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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Daniela Schächter

The Daniela Schächter Quartet presents A New Journey, featuring a selection of original works by Schächter. The quartet is formed by Mike Tucker (tenor saxophone), Jeff Reed (acoustic bass), Billy Williams (drums), and Daniela Schächter (piano and vocals). Schächter is a 2002 alumnus of the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Jazzmeia Horn

The winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn, performs on the Millennium Stage with her band Artistry of Jazz Horn, as part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target. Originally from Dallas, the jazz vocalist and band leader has a name that speaks for itself. In 2013, she was named winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Circus Life, The

On the day of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, musicians and singers from the D.C.-area will converge on the Millennium Stage for A Salute to Sinatra, celebrating the life and times of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” by singing reimagined versions of his most famous hits. 

Presented in collaboration with The Circus Life podcast.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble

The Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble performs new big band arrangements of Herbie Hancock’s masterpiece, Maiden Voyage, by award-winning composer/arranger Miho Hazama in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary. 

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan as part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Listen Local First

Listen Local First DC presents The Harry Bells, a horn-and-percussion-driven tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. They will be performing their own interpretations of his songs, in addition to arrangements of holiday classics, in their own style.

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Friday, November 27, 2015
The Lovejoy Group

The Lovejoy Group presents The Giant that Lived in the Shadows, honoring Billy Strayhorn as the genius behind Ellington, his life, and his music. The performance is an exploration of Strayhorn’s soulful and haunting melodies, captivating harmonies, and sophisticated lyrics. His music seduced and challenged the musical world while expanding the artistic vocabulary of American society. 

Part of East River Jazz’s Strayhorn Centennial Celebration Series.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015
Gottaswing

Dance off that turkey at a 1940s-themed Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party, as the Millennium Stage and Gottaswing present a festive program featuring dancing and music by Jive Aces. Free swing dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. with Hollywood-Style Lindy icon Jean Veloz, followed by a free, evening-long dance party from 7–9 p.m.

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Suricato

The members of Suricato, who are five jazz musicians from Bogota, use voice, guitar, bass, trombone, and drums in a diverse and balanced musical style. Faint yet abrupt voices, dreamy lyrics, a gentle yet insidious trombone, sharp guitars, and a rhythmic rock base are the most suitable ingredients to offer the listener a contradictory sonic experience. 

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
LP Duo

Known for experimenting with the possibilities of performing on two pianos, while developing a new approach to contemporary classical music that combines classical elegance, jazz freedom, and rock ‘n’ roll power, the duo presents a great mixture of genres.

"Living Composers Society Project" Performance Order:
Antonio Correa (1982), Columbia: “Maquina III” (2013)
Chick Corea (1941), USA: “Contest” (2008)
Lola Perrin (1962), UK: “Yellow” (2014)
Milos Raickovich (1956), Serbia/USA: “Duet without You” (2011)
Chiel Meijering (1954), Netherlands: “Rondo,” from Pop Songs (2001-2005)
Ivan Bozicevic (1961), Serbia/Croatia: “Spring Passes” (2012)
Marc Mellits (1966), USA: “Postcards of Dreadlock I” (2013)
Antonio Correa (1982), Columbia: “Mr.McArthur” (2013)
Kim Helweg (1956), Denmark: Variations on theme “La Fiesta” (1991)

Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Serbia.

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble

The group performs a program, Billy Strayhorn: The Sutherland Hotel Period, which harkens back to a hotel stay and train ride in 1941 when he wrote some of the greatest jazz compositions of all time. Part of the East River Jazz Series.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Alon Nechushtan Ensemble

The group blends music of the Middle East and its rich influence over jazz musicians in Strayhorn Revisited: A Middle Eastern Odyssey of Rhythm, Harmony, & Groove. Part of the East River Jazz Series. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person. IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra joins BravO members for the BravO Season Kickoff Party! Led by percussionist Gianni Mano and fronted by Argentinian superstar Solange Prat, the program features indie pop and famous opera tunes arranged under the influence of the ’70s Fania/Salsa Dura scene and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Free dance lessons at 5 p.m.

BravO is Washington National Opera’s group for young professionals under age 40. All ticketholders are invited to a special post-performance party in the Grand Foyer following the Friday, September 25 performance of Carmen. The party will feature a BravO exclusive champagne toast, music by the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, dancing at the Millennium Stage, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, a photo booth, a tattoo bar, and the beautiful view of the river terrace.

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Monday, September 14, 2015
Maurette Brown Clark

Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, has been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for more than 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. Joining the U.S. Navy Band Commodores in performance is vocalist and Musician 1st Class Kristine Hsia.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
D.C. Legendary Musicians Band

Plays R&B and jazz, and its members have performed with Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Chuck Brown, and many others. The members of the band, who rotate and change as they perform with their own bands and other artists, represent more than 50 years in music.

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Freddie Dunn

Enjoy an evening of bluesy jazz and soulful improvisations featuring trumpeter Freddie Dunn and friends. Dunn is best known for his work with the groundbreaking urban jazz–soul collective, Fertile Ground. His solo work in their latest CD, Soul Progressin’, was featured on The Wire and won a 2009 Independent Music Award. Dunn’s upcoming projects include a new acoustic set due later this year and a jazz music series in his new home of Brookland in Washington, D.C. Part of the East River Jazz Festival.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Reginald Cyntje

Band blend jazz, Caribbean rhythms, and Afro beats to convey cultural heritage and social justice. The group’s recent release, Spiritual Awakening, represents humanity’s complex journey from introspection to a celebration of freedom. The band features Reginald Cyntje (trombone), Christie Dashiell (voice), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone), Allyn Johnson (piano), Herman Burney (bass), and Carroll Dashiell III (drums).

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Bumper Jacksons

Fold sounds of jazz, early blues, old-time music, and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music. Frontwoman Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals), and Maryland-born fellow song-crafter Chris Ousley (guitar, vocals) joined forces to form the group’s core. The other Bumpers add texture, depth and soul—Alex Lacquement (upright bass), Dave Hadley (pedal steel), Brian Priebe (trombone), and Dan Samuels (drums). The group released its new album Too Big World at The Birchmere in July 2015.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Charles Covington Jr.

The celebrated jazz keyboardist returns to perform on the Hammond B-3 with his Jazz Organ Trio (Steve Abshire and Ken Kimery). Covington is a professor at Peabody Conservatory and has performed with legendary artists such as Herbie Hancock, the late Clark Terry and B.B. King, and others.

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Sunday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Sunday, 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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Saturday, 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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Thursday, 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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Sunday, 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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Saturday, 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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Friday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Monday, 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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Saturday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Sunday, 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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Friday, 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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Saturday, 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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Friday, 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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Monday, 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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Sunday, 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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Monday, 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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Sunday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Friday, 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.

IN THE TERRACE THEATER

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Saturday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Saturday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Friday, 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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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Tuesday, 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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Thursday, 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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Wednesday, 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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