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DC’s Duke Ellington Jazz Festival announces Sept. lineup

The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival will run Sept. 9-17. The third annual DC festival will honor Dizzy Gillespie’s 90th birthday and his remarkable contribution to jazz and 20th century music-his leading role in integrating Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms and styles into modern jazz.

The lineup-announced at the end of April in celebration of Ellington’s birthday and national Jazz Appreciation month-unites top national and international jazz artists, many of whom cite Gillespie as a mentor, and all as an influence.

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