joined by two other NEA Jazz Masters: saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and trumpeter/flugelhornist Clark Terry. Part of Jazz in Our Time.

ARTIST UPDATE - 3/9/07
Hank Jones is unable to appear due to illness, and Clark Terry is unable to appear due to a
schedule conflict.

Roberta Gambarini and Paquito D'Rivera will be joined by Frank Wess, flute and saxophone, 
George Mraz, bass, and Jimmy Cobb, drums.

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Fri., Mar. 23, 2007 - Robert Glasper
[Robert Glasper.]


One of the hottest young artists in jazz today, pianist and composer Robert Glasper demonstrates deep jazz roots and a flair for hip-hop, R&B, and alternative rock. The popularity of and acclaim for Canvas, his Blue Note CD debut, proves he's a force to be reckoned with. The New York Times says Glasper "has some of what we all need: percussive intensity, fresh ideas, and improvisatory logic. He gets into the flow of his songs, opening them up into fantasias. He's one to keep an eye on."

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Sat., Mar. 24, 2007 - Three Tenors: James Moody, Nathan Davis, and Quamon Fowler
[Three Tenors: James Moody, Nathan Davis, and Quamon Fowler.]


Three generations of tenor saxophonists come together in this unique collaboration. With a career that spans nearly 60 years, NEA Jazz Master James Moody is a jazz institution, having worked extensively with the great Dizzy Gillespie. The legendary Nathan Davis has toured with such luminaries as Art Blakey and Ray Charles, and now heads Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center. Rounding out the threesome, Quamon Fowler was discovered by Davis and is an up-and-coming ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award winner.

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Fri., Mar. 30, 2007 - Takana Miyamoto Trio with special guest Russell Gunn
[Takana Miyamoto Trio with special guest Russell Gunn.]


A graduate of Berklee College of Music, pianist Takana Miyamoto has been recording and touring with both Nnenna Freelon and René Marie for nearly a decade. Her "exquisite piano playing" (Los Angeles Times) led her to receive a "Rising Star" vote by the International Jazz Society. Performing with Miyamoto is the progressive trumpeter Russell Gunn, whose collaborations with crossover artists Maxwell and D'Angelo have ranged from hip-hop to mainstream jazz. Gunn "creates a synthesis of styles that is truly contemporary and singular" (Down Beat Magazine), and his Ethnomusicology series of CDs received multiple Grammy nominations. Part of the Arts of Japan Celebration.

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Sat., Mar. 31, 2007 - Wallace Roney Sextet
[Wallace Roney Sextet.]


Embracing the talents of his mentor Miles Davis and other predecessors, Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Wallace Roney draws upon his own imagination for a genre-bending sound that merges the past with the future. All About Jazz says: "His approach may be filtered through myriad influences from Coltrane to Herbie Hancock and early Weather Report--but at the end of the day, he sounds like nobody but himself." Praised for fusing acoustic and electric elements and incorporating funky, urban beats into his music, the Howard University alum is part of a musical family that includes his wife, pianist Geri Allen, and brother, saxophonist Antoine Roney.

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May 10 - 12, 2007 - 12th Annual
Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival
[12th Annual <br><I>Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival</I>.]


All of the 2006 concerts sold out--so be sure to reserve your seats now for this popular Kennedy Center showcase featuring today's top female jazz artists. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz--and continue to make--both here and abroad." 

Individual concert tickets $30 - or SAVE when you purchase all three concerts together with the special $81 "Trio Package." Trio Package not available online - visit the Box Office or order by phone at (202) 467-4600.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 AT 7 P.M.
Lynne Arriale
Composer, leader, and pianist Lynne Arriale has developed a singular voice through her compelling
originals known for their heartfelt, folkloric quality and her reinventions of pop classics. The New York Times says, "Lynne Arriale's brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day."

Karen Briggs
There are violinists who, although classically trained, perform primarily non-classical music. Karen Briggs is one of those "hybrid" violinists. Her sound indicates exposure to gospel, Latin, classical, African, jazz, and R&B music. Her playing combines the rip and energy of Jimi Hendrix, a unique "vocal-like" soul, and the bop and swing phrasing of Charlie Parker with embellishment of rhythmic bowing. Briggs played in the 2001 and 2004 Women in Jazz festivals.

Flora Purim, featuring Airto
From electric and Latin jazz to fusion, Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim shows "few can match the sheer beauty of her voice" (USA Today). Named four times as Down Beat Magazine's Best Female Jazz Vocalist and a two-time Grammy nominee, Purim is joined by her husband, percussionist Airto Moreira, with whom she has been performing for more than three decades.

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FRIDAY, MAY 11 AT 7 P.M.
Mayuko Katakura
As the winner of the second Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition held last year at the Kennedy Center, Mayuko Katakura was invited to perform in this year's festival. Born in Sendai, Japan, the daughter of two jazz musicians, Katakura seemingly has jazz in her DNA. She began playing piano at age five, and through her childhood studied mostly classical music. As she got older, Thelonious Monk became her main influence.

Anat Cohen
Originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel, Anat Cohen has been performing around the world, sharing her astounding musicianship and becoming a major force on the global world music and jazz scene. Idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, she has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York City in 1998.

Jeannie Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band
Unrestrained, exuberant, soulful, rollicking, growling, howling, roaring, wicked, virtuous, wild, and truthful. Those are just a few of the words to describe the Kansas City blues–style performances by singer-pianist Jeannie Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band. This performance is dedicated to bass trombonist Jimmy Cheatham, Jeannie's husband of 47 years and her longtime musical partner, who passed away in January 2007. The motto of the Sweet Baby Blues Band is "Nobody goes home feeling bad." And nobody does.

The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award: Jane Ira Bloom 
Soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom has been steadfastly developing her unique voice on the soprano saxophone for more than 25 years. Jazz critic Bill Milkowski has called her "a true jazz original...a restlessly creative spirit, and a modern day role model for any aspiring musician who dares to follow his or her own vision." At Friday's performance, this leading lady of jazz will receive the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award in tribute to her lifetime of service to jazz.

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SATURDAY, MAY 12 AT 7 P.M.
Hiromi
Pianist/composer Hiromi mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Hiromi says, "I don't want to put a name on my music. It's just the union of what I've been listening to and what I've been learning. It has some elements of classical music, rock, and jazz, but I don't want to give it a name." Jazz great Ahmad Jamal, a co-producer on Another Mind, calls her "nothing short of amazing."

Stephanie Jordan
Vocalist Stephanie Jordan "sets hearts aflutter" says All About Jazz. "She's a singer with poise and pizzazz, with a voice and an appealing look that bring to mind Carmen McRae and Lena Horne." Jordan's lyrical style has also been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall, while others say it evokes living legends Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves. She was introduced to many new fans when she appeared on "Higher Ground," the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage
Under the leadership of saxophonist Ann Patterson, Los Angeles–based Maiden Voyage is one of the most talked-about big bands around. Founded in 1980 in a traditionally male-dominated jazz world, the 17-piece ensemble quickly outgrew the novelty of being an all-women's band, achieving a high level of respect. Performing a musical tribute to Melba Liston (the 1997 Women in Jazz Award winner), the band returns to the Center for the first time since the 2000 Women in Jazz festival.

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FREE PERFORMANCES ON THE KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED

THURSDAY, MAY 10 & SUNDAY, MAY 13 AT 6 P.M.
IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars
In cooperation with the International Association for Jazz Education
 
FRIDAY, MAY 11 AT 12:30–2:30 P.M. & 6–7 P.M.
Third Annual Women in Jazz Pianist Competition
A Performance Plus™ Event
In honor of Mary Lou Williams, the Kennedy Center once again presents this exciting two-part pianist competition, in which five finalists get to display their talents in front of Millennium Stage audiences and a jury of renowned international musicians. The winner will be announced later the same evening during the festival's 7 p.m. performance in the Terrace Theater. The winner will enjoy the opportunity to perform as part of the 13th annual festival in 2008.
 
SATURDAY, MAY 12 at 12:30–2:30 P.M.
Jam Session
Led by bassist Miriam Sullivan, with drummer Lucianna Padmore and the winner from the 2007 Women in Jazz Pianist Competition (selected the prior evening), musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join this exciting impromptu jam session!

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Sun., May 20, 2007, 8:00 PM - Such Sweet Thunder featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
[<i>Such Sweet Thunder</i> featuring the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.]


Director: Doug Wager
Musical Director: David Baker
Director of Choreography: Mercedes Ellington
Host: Avery Brooks

CASTING:
Avery Brooks
, The Duke
Helen Carey, The Queen
David Costabile, The Lunatic
Karen Pittman, The Lover
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Students of the Washington School of Ballet

The National Museum of American History is the home of Duke Ellington's vast archives and the nation's jazz band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO). Presented by the Kennedy Center, the SJMO will perform an inter-disciplinary production of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Shakespeare-inspired compositions interspersed with soliloquies, scenes, and speeches from the Bard's various works. It promises to be a fabulous night of swingin' big band, toe-tapping dance, sizzling hot vocals, and Shakespearean fun--including exciting premieres of new music and choreography! Part of Shakespeare in Washington.

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