The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Artistic Director for Jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor (pictured), will draw upon his experiences growing up and performing in Washington, D.C. to curate a nine-day celebration highlighting D.C.’s influence on the development of jazz, from the early 1900s to 1968. Both free and ticketed performances include music composed or made famous by many jazz artists associated with the city, such as Duke Ellington and Dr. Billy Taylor. Through music, these concerts also follow the cultural mapping of the city’s historic entertainment district for African Americans whose main stem, the U Street corridor, was once known as “Black Broadway.” Each Millennium Stage performance represents a specific point in the timeline of some of D.C.’s most storied and historic venues.
Ticketed events include:
•Frank Wess Quintet, Friday, November 21, 2008, 7:30 & 9:30pm KC Jazz Club, $25