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August 2, 2015
Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi, the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra (PJO) brings the best high school and college jazz musicians from the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey region. Founded in 2003 by Joe Bongiovi, Rob Reeve, and Yorgo Papadakis, the group’s schedule has grown to include appearances in clubs and large concert venues across the East coast, as well as a tour to Italy in 2007.

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July 29, 2015
Creole United

The group was founded by Andre Thierry and Sean Ardoin, and its mission is to further Louisiana’s Creole music tradition by creating new standards that incorporate the old styles. Creole United is a movement and a band that includes Creole artists from all living generations and styles. Part of the Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

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July 5, 2015
Akua Allrich

Celebrating the release of her third album, Soul Singer, the soul-stirring jazz vocalist and D.C. native captures the blues, soul, R&B, jazz, and pan-African music with lyrics akin to Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, and Nina Simone.

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July 4, 2015
Monterey Jazz Festival High School Honor Band

The ensemble makes its Millennium Stage debut in a program of familiar jazz standards. The band offers 32 select Monterey County high school students with the opportunity to study and perform a much more advanced level of music than what might be presented in their respective school music programs.

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June 18, 2015
Teodross “Teo” Avery

A Jazz Sound features a jazz quartet led by the award-winning saxophonist, who has performed with Amy Winehouse, G-Unit All Stars, and Joss Stone. Part of YoungArts@KennedyCenter, presented in collaboration with the National YoungArts Foundation.

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June 14, 2015
Crush Funk Brass

The local jazz band aims to bring life to the city through music where it’s least expected. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

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June 13, 2015
Christie Dashiell

Igniting the stage with its fusion of classical and world music flavors, the jazz quintet is joined by Elite String Quartet and vocalist Christie Dashiell for selections from their upcoming album Of the People. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

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June 12, 2015
Alison Crockett

Known for her velvety tone and sensual singing-style, the acclaimed vocalist stands out as the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

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June 10, 2015
Sweet Lu Sextet

Vocalist Sweet Lu Olutosin and his sextet perform a unique brand of soul jazz, blended with straight-ahead styles. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

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June 8, 2015
The Elijah Balbed & The JoGo Project

The D.C.-based group created by saxophonist Elijah Balbed brings its mix of jazz, rock, hip-hop, and, of course, go-go for a lively performance. Part of DC Jazz Festival.

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June 6, 2015
Gottaswing

Join in a celebration of the centennial year of Frank Sinatra’s birth with the acclaimed Seth Kibel Quintet. Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg (Gottaswing) lead free swing dance lessons at 5 p.m. After the Let's Be Frank NSO Pops concert, the fun continues 10 p.m.–midnight with more dancing, social photo booths, and cash bars pouring signature cocktails.

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June 2, 2015
Victor Provost Synthesis Quartet

The D.C.-based steelpan player and his quartet perform music from his soon-to-be-recorded project Bright Eyes.

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May 31, 2015
Janelle Gill

The pianist brings her newest project, a musical homage to jazz pianist, composer, and lyricist Billy Strayhorn, which features a combination of swing and straight-ahead interpretations of rarely heard Strayhorn compositions. Part of East River JazzFest.

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May 22, 2015
VSA International Young Soloists

Outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14–25, are recognized, and the four winners—Sophie Graf (harp), Alex Lee (viola), Jordan Lulloff (saxophone), and Amar Moturu (percussion)—get to attend the VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend and perform on the Millennium Stage.

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May 16, 2015
Shacara Rogers

The vocalist, a Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and Howard University alumna, performs in her Kennedy Center debut as a headlining artist. Part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

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May 15, 2015
Camille Thurman

The jazz saxophonist/vocalist/composer and runner-up for the 2014 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition performs with her quartet. Part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

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May 11, 2015
Christie Dashiell

The D.C.-born jazz vocalist showcases her contemporary and soulful flair. She is a Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alum, has appeared on NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Smokey Robinson, and others.

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May 10, 2015
Afro Blue

With dual pianos onstage, all-star pianists Jason Moran, Marc Cary (Music Director), Bertha Hope, and Gerald Clayton connect the dots between jazz luminaries with histories in both New York and D.C., including late greats Duke Ellington and Dr. Billy Taylor. In addition, vocalists Queen Esther and Brianna Thomas perform with Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (directed by Connaitre Miller), mining the rich, related vocal history of the New York and Washington, DC jazz scenes. The evening continues with a ticketed show in The Crossroads Club featuring Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and many others.

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May 4, 2015
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

The Jazz Orchestra and The Mellow Tones, two student groups, present Reignite: Fanning the Flames, featuring music of Ellington, Strayhorn, Holiday, and Gaye.

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May 3, 2015
CaribeNostrum

The Cuban quintet, formed by musicians of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, presents a repertoire of recognized Latin American works with classical arrangements. The program combines the virtuosic elements of classical music, jazz, and American folk tunes.

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April 29, 2015
Maris Briezkalns Quintet

The Latvian quintet performs works inspired by the great artwork of Mark Rothko with a unique audiovisual project. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Latvia.

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April 24, 2015
Berklee College of Music

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform both original compositions and works by modern jazz masters. The sextet includes top student composer/performers from Israel, Japan, Korea, Spain, and the United States.

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April 18, 2015
Manhattan School of Music

The Jazz Arts Quintet performs a variety of pieces by Duke Ellington, including “Caravan,” “Through the Night,” “Daydream,” and more. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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April 14, 2015
Colonial Forge Treble Makers

Two advanced, award-winning high school student groups from Maryland and Virginia perform a split program of jazz standards in various combinations. Part of Music in Our Schools Month.

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April 11, 2015
The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

Under the direction of Mr. Michael Bowie, the talented local ensemble brings its energetic and youthful take on big band jazz. The group’s alumni are graduates of every major music conservatory in America.

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April 7, 2015
Integriti Reeves

The singer and her sextet celebrate Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a dynamic performance that features classical jazz partnered with smooth storytelling.

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April 3, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

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April 2, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

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April 1, 2015
Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Now in its 17th year, the program presents various ensembles made up of competitively selected, emerging jazz artists/composers from across the world.

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March 31, 2015
Senri Oe

The Japanese pop star and actor turned New York City–based jazz pianist makes his Millennium Stage debut. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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March 26, 2015
Jameson Rodgers

Mississippi-based singer/songwriter Rodgers and Brooklyn-based jazz composer, vocalist, and French hornist McDonald perform original works. Part of Songwriters: The Next Generation, presented by The ASCAP Foundation.

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March 25, 2015
Natalia Zukerman

The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist performs on a double bill with the jazz/soul/R&B group created by keyboardist/bassist Jacob Webb and saxophonist Todd Schefflin for a night of jazz, soul, and great guitar. Part of Songwriters: The Next Generation, presented by The ASCAP Foundation.

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March 22, 2015
DC Casineros

Timba Street sports a modern Cuban salsa-fusion of Son Montuno, Cuban Rumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Directed by Havana native Aramis Pazos Barrera and featuring members from different parts of D.C. and the United States, the ensemble strives to inspire its audience to dance while introducing this lesser-known, modern style of Cuban salsa. Leading this dance party is DC Casineros, a world-renowned dance company that performs and teaches Cuban dance styles including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Danzón, and Yoruba Orisha dance. Free salsa class beginning at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 19, 2015
António Zambujo

The acclaimed fado singer merges cante alentejano (male chant from southern Portugal with North African influences) with traditional fado, bossa nova, Brazilian popular music, and jazz. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as part of Carnegie's World Views program. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 18, 2015
José André

Making his U.S. debut, this nine-year-old pianist and Latin jazz phenom, who is blind, has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Both Reuters and the BBC have covered him in international news stories. He is joined on stage by two D.C.-based jazz musicians, Alejandro Lucini on drums and David Jernigan on bass. This performance was made possible through the generous support of the World Bank Group. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 17, 2015
Sofia Ribeiro

Two of today's top female Portuguese artists perform a double bill. Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sobral's first album, The Cherry on My Cake, went platinum and was nominated for two Golden Globes. Multi-award-winning singer Ribeiro is a past participant of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center. Presented in collaboration with Arte Institute. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 9, 2015
Raül Fernández Miró

Two of Spain's rising musical talents—collaborators for nearly a decade—present a unique blend of jazz, flamenco, and fado music. Vocalist Sílvia Pérez Cruz sings in seven languages; her first album went gold in Spain. Guitarist Raül Fernández Miró learned flamenco alongside Kiko Veneno. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 8, 2015
Jorge Luis Pacheco

Two of Cuba's top jazz pianists perform a lively two-hour marathon concert with one or two onstage at any given time. Pacheco is also a percussionist, composer, and vocalist, while López-Gavilán was born to a family of acclaimed classical musicians. Presented in collaboration with FUNDarte. Begins at 5 p.m. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 7, 2015
Moreira Chonguiça

Internationally renowned saxophonist, producer, composer, and ethnomusicologist Moreira Chonguiça makes his U.S. debut as he brings the Moreira Project, featuring Thapelo Motshegwe on keyboard, Kevin Gibson on drums, and Helder Gonzaga on bass. The project was officially launched in 2005 with the debut of Moreira Chonguiça’s debut album, Volume 1: The Journey. The project’s participants represent contemporary African jazz at its best; they’ve performed across Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as in several international festivals.

Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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March 6, 2015
Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours

The veteran trombonist, composer, and Grammy nominee has performed and recorded jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, and classical music for more than 35 years. He was recently invited by "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band to lead and direct their first Afro-Caribbean jazz performance in D.C. Part of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

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February 24, 2015
U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note

The quintet performs classic and modern jazz standards led by TSgt Grant Langford.

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February 5, 2015
Ashley Daneman

As part of her Beauty Indestructible tour, the singer performs a unique breed of heartfelt jazz and modern folk.

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February 3, 2015
The Radford University Percussion/Marimba Ensemble

Comprised of full-time students, the ensemble performs standard repertoire, contemporary works, and fun adaptations.

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February 2, 2015
Imani-Grace Cooper

The Howard University music major and jazz vocalist pays homage to the legendary 1957 recording project, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, in which Miss Fitzgerald recorded a dozen Billy Strayhorn compositions. The band includes Cyrus Chestnut, piano, Elijah Balbed, saxophones, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Abinnet Berhanu, drums. Presented in collaboration with East River Jazz.

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January 28, 2015
WestAfroEast

Jazz bassist and member of the Jason Moran band Mateen leads the thrilling group—Umar Mateen on drums, Radji Mateen on saxophone, Abdu Mboup on percussion, Hope Udobi plays keyboard, and Samir Moulay, guitar—in African roots music and Afro-Cuban and Malian dance grooves.

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January 26, 2015
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Music Department

Three student vocal ensembles present The Many Moods of Ellington. The Mellow Tones, led by pianist and composer Mark Meadows, delights with compelling harmonies and improvisational stylings. The Dukes of Ellington, a young men’s choir (grades 9–12), performs standard literature for men's choirs and is led by Steven M. Allen. Sophisticated Ladies (grades 9–11), led by vocalist Sylvia Twine, offers classical and musical theater selections.

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January 25, 2015
Daisy Castro

The violinist and Strathmore Artist In Residence offers a gypsy-influenced jazz performance.

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January 23, 2015
Gato’s Sin Frontera

The Afro-Cuban project showcases its mix of Cuban folk music with Latin jazz, world, funk, and son. The program also includes a free Rumba dance lesson with Yudisleidy “Yudi” Valdés at 5 p.m.

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January 17, 2015
Chelsey Green

The Billboard-charting group tears down all stereotypes of violin-playing by fusing traditional classical technique into performances of R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, and more.

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January 13, 2015
KAHULANUI

On their first U.S. tour, the Grammy Award®–nominated “Kings of Hawaiian Swing” blend traditional Hawaiian music with big band swing.

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