Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival celebrates Duke Ellington's birthday on Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:00pm,University of the District of Columbia

Top Quote Three university big band jazz ensembles celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month: Howard University, dir. Fred Irby, III - University of Maryland, dir. Chris Vadala - University of the District of Columbia, dir. Allyn Johnson. End Quote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) April 23, 2013 - On Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM, the Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival celebrates 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) will 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 remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, D.C.'s jazz calendar. As a highlight of this year's festival, the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) 2013 Jazz Hero Award will be presented to Willard Jenkins.

    Tickets are $20 (general admission), $15 (senior) and $10 (student) and can be purchased in advance at the Music Program, Bldg. 46 West, UDC Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, or online at www.InstantSeats.com. Tickets will also be available at the University Auditorium door on the night of the performance. The University Auditorium-Theatre of the Arts is conveniently located on Metro's Red Line at the Van Ness-UDC stop.

    Contact Judith Korey at 202.274.5803 E-mail: JazzAlive ( @ ) udc dot edu www.bigbandjazzfest.org

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