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Washington DC Jazz Network
Advocate for Preserving America's Classical Music, "JAZZ",
it's African American Legacy, Roots and Heritage!
Blog by: George V Johnson Jr
Executive Director & Founder
Washington DC Jazz Network
Judith A. Korey, Music Program Coordinator and Curator of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives
For more information, contact Judith Korey at 202-274-5803 or JazzAlive@udc.edu.
Location: UNIVERSITY AUDITORIUM, UDC Van Ness Campus, Bldg. 46-East, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. 20008.
Contact info: Tel: (202) 274-5803
Fax: (202) 274-5817
Performer, composer/arranger and educator, Allyn Johnson is currently Director of the Jazz Studies program and jazz ensembles at the University of the District of Columbia. A graduate of the University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies program, he was the first recipient of the UDC Foundation’s Felix E. Grant Scholarship award in jazz performance.
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A Honorary Member of the Washington DC Jazz Network
Professor of Music at the University of the District of Columbia and served as director of the UDC Jazz Studies Program from 1976 until his sudden death in October 2004. Jones chose Allyn Johnson as his assistant director of the UDC Jazz Ensemble and provided a seamless transition for the program. Read more here
The Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival celebrates International Jazz Day and twenty-seven years of world-class jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. Once again the powerhouse jazz ensembles from the University of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and the University of Maryland (directed by Chris Vadala) cap off Jazz Appreciation Month with a hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time.
Produced by the University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, the festival began in 1987 as part of a citywide tribute to Duke Ellington, and it remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, D.C.'s jazz calendar. This year's festival joins UNESCO and countries all over the world in celebrating April 30th as International Jazz Day.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 7:00 PM. UDC Recital Hall
A Family Celebrates the life of Rufus Harley
"The world's first jazz bagpiper"
Multi-instrumentalist, Rufus Harley (1936-2006) started studying the bagpipes after watching the Black Watch at John F. Kennedy's funeral procession in 1963. In addition to several recordings as a leader, he recorded with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins—and in later years, the Roots and Laurie Anderson. In 2007 Pipes Of Peace, a documentary by George Manney, was released. Several of his children—sons and trumpeters, Messiah and America Patton Harley, who frequently performed with their father, as well as daughters, Noah Harmony and Egypt will join us for this special evening. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Monday, October 29, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
UDC JAZZtet with Sandra Y. Johnson
Concerts in the Community:
Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialLibrary
Join us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library as we kick off JAZZAlive—Concerts in the Community. The evening will feature performances by the University's resident ensemble the UDC JAZZtet with DC favorites Allyn Johnson piano - Steve Novosel, bass - Lyle Link,saxophones - Douglas Pierce, trumpet - Reginald Cyntje, trombone and Howard 'Kingfish' Franklin, drums. As a special treat JAZZAlive will feature the soul-stirring vocalist Sandra Y Johnson. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library - Great Hall, 901 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C, 20001.)
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is conveniently located on Metro's Red Line (Metro Center) and Red/Yellow/Green Lines (Gallery Pl-Chinatown).
A New Look at Marian McPartland with Paul de Barros
Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 7:00 PM UDC Recital Hall
Jazz legend Marian McPartland continues to showcase the world's top musicians on NPR's longest-running and most widely carried jazz program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.
Born Margaret Marian Turner in 1918 in Windsor, England, Marian began to teach herself Chopin waltzes on the piano by ear when she was only three years old. She later pursued classical training at London's Guildhall School of Music before joining a four-piano vaudeville act, traveling throughout Europe during World War II to entertain the Allied troops. Read more here
Join us as author Paul de Barros discusses his just-published biography, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Le.... Though she is well-known as the award winning host of NPR's long-running Piano Jazz program, McPartland's remarkable career began in the 1930s in her native England and has involved performing, composing, teaching, and running her own record label. De Barros will discuss the book and read from it. An open Q&A session and book signing will follow. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The Jazz Studies program treats you to another exciting performance as trombonist and Jazz Studies major, Reginald Cyntje presents his senior recital. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Jazz Studies program presents pianist and Jazz Studies major, Rico Huff in his junior recital. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Join the jazz ensembles under the direction of Allyn Johnson for our "Thanksgiving" celebration. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).
Annual Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
2011 Concert Preview
The University of the District of Columbia presents its annual holiday gift to the Washington, D.C. community. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sound of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie.
Joe Chambers the Sentiquential Musician,
Composer, Arranger of Modern Times
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Born and raised near Philadelphia to a musical family, Joe Chambers heard not only the rock and roll of Louis Jordan and Slim Gaillard, but the classical of Vivaldi, Wagner, Beethoven and Mahler. Drums came early. "I think an instrument picks you. I used to play on post and pans when I was little. I was setting them up like a kit at four years of age, so the instincts were there."
More taken with Lester Young and Lionel Hampton than Little Richard, Chambers nonetheless soon joined a band playing all the R&B hits of the day. "We played 'house rock,' horn players walking the bar like Big Jay McNeely and Tiny Bradshaw. But then I started hearing esoteric jazz like Miles Davis, and that grabbed me. When I heard that at age 13, immediately I was hooked."
Chambers' parents also played a big role in his musical vision, and prompted him to learn more. "The level of music that they listened to compared to today was just incredible, in terms of popular culture. Bebop is the most revolutionary period in American music. I call it the era when drummers freed themselves, from Jo Jones to Kenny Clarke to Max Roach.
Preachers used to preach against jazz. Then the people stopped dancing, killing the big bands. Bebop moved jazz from folkoric to a more cult-oriented and intellectual sound. That's why R&B came in. There was a need for more proletarian music. Bebop became cult music. It was a revolutionary time. I witnessed all of that." Read more here...
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