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The Jazz Song: Final Concert

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Contact: [email protected], Outreach Coordinator (202) 724-5613

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities staff wants to invite you to the final performance The Jazz Song. This program is part of the American Masterpieces project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. This celebration of diverse vocal jazz traditions began September 16. Workshops were held at venues citywide and were open to select area performers and composers and lead by accomplished jazz masters such as Nnenna Freelon, Pierce Freelon, Rusty Hassan, Sharon Clark, Alan Baylock, Allyn Johnson and Connaitre Miller. 

The project will culminate Sunday, September 21 at 6 pm in an open-to-the-public concert showcase at the Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center of the Inter-American Development Bank, the event co-sponsor, featuring the best students gleaned from the workshops along with lead DC area jazz artists. Nnenna Freelon, six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee and internationally renowned jazz vocalist, serves as Project Director.

Download the official invitation all guests will be accomodated on a first come first served basis, no RSVP is required. For more information or call (202) 724-5613.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the appreciation and understanding of the Washington, DC arts community in the rich and diverse traditions of the jazz music and particularly that which is expressed vocally. The program is also designed to provide a meaningful arts experience for individuals whose vocal experience would not ordinarily encompass the breadth and range of the jazz repertoire. This project is an important activity of the DC Arts Commission’s strategic plan for promoting lifelong learning and education in the arts and building and maintaining a stable cultural infrastructure in our city. 

“This is a rare and unique opportunity for local jazz vocalists to develop professionally by learning from a master in the jazz genre,” said Arts Commission Chair Anne-Ashmore Hudson. “Nonartists will benefit from their engagement in the excellence and artistic genius in performance. Being a witness to America’s cultural performance legacy in will help audience members not only broaden their notion of what is possible in jazz, but highlight the value of the arts in America.”

Accessibility and inclusion of a wide audience are among the most important features of the project’s educational goals. However, each workshop has a special focus that will necessitate the recommendation of certain prerequisite skills for prospective applicants. Applicants’ ability to affirm their possession of these skills, which include rote learning, music reading/composition, and physical movement may influence admittance to workshops.


The Song: History and Forward Migration 
Rusty Hassan, Sharon Clark, and Joel Holmes  
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 from  6-9 pm
The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint 
916 G Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown 
Songwriting and the Jazz Composition
Alan Baylock and members of the Joel Holmes Trio
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from  6-9 pm
University of the District of Columbia 
Auditorium (Building 46 East)
Metro: Van Ness/UDC 
The Voice as Jazz Instrument
Nnenna Freelon, Connaitre Miller, Afro Blue, and the Joel Holmes Trio
Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 6-9 pm
Howard University
Department of Music, Childers Recital Hall  
2400 Sixth Street, NW  
Metro:  Shaw–Howard U 
Band Interaction and Arrangement
Nnenna Freelon, Allyn Johnson, and the Joel Holmes Trio
Friday, September 19, 2008 from 6-9 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Jazz Night in SW 
400 I Street, SW  
Metro: Waterfront/SEU 
The Business of Show: 21st Century Marketing Strategies
Nnenna Freelon, Pierce Freelon, and  Marcus Johnson 
Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 10 am-noon
Mahogany Restaurant at Bohemian Caverns 
2001 Eleventh Street, NW 
Metro: U Street/Cardozo  
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank
Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 2-5 pm
Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 2-4:30 pm

Final Concert:
Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank 
1330 New York Avenue, NW
Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 6 pm
The final concert is free and open to the public, please be prepared to present a picture ID
Metro: Metro Center